Catalan Independence

The Catalan government and its allies continue to push for independence. Madrid says it will never allow Catalonia to secede.

Sánchez Government Lifts Financial Controls On Catalonia

NEWS: Pedro Sánchez's new Spanish government has decided to lift extraordinary financial controls on the regional Catalan government, the new cabinet spokeswoman, Isabel Celaá, confirmed in a press conference on Friday afternoon... (Read full story).

Parties Begin Making Demands On New Prime Minister

NEWS: Popular Party (PP) Ciudadanos Podemos Compromís Republican Catalan Left (Esquerra, ERC) PDeCat/Together For Catalonia Basque Nationalist Party EH Bildu (Read full story).

Spain Political Crisis Update (Monday)

BRIEFING: The no confidence debate in Rajoy [begins on Thursday][1], with the vote **on Friday**. Speaking to a meeting of senior PSOE leaders on Monday evening, **Pedro Sánchez** said "we hold out our hand to build a new nationa... (Read full story).

El País & El Mundo Call For An Early General Election

NEWS: El País and El Mundo both called for an early general election in Spain in their editorials on Saturday and, along with ABC, warned of the dangers of an unstable minority socialist government attempting to face the challen... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Refuses To Allow Catalan Separatists Out Of Jail To Be Sworn In As Regional Ministers

NEWS: Supreme Court investigating judge Pablo Llarena has refused leave from jail for two men that the new Catalan First Minister, Quim Torra, wants to appoint as ministers in his new regional government. Lawyers for Jordi Tu... (Read full story).

El País: Suspension Of Home Rule In Catalonia To Continue

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy has decided to maintain the suspension of home rule in Catalonia, [El País reported][1] late on Saturday night, citing unnamed government sources. On Saturday, the new First Minister of Catalonia, Quim Tor... (Read full story).

New Catalan First Minister Appoints Separatist Prisoners And Fugitives To New Regional Government

NEWS: The new First Minister of Catalonia, Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia, JxC), has announced the composition of his new regional executive. The list includes four former members of Carles Puigdemont's cabinet, two of wh... (Read full story).

Torra & Puigdemont Say Talks Now Up To Spain

NEWS: The new First Minister of Catalonia, Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia), and the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont (Together For Catalonia), gave a joint press conference, from Berlin, 24 hours after t... (Read full story).

In Xenophobic Article, New Catalan First Minister Dehumanised Spaniards As Beasts With Defective DNA

DEEP SPAIN: In 2012, Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia JxC, Junts), appointed on Monday as the new First Minister of Catalonia by a simple majority vote, wrote an article for [El Món][1] in which he described Spaniards variously as "... (Read full story).

Puigdemont And New First Minister Quim Torra To Give Joint Press Conference On Tuesday…From Berlin

NEWS: The new First Minister of Catalonia, Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia), is to travel to Germany to hold a joint press conference with Carles Puigdemont—who put Mr. Torra forward as a candidate only at the end of last wee... (Read full story).

Quim Torra Elected First Minister Of Catalonia

NEWS: Quim Torra (Together For Catalonia) has been elected as the new First Minister of Catalonia by MPs in the regional parliament following a second-round debate on Monday morning. 66 MPs voted in favour of his candidacy, ... (Read full story).

Radical Left Separatists To Allow New Catalan Government And Budget For Mariano Rajoy

NEWS: Despite the [defiant, anti-Spanish rhetoric][1], Catalan separatists will once again take power in the region—under the Spanish Constitution—after the radical-left separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), which holds the ... (Read full story).

Puigdemont's New Candidate For First Minister Promises To Keep Building Catalan Republic

NEWS: Quim Torra, the Together For Catalonia MP named by Carles Puigdemont as the new candidate for First Minister on Thursday night, said during his opening speech at a confidence debate in the regional parliament on Saturday m... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Orders Finance Minister To Prove No Public Funds Spent On Catalan Separatist Referendum

NEWS: Supreme Court investigating judge Pablo Llarena has ordered Spain's Finance Minister, Cristobal Montoro (PP), to prove no public money was spent on the Catalan separatist referendum last October 1, the court confirmed in a... (Read full story).

Spain's Supreme Court Fires Broadside At Germany In Ruling Denying Separatist Appeal Against Judge

NEWS: The Criminal Appeals division of Spain's Supreme Court issued a ruling on Tuesday afternoon denying an appeal by Jordi Sánchez against the Supreme Court investigating judge analysing the events related to the Catalan decla... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Suspends Debate Again After Supreme Court Refuses To Release Candidate From Jail

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament has suspended a second confidence debate in a separatist candidate after Supreme Court investigating judge Pablo Llarena again refused to release former Catalan National Assembly (ANC) chairman Jordi... (Read full story).

