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Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain jails Catalan leaders, sparking angry protests in Barcelona

Oct 14, 2019 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) A judge also issues a new international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, a clear indication Spain will not rest until he and 5 others who fled abroad have been tried for their role in the crisis

INDEPENDENCE BID. Catalan regional president Quim Torra gives a speech in Barcelona on October 14, 2019, after Spain's Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan leaders to prison terms ranging from 9 to 13 years for sedition and misuse of public funds for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Closely-watched Catalan separatist trial draws to close

Jun 12, 2019 - 12:51 PM

For some, they are 'political prisoners' repressed by the Spanish state – and a protest by independence supporters is planned in Barcelona to mark the end of the trial

INDEPENCIA. File photo of people shouting  slogans and waving Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017. Photo by Pierre-Philippe-Marcou

New Spain PM to move Catalan, Basque prisoners closer to home

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Moving the prisoners will satisfy demands made by Catalonia's two separatist parties and the Basque Nationalist Party which helped Pedro Sanchez topple his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy

MEETING DEMANDS. In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

May 11, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont proposes political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor, urging the next regional executive to build an independent country

WHO'S NEXT? Carles Puigdemont proposes Quim Torra as his successor. AFP file photo

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Mar 23, 2018 - 8:22 PM

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Catalan separatist candidate fails to win regional presidency

Mar 23, 2018 - 3:04 PM

Former Catalan government spokesman Jordi Turull obtains 64 votes in favor and 65 against, prolonging the political deadlock in the wealthy Spanish region

CATALONIA. Junts per Catalonia' - JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) member of Catalonia's parliament Jordi Turull (C) gives a speech during a parliament session in Barcelona to vote for the only candidate for the Catalan regional presidency on March 22, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:27 AM

However, the proposal is reportedly not backed by Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras

IN SELF-EXILE. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. AFP file photo

Spanish court blocks Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after the Catalan parliament declared independence in October, was earlier this week chosen as a candidate to lead Catalonia again

SUSPENDED. The Spanish constitutional court prevents Catalan leader to grab back power in the country. AFP photo

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

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont launches his campaign for regional elections from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

The week in photos: November 11-17, 2017

Nov 18, 2017 - 2:06 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates watch the performance of the Philippine Ballet dancers during the Opening Ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Manila on November 13, 2017.World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / AFP PHOTO AND POOL / NOEL CELIS

Catalans flood Barcelona to demand leaders' freedom

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

8 members of the axed Catalan cabinet are currently detained on charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds

UNITED. A man holds an Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag while others hold placars reading 'Freedom' during a demonstration in Barcelona on November 11, 2017 calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Josep Lago / AFP

Axed Catalan leader urges resistance to Madrid rule

Oct 28, 2017 - 9:34 PM

(2nd UPDATE) The central government's intervention was 'contrary to the will expressed by the citizens of our country at the ballot box,' says Carles Puigdemont

DEFIANT. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont leaves the hemicycle after Catalonia's parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spain seizes control of 'independent' Catalonia

Oct 28, 2017 - 5:28 PM

(UPDATED) All eyes will be on whether Catalonia's separatist executive, led by Carles Puigdemont, will willingly step aside for caretaker envoys from Madrid

Catalan leader blasts Spain move to sack separatists

Oct 21, 2017 - 8:43 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Spain invokes Article 155 of its constitution, which allows Madrid to wrest back control of rebellious regions

CATALONIA CRISIS. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace on October 21, 2017 in Madrid. Photo by Gabriel Bouys/AFP

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Oct 10, 2017 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Whether or not Carles Puigdemont will follow through on the threat to announce a full breakaway – defying the central government and Spanish courts – is still a mystery

SPAIN AND CATALONIA. Police officers patrol outside the High Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on October 10, 2017.  Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

The week in photos: September 30-October 6, 2017

Oct 07, 2017 - 1:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SLUTWALK. Women's rights activists march against gender inequalities during what the organizers called 'the third annual Amber Rose SlutWalk' in downtown Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2017. Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Catalan gov't admits referendum blow but vows to press on

Sep 22, 2017 - 9:24 AM

Arrests, as well as the seizure of nearly 10 million ballots destined for the vote, have seriously damaged separatist plans to conduct a referendum with a semblance of legitimacy

A picture taken on September 16, 2017 in Barcelona shows a balcony decorated with Esteladas (Pro-independence Catalan flags) and banners reading in Catalan "YES."  AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Spain's Catalonia announces October independence vote

Jun 09, 2017 - 5:15 PM

Speaking in Barcelona Carles Puigdemont said the question would be: Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?

NEW BID. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C) speaks flanked by Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell (L) and Catalan regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras (R), to announce the October independence referendum on independence, at the Palau de La Generalitat in Barcelona on June 9, 2017. Lluis Gene/AFP

Vast crowds demand Catalan independence from Spain

Sep 12, 2016 - 7:37 AM

Crowds waved red and yellow striped Catalan flags in Barcelona and 4 other cities under bright sunshine on the region s national day the Diada which marks the conquest of Barcelona by Spain s King Philip V in 1714

People wave 'Estaladas' (pro-independence Catalan flags) as they gather during a pro-independence demonstration, on September 11, 2016, in Barcelona during the National Day of Catalonia 'Diada'. Josep Lago/AFP

Catalonia's pro-independence coalition breaks down

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The development deals a blow to the coalition s planned 18 month roadmap for independence from Spain by 2017

President of the Catalan Government Carles Puigdemont (R) shakes hands with Chief of the Presidency Neus Munte (2L) and Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (2R) as Members of the Catalan pro independence coalition 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) clap during a debate on the government's 2016 budget, at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on June 8, 2016.  Josep Lago/AFP

Catalonia pushes ahead quietly with independence plan

May 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid

Demonstrators wave pro-independence Catalan flags during a demonstration called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) demanding an agreement between secessionist parties in Barcelona on January 7, 2016. Placard reads in Catalan 'We are angry. We demand an agreement now.' Josep Lago/AFP

Spain PM vows to use 'all means' to block Catalan independence bid

Oct 28, 2015 - 5:42 AM

Mariano Rajoy: The state will not hesitate to use all the political and legal means afforded by the law and the constitution to defend Spain s sovereignty

IN SESSION. Carme Forcadell (C) delivers her first speech as Parliament's new president during the Catalan regional Parliament's constitutive session on October 26, 2015 in Barcelona. Lluis Gene/AFP

Catalans brace for 'historic' election on independence

Sep 27, 2015 - 12:34 AM

Catalan leaders have framed Sunday s polls as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain Polls point to a win by separatists

INDEPENDENCE? People wave Catalan and Catalan independence flags (Estellada) during the Catalan independence coalition "Junts pel Si" (Together for the Yes) party's final campaign meeting for the regional election, in Barcelona on September 25, 2015. Josep Lago/AFP

Catalan leader calls independence referendum, defying Madrid

Sep 27, 2014 - 6:27 PM

UPDATED The Spanish government reacts swiftly Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria warms that no one was above the national will of the Spanish people

A picture taken on September 11, 2012 shows supporters of independence for Catalonia demonstrating in Barcelona to mark the Spanish region's official day or 'Diada'. Luis Gene/AFP