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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.

Catalan lawmakers fail to agree on new president in first round vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's parliament failed to elect pro-independence candidate Quim Torra as regional president on Saturday, although the candidate handpicked by deposed leader Carles Puigdemont said he will work "tirelessly" for a split from Spain.

Catalonia: a new regional government finally in sight?

Madrid - Catalonia's majority separatist parliament is preparing to appoint a new regional president hand-picked by deposed leader Carles Puigdemont, who from exile told Quim Torra to continue his showdown with Madrid to achieve independence.

Catalan lawmakers step closer to picking new regional leader

Barcelona - Catalonia's parliament will start debating Saturday on whether to appoint staunch independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running.

Catalonia's new leader a political rookie well versed in independence

Barcelona - Quim Torra, an editor who was appointed Catalan president Monday after being chosen by ousted regional leader Carles Puigdemont as his successor, is a relative newcomer to politics but has long been a staunch separatist.

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

Barcelona - Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Thursday rejected being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain's government and months of political turmoil over its independence bid.

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

Barcelona - Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Wednesday rejected being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain's government.

Actor Viggo Mortensen joins pro-independence Catalan group

Barcelona - American actor Viggo Mortensen, known for playing Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, has become a member of pro-independence Catalan association Omnium Cultural, the organisation said Thursday.

Madrid blocks second Puigdemont comeback bid in Catalonia

Madrid - Spain's government on Wednesday stepped in to block Carles Puigdemont from being re-appointed president of Catalonia, pressuring the separatist camp to pick another candidate and form a regional government after months of limbo.

Catalan separatists to try again to elect Puigdemont

Berlin - Catalan separatists, meeting in Berlin, vowed Saturday to attempt once again to get their leader-in-exile Carles Puigdemont reinstalled as president of the Spanish region while adding that they don't want to hold fresh elections.

Catalonia and Basque Country: Spanish separatists go different ways

Madrid - With the Basque Country and Catalonia going their different ways, the Spanish government has avoided the nightmare of a joint independence front between the two wealthy regions.The northern Basque Country, home to 2.

No economic risk for Spain from Catalan dispute: IMF

Washington - The is no current risk to Spain's solid economic growth from the separatist crisis in the country's Catalonia province, a senior International Monetary Fund official said Friday.

Catalan parliament speaker opposes new elections

Geneva - The speaker of the Catalan parliament said Wednesday that new elections were not in the region's "interest" while Spain persists in blocking a new president from taking office.

Massive march in Barcelona against jailing of separatist leaders

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders facing trial on "rebellion" charges.

Spain gives Germany new Puigdemont info for extradition

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have handed over new information to Germany they hope will back their demand to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on rebellion charges, the justice minister said Friday.

Catalan separatist Rovira aims to rebuild life in Switzerland: report

Geneva - Catalan separatist Marta Rovira, who fled Spain last month to escape charges over the region's breakaway bid, said in an interview published Thursday she planned to settle in Switzerland for good.

Spain court rules proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by Catalonia's pro-independence presidential candidate Jordi Sanchez to be let out of jail and sworn in as regional head.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Madrid - A woman was arrested Tuesday for "rebellion" and "terrorism" in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Madrid - A woman was arrested Tuesday for "rebellion" and "terrorism" in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Spain PM's party in hot water over Catalonia, fresh scandal

Madrid - With key elections looming next year, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative party is in hot water as it is criticised for its handling of the Catalan crisis and a fresh scandal tarnishes its image.
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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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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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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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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Map of Spain and region of Catalonia
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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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