Steve Bannon To Visit Spain To Boost Right-Wing Party Vox, Former Aznar Advisor Confirms

NEWS: Rafael Bardají, a former foreign affairs advisor to former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar (PP), met with Steve Bannon at the latter's house in the US capital last Thursday and Friday, Mr. Bardají confirmed to The ... (Read full story).

Spanish Prosecutor's Office Issues Snide Statement Alluding To German Court's Treatment Of Puigdemont

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office at the National High Court in Madrid (Audiencia Nacional) issued a brief statement on Tuesday regarding a European arrest warrant for a British citizen wanted on smuggling charges…in Germany.... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Arrests One Leader Of Catalan Separatist Protest Groups On Terrorism And Rebellion Charges

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard has arrested one unnamed Spanish woman from the town of Viladecans (Catalonia) described as a "coordinator of the so called Committees for the Defence of the Republic (CDR)", the police force confirmed ... (Read full story).

Spanish Supreme Court & Prosecutors Consider Petition To European Court Of Justice After German Court Refuses To Extradite Puigdemont For Rebellion

NEWS: The Spanish Supreme Court judge investigating 25 Catalan separatists for rebellion, the misuse of public funds and contempt, Pablo Llarena, is considering asking for a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice—... (Read full story).

German Judge Ruled Not Enough Force For German Crime To Extradite Puigdemont For Rebellion In Spain

STATEMENT: The German court in Schleswig Holstein released a copy of its statement on the bail situation of Carles Puigdemont [in English][sh]. The judge ruled not that he saw no violence or force but that the information provided... (Read full story).

German Court Frees Puigdemont On €75,000 Bail

NEWS: Spanish news agency EFE reported shortly before 7 p.m. on Thursday that a German court in Schleswig-Holstein had freed the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, on bail while it continues to study his extr... (Read full story).

National High Court To Try Former Catalan Police Chief Trapero For Sedition At October 1 Separatist Vote

NEWS: The National High Court in Madrid (Audiencia Nacional) is to try former Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero for two charges of the crime of sedition and an additional charge of criminal organisation, the court confirm... (Read full story).

Home Office Sacks Director Of Catalan Police Training School For Transporting Separatist Ballot Boxes

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office has sacked the director of the Catalan Police (Mossos) training school, Annabel Marcos i Vilar, for transporting ballot boxes for the illegal referendum on Catalan independence from Spain in her car... (Read full story).

Public Prosecutor's Office Investigating Catalan Separatist Telegram & Twitter Groups For Rebellion

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office at the National High Court in Madrid (Audiencia Nacional) announced on Monday evening that it has launched an investigation into the activities of Catalan separatist protest groups known as C... (Read full story).

Catalan Police Investigate "Ignition" Of Device Outside Mercedes-Benz Showroom In Barcelona

NEWS: Catalan Police (Mossos) confirmed to The Spain Report on Monday that officers were investigating the "ignition" of some kind of incendiary or explosive device outside a Mercedes-Benz showroom in Barcelona in the early hour... (Read full story).

Judge In Catalonia Sends New Investigation Into Sedition By 7 More Catalan Police Chiefs To Madrid

NEWS: An investigating judge at a court in Cornellà de Llobregat (Catalonia) has sent months of investigation into suspicions of the crime of sedition by seven more Catalan Police (Mossos) chiefs to the National High Court in Ma... (Read full story).

Clara Ponsati Hands Herself In To Scottish Police And Raises Over £130,000 For Legal Fees In Five Hours

NEWS: Catalonia's former regional education minister, Clara Ponsati (Together For Catalonia), handed herself in to Scottish Police on Wednesday morning in Edinburgh, accompanied by her new lawyer, the Rector of Glasgow Universit... (Read full story).

Separatist Protestors Block Key Roads In Catalonia

NEWS: Local separatist groups known as Committees in Defence of the Republic (CDRs), which organise themselves via Telegram and Twitter, announced they were closing key roads in Catalonia as part of immediate demands to "impleme... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Remanded In Custody In Germany Awaiting Extradition Decision, Media Report

NEWS: The former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has been remanded in custody by a German judge in the town of Neumünster to await a decision on his extradition back to Spain, Spanish media reported on Monday eve... (Read full story).

Ciudadanos Demands Resignation Of Catalan Speaker

NEWS: The leader of Ciudadanos in Catalonia, Inés Arrimadas, has called on the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) to resign. "He is making the problem worse and increasing division in Catalonia",... (Read full story).

