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Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

Madrid - European Parliament president Antonio Tajani criticised those who "are sowing discord" by not following Spanish law in a speech in Spain on Friday, as the country grapples with the political crisis over Catalonia's independence drive.

Catalonia crisis: EU's Tajani blasts those 'sowing discord'

Madrid - European Parliament president Antonio Tajani criticised those who "are sowing discord" by not following Spanish law in a speech in Spain on Friday, as the country grapples with a political crisis over Catalonia's independence drive.

Spain's Rajoy says 'critical point' reached in Catalonia

Brussels - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid.

Spain's king hits out at Catalonia 'secession attempt'

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI on Friday blasted what he said was an "unacceptable secession attempt" by Catalonia as the government prepared for unprecedented steps to take back some of the crisis-hit region's powers.

Catalan separatists in cash withdrawal protest

Barcelona - Catalan separatists were flocking to withdraw cash Friday in protest at the central government and at banks who have moved their headquarters out of the Spanish region over its independence crisis.

What next in the Catalan crisis?

Madrid - Separatists in Catalonia want to declare independence, Spain's central government wants to stop them at all costs. So what happens next? Will the Spanish region descend into a spiral of unrest?

Putin claims Western 'double standards' over Catalan crisis

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday the Catalan crisis was Spain's internal affair but slammed what he called Western double standards over separatist movements."Russia's position is known here.

Key events since Catalonia independence vote

Madrid - As Catalonia's independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month's referendum on splitting from Spain.

Spain to push ahead with suspending Catalan autonomy

Madrid - Spain said Thursday it will start seizing some of the Catalan regional government's powers after the region's leader warned he could declare independence, drastically upping the stakes as Madrid battles to keep the country together.

Decision day for Catalonia's separatist leader

Madrid - Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont must abandon his bid for independence from Spain on Thursday or face an unprecedented move by Madrid to seek a suspension of his region's autonomy.

Fresh elections could ease Catalan crisis: govt source

Madrid - Spain will not carry out its threat to suspend Catalonia's autonomy if the region's separatist leader agrees to call fresh elections, a government source said Wednesday.

How Spain could suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Madrid - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 0800 GMT on Thursday to tell Madrid whether or not he is declaring independence from Spain.

Spain threatens Catalan separatists as deadline looms

Madrid - Spain said Wednesday it would take the unprecedented step of seeking to suspend Catalonia's autonomy if the region's leader does not abandon his independence bid, on the eve of his deadline to give a final answer.

Spain to seek Catalonia autonomy suspension unless leader relents

Madrid - Spain will seek to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless the region's leader abandons his push for independence, the country's deputy prime minister said Wednesday, 24 hours before Madrid's deadline.

Catalans rally against separatist leaders' detention

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Tuesday after a court ordered the detention of two Catalan separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions over the chaotic referendum on splitting from Spain.

Confusion, anger: Catalan crisis takes emotional toll

Barcelona - Confusion, fear, humiliation, anger -- Catalonia's separatist challenge is taking its toll on many residents of Barcelona, a city only just recovering from a deadly terror attack, mental health workers say.

Catalans rally against separatist leaders' detention

Barcelona - Thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia Tuesday after a judge ordered the detention of two separatist leaders, further inflaming tensions over the region's chaotic referendum on splitting from Spain.

Catalan police chief walks free after sedition hearing: judicial source

Madrid - Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero on Monday was allowed to walk free from a court in Madrid where he faced charges of sedition, a judicial source said.

Spain gives Catalans three days to drop independence bid

Madrid - Madrid on Monday warned Catalonia's separatist leader that he has only three days left to "return to legality" after he refused to say whether he would follow through on a threat to declare independence from Spain.

Catalan police chief Trapero: hero, martyr or traitor?

Barcelona - "A hero" and "martyr" of Catalonia's independence drive or a "traitor" to Spain? Catalonia's police chief, due to appear in front of a Madrid court Monday, has become the symbol of a deeply divided country.

Catalonia's Puigdemont: dyed-in-the-wool partisan of independence

Barcelona - Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's separatist leader, has dreamed since childhood of independence from Spain but now faces a stark choice to determine the future of a region he said he's willing to go to jail for.

Independence decision day looms for Catalan leader

Barcelona - Spain watched nervously Monday as the clock ticked down on a deadline for Catalonia's separatist president to decide if he wants to push ahead with independence despite international pleas for unity and dire economic warnings.

Catalan defence committees ready to take to the streets

Barcelona - When teachers, students, parents and activists turned up to defend polling stations against police in Catalonia's banned independence referendum, it became evident that a well-organised grassroots movement had emerged.

Catalan leader pressured as independence deadline looms

Barcelona - Pressure mounted on Catalonia's leader Sunday ahead of a Madrid-imposed deadline to decide whether to defy international pleas for unity and declare independence or back down and unleash the wrath of his separatist allies.

Spain's far-right gains visibility in Catalonia crisis

Barcelona - As Catalonia's separatist challenge heats up, far-right groups are increasingly taking to the streets in their quest for Spanish unity, sparking fears they will grow stronger after decades on the margins, analysts say.

Pressure grows on Catalan leader as independence deadline looms

Barcelona - Allies of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont urged him on Saturday to push ahead with his secession bid as a deadline set by Madrid for a final decision on independence approaches.

Catalan talks with Spain 'would aim at independence'

Barcelona - A senior Catalan official on Saturday said an offer of talks with Madrid over his region's independence push was aimed at negotiating secession from Spain, not stopping it.

Political uncertainty in Spain could hit economy: IMF

Washington - The International Monetary Fund warned Friday that Spain's strong economic recovery could be dealt a setback if the political turmoil over Catalonia's independence push continues.

EU's Juncker says he doesn't want Catalan independence

Luxembourg - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that he doesn't want Catalonia to become independent from Spain because it could trigger a separatist domino effect in the EU.

Business exodus deepens Catalan economy fears

Madrid - Catalonia's independence drive has sent dozens of firms fleeing as doubts grow over the economy of a region that, while one of Spain's richest, is also deeply indebted and dependent on trade with the EU and the rest of Spain.
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