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Catalans' trial a 'test' for Spain democracy: Puigdemont

Berlin - Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday the high-profile trial in Madrid of 12 ex-colleagues involved in a secession bid was a "stress test for Spanish democracy.

Spanish PM says separatists must be 'tried in Spanish courts'

Apo - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Thursday that Catalonia's deposed independence leader Carles Puigdemont and other separatists "must be tried by the Spanish courts".

Puigdemont: fighting for Catalan independence from afar

Barcelona - After two years of defiance towards the Spanish state, Carles Puigdemont abandoned his bid to return as Catalan leader Thursday without having realised a lifelong ambition of turning his region into an independent state.

Ex Catalan leader reportedly says it's over for him

Madrid - Spain's Telecinco television channel revealed Wednesday a series of mobile phone messages written by sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to another separatist, in which he says it's likely all over for him.

Sacked Catalan leader kisses Spanish flag in viral video

Madrid - A video of Catalonia's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont kissing a Spanish flag at the insistence of a man who confronted him over his independence push went viral in Spain on Tuesday.

Spain on guard 24/7 to stop Puigdemont return: minister

Madrid - Spain's interior minister said Tuesday that troops were on alert 24/7 to prevent sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont from sneaking home from exile even "in the boot of a car".

Sacked Catalan leader vows to lead despite Spain 'threats'

Copenhagen - Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday vowed to form a new government despite "threats" from the central government in Madrid, after a Spanish judge refused to re-issue a European warrant for his arrest.

Puigdemont candidate for Catalan president, escapes EU warrant

Barcelona - The speaker of the Catalan parliament on Monday proposed the region's ousted leader Carles Puigdemont as president of Catalonia, as a Spanish judge refused to re-issue a European warrant for his arrest.

Sacked Catalan leader arrives in Denmark despite Spanish arrest threat

Copenhagen - Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont arrived in Copenhagen on Monday, defying a threat by Madrid to issue a warrant for his arrest if he leaves Belgium, where he has been in exile since a failed independence bid.

Sacked Catalan leader to travel to Denmark from Belgium

Barcelona - Catalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont, who led a failed attempt to break from Spain, will attend a conference in Copenhagen on Monday in what will be his first public trip since fleeing to Belgium in October.

Spain to oppose ex-Catalan leader being re-elected from Belgium

Barcelona - Spain's government will go to the country's Constitutional Court if Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, in exile in Belgium, attempts to be re-elected into office from abroad, a government source said Thursday.

Puigdemont mulls whether to return to Catalonia after win

Barcelona - Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was weighing up whether to return to the region, where he faces arrest, close aides said Saturday, after pro-independence parties defeated Spain's central government in pivotal elections.

Ousted Catalan leader offers to meet PM outside Spain

Brussels - Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday offered to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy outside Spain for talks on the region's independence crisis, a day after separatists won a parliamentary majority in snap polls.

Puigdemont: the ousted Catalan president who scored a comeback

Barcelona - Catalonia's ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont saw his independence drive vindicated after he led the separatist bloc to a big win in a crucial election on Thursday from exile in Belgium.

Puigdemont says 'no one can dispute' Catalan separatists won vote

Brussels - Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said from self-imposed exile in Belgium that it was indisputable that separatists had won Thursday's key regional vote.

Puigdemont: the ousted Catalan president plotting a return

Barcelona - Catalonia's axed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has dreamed since childhood of independence from Spain. And it was his dogged pursuit of the secessionist cause that ultimately led to his ouster from the regional presidency.

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 ex-leader says independence not only solution to crisis

Brussels - The deposed leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont said Monday that there could be solutions to Spain's political crisis other than independence for his region, insisting he was still open to "agreement" with Madrid.

Deposed Catalan leader slams EU for 'helping' Spanish PM

Brussels - Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday slammed the European Union for backing what he termed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's "coup d'etat".

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his allies turned themselves in to Belgian police on Sunday ahead of a court appearance to decide whether they should be extradited to Spain.

Party of deposed Catalan leader wants him as election candidate

Barcelona - The separatist party of deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is facing an arrest warrant issued by Spain, said Sunday that they wanted him as candidate for regional elections on December 21.

Puigdemont urges separatists to unite for Catalan vote

Barcelona - Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Saturday for separatist parties to form a united front for the December regional elections called by Spain in a bid to end a hotly disputed independence drive."The time has come for all democrats to unite....

Spain's most wanted: Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Barcelona - Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont, who has fled to Belgium and is facing an EU arrest warrant, has been a convinced secessionist since his youth, long before the issue moved to the centre of Catalan politics.

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, holed up in Belgium for what he calls "safety and freedom", faces a demand by Spanish prosecutors for an EU arrest warrant.

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

Brussels - Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, facing possible prosecution for rebellion in Spain, appeared in Brussels on Tuesday saying he planned to stay in Belgium but denying rumours he would try to seek asylum.

Catalan separatist leader urges 'democratic opposition' to Madrid takeover

Barcelona - Catalonia's secessionist leader on Saturday defiantly called for "democratic opposition" to direct rule imposed by the central government on the semi-autonomous region after its parliament declared unilateral independence.

Puigdemont: dyed-in-the-wool partisan of Catalan independence

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has dreamed since childhood of independence from Spain.

Spain to file rebellion charges against Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain's public prosecutor's office will file rebellion charges next week against Catalan secessionist leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokesman said Friday after Catalonia's regional parliament voted to declare independence.

Catalan leader warns Spain takeover will escalate crisis

Barcelona - Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont warned Thursday that the crisis over his drive for independence would escalate if Spain follows through on its vow to suspend the region's autonomy.

Catalan leader declines to appear before Spanish Senate

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not appear before the Spanish Senate in Madrid to state his case for independence, a spokeswoman for the Catalan government said Wednesday.
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