Basque Nationalist Party Demands Release Of Catalan Separatists, Refuses To Negotiate Budget With Rajoy

NEWS: The Chairman of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV), Andoni Ortuzar, tweeted his support for Mr. Puigdemont—"We are with you…"—and posted a longer message on Facebook demanding the release of all Catalan separatist leaders ... (Read full story).

Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Rejects Judicial Authority And Calls For Common Separatist Front

NEWS: The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (Esquerra, ERC) said in a televised statement on Sunday evening that "no judge, no government, no civil servant has the legitimacy to dismiss, and much less pursue, the ... (Read full story).

Police In Scotland Say Fugitive Separatist Clara Ponsati Negotiating With Lawyers To Hand Herself In

NEWS: Scottish Police said in a tweet on Sunday afternoon that former Catalan regional education minister Clara Ponsati was negotiating here handover to police with lawyers after they received a European arrest warrant for her. ... (Read full story).

Radical Left And Catalan National Assembly Call For Street Protests After Puigdemont Arrested In Germany

NEWS: The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) called its supporters out onto the streets of Barcelona on Sunday afternoon after the arrest of former First Minister Carles Puigdemont in Germany earlier in the day. In a statement e... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Detained In Germany, Lawyer Confirms

NEWS: "First Minister Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany when he was crossing the border from Denmark", his lawyer, Jaume Alonso Cuevillas, tweeted: "on the journey back to Belgium from Finland". Mr. Alonso Cuevil... (Read full story).

No Vote Held In Catalan Parliament But MPs Express Bitter Opinions On Region Still Divided By Separatism

NEWS: A session of the Catalan Parliament was held on Saturday morning, although the Speaker, Roger Torrent (Esquerra, ERC) announced no vote would take place because the latest candidate for First Minister, Jordi Turull, was no... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament To Go Ahead With Second-Round Debate Despite Candidate Being In Jail In Madrid

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament announced late on Friday evening that a second-round confidence debate would go ahead at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday despite the candidate, Jordi Turull (PDeCAT) having been imprisoned on remand in Madrid... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Sends Five Catalan Separatist Leaders Back To Jail On Remand

NEWS: Supreme Court investigating judge Pablo Llarena ordered five Catalan separatist leaders back to jail on Friday evening, following new bail hearings in Madrid. The five are Jordi Turull (former regional government spokes... (Read full story).

Supreme Court To Try 25 Catalan Separatists For Rebellion, Contempt And Misuse Of Public Funds

NEWS: Supreme Court investigating judge Pablo Llarena has decided to send 25 Catalan separatist leaders, including the former First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, to trial on charges of rebellion, contempt and misuse of public fun... (Read full story).

Secretary General Of Republican Catalan Left, Marta Rovira, Disobeys Supreme Courts, Flees To Exile

NEWS: The Secretary General of Republican Catalan Left (ERC, Esquerra), Marta Rovira, has fled into exile rather than appear before the Supreme Court for a new bail hearing, she announced in a letter. "Today I am beginning a ... (Read full story).

Three Catalan Separatist MPs Resign Before Friday Supreme Court Appearance In Madrid

NEWS: Three regional MPs from Republican Catalan Left (ERC, Esquerra) have resigned their seats in the Catalan Parliament, a spokesman for the party confirmed to The Spain Report late on Thursday evening. The former Speaker o... (Read full story).

Radical-Left CUP Decides Not To Vote For New Separatist Candidate But Catalan Debate Goes Ahead

NEWS: Minutes before a confidence debate was due to begin in the Catalan Parliament, the radical-left pro-separatist CUP announced it would abstain and not vote in favour of the separatist candidate, Jordi Turull, meaning he cou... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament To Hold Urgent Confidence Debate In Jordi Turull On Thursday At 5 P.M.

NEWS: The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) announced late on Wednesday evening that the regional chamber will hold a confidence debate in a new candidate for First Minister tomorrow Thursday at 5 ... (Read full story).

Supreme Court To Order Trial Of Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena, who has been investigating rebellion, sedition and the misuse of public funds related to the declaration of independence in Catalonia in October, is ready to order the trial of at least s... (Read full story).

Puigdemont's Replacement Also Steps Down To Allow Third Separatist Candidate To Attempt Appointment

NEWS: Jordi Sánchez (Together For Catalonia, formerly chairman of the Catalan National Assembly) has announced he is withdrawing his candidacy to become First Minister of the region, the Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger ... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Refuses To Release Jordi Sánchez From Jail For New Confidence Debate In Catalonia

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has refused Jordi Sánchez permission to leave prison on remand near Madrid to attend a confidence debate in his candidacy for First Minister of Catalonia in Barcelona on Monday, a spokeswo... (Read full story).

