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Exiled Catalan pro-independence lawmaker demands 'justice'

Geneva - Anna Gabriel, a pro-independence former member of the Catalan parliament, says she has not sought to flee justice in choosing Swiss exile, but on the contrary wants to see justice done."I have not abandoned the Spanish state by choice.

Spain court orders arrest of Catalan separatist in exile

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a former Catalan MP who is in self-imposed exile in Switzerland to avoid jail while she is investigated over her role in the region's secession drive.

Leading Catalan separatist latest to leave Spain

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession drive has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing and may seek asylum there, the sixth separatist to leave Spain in months.

Leading Catalan separatist in Switzerland to evade justice

Geneva - A former Catalan lawmaker and major figure in the region's secession attempt has fled to Switzerland ahead of a court hearing in Madrid, comparing the situation in Catalonia to Turkey's post-coup crackdown.

Leading Catalan separatist walks free on bail

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Monday allowed leading Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who faces charges over her region's independence bid, to walk free but ordered her to post bail of 60,000 euros ($75,000), a source close to the case said.

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Madrid - The party of deposed Catalan leader Charles Puigdemont on Friday submitted a proposal for a regional law reform that would allow the axed president to govern from Belgium.

Spain-Belgium ties could be harmed by ex Catalan leader: minister

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister warned Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's plan to govern the region remotely from Belgium could harm "friendly relations" between Madrid and Brussels.

Rivera: Spain's anti-independence Catalan who wants to be PM

Madrid - He's young, liberal, Catalan and a fan of France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau.

Puigdemont or plan B? Catalan separatists divided

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist parties have to decide in the coming days whether to set their differences aside and back ousted, exiled leader Carles Puigdemont or seek an alternative.

Axed Catalan VP Junqueras suggests Puigdemont be 'symbolic' president

Madrid - Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras has suggested that ousted leader Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, could rule as a "symbolic" president with a fully functioning executive on site.

Tourism to Spain hits new record despite Catalonia uncertainty

Madrid - Spain welcomed a record number of foreign visitors for a fifth straight year in 2017, despite a double-digit drop in arrivals at the end of the year in crisis-hit Catalonia, official data showed Thursday.

Three jailed Catalan leaders appeal to UN panel: lawyers

London - Three Catalan leaders imprisoned in Spain over their role in their region's independence crisis will take their case to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, their lawyers in London said on Thursday.

Catalonia at an impasse: what next?

Barcelona - Catalonia is at an impasse: Ousted president Carles Puigdemont, in self-exile in Belgium, had hoped to be re-appointed as Catalan leader this week.

Ex Catalan leader reportedly says it's over for him

Madrid - Spain's Telecinco television channel revealed Wednesday a series of mobile phone messages written by sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to another separatist, in which he says it's likely all over for him.

Spain risks downgrade to 'flawed democracy' over Catalonia: think tank

Madrid - Spain risks being downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed" one over its handling of Catalonia's secession crisis, a research group that compiles an influential annual democracy ranking warned Wednesday.The country's score dropped from 8.

Spain risks downgrade to 'flawed democracy' over Catalonia: think tank

Madrid - Spain risks being downgraded from a "full democracy" to a "flawed" one over its handling of Catalonia's secession crisis, a research group that compiles an influential annual democracy ranking warned Wednesday.The country's score dropped from 8.

Catalan separatists divided as Puigdemont's comeback bid delayed

Barcelona - Divisions in Catalonia's separatist bloc burst into the open Tuesday after the region's parliamentary speaker postponed a crucial vote to reappoint ousted president Carles Puigdemont.

Puigdemont and the Flemish nationalists: a love story

Brussels - Exiled in Belgium for the last three months, deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has become the darling of nationalists seeking independence for the region of Flanders.

Catalonia: Key dates in fight for independence

Madrid - Catalonia's independence crisis captured the world's attention when a banned independence referendum in October 2017 was met with a massive police crackdown.But the separatist drive has been years in the making.

Uncertainty grows as Catalan leader's comeback bid delayed

Barcelona - Catalonia was plunged into further uncertainty Tuesday as the region's parliamentary speaker postponed a crucial vote to reappoint ousted separatist president Carles Puigdemont but vowed to have him reinstated at a later date.

Crunch time for Puigdemont's Catalan comeback bid

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bid by Catalonia's ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to form a new government, setting the stage for a fresh showdown with Spain's central government which removed him from office.

Uncertainty swirls around Puigdemont investiture vote

Barcelona - A meeting of the Catalan parliament scheduled for Tuesday to vote on a bid by the region's fugitive separatist president Carles Puigdemont to form a new government was in doubt after a court ruled he must be present.

Court ruling pressures ex-Catalan leader to return to Spain

Madrid - Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was under pressure Sunday to return to Spain if he wants to form a new government after the country's top court ruled he could not govern the region from abroad.

Spanish court suspends Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's constitutional court on Saturday announced it was blocking Catalonia's ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont from returning to power in the region while he remains the subject of legal action.

Spanish court suspends Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's constitutional court on Saturday announced it was blocking Catalonia's ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont from returning to power in the region while he remains the subject of legal action.

Spain turns to court to block Puigdemont's Catalan comeback bid

Madrid - The Spanish government on Friday announced a legal challenge against former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's comeback bid, on the grounds that he is wanted for his role in the region's failed independence drive.

Spain takes step to block Puigdemont's Catalan comeback bid

Madrid - Spain said Thursday it plans to challenge in court Carles Puigdemont's attempt to make a comeback as Catalan leader as he is wanted for his role in the region's failed independence drive.

Catalan parliament speaker defends Puigdemont as legitimate leader

Brussels - The speaker of Catalonia's parliament defended ousted separatist president Carles Puigdemont on Wednesday as the region's legitimate leader, as question marks remain over how he will be able to take power from self-exile in Belgium.

Sacked Catalan leader holds Brussels meeting despite Madrid opposition

Brussels - Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont met Wednesday with the speaker of the region's parliament in Brussels despite efforts by Spain's central government to prevent the talks.

Sacked Catalan leader kisses Spanish flag in viral video

Madrid - A video of Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont kissing a Spanish flag at the insistence of a man who confronted him over his independence push went viral in Spain on Tuesday.
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The village of Gausac in the Aran Valley of northwest Catalonia, which since 2015 has enjoyed considerable autonomy within the region
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