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Former Catalan leader ordered to pay 4.9 mn euros over vote

Madrid - Spain's audit office on Monday ordered former Catalan president Artur Mas and nine others to repay 4.9 million euros ($5.5 million) of public money spent on staging a 2014 independence referendum.

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors called Friday for Catalan separatist leaders to be jailed for up to 25 years on charges of rebellion or misuse of public funds over last year's failed secession bid.

Spain prosecutors seek up to 25 years jail for Catalan separatists

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors called Friday for Catalan separatist leaders to be jailed for up to 25 years on charges of rebellion or misuse of public funds over last year's failed secession bid.

Spain Supreme Court orders trial of former Catalan leaders

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday ordered 18 former Catalan leaders to stand trial over their role in last year's declaration of independence.

Catalans march for unity on Spain's national day

Barcelona - Tens of housands of Catalans who want their region to remain part of Spain marked national day Friday, marching through Barcelona in protest against leaders who brought the region to the brink of independence last year.

Catalonia's separatist front shatters

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist parties that brought the region to the brink of breaking away from Spain a year ago, shattered their united front this week in a struggle over strategy toward independence.

Madrid to take legal action over Catalan parliament vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday his government would take legal action after Catalonia's parliament voted for a resolution condemning King Felipe VI and calling for the monarchy to be abolished.

Rift threatens Catalonia's separatist government

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist government suddenly found itself with a minority in the regional parliament Tuesday as a rift between two major pro-independence parties widened, casting doubt over the executive's viability.

Catalonia eyes mediation, with nod to China, Russia

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist leader urged Madrid to consider foreign mediation in the conflict over his region's demand for independence, in a letter made public Thursday and also sent to Russia, China and others.

Catalan government accused of playing 'dangerous' game after unrest

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist executive was Tuesday accused of playing a "dangerous" game after the regional leader encouraged radical independence activists to carry out disruptive acts on the anniversary of a banned referendum that culminated in clashes.

Spanish PM raps Catalan leader after unrest in Barcelona

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday rapped Catalonia's separatist leader Quim Torra for "encouraging radicals" a day after clashes erupted in Barcelona on the anniversary of a banned independence referendum.

Catalan separatists' divisions erupt on referendum anniversary

Barcelona - A year after a banned referendum on secession from Spain, tens of thousands of Catalan protesters piled pressure on the region's separatist government Monday during an anniversary marked by road and railway line blockades and late-night clashes with po...

Pro-independence protesters in Catalonia block roads, railway line

Barcelona - Pro-independence protesters obstructed major roads and a high-speed railway line in Spain's Catalonia region on Monday, one year after a banned referendum on secession that was marred by police violence.

Catalans deeply divided a year after independence referendum

Celr - For Jaume Casamitjana, last year's banned independence referendum in Catalonia marked a watershed in his feelings about Spain, while for Alexandra Lopez-Liz, it pushed her to take a stand against the separatist movement.

A year after referendum, Catalan separatists rudderless

Barcelona - On October 1, 2017, Catalan separatists held an illegal and divisive referendum which saw them launching a failed attempt to break away from Spain. A year on, however, the independence movement is divided and rudderless.

Police clash with Catalan separatists at Spanish rally

Barcelona - Twenty-four people were injured and six detained on Saturday during a rally -- and a counter demonstration -- in Barcelona by police paying tribute to colleagues deployed to prevent the 2017 Catalan independence referendum.

Catalan ex-leader to launch new party a year after independence bid

Barcelona - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont will launch a new party on October 27, the first anniversary of the Spanish region's failed declaration of independence, his spokesman said Thursday.

Spain furious over Flemish letter to Catalan separatist

Madrid - Spain summoned the Belgian ambassador over a letter sent to jailed Catalan separatist Carme Forcadell by the speaker of the regional Flemish parliament questioning democracy in Spain, a diplomatic source said Wednesday.

One million protesters rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence

Barcelona - Around one million people rallied in Barcelona on Tuesday, banging drums and blowing whistles in a show of support for Catalan independence nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain.

Catalan separatists plan show of strength at Barcelona demo

Barcelona - Catalan separatists will seek to put on a show of strength and unity at celebrations of the region's national day Tuesday, nearly a year after a failed attempt to break away from Spain.

Spain: Catalonia independence crisis one year on

Barcelona - On the eve of "Diada", Catalonia's "national day", which traditionally brings hundreds of thousands of separatists out on the streets, AFP reviews the region's independence crisis.

Spain PM asks Catalan leader to talk to those against independence

Enk - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday asked Catalonia's separatist leader Quim Torra to start a dialogue with those against independence and ditch his "posturing" to ease tensions in the region.

Spanish PM proposes referendum on greater autonomy for Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's prime minister on Monday proposed holding a referendum in Catalonia on greater autonomy for the wealthy region but ruled out allowing a vote on independence as demanded by Catalan leaders.

Tensions rise in Catalonia over pro-independence yellow ribbons

Barcelona - Catalan separatists decorate streets, monuments and even beaches with yellow ribbons to promote their cause -- but their opponents just as soon remove them to clean up" this Spanish region.

Anonymous hackers target Spain sites in Catalonia protest

Madrid - Hackers from the Anonymous collective claimed responsibility for bringing down government websites in Spain on Monday in a protest against Madrid's efforts to block Catalonia's separatist drive.

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Barcelona - Spain's new Socialist government held talks with Catalonia's separatist executive on Wednesday in the first such meeting in seven years as tensions eased but sharp divergences remained over the region's self-determination drive.

Catalan ex-leader, in Belgium, vows to pursue independence bid

Apo - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont vowed Saturday to "defend the just cause of the Catalan people" as he returned to Belgium.

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont says to return to Belgium

Berlin - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont said Wednesday he will head to Belgium where he will keep pressing for his region's independence after a Spanish judge dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

Scotland withdraws arrest warrant for Catalan ex-minister Ponsati

Edinburgh - Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted for her role in last year's bid for independence from Spain, had her international arrest warrant withdrawn at a Scottish court on Monday.

What now for deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont?

Madrid - Now he is rid of a Spanish international arrest warrant, Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont can go anywhere he pleases save Spain, and continue playing a central role in his region's separatist politics from afar.So what's next?
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During a match between FC Barcerlona and AC Milan at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, the "Associació Catalana Pro Senyera més gran del món" unfurled a giant Catalan flag, covering 145,805.24 square feet (13,545.75 m2) setting a world record for the Largest flag flying in a football stadium, according to World Record Academy.
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This ad to encourage voting in an upcoming election in Catalonian election has both the left and the right furious.
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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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