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Mariano Rajoy Resigns As An MP

NEWS: Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, soon also to be the former chairman of the Popular Party, has also resigned from his seat in parliament, the Popular Party announced in a brief statement on Friday, effective im... (Read full story).

The Shortest Serving Minister In Spain

EDITORIAL: Well, that was quick. And the new—or now old—Culture & Sports Minister, Maxim Huerta, was not the only key senior Spaniard to go on Wednesday. Two days before Spain face Portugal in the 2018 World Cup, national team manage... (Read full story).

Spain's New Culture Minister Resigns After Just 7 Days

NEWS: Spain's new Culture & Sports Minister, Máxim Huerta, announced shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday that he had resigned from government, after [a scandal broke earlier in the day][1] regarding irregular tax payments. He s... (Read full story).

King Felipe's Brother-In-Law Given Five Days To Get To Jail

NEWS: A court in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands) has ordered King Felipe's brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, to surrender himself to prison within five days after being sentenced to a 5 years and 10 months in jail for fraud... (Read full story).

New PSOE Culture Minister Under Fire Over Tax Payments

NEWS: The new Culture & Sports Minister, Maxim Huerta, paid his taxes as TV presenter in an irregular manner, El Confidencial [reported][1] on Wednesday, and in 2017 was ordered by the regional High Court in Madrid on appeal to ... (Read full story).

A Grand Humanitarian Gesture But What Next, Spain?

EDITORIAL: The new socialist Prime Minister's decision to allow a migrant rescue ship, the Aquarius, to dock in the eastern Mediterranean port of Valencia, made many Spaniards instantly proud, or prouder, to be Spanish. Here, for a f... (Read full story).

Spanish Navy Ready To Accompany Aquarius To Valencia But Aid Agencies Complain Of Reduction In Rescue Capacity

NEWS: The Aquarius will travel to the port of Valencia on Spain's eastern Mediterranean coast, aid agencies confirmed on Tuesday morning. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said 400 of the 629 rescued people had been ordered on to... (Read full story).

Spain To Allow Aquarius To Dock In Valencia, Says Sánchez

NEWS: The new Spanish government is to allow the Gibraltar flagged migrant rescue ship Aquarius, currently waiting in international waters between Malta and Sicily (Italy), to dock in Valencia, the Prime Minister's Office, Moncl... (Read full story).

First Poll After Sánchez Triumph Puts PSOE In First Place

NEWS: The first poll published after Pedro Sánchez took the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) back into power with a motion of no confidence puts the party in first place. Were a general election to be called today, the latest G... (Read full story).

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).

Sánchez Steals Strategic Positions With New Government

EDITORIAL: In 2014, the sudden appearance of Podemos at the European elections in May shocked Spanish politics, channelling generational grassroots anger brought on by the long economic crisis and causing the immediate resignation of... (Read full story).

Pedro Sánchez Names 11 Women, And Astronaut As Science Minister, To New Female-Majority Spanish Government

NEWS: The new Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) informed King Felipe of the members of his new cabinet during an audience at Zarzuela Palace on Wednesday evening. Here is the full list. ### Pedro Sánchez's New PSO... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Resign As Leader Of Popular Party

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy told a meeting of senior leaders in Madrid on Tuesday morning that he will resign as leader of the Popular Party (PP) "as soon as you elect another one" as part of a process of political transition. The pa... (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).

PP To Modify Budget In Senate After Sánchez Becomes PM

NEWS: The Popular Party is to modify its own 2018 budget in the Senate, Spain's upper house of parliament, the party's congressional spokesman, Rafael Hernando, announced during a TV interview on Monday morning. The move come... (Read full story).

Rajoy Claims 5-Year Unemployment Low In Last May Data

NEWS: There are now 3.25 million Spaniards who are officially unemployed, new data from the Employment Ministry showed for the month of May, 83,738 fewer than in April this year, but a smaller fall than between the same months i... (Read full story).