New Supreme Court Deadline Threatens New Confidence Debate In Separatist Candidate In Catalonia

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has given the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Attorney General's Office and the political party Vox five days to make arguments concerning the release from remand of Jordi Sánchez (Junts P... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Keeps Jordi Sánchez In Jail

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to reject an appeal by the new candidate for First Minister of Catalonia, Jordi Sánchez (Junts Per Catalunya), to be released from jail in Madrid, where he has been on rem... (Read full story).

Speaker Puts Forward Jailed Former ANC Boss Jordi Sánchez As New Candidate For Catalan First Minister

NEWS: The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, has formally put forward the former chairman of the Catalan National Assembly, Jordi Sánchez, as the new candidate for First Minister of Catalonia, following the withdr... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Gives Up On Reappointment In Catalonia, Says He Wants To Head Republic From Belgium

NEWS: In a video message uploaded to YouTube on Thursday evening, Carles Puigdemont announced from Belgium that he was no longer seeking reappointment as First Minister of Catalonia, for now, and that he wanted his number two, f... (Read full story).

The Royal Glare

EDITORIAL: The moral clash between Catalan separatists and the Spanish state continues. The new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) used a speech before senior prosecutors and judges in the region on Frid... (Read full story).

Tensions Between King And Separatists Apparent At Opening Of Mobile World Congress In Barcelona

NEWS: Tensions between Catalan separatists and the King have again been apparent on the occasion of the opening of the 2018 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A photo of the official dinner on Sunday evening, reprinted on se... (Read full story).

Anna Gabriel's New Haircut

EDITORIAL: A woman may, of course, change her appearance whenever she chooses and for whichever reasons she deems desirable. Beauty is boundless and lies, as the saying goes, in the eyes of its many beholders. But when a politician c... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Orders Arrest Of Anna Gabriel

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former CUP spokeswoman Anna Gabriel on Wednesday, after she failed to appear before an investigating judge in Madrid to answer accusations of rebellion, sedition and the misuse o... (Read full story).

From Switzerland, Former Separatist Leader Gabriel Says She Will Not Return To Supreme Court In Madrid

NEWS: The former spokeswoman for Catalonia's radical-left pro-separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), Anna Gabriel, has told Swiss newspaper [Le Temps][1] (French) that she will not be appearing before the Supreme Court in Mad... (Read full story).

Former Catalan Separatist MP With Supreme Court Date This Week Is In Switzerland, El Periódico Reports

NEWS: Anna Gabriel, a former regional MP in Catalonia for the radical-let pro-separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), who acted as the party's spokeswoman during the months of the Catalan independence crisis last year, is in ... (Read full story).

Spanish Government To Guarantee Parents Choice About Schooling Language For Children In Catalonia

NEWS: The central government will ensure the rights of parents to choose for their children to be taught in Spanish [as well as Catalan] according to the law, government spokesman Iñigo Méndez de Vigo said at a post-cabinet pres... (Read full story).

Spain To Announce New Measures In Catalonia As Regional Government Crisis Continues, El País Reports

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy's central government is preparing to implement a new round of measures in Catalonia because the Prime Minister's plan to have a new regional executive installed this winter has failed, El País reported on Thu... (Read full story).

Former Radical Separatist MP Tells Supreme Court Catalan Declaration Of Independence Was For Real

NEWS: Mireia Boya, a former regional member of parliament in Catalonia for the radical-left separatist party CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy), has told the Supreme Court in Madrid that October's declaration of independence from Spa... (Read full story).

BBVA Says Catalan Crisis To Cost 35,000 Jobs And Terror Attacks Led To A 2% Reduction In Bookings

NEWS: BBVA Research, in a new analysis of the Catalan economy published this week, has forecast a 0.7 point hit on regional GDP for 2018, and a further drop of 0.3 percentage points in 2019, "which will mean 35 thousand fewer jo... (Read full story).

In Signal Messages, Puigdemont Admits Catalan Republic Is Over, Spanish Government Is Winning

NEWS: In a series of four mobile phone messages sent to the former regional health minister Toni Comín last night in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont admits the Catalan Republic is over and that the Spanish government's plan is workin... (Read full story).

Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Delays Confidence Debate In Carles Puigdemont

NEWS: The Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) announced on Tuesday morning that he was delaying the confidence debate to reappoint Carles Puigdemont First Minister of Catalonia. The debate had bee... (Read full story).

