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Separatist MP Roger Torrent (ERC) Elected New Speaker Of Catalan Parliament

NEWS: 38-year old Roger Torrent (Republican Catalan Left, ERC) has been elected as the new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, obtaining a simple majority in a second-round vote in the chamber on Wednesday. Neither Mr. Torrent... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **Esquerra MP Elected New Speaker**: "This is the first time that a full constitutive session has taken place with the government bench empty", said the temporary Speaker, Ernest Maragall. Large yellow ribbons were placed ... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 10:00 PM

BRIEFING: **Esquerra MP Elected New Speaker**: "This is the first time that a full constitutive session has taken place with the government bench empty", said the temporary Speaker, Ernest Maragall. Large yellow ribbons were placed ... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament To Reopen At 11 AM And Must Decide On Proxy Votes On Behalf Of Absent Separatists

NEWS: The first constituent session of the new Catalan Parliament will being at 11 a.m. Spanish time on Wednesday. The oldest MP present chairs the first session, aided by the youngest two and after a call of the roll the cha... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **Pablo Iglesias Reappears On TV**: The leader of Podemos, who had maintained a low public profile over the long Christmas period, said he was "bored" by Carles Puigdemont and that Spaniards were now "tired of these matter... (Read full story).

Pablo Iglesias Reappears To Announce He Is "Bored" By Puigdemont And That Podemos Is Not In Trouble

NEWS: "I think people are a bit tired of these matters", Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias said on Tuesday night during a TV interview, referring to the question of Catalan independence. He himself, he said, was "a bit bored" by ... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Sunday, Jan 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **Junqueras May Not Attend Parliament**: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to ... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Friday, Jan 12, 2018 at 10:00 PM

BRIEFING: **Junqueras May Not Attend Parliament**: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to ... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Denies Oriol Junqueras Permission To Attend New Catalan Parliament

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to attend sessions of the new Catalan Parlia... (Read full story).

2017 Was Hottest Year Ever In Spain And Climate Change Is "Now Noticeable", Says Met Office

NEWS: New data showed 2017 saw the highest average temperatures ever recorded in Spain, the country's weather service, AEMET, said on Wednesday. AEMET said that "2017 was an extremely warm year in Spain: the average annual te... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Thursday, Jan 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **Court To Consider Podemos Motion**: Spain's Constitutional Court announced on Wednesday that it would consider a motion filed by Podemos against Mariano Rajoy's decision to suspend home rule in Catalonia at the end of Oc... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:00 PM

BRIEFING: **Court To Consider Podemos Motion**: Spain's Constitutional Court announced on Wednesday that it would consider a motion filed by Podemos against Mariano Rajoy's decision to suspend home rule in Catalonia at the end of Oc... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court To Consider Podemos Motion Against Rajoy's Suspension Of Home Rule In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court announced on Wednesday that it would consider a motion filed by Podemos against Mariano Rajoy's decision to suspend home rule in Catalonia. At the end of October, Mr. Rajoy (PP) announced he... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **PSOE Wants Tax Increase On Banks**: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) proposed a new plan to rescue Spain's faltering pensions system, funded via an 8% corporation tax increase on banks. Economy and jobs spokesman Manue... (Read full story).

PSOE Proposes 8% "Social Justice" Tax On Banks

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has proposed a new plan to rescue Spain's faltering pensions system that it would fund via what would amount to an 8% corporation tax increase on banks. PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez annou... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:00 PM

BRIEFING: **Poll Gains For PSOE and Ciudadanos**: A new Celeste-Tell poll for El Diario on Tuesday showed Ciudadanos and the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) gaining ground, and the Popular Party (PP) and Podemos losing MPs in Spain's... (Read full story).

Artur Mas Resigns As Chairman Of Catalan Separatist Party PDeCat, Citing Ongoing Legal Battles

NEWS: Former Catalan First Minister Artur Mas has announced his resignation as the chairman of the Catalan separatist party PDeCat. "My decision is to resign as chairman of the PDeCat", he said during a press conference, addi... (Read full story).

Spaniards Less Worried About Catalan Independence In December But National Angst Not Over Yet

NEWS: New data published by Spain's Sociological Research Centre (CIS) on Tuesday shows Spaniards were eight points less worried about the independence of Catalonia in December (16.7) than they were in November (24.6). The si... (Read full story).

Another Poll Shows Falls For PP And Podemos, Gains For Ciudadanos And PSOE

NEWS: A new [Celeste-Tell poll][cel] for El Diario on Tuesday showed Ciudadanos and the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) gaining ground, and the Popular Party (PP) and Podemos losing MPs in Spain's 350-seat lower house of parliame... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018 at 10:00 AM

BRIEFING: **Poll Shows 40 Seat Drop For PP**: A new Sociométrica poll for El Español at the weekend suggested a drop of 40 seats for the governing Popular Party were a general election to be called. ([Read now](/articles/1293-180108... (Read full story).

Spain Briefing: Monday, Jan 8, 2018 at 10:00 PM

BRIEFING: **Poll Shows 40 Seat Drop For PP**: A new Sociométrica poll for El Español at the weekend suggested a drop of 40 seats for the governing Popular Party were a general election to be called. ([Read now](/articles/1293-180108... (Read full story).
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