No Bible Or Cross As Sánchez Sworn In As PM Before King

NEWS: The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party, Pedro Sánchez, was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Spain before King Felipe at Zarzuela Palace shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday morning in a simple ceremony. Mr. Sánchez... (Read full story).

Political Bruiser Sánchez Stuns Spain

EDITORIAL: Forget about what the new socialist government's policies are going to be, because no one really knows yet. Forget about who the new ministers are going to be, because no one really knows yet. And forget about how long thi... (Read full story).

Rajoy Sacked, Pedro Sánchez New Socialist PM Of Spain

NEWS: MPs in the Spanish Congress voted in a confidence vote to oust Mariano Rajoy (Popular Party, PP) from his post and appoint Socialist Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez—who is not an MP—as the new Prime Minister. Mr. Sánc... (Read full story).

Basque Nationalists To Help Sánchez Oust Rajoy

NEWS: The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) will support Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) in his vote of no confidence against Mariano Rajoy (PP), Spanish media outlets, including state broadcaster TVE, reported shortly before 4 p.m. on Thursd... (Read full story).

Tension As Basque Nationalists Silent On Fate Of Rajoy

NEWS: Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) and Mariano Rajoy (PP) took part in often tense opening rounds of the socialist no confidence debate in the Prime Minister in Congress on Thursday morning. Mr. Sánchez invited Mr. Rajoy to resign se... (Read full story).

Basque Nationalists To Announce Decision On Thursday

NEWS: The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) announced it would hold an extraordinary meeting of its leadership committee on Thursday morning to formally decide on how it would vote in the motion of no confidence against Mariano Raj... (Read full story).

Spain Political Crisis Update (Wednesday)

BRIEFING: Catch up on Monday's developments [here][1] and Tuesday's [here][2]. The last session of Spain's version of **Prime Minister's questions** before the no confidence vote on Friday was held this morning. It was…tense. ... (Read full story).

Bill Browder Released In Madrid, Browder Confirms On Twitter; Was Arrested, Say Spanish Police, Changing Story

NEWS: Bill Browder, a noted critic of Vladimir Putin and supporter of the US Magnitsky Act, has been arrested by Spanish police in Madrid, he tweeted. "Urgent: Just was arrested by Spanish police in Madrid on a Russian Interp... (Read full story).

Spain Political Crisis Update (Tuesday)

BRIEFING: Catch up on Monday's developments [here][1]. On Tuesday, Spain's political crisis played a part, along with the neighbouring chaos in Italy, in a **European stock and bond rout**. Spain's leading index, the IBEX 35, has... (Read full story).

Would An Early General Election Fix Spain?

EDITORIAL: Mr. Sánchez wants to go it alone with his motion of no confidence, at least in public. With me or against, me or bust, I or not I, with apparently no firm offers made to any other parties, or even many, or any, phone calls... (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).

No Confidence Debate In Rajoy Begins On Thursday

NEWS: The Socialist Party's motion of no confidence in Mariano Rajoy (PP) will be debated in Congress on Thursday and Friday of this week, Spanish media reported, citing sources on the Speaker's Committee. PSOE leader Pedro S... (Read full story).

PSOE Rejects Early Elections, Rajoy Cancels Meetings

NEWS: After stating [on Saturday][1] that the early general election preferred by Ciudadanos was "not going to be an obstacle", the Spanish Socialist Party yesterday reversed its stance and said "we don't want to negotiate anyth... (Read full story).

Podemos Members Back Luxury Home For Pablo Iglesias

NEWS: Podemos grassroots members have voted in favour of party leader Pablo Iglesias and his partner, parliamentary spokeswoman Irene Montero, continuing in their posts and holding on to their seats as MPs. Mr. Iglesias and M... (Read full story).

Sudden Chaos In Spanish Politics

EDITORIAL: PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez really wants to be Prime Minister. The Socialist Party has been mostly flat in the polls for months, slowly trending down from 23% at the beginning of the year to 19% in the Metroscopia poll in El... (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).

