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Spain's Director Of Public Prosecutions, José Manuel Maza, Dies Unexpectedly In Buenos Aires Following Infection

NEWS: Spain's Director of Public Prosecutions, José Manuel Maza, has died aged 66 in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, confirmed in a tweet. "The Director of Public Prosecutions, José Manuel Maza Ma... (Read full story).
18 Nov 20:35
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Supreme Court Jails Forcadell, Speaker Of Catalan Parliament, On Remand Until She Pays €150,000 Bail

NEWS: A judge at the Supreme Court in Madrid set bail of €150,000 for the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Carme Forcadell (Esquerra, ERC) on Thursday, the court confirmed at 10:30 p.m., after a series of individual hearings t... (Read full story).

09 Nov 21:43

150,000 Rail Passengers Affected During Day Of Protests Catalan Separatists Label A "Resounding Success"

NEWS: Separatist protestors caused chaos on Catalonia's roads and rail systems again on Wednesday, as thousands of demonstrators blocked roads and motorways throughout the day across the region, and invaded train tracks. Span... (Read full story).

08 Nov 22:28

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31 Cars & 21 Bins Torched In Two Catalan Towns Overnight

NEWS: 31 cars and 21 large public bins were set alight in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Sabadell (population 207,000) and Blanes (39,000), the Catalan Fire Service confirmed to The Spain Report. Five incidents were re... (Read full story).

07 Nov 11:40

Puigdemont And Four Former Regional Ministers Now Detained In Brussels Pending Hearing Before Duty Judge

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont and the four former regional ministers with him in Brussels have now been detained for 24 hours while they wait for a preliminary European Arrest Warrant hearing before the duty judge, a spokesman for the... (Read full story).

05 Nov 14:33

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Judge Issues European And International Arrest Warrants For Puigdemont, And Orders Him Jailed On Remand

NEWS: Judge Carmen Lamela issued European and international arrest warrants for Carles Puigdemont and four other former Catalan regional ministers on Friday evening, and ordered them to be imprisoned on remand without bail, the ... (Read full story).

03 Nov 20:06

Judge Jails Nine Former Catalan Regional Ministers, Prosecutor Asks For Warrant To Arrest Puigdemont

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office has asked the investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid to jail eight former Catalan regional ministers on remand, court reporters tweeted. The eight and their former region... (Read full story).

02 Nov 11:36

Puigdemont Disobeys Court By Staying In Brussels

NEWS: 15 of the 20 former Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds—including the former Deputy First Minister, Oriol Junqueras (Esquerra, ERC)—showed up at the National High Court or Supreme Cour... (Read full story).

02 Nov 11:05

Statement From "Legitimate Catalan Government" Says Puigdemont Will Not Appear In Court In Madrid Tomorrow

NEWS: Catalan public television, TV3, published extracts from a statement from the "legitimate government of Catalonia" in Brussels on Wednesday evening that denounced the accusations presented against Carles Puigdemont and 13 o... (Read full story).

01 Nov 21:00

Puigdemont Still In Brussels After Judge Orders Him And 13 Former Regional Ministers To Court On Thursday Morning

NEWS: The National High Court in Madrid and the Supreme Court have both agreed to investigate the Public Prosecutor's accusations of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against the former First Minister of Catalonia... (Read full story).

01 Nov 13:24

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In Brussels, Puigdemont Says He Is Legitimate President Of Catalonia And Not Seeking Asylum In Belgium

NEWS: In a rambling press conference in four languages that started half-an-hour late, the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont told reporters that he was the legitimate president of Catalonia and that he was no... (Read full story).

31 Oct 13:50

Catalan Separatist Parties Move To Accept New Regional Elections Within Constitution, Despite "New Republic"

NEWS: Separatist parties that took part in the independence vote on Friday in the Catalan parliament and celebrated the new Catalan Republic now mostly appear ready to accept the normal regional elections called by Spanish Prime... (Read full story).

31 Oct 11:33

Puigdemont Has Fled To Brussels

NEWS: Shortly after the Director of Public Prosecutions announced accusations of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds against all 14 former members of the Catalan government, El Periódico reported that the former First... (Read full story).

30 Oct 13:46

Public Prosecutor Accuses Former Catalan Government Of Rebellion, Sedition And Misuse Of Public Funds

NEWS: The Director of Public Prosecutions, José Manuel Maza, made a brief public statement on Monday morning to announce his office is filing accusations against the former Catalan government and the Speaker's Committee of the C... (Read full story).

30 Oct 12:36

Pablo Iglesias Orders Take Over Of Podemos Catalonia After Anticapitalist Sector Recognises Catalan Republic

NEWS: Podemos has decided to take control of its Catalan branch, Podem, and order a regional grassroots ballot to decide the party's position in the upcoming regional elections, called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy usi... (Read full story).

30 Oct 12:14

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Puigdemont Has Not Given Up: Appears In Pre-Recorded Message To Say Catalans Must Keep Building Republic

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont—[officially sacked][1] as First Minister of Catalonia in the early hours of Saturday morning—appeared in a pre-recorded video message on Catalan public television, TV3, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. He ann... (Read full story).

28 Oct 14:39

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Catalan Government Ceases To Exist As Rajoy Publishes Long List Of Dismissals & Closure Of Catalan "Embassies"

NEWS: Until the new regional elections have taken place, there is now no Catalan government. Its functions have all been assumed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and other... (Read full story).

28 Oct 12:05

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Home Secretary Sacks Catalan Police Chief Trapero

NEWS: The Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, has used Article 155 powers to sack Catalan Police (Mosso) chief Josep Lluis Trapero. The decision was published in Spain's official gazette (BOE) in the early hours of Saturday m... (Read full story).

28 Oct 10:18

Rajoy Sacks Entire Catalan Government, Dissolves Catalan Parliament And Calls Elections For December 21

NEWS: The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, made a statement on Friday evening regarding the central government's response to Catalonia's declaration of independence earlier in the day. Mr. Rajoy said the central governm... (Read full story).

27 Oct 20:20

Catalonia Declares Independence From Spain

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament voted to declare independence from Spain on Friday afternoon, with 70 votes in favour, 10 against and 2 blank, in a 135-member chamber. The Speaker, Carme Forcadell, read out part of the resolutio... (Read full story).

27 Oct 15:27

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Separatist Parties Register Motion To Declare Independence Of Catalonia In Regional Parliament

NEWS: Catalan separatist parties—Junts Pel Sí ("Together For Yes") and the CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy)—have registered a motion to declare the independence of Catalonia in the regional parliament. A copy of the document pub... (Read full story).

27 Oct 11:14