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In Spain, ex-Catalan police chief goes on trial for rebellion

San Fernando De Henares - The former police chief of Catalonia went on trial Monday over his role in the region's failed 2017 independence bid in a move that risks fanning tensions with Catalan separatists.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont joined the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

Spain's new government to tackle Catalonia via negotiation

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's new government took office Monday facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists.

Wanted Catalan takes MEP seat, slams Spanish justice

Strasbourg - Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrived at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday and denounced Spain, which has issued a warrant for his arrest, for continuing to detain a former ally.

European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

Apo - The European Parliament declared Friday that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.

Spain court refuses to recognise Catalan separatist as MEP

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday refused to recognise jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras as a European MP because of his October conviction over a failed 2017 independence bid.

Spain electoral board disqualifies Catalan president from office

Madrid - Spain's electoral board ordered Friday that Catalan separatist president Quim Torra be disqualified from being a member of Catalonia's regional parliament, meaning he would lose his presidential post.

Exiled Catalan MEPs accredited to take up seats

Apo - Two pro-independence Catalan politicians received accreditation to sit as members of the European Parliament on Friday after a court ruled that Spain had no right to block them.

Spain court bars Catalan president from holding office for 18 months

Barcelona - A court in Spain on Thursday banned Catalonia's president Quim Torra from holding public office for 18 months after finding him guilty of disobedience for failing to remove separatist symbols from public buildings during an election campaign.

Catalan president goes on trial for 'disobedience'

Barcelona - The president of Catalonia's regional government went on trial in Barcelona on Monday for "disobedience" after refusing to remove separatist symbols from public buildings, amid heightened tensions in the Spanish region.

In blow to Spain PM, key Catalan party withholds support

Madrid - A Catalan separatist party whose support is key to the investiture of Spain's new government on Thursday refused to offer its backing in a blow to Socialist premier Pedro Sanchez.

Catalan ex-minister Ponsati arrested in Scotland

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted in Spain for her role in the region's unilateral bid for independence in 2017, was arrested by Scottish police on Thursday.

Catalan separatists cleared from Spain-France motorway

Le Perthus - French and Catalan police on Tuesday dispersed a group of Catalan separatists who had been blocking a motorway linking Spain and France at the border, French authorities said.

Catalan MPs irk Spain with new resolution on secession

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist-dominated parliament drew a fresh rebuke from Spain on Tuesday after approving a text in favour of self-determination, despite it being suspended just minutes earlier by the Constitutional Court.

Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway

La Jonquera - Catalan separatists blocked traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest Monday against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms.

Madrid and Catalan separatists locked in online battle

Madrid - When Spain's King Felipe VI and his 14-year-old daughter arrived at Barcelona airport last weekend, hackers issued a message about their whereabouts, warning protesters of three possible exits.

Catalan leader denies ties to jailed radical separatists

Barcelona - The head of Catalonia's regional government on Thursday denied having links to seven separatist activists jailed in September on suspicion of belonging to a "terrorist" group that planned to occupy the Spanish region's parliament.

Catalan radicals to vote 'Trojan horse' MPs into Spain parliament

Girona - After numerous protests in the Catalan separatist stronghold of Girona, Carla Costa is mulling other ways of attacking Spain, including the idea of voting radical pro-independence MPs into parliament to act as a Trojan Horse.

Spain re-issues international arrest warrants for 3 Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday issued international arrest warrants for three former Catalan regional government officials who fled abroad after the failed independence bid of 2017, court documents showed.

Separatists protest in Barcelona as Spain's king visits

Barcelona - Several thousand Catalan protesters massed in Barcelona on Monday seeking to disrupt a visit by King Felipe VI as the country barrelled towards another election under the shadow of the separatist crisis.

Former Catalan leader to fight Belgian extradition

Apo - Lawyers for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont vowed Tuesday to fight Spain's efforts to extradite him from Belgium on charges of sedition and misuse of public funds.

Catalan unrest makes separatist conflict 'visible': grassroots group

Barcelona - Violent protests that erupted across Catalonia after nine separatist leaders were jailed this month makes conflict over the region's place within Spain "visible" worldwide, a leading separatist said Monday."The world is like that.

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday for Spanish unity, staging a counter-rally in Barcelona a day after 350,000 Catalan separatists held a protest over the jailing of nine regional leaders.

Thousands rally in Catalan counter-protest

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched Sunday for Spanish unity, staging a counter-rally in Barcelona a day after 350,000 Catalan separatists held a protest over the jailing of nine regional leaders.

Clashes in Barcelona after 350,000 rally in peaceful protest

Barcelona - Thousands of separatists clashed with police in central Barcelona Saturday just hours after some 350,000 demonstrators held a peaceful march in the latest mass protest over the jailing of nine separatist leaders.

Who are the youths behind the Catalonia protest violence?

Barcelona - The violent protests that have swept Catalonia over the jailing of nine separatist leaders have involved veteran anarchists and youthful troublemakers as well as outraged separatists, some of whom became radicalised only recently.

Catalan leader pledges to work for fresh independence vote

Barcelona - The president of Spain's protest-hit Catalonia region pledged Thursday to push for a new vote on secession, despite the fallout from a failed 2017 independence bid that sparked the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Nearly 100 injured in Catalan protests

Barcelona - After another night of clashes in Catalonia which left nearly 100 people injured according to emergency services, activists again blocked roads on Thursday in the northeastern region of Spain.

Destination Barcelona: separatists begin 100km 'freedom march'

Girona - In a straw hat and hiking boots, Jordi Soler set out from Girona with thousands of others on a 100-kilometre (60-mile) "freedom march" after Spain jailed nine Catalan separatist leaders. "This is to show that we can bring Catalonia to a halt...

Spain police arrest 51 people during Catalan protests

Madrid - Police in Spain said Wednesday they arrested 51 people across Catalonia overnight after violent protests over the jailing of nine separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid.
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