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Madrid - Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his deputies, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared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Madrid - Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia's sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament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

'Father' of EU's Erasmus study abroad programme Manuel Marin dies

Madrid - Spanish politician Manuel Marin, a longtime member of the European Commission seen as the 'father' of the EU's popular Erasmus student exchange scheme, has died at the age of 68.

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.

Madrid opens first global roving Auschwitz exhibit

Madrid - Letters thrown from death trains, tiny children's shoes, a Nazi gas mask... Hundreds of objects from Auschwitz are going on display in Madrid as a roving exhibition on the Nazi extermination camp opens.

Spanish taxi drivers protest against Uber, Cabify

Madrid - Thousands of taxi drivers protested Wednesday in Madrid to ask the government to better regulate ride-hailing services such as Uber and Cabify.Throwing firecrackers and lighting flares, the protesters clashed with police near parliament.

Pamplona festival gang rape trial wraps up in Spain

Madrid - The trial of five men accused of gang raping a woman at Pamplona's bull-running festival wrapped up Tuesday in case that shocked Spain and sparked protests against violence against women.

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.

Thousands in Madrid protest violence against women

Madrid - Thousands took to the streets of Madrid Saturday to protest violence against women, just as Spain reels from a grisly trial over an alleged gang rape.

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.

Caracas mayor asks for political asylum in Spain

Madrid - The mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, has applied for political asylum in Spain after fleeing to Madrid over the weekend, the Spanish government said Friday.

Pamplona festival gang rape case angers Spain

Madrid - "I believe you": Spaniards have adopted the slogan to support the victim of an alleged gang rape at the Pamplona bull-running festival, a case that has shocked the country just as the world reels from major sexual harassment scandals.

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.

US slaps import duties on Spanish olives, citing subsidies

Washington - The United States on Tuesday imposed import duties on ripe Spanish olives, saying preliminary findings indicated they were subject to unfair subsidies that harmed producers in California.
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