PSOE Willing To Call Early General Election To Ensure Ciudadanos Votes For Motion Of No Confidence In Rajoy

NEWS: "Calling an election is a reasonable process that is not going to be an obstacle to reaching an agreement" with Ciudadanos, PSOE organisation secretary José Luis Ábalos told the COPE radio station on Saturday morning. "... (Read full story).

This Is How A Motion Of No Confidence Works In Spain

THE BIG PICTURE: **What is a motion of no confidence?** An opposition move in the lower house of parliament—Congress, in Spain—to challenge the position of the sitting Prime Minister—currently Mariano Rajoy (Popular Party)—with a vote. ... (Read full story).

PSOE Tables Motion Of No Confidence In Rajoy

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has tabled a motion of no confidence in Mariano Rajoy, Spanish news agencies reported, citing unnamed senior party sources. PSOE HQ and the Socialist Party group in Congress would not ... (Read full story).

Jail On Remand For Former Aznar Minister Eduardo Zaplana In New €10 Million PP Fraud Case

NEWS: A duty judge in Valencia has jailed Eduardo Zaplana (Popular Party) on remand (pre-trial custody) as part of a new investigation into bribery, abuse of authority, the misuse of public funds and money laundering. The jud... (Read full story).

The 11 Convicts Who Get The Most Jail Time For Gürtel

DEEP SPAIN: Even the summary table of convictions and jail time for the Gürtel fraud crimes provided by the National High Court in Madrid is 14 pages long. A total of 29 people have been sentenced to 351 years in jail. 11 of those peo... (Read full story).

Gurtel Corruption Case Judgement Sentences 29 People Related To Popular Party To A Total Of 351 Years In Prison

LIVE BLOG: - Gürtel story today is going to be a live blog. Major news. Huge implications. Will take time to go through judgement. Political reactions have begun and will be ongoing all day. - 29 people related to the governing Popu... (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).

Pablo Iglesias Announces Shock Podemos Leadership Vote In Response To €600,000 Luxury Home Scandal

NEWS: Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias announced on Saturday evening that he was putting his leadership and seat as an MP in Congress to a grassroots vote in response to a political scandal surrounding his purchase of a €660,000 lu... (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).

After Dissolution Of Terrorist Group, Rajoy Says Spain Owes ETA Nothing, ETA Will Get Nothing From Spain

NEWS: In a statement to the country shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Basque terrorist group ETA would get "nothing" from Spain in exchange for the announcement of its dissolution. "Tod... (Read full story).

No Women On 20-Man Panel That Will Examine Legal Definition Of Rape In Spain After Wolf-Pack Case

NEWS: Last Friday, after the controversial [wolf-pack non-rape judgement][1] was published to the outrage of women across Spain, the Justice Minister, Rafael Catalá (PP), announced he had asked the General Codification Commissio... (Read full story).

In Final Communiqué, ETA Announces Left-Wing Separatists Want An Independent Basque State

NEWS: After a letter dated April 16 was published on Wednesday announcing the "end of the journey" for ETA, the terrorist group published another communiqué on shortly after 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 titled "Final ETA statement ... (Read full story).

ETA Announces Dissolution, "End Of Journey"

NEWS: In a letter dated April 16, 2018, and published [by El Diario][1], Basque terror group ETA, which murdered 829 people over a more than 50-year period, and injured thousands more, announced it had reached "the end of its hi... (Read full story).

European Parliament To Debate Definition Of Rape After Controversial Wolf-Pack Judgement In Spain

NEWS: Podemos MEP Tania González announced on Wednesday morning that the European Parliament had voted to amend the order of the day today and debate the definition of rape in member states after the controversial wolf-pack non-... (Read full story).

PSOE Split Over Minister's Wolf-Pack Judge Comments

NEWS: Hours after Justice Minister Rafael Catalá (PP) suggested on a radio programme that the dissenting judge in the [wolf-pack non-rape case][2] might not be in full possession of his mental faculties, the Spanish Socialist Pa... (Read full story).

