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Spanish court orders seizure of ex-Catalan leader's home

Madrid - Spain's Court of Auditors ordered on Tuesday the seizure of former Catalan president Artur Mas's home to cover costs generated by the nonbinding independence referendum his government organised in 2014.

Why Corsica is not the new Catalonia

Ajaccio - Nationalist gains at the ballot box in Corsica may have earned the French island comparisons with Catalonia, but even its hardcore separatists admit that breaking away is a distant dream.

Catalans march in Brussels to 'wake up Europe'

Brussels - Hundreds of Catalan protesters began gathering in Brussels on Thursday to show support for deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support their drive for independence from Spain.Chanting "Wake up Europe!

Catalonia's Puigdemont says to stay in Belgium 'for now'

Brussels - Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said on Wednesday that he will stay in Belgium "for now" despite Spain dropping European arrest warrants against him and four former ministers.

Catalan crisis paralyses Spanish politics

Madrid - A 2018 budget that has still not been approved, a constitutional reform left hanging in the air... Far from a mere territorial issue, the Catalan crisis has also paralysed Spanish politics as a whole.

Spain drops European arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his deputies, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Spain drops European arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Catalan election campaign kicks off with candidates in jail

Barcelona - Catalan political parties officially kicked off their campaign for a December 21 regional election on Tuesday, with separatist candidates either in exile or in jail and polls pointing to a tight race.

Separatists may lose absolute majority in Catalonia: poll

Madrid - Catalan separatist parties that tried to break away from Spain would lose their absolute majority in regional parliament in elections later this month, an influential opinion poll showed Monday.

Judge refuses to free four Catalan leaders as elections near

Madrid - Catalonia's sacked vice president Oriol Junqueras and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison during a probe over their role in the region's independence drive, a Spanish judge decided Monday, as critical Catalan elections approach.

Catalan ex-vice president, three others to remain in jail

Madrid - Catalonia's sacked vice president and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison pending a probe over their role in the region's independence drive, a Supreme Court judge decided Monday.

Catalan separatists divided ahead of knife-edge vote

Madrid - After their failed independence bid, which saw leaders being detained or fleeing abroad, Catalan separatists head into a new election this month divided over the future of their region but united against what they say is "repression" from Madrid.

Catalan leader Puigdemont faces Belgian extradition hearing

Brussels - Axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont arrived Monday for an extradition hearing in Belgium as Spain seeks to have him sent back to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive.

Puigdemont will remain in Belgium till Catalan elections over

Madrid - Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont will remain in Belgium until after the December 21 elections in his native province, as he is fighting extradition to Spain, his lawyer said Saturday.

Rajoy pledges economic boost if 'normalcy' returns to Catalonia

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged Saturday that the country's economic growth could reach three percent next year, well ahead of forecasts, if Catalonia returns to "normalcy" after the region's secessionist drive.

Fate of jailed Catalan leaders to be decided Monday

Madrid - A Spanish Supreme Court judge will decide Monday whether or not to release 10 separatist leaders who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive.

Jailed Catalan Separatist leaders could be freed as they face judge

Madrid - Separatist leaders who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive are to be questioned again Friday by a judge in Madrid who could free them.

Separatism has 'come to an end': Madrid envoy to Catalonia

Barcelona - The failure of Catalonia's declaration of independence and Madrid's imposition of direct rule on the region have put a firm "full stop" to separatism, the central government's envoy in Catalonia said.

Axed Catalan VP demands release from jail

Madrid - The dismissed vice president of Catalonia on Tuesday asked that he be released from jail, having accepted he no longer holds authority in the Spanish region whose leaders want independence.

Spain Catholic Church criticises Catalan independence move

Barcelona - The head of the Catholic Church in Spain has criticised a declaration of independence approved by Catalonia's regional parliament last month, calling it "serious and disturbing", a spokesman said Monday.

Polls must 'ratify' Catalonia's desire for independence: Puigdemont

Oostkamp - Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont Saturday launched his campaign for regional elections by calling on Catalans to make known their desire for independence.

Ousted Catalan leader's party shelves 'unilateral' independence push

Madrid - The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont now favours talks with Madrid to achieve independence instead of pushing to break away from Spain unilaterally, its coordinator said Thursday, the latest sign it was softening its position.

Ecuador warns Assange over support for Spain's Catalonia

Quito - Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalonian independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

Madrid - Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Spain police suing Catalan satirists for 'insults'

Barcelona - Spanish police are pursuing legal action against satirists for insulting the thousands of officers that were sent to Catalonia to prevent last month's banned independence referendum, the comedians have told AFP.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Belgian prosecutors ask court to extradite Catalan ex-leader

Brussels - Belgian prosecutors asked a judge Friday to extradite axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain to face sedition charges over his region's independence drive, with the court setting a date of December 4 for the next hearing.

Barcelona business slumps amid Catalan crisis: group

Barcelona - Sales and bookings in shops and hotels in one of Barcelona's most popular neighbourhoods dipped by up to 30 percent last month amid the region's independence crisis, an industry representative said Thursday.

Catalan separatists ready for polls after independence falls flat

Barcelona - Catalonia's "republic" never materialised and separatist leaders now openly recognise they still have to convince more Catalans about the benefits of independence, hoping to do so by next month's regional elections.

Spain's Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.
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