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Catalan separatists' rebellion trial starts in Madrid

Madrid - Catalan separatist leaders accused of rebellion for trying to make their region independent from Spain launched their defence on Tuesday at the start of a long-awaited trial.

Catalan former leader forms new party a year after independence bid

Barcelona - A year after threatening the unity of Spain with an attempt to declare independence, the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont launched a new party on Saturday, as he tries to rally separatists from his base in Belgium.

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont makes surprise visit to Scotland

Madrid - Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont arrived in Scotland on Friday, in his first trip abroad after a Spanish court dropped a European arrest warrant for him.

Catalan leader won't give up on independence but will pursue Madrid talks

Madrid - Catalonia is not "giving up" on independence, regional separatist president Quim Torra said Monday after meeting Spain's Pedro Sanchez for the first time, although both agreed to keep talking to ease tensions.

Six detained Catalan leaders transferred closer to home

Barcelona - Six of the nine Catalan separatist leaders in custody over their role in Catalonia's secession bid were transferred Wednesday to prisons in the region as part of Madrid's efforts to ease tensions ahead of talks next week.

Prosecuted and divided: the state of Catalonia's separatist leaders

Madrid - Five months after their failed secession attempt, Catalonia's separatist leaders are in exile, in jail or charged and so divided that the wealthy Spanish region appears headed for fresh elections.

Catalonia 'Republic Now' march draws tens of thousands

Barcelona - Tens of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to demand the formation of a new government in Spain's Catalonia region leading to its independence from Madrid despite formidable legal obstacles.

Anti-separatists in Catalonia march for fictional 'Tabarnia' region

Barcelona - Thousands of Catalans opposed to moves to split from Spain took to Barcelona's streets on Sunday, calling for the fictional "Tabarnia" region to cede from Catalonia, in a mocking attempt to undermine the separatist arguments.

Madrid art fair pulls Catalan 'political prisoners' installation

Madrid - An installation by a controversial Spanish artist which refers to Catalan separatist leaders as "political prisoners" was removed Wednesday from a major Madrid art fair at the request of the venue's operator.

Spanish PM tells Catalan separatists to pick a leader who respects the law

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday called on Catalan separatists to choose a regional leader who respects the law to replace exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont, who faces arrest if he returns to Spain.

Spain targets polling stations as Catalan referendum nears

Barcelona - Spanish security forces on Tuesday began working to "neutralise" polling stations for a banned independence referendum in Catalonia as US President Donald Trump said Spain should remain united.

Spain police launch graft probe in Catalan president's fiefdom

Girona - Spanish police carried out searches on Tuesday across Girona, a fiefdom of Catalonia's pro-separatist president Carles Puigdemont, as part of probe into suspected graft at a local water company, police said.

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