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Madrid woos separatist Catalonia with 4.2 bn-euro investment

Barcelona - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Tuesday to invest 4.2 billion euros ($4.6 billion) in Catalonia by 2020 as a battle for hearts and minds rages between Madrid and regional authorities that want independence.

Catalonia approves budget that funds independence referendum

Madrid - Catalonia's regional parliament, which is dominated by parties that want the region to break away from Spain, approved Wednesday a 2017 budget that includes funding for an independence referendum.

Thousands rally in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Barcelona - Several thousand people, many waving Spanish and Catalan flags, rallied in Barcelona on Sunday to oppose a push by the regional government of Catalonia to break away from the rest of Spain.

Former Catalan leader given two-year public office ban

Barcelona - Former Catalan president Artur Mas was banned on Monday from holding office for two years for organising an illegal 2014 independence referendum.

Catalan legal body rules against regional government over referendum

Barcelona - A top legal body in Catalonia ruled Friday that the region's separatist government does not have the authority to call a referendum on independence.

Spanish court blocks Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court quashed Tuesday a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament calling for a referendum on independence this year, a ruling that will further stoke tensions with Madrid.

Ex-Catalan chief's trial over independence vote ends

Barcelona - The trial of Artur Mas, former president of Spain's Catalonia region, over a non-binding independence vote in 2014 ended Friday after a day of heated courtroom exchanges.

Catalonia's former separatist leader Mas warns of backlash

Barcelona - On trial for holding a symbolic independence vote, Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas warned Madrid against implementing drastic measures to stop another such referendum -- binding this time -- from taking place as planned by his successor.

Mas: Catalonia's unlikely independence champion on trial

Madrid - Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas was not always a nationalist. But his decision to devote his political life to gaining independence from Spain ultimately landed him on the wrong side of the law.

On trial, ex-Catalan chief defends independence vote

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of supporters protested Monday in Barcelona as Catalonia's former leader Artur Mas went on trial for holding a non-binding independence referendum in 2014 -- a move he defended as legitimate.

High-profile Spain trial stokes Catalan independence fervour

Madrid - Separatists in Catalonia plan to come out in force Monday when the Spanish region's former leader, Artur Mas, stands trial over a non-binding independence referendum he held, further straining ties with Madrid.

Madrid, Catalonia tensions spike over independence

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist government hit out Thursday at reported plans by Madrid to close schools in the northeastern region and even take control of the police to stop a contested independence referendum.

Catalan separatists launch new independence campaign

Barcelona - Eight months before a controversial -- and still theoretical -- planned independence referendum, Catalan separatists launched a new seduction campaign Sunday to woo voters.

Catalan chief pledges 'binding' independence referendum

Madrid - Catalonia's separatist president said Friday that come what may, there would be a "legal and binding referendum" for independence from Spain next year despite fierce opposition from the central government.

Catalan separatists gather, prepare independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist government staged a summit on Friday to prepare an independence referendum it plans to stage in September, despite fierce opposition from Spain's central government.

Catalan parliament speaker in court over secession debate

Barcelona - Hundreds of Catalan pro-independence supporters rallied Friday in support of regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell as she appeared for questioning for allowing a debate on secession from Spain.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court on Wednesday suspended a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament that called a referendum next year on independence from the rest of the country.

Five Catalans who burned photos of Spanish king arrested

Barcelona - Spanish police have arrested five Catalan independence activists for allegedly burning photos of King Felipe VI after refusing to appear before a judge investigating them, police said Tuesday.

80,000 gather for Catalan pro-independence demo

Barcelona - Around 80,000 people rallied in Barcelona on Sunday in a show of support for Catalan leaders locked in a tug-of-war with Madrid over independence for their region, police said.

Ex-Catalan chief to stand trial for independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's former separatist chief Artur Mas will stand trial for staging a symbolic independence vote, judicial authorities said Thursday, just weeks after the Spanish region's current president promised a referendum.

Catalan leader wins regional backing for independence vote

Barcelona - Catalan regional lawmakers on Thursday approved regional President Carles Puigdemont's plans to call a referendum next year on independence from Spain, which has been without a fully functioning government since December.

Catalonia leader promises 2017 independence referendum

Barcelona - The president of Spain's Catalonia region said Wednesday he would call an independence referendum in September 2017, in a move likely to infuriate Madrid as the country endures a protracted political crisis.

Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday to demand their region break away from Spain, pressuring pro-independence leaders to unite and iron out differences over their secession plan.

Madrid ups ante against Catalan separatist lawmakers

Madrid - Spain asked the Constitutional Court Friday to nullify a text approved by Catalonia's parliament urging the region to push ahead with its independence drive, warning separatist lawmakers of severe consequences.

Catalan parliament defies court in secession drive

Barcelona - Catalan lawmakers defied Spain's Constitutional Court Wednesday and approved a text calling on the region to push ahead with its bid to forge a separate state with or without Madrid's approval.

Spain interior minister faces calls to resign over leak

Madrid - Spain's interior minister faced calls to resign Wednesday over a conversation leaked four days before elections in which he appears to discuss with an anti-fraud official ways to incriminate his political rivals.

Catalans worn down by long independence drive

Barcelona - The vivid red and yellow Catalan separatist flag is a familiar and colourful sight on balconies across Barcelona, though many have become faded and torn over the years.

Catalonia's pro-independence coalition breaks down

Barcelona - The pro-independence coalition ruling Spain's Catalonia broke down Wednesday after its most radical component refused to back the government budget, forcing the regional president to call a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Catalonia pushes ahead quietly with independence plan

Barcelona - Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid in their bid to break away from Spain.

Spain PM holds talks with Catalonia's separatist leader

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy met Catalonia's separatist leader on Wednesday, a first in nearly two years as controversy rages over an independence drive in the wealthy, northeastern region.
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