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Spain drops international arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday dropped European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, meaning they no longer face detention or extradition.

Spain drops international arrest warrants for Puigdemont, other Catalans

Madrid - A Spanish judge on Thursday dropped European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, the Supreme Court said, which means they no longer face extradition.

Flanders' separatist leader boosts ties with Catalan counterpart

Barcelona - A week after meeting Scotland's pro-independence leader Nicola Sturgeon, Catalonia's president Quim Torra held talks Tuesday in Barcelona with his counterpart in Flanders, Geert Bourgeois, and both agreed to strengthen cooperation.

Catalan leader launches bid to unite separatist factions

Barcelona - Self-exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday appealed for unity among the disparate factions of Catalonia's independence movement, in his continued determination to turn the wealthy northeastern region into a republic.

Spanish PM says separatists must be 'tried in Spanish courts'

Apo - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that Catalonia's deposed independence leader Carles Puigdemont and other separatists "must be tried by the Spanish courts".

Germany can extradite Puigdemont to Spain for graft, not rebellion: court

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain, but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Germany can extradite Puigdemont to Spain for graft, not rebellion: court

Berlin - A German court ruled Thursday that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain, but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.

Catalan leader travels to Scotland for historic talks

Edinburgh - After years of holding Catalan separatists at arm's length despite obvious sympathy for their cause, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim Torra for the first time on Wednesday.

Spain court orders Puigdemont suspended as lawmaker

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and five other separatists be suspended as regional lawmakers after concluding a probe into their secession bid.

Spanish PM meets Catalan president to defuse tensions

Madrid - Spain's new leader Pedro Sanchez on Monday meets separatist Catalan president Quim Torra for the first time in a bid to kickstart dialogue after the region's failed attempt at secession which sparked the country's worst crisis in decades.

Held Catalan leaders to be moved to jails in the region: govt

Madrid - Six of the nine Catalan separatist leaders in custody over their role in Catalonia's secession bid will be transferred to prisons in the region, Madrid said Monday, signalling a thaw in tensions.

New Spanish PM urges Catalans to turn page on referendum

Berlin - Spain's new prime minister on Tuesday urged Catalan separatist leaders to "turn the page" on a contested independence referendum after regional president Quim Torra said he wanted another vote.

Puigdemont v 'Pig Demont': Ex-Catalan leader squeals on ham brand

Barcelona - Former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has asked Spanish authorities to stop the sale of a brand of dry-cured ham called "Pig Demont" whose logo is a pig with a hairstyle and glasses similar to his.

Belgium may probe whether Spain spied on Catalan leader

Apo - Belgian authorities faced calls Wednesday to investigate whether the Spanish secret services monitored former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgium without telling Brussels.

Spain lifts financial controls on Catalonia, rules out referendum

Madrid - Spain's new Socialist government said Friday it would lift financial controls on Catalonia as a "gesture of normalisation" towards the separatist-minded region, but insisted an independence referendum was still "out of the question.

Small glimmer of hope in Catalan crisis with new Spain PM

Barcelona - Socialist Pedro Sanchez's arrival to power in Spain has brought a glimmer of hope that icy ties will thaw between Madrid and Catalan separatists, who are wary of the new leader but happy that veteran conservative Mariano Rajoy has gone.

Direct rule on Catalonia due to be lifted as separatist govt sworn in

Barcelona - Catalonia's new separatist government will be sworn in Saturday, the regional presidency announced, which will spark the automatic end of Madrid's direct rule over the region.

Catalan president forms govt without jailed, exiled ministers

Madrid - Catalonia's separatist president signed a decree Tuesday nominating an administration that no longer includes jailed and exiled former ministers who backed its independence push, his office said in a statement.

Tensions rise on Catalan streets as divisions over secession deepen

Barcelona - From pro-independence yellow crosses vying with Spanish flags on beaches to party offices vandalised, Catalonia has seen a rise in tensions as divisions over secession from Spain deepen.

Spain PM gets backing for budget despite Catalan crisis

Madrid - Spain's minority government won parliamentary approval Wednesday for its 2018 budget after Basque nationalists made a last-minute U-turn on a vow to withhold their crucial support unless Madrid lifts direct rule on Catalonia.

Spain PM gets support from Basque party to pass 2018 budget

Madrid - After months of suspense, Spain's government finally got the guarantee it needed that the 2018 budget would be approved after a Basque nationalist party said Wednesday it would vote in favour of the spending plan.

Catalonia postpones swearing in new regional government

Barcelona - Catalonia's new separatist president on Wednesday postponed the swearing in of his administration after Madrid rejected four regional minister who are in jail or exile over the region's independence push.

Catalan crisis threatens Spain's 2018 budget and PM

Madrid - The Catalan crisis is putting the adoption of Spain's 2018 budget, and possibly even Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's rule, in jeopardy as Basque nationalists threaten to withhold their crucial support unless Madrid lifts direct rule on Catalonia.

Catalan president names jailed, exiled ministers to govt

Barcelona - Catalonia's new president Quim Torra on Saturday named two former ministers jailed by Madrid for backing independence from Spain, together with two others who fled into exile, to his regional government.

New Catalan leader shuns constitution as sworn in

Barcelona - Quim Torra, Catalonia's new separatist leader, was sworn in Thursday during a brief ceremony without central government representatives in which he avoided promising to obey the constitution and pledged instead to follow "the will of the Catalan people...

New Catalan leader shuns constitution as sworn in

Barcelona - Quim Torra, Catalonia's new separatist leader, was sworn in Thursday in a brief ceremony without central government representatives where he avoided promising to obey the constitution and pledged instead to follow "the will of the Catalan people.

Spain PM and Catalonia's new separatist leader ready to meet

Berlin - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalonia's new separatist leader Quim Torra said Tuesday they were willing to meet, as the regional president prepares to form a government and keep fighting to break from Spain.

Anti-racism group slams new Catalan leader

Barcelona - A Catalan anti-racism group on Tuesday slammed past comments made by freshly-elected, fiercely separatist regional president Quim Torra and deemed offensive to Spaniards, as controversy grows over the appointment of a man critics have accused of "xenop...

Catalan lawmakers prepare to appoint new hardline leader

Barcelona - The Catalan parliament prepared Monday to elect fiercely pro-secession candidate Quim Torra as the region's new leader, who promised to keep fighting for an independent republic.

Catalan lawmakers set to elect new hardline leader

Barcelona - The Catalan parliament is expected to elect fiercely pro-independence candidate Quim Torra to be its regional president later Monday as separatists seek to end the emergency direct rule imposed by Madrid last year and renew their secession bid.
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