Catalan Separatists Jailed In Madrid May Not Attend Confidence Debate Tomorrow, Supreme Court Rules

NEWS: The Supreme Court judge investigating nearly two dozen Catalan separatists for rebellion, sedition and the misuse of public funds has rejected a request from three men to be able to attend the confidence debate in the Cata... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Asks Catalan Parliament For Protection

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont has sent a letter to the new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, asking for legal protection as an elected representative of the regional chamber. A copy of the letter published by Catala... (Read full story).

Prime Minister Contacted Members Of Constitutional Court Before Puigdemont Decision, El País Reports

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and several of his ministers personally made contact with justices on the Constitutional Court before the court issued an extraordinary decision on Saturday regarding the possibility of... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Rules Puigdemont May Not Appear By Skype At Confidence Debate In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court issued an extraordinary preliminary ruling late on Saturday evening that forbids Carles Puigdemont from participating via Skype in a confidence debate in the Catalan Parliament, scheduled for T... (Read full story).

Radical Left Catalan Separatist Youth Group Claims Anti-Nazi Crusade As Excuse For Attack At Newspaper

NEWS: Arran, the most prominent radical-left Catalan separatist youth organisation, has claimed responsibility for the vandalism at a Catalan newspaper, Crónica Global, that took place in the early hours of Thursday morning. ... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Calls Confidence Debate In Puigdemont For Tuesday At 3 P.M.

NEWS: The new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (Esquerra, ERC), has called a confidence debate in Carles Puigdemont as candidate to be reappointed as First Minister of Catalonia. The debate has been scheduled ... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Launch Legal Challenge To Stop Puigdemont Confidence Debate In Catalan Parliament

NEWS: The Spanish government is to seek legal advice to challenge the re-appointment of Carles Puigdemont as First Minister of Catalonia via Skype or proxy vote, the Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, announced o... (Read full story).

Spain Watching Borders In Case Puigdemont Comes Back In The Boot Of A Car, Says Home Secretary

NEWS: "Justice will be done with Carles Puigdemont", Spain's Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, said during a TV interview on Antena 3 on Tuesday morning, adding that the former First Minister had "fled" from the courts. "He... (Read full story).

New Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Says Puigdemont Only Candidate To Become New First Minister

NEWS: The new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, 38-year old Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra), announced on Monday morning that Carles Puigdemont was "the only candidate" he was putting forward to become the new First Minister of C... (Read full story).

Catalan Police Tried To Destroy Barcelona Terror Attack Warning Before Independence, Paper Reports

NEWS: The Catalan Police (Mossos) attempted to destroy a copy of a terror attack warning sent by US intelligence services at the end of May, weeks before terrorists attacked Barcelona and Cambrils, El Periódico reported on Sunda... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Flies To Copenhagen

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont, the former First Minister of Catalonia who fled to self-imposed exile in Brussels after declaring independence from Spain at the end of October, took a Ryanair flight to Copenhagen on Monday morning. ... (Read full story).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Supreme Court Rules Former Catalan Deputy First Minister Must Remain In Prison On Remand

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras (ERC, Esquerra) and ruled he must remain in prison on remand, the court confirmed on Friday morning. Three senior jud... (Read full story).

Tourist Stays Fell 12.8% In Catalonia In Month Following Declaration Of Independence From Spain

NEWS: Overnight stays by tourists in Catalonia fell by more than 12% in November, new data published by the National Statistics Institute (INE) showed this week. In absolute figures, that is a drop of more than 750,000 visito... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Broadens Catalan Rebellion Investigation To Include Artur Mas And Five Others

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has decided to broaden the probe into the process that led to a declaration of independence in Catalonia on October 27 and include former First Minister Artur Mas and five others in his in... (Read full story).

Separatists Hold On To Majority In Catalan Election

NEWS: The three Catalan separatist parties—Junts per Catalunya (previously PDeCat, previously CiU), Republican Catalan Left (Esquerra, ERC) and the CUP—held on to their small majority, as a block, in the regional parliament at t... (Read full story).

Catalan Election Taking Place Without Incident

NEWS: Voting is underway in the regional elections in Catalonia this Thursday, in a ballot called by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the end of October after he sacked the previous regional government, led by Carles Puig... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Judge Withdraws European Arrest Warrant Against Carles Puigdemont And Four Others

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena issued a ruling on Tuesday morning ordering the withdrawal of the European Arrest Warrants against the former Catalan First Minister, Carles Puigdemont, and four other former regional mini... (Read full story).

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).

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).

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).

A Risk For Rajoy And An Opportunity For Separatists

EDITORIAL: Of three courts which have now heard from the former First Minister of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, and his former regional ministers, or from Speaker Carme Forcadell and the former members of her Speaker's Committee in s... (Read full story).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).
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