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Jailed Catalan separatists take seats in Spanish parliament

Madrid - Five jailed Catalan separatist leaders elected to the Spanish parliament last month were temporarily released from prison Tuesday and escorted by police to the assembly to be sworn in as lawmakers.

Jailed Catalan leader sees parliament mandate as win for ballot box

Barcelona - Former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras has been in jail for more than 18 months but on Tuesday he will be temporarily released, and sworn in as a Spanish lawmaker.

Spain's Catalan separatists let out of jail for induction as MPs

Madrid - Catalan separatists were released from jail on Monday to obtain their formal certificates as elected MPs the day before the Spanish parliament is to open in Madrid.

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont allowed to run in EU poll

Madrid - Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain in 2017 after a secession attempt, can contest EU polls this month, a Madrid court said Monday, overturning an electoral board decision.

Moderate Catalan separatists boosted in Spain election

Barcelona - With 22 MPs, including four in jail, Catalan separatist parties boosted their standing in Spain's national parliament in general elections Sunday, even as voters opted for more moderation.

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls

Madrid - Spanish election authorities on Monday banned Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled the country in 2017 after a secession attempt, from running in upcoming EU polls.

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls: party

Madrid - Spanish election authorities have banned Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled the country in 2017 after a secession attempt, from running in EU polls, his party said Monday.

Catalonia, battleground in Spain's snap elections

Barcelona - After a failed secession bid, Catalonia is a key battleground in Spain's general election on Sunday, and the main line of attack for conservatives against Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

Spain PM, rivals clash over Catalonia in election debate

Madrid - Spain's outgoing prime minister faced an onslaught of criticism Monday from his right-wing rivals over Catalonia's secession crisis in a testy four-way debate ahead of elections, while he warned them against cozying up to the far-right.

Spanish judge charges 30 Catalan officials over referendum

Barcelona - A Spanish judge investigating the role of Catalan officials in an illegal independence referendum in 2017 has charged 30 of them, in what could lead to a second trial over the failed secession bid.

'Less shouting, more listening', plead weary Catalans

Barcelona - As night falls on the Catalan seaside resort of Mataro near Barcelona, one room in the community centre remains brightly-lit as locals debate a way out of the independence crisis.

Catalonia's president pressed to call fresh election

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist president, who has lacked a majority in the regional parliament since October, was under pressure Thursday from opposition parties to call snap polls in the Spanish region.

Catalan separatists clash with far-right in Barcelona

Barcelona - Five people were injured and seven arrested on Saturday as members of Spain's far-right Vox party demonstrating in Barcelona against Catalan independence clashed with separatist activists there, police said.

Spain files lawsuit against Catalan president over pro-independence symbols

Barcelona - Spanish public prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed a criminal lawsuit against Catalan president Quim Torra for disobedience after he ignored orders to remove pro-independence symbols from regional public buildings.

Catalan president seeks way around independence symbols ban

Barcelona - After Spain ordered Catalonia to remove pro-independence symbols from public buildings, Catalan president Quim Torra responded Thursday by replacing a banner with a yellow ribbon outside the regional government's headquarters with another one.

Thousands of Catalan separatists march in Madrid

Madrid - Thousands of Catalan separatists took to the streets of the Spanish capital Saturday to denounce the prosecution of 12 of their leaders, on trial for their part in the failed 2017 independence bid.

Ex Catalan police chief says he was ready to arrest Puigdemont

Madrid - The former chief of Catalonia' police force said Thursday his officers were ready to arrest the region's ex-president Carles Puigdemont during the failed 2017 independence bid, if they had been asked to do so by judicial authorities.

Spanish police give their version of Catalan referendum violence

Madrid - Spanish security officials have defended their handling of a banned independence referendum in Catalonia, saying police had no choice but to use the kind of force captured in violent mages were flashed around the world in 2017.

Spain's ex-PM 'deplores' images of Catalan referendum violence

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday he "deplored" police violence during an illegal independence referendum in Catalonia, but blamed it on separatist leaders as he testified at their trial.

Spain's ex-PM Rajoy testifies in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede, on Wednesday accused separatist leaders of wanting to "liquidate national sovereignty" by organising a banned referendum as he testified in their trial.

Spain's ex-PM Rajoy set to testify in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede, will testify Wednesday in the trial of separatist leaders in a highly sensitive hearing just two months before elections.

Road blocks, strike in Catalonia against separatists' trial

Barcelona - Activists blocked roads and rail lines in Catalonia on Thursday while tens of thousands took to the streets during a region-wide strike against the trial of separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 secession attempt.

Spanish king speaks out during Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's King Felipe VI said Wednesday democracy was not above respecting the law, in unusually outspoken comments widely interpreted as refuting claims by Catalan separatist leaders on trial in Madrid.

At Catalan separatist trial, judge Marchena walks tightrope

Madrid - At the helm of the hugely divisive trial of Catalan separatist leaders, Supreme Court judge Manuel Marchena is performing a difficult balancing act, alternating firmness and leniency in live proceedings.

Spanish ex-PM Rajoy to testify on February 26 in Catalan separatists' trial

Madrid - Spain's former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, who was in power when Catalonia's executive tried to secede in 2017, will testify in the high-profile trial of separatist leaders on February 26, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Barcelona - Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismissed as a farce.

200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

Barcelona - Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismiss as a farce.

EU parliament cancels Catalan separatist's event

Apo - The European Parliament on Friday cancelled an event that was to be attended by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, citing "security threats".

Catalan separatist defends 'peaceful' independence movement at trial

Madrid - The main defendant in a rebellion case against Catalan separatist leaders accused Spain of putting a "peaceful" independence movement on trial as he took the stand Thursday in the country's most politically explosive trial in decades.

Catalan separatist refuses to answer prosecutors at trial

Madrid - The lead defendant in the trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders, former regional vice president Oriol Junqueras, refused to answer prosecutors' questions in court on Thursday."I am being persecuted for my ideas and not for my actions...
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La Seu Vella, in Lleida, Spain
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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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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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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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