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Spain PM urges high turnout in Catalan poll to counter separatists

Huelva - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday urged a big turnout in a regional election in Catalonia next month to counter separatists who want to turn the election into a vote on independence.

Catalonia calls early poll as proxy independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia on Monday called early regional elections for September 27, polls that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain and raise tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

Barcelona - The leader of Spain's wealthy Catalonia region signed a decree on Monday calling early parliamentary elections on September 27 which he has said will act as proxy vote on independence.

Catalonia poised to call early poll as proxy independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia was poised on Monday to call an early regional election that will serve as a proxy vote on independence from Spain, raising tensions with the central government in Madrid.

Spain PM backs controversial ex-mayor to stand in Catalan polls

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday backed a former mayor whose comments have been called xenophobic as his party's top candidate for regional elections in independence-minded Catalonia.

Monarchists hit back in Catalonia row over king's bust

Barcelona - Spanish monarchists outraged at the removal of a bust of their ex-king from Barcelona city hall hit back Friday by putting a portrait of his successor Felipe VI in its place.

Spain king urges Catalan separatists to show 'respect for the law'

Barcelona - Spanish King Felipe VI warned Catalan leaders on Thursday to obey the law in their drive for autonomy, as tension mounted over the region's bid to break away from Spain.

Catalan separatists ready to declare unilateral independence

Barcelona - Catalan separatists said they were ready to declare unilateral independence if Madrid attempted to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September's regional elections.

Catalan parties make election alliance for independence

Barcelona - Parties seeking independence for Catalonia have forged an alliance for September regional elections that they hope will boost their drive to break away from Spain, sources said Wednesday.

Support for Catalan independence slips: Poll

Barcelona - Support for independence in Spain's wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia has slipped, according to a Catalan government opinion poll published Friday.

Catalonia governing alliance splits over independence

Barcelona - Disagreements over how to push for independence in Catalonia drove the Spanish region's 37-year-old governing alliance to split apart on Thursday, leaders said.

Three ministers pull out of Catalan govt over independence plans

Madrid - The junior party in the coalition that runs Catalonia said Wednesday that its three ministers were pulling out of the regional government due to disagreements over its push to break away from Spain.

Top Spain court rules mock Catalan independence vote illegal

Barcelona - Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled that a symbolic independence referendum held last year in the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia was illegal.

Catalonia nationalists plan 2017 secession from Spain

Madrid - Catalan nationalist parties and associations have signed a road map to secede from Spain in 2017 if independence movements win a September regional vote.

Catalan president stakes it all with snap poll on independence

Barcelona - Catalan president Artur Mas has called a snap election in September to try to win a majority in favour of independence from Spain for the wealthy region as he tries to revive a secession movement that shows signs of cooling.

Spain's Catalonia calls snap vote in fresh independence push

Barcelona - Catalonia on Wednesday called a snap election for September centred on its independence bid, just two months after the wealthy region held a contested symbolic referendum on the issue that strained ties with Spain's central government.

Court opens case against Catalan leader for breakaway vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's president Artur Mas was placed under investigation on Monday for holding a banned vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain.

Spanish king praises unity on visit to Catalonia after vote

Barcelona - Spain's King Felipe VI praised the merits of unity in his first speech in Catalonia since the wealthy northwest region held a symbolic vote on independence.

In Catalonia, Spain PM 'won't allow' challenge to country's unity

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Catalonia Saturday that he would not allow any challenge to national unity, on his first visit to the region since its symbolic vote on independence.

Spanish PM dismisses latest Catalan independence moves

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called plans by the Catalan government to hold early elections as part of a push to gain independence from Spain "a step to nowhere".

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region wants early polls on independence

Barcelona - The head of the regional Catalan government, Artur Mas, said Tuesday he wants to hold early elections in the wealthy region centred in independence from the rest of Spain.

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors said Wednesday they will take legal action against Catalan president Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction.

Catalan self-rule camp smaller than it looks: analysts

Barcelona - Although nearly two million people voted 'Yes' in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.

Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote

Barcelona - The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on Thursday on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.

Spain brands Catalan breakaway vote a failure

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded the Catalonia region's symbolic vote on independence a failure and rejected its call for a full referendum on breaking away from Spain.

Spain rejects Catalan self-determination after vote

Madrid - Spain's government Tuesday rejected Catalonia's calls for self-determination after more than two million people took part in a symbolic vote on independence for the region.

Catalan independence opponents uneasy after vote

Badalona - Luis Guevara hoped politicians in Catalonia would turn their focus to the economy after Sunday's symbolic independence referendum, but now he fears a strong turnout at the poll means more wrangling with the Spanish government.

Catalans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Spain

On Sunday, the Spanish region of Catalonia held its own vote on whether to separate from Spain. The massive vote in favour is seen as a victory for separatists and poses increased difficulties for the Madrid government.

Two million defiant Catalans vote on breakaway from Spain

Barcelona - Two million Catalans turned out Sunday to vote on independence from Spain in a symbolic ballot, defying challenges from the Spanish government.

Catalan leader warns against disrupting independence vote

Barcelona - Catalan leader Artur Mas warned that any move by Spain to disrupt Sunday's symbolic and much-disputed vote on independence in the wealthy region would be "a direct attack on democracy".
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