Judges In Navarra Say Justice Minister Acted To Confuse Citizens And Should Resign Immediately

STATEMENT: Judges in Navarra and the regional branches of four Spanish judicial associations published the following statement in defence of the rule of law and the separation of powers on Monday, after Justice Minister Rafael Catalá... (Read full story).

Judges Demand Justice Minister Resign After He Smears Dissenting Judge In Wolf-Pack Non-Rape Case

NEWS: In astonishing public statements, Spain's Justice Minister, Rafael Catalá, smeared the dissenting judge in the wolf-pack non-rape case that has outraged people across the country since the judgement [was made public last T... (Read full story).

#Cuéntalo: Spanish Women Flood Twitter With #MeToo Abuse Stories To Protest Wolf Pack Judgement

PERSONAL STORIES: "I am 22 and have a slight psychological disability. 4 men kidnap me and rape me repeatedly. Not happy with that, they run me over 7 times. Still alive, they throw petrol on me and set fire to me. 3 of my murderers are fre... (Read full story).

The Dirty Depths Of Spanish Politics

EDITORIAL: After more than a month of news stories, political criticism and stubborn resistance surrounding her falsified Master's Degree in Regional Law at the King Juan Carlos University, Cristina Cifuentes (PP), the now former Fir... (Read full story).

First Minister Of Madrid Resigns After Newspaper Publishes 2011 Video Of Her Stealing Cosmetic Creams

NEWS: The First Minister of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes (PP), announced her resignation on Wednesday morning during an unscheduled press conference, after an online newspaper, OK Diario, [published CCTV camera footage][2] of her ... (Read full story).

Basque Terror Group ETA Expresses Cynical Remorse For Different Victims, Seeks To Generalise Blame

NEWS: Gara [published][1] a new statement from ETA on Friday, in which the Basque terror group—it described itself as a "Basque revolutionary socialist organisation for national liberation"—differentiated between victims, saying... (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).

Spain Says Syria Strikes "Proportional" But Regrets Lack Of Coordinated International Pressure On Assad

STATEMENT: The Spanish government issued a statement on Saturday morning in response to the attacks launched by the United States, the UK and France on facilities in Syria. ——STATEMENT BEGINS—— "An attack with chemical weapons ... (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).

Madrid University Hands Over Investigation Into First Minister's Falsified Master's Degree To Prosecutor

NEWS: The King Juan Carlos University in Madrid announced shortly after 6 p.m. on Thursday evening that it was handing over its internal investigation into the falsified Master's Degree in Law held by the First Minister of Madri... (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).

Signatures On Master's Certificate For First Minister Of Madrid Are Fake, El Confidencial Reports

NEWS: Two out of the three signatures on a certificate presented on March 21 to justify the Master's Degree in Law held by the First Minister of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes (PP), are fake, [El Confidencial reported][ec] on Wednes... (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).

2018 Polls Show Spaniards Open To Centrist Change

NEWS: The first quarter of 2018 ended with a three-way tie for first place in Spanish politics, with Podemos lagging fourth in all 25 polls published during the first three months of the year. April's first poll (Sociométrica... (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).

Ciudadanos Agrees Budget Deal With PP, Says Rivera

NEWS: Ciudadanos has reached an agreement with the Popular Party to try to pass a budget, Albert Rivera said in a press conference on Monday morning. He said Mariano Rajoy had "given way" to some of his party's demands, after... (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).

First Minister Of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, Holds Falsified Master's Degree In Law, El Diario Reports

NEWS: The First Minister of Madrid, Cristina Cifuentes, holds a Master's Degree in Regional Law from the King Juan Carlos University whose marks were increased artificially to award her the title without her having passed two ke... (Read full story).

Spain Polls Suggest Ciudadanos Will Move Above 30%

NEWS: Nearly three months after the start of the year, opinion polls in Spain continue to show a four-way split between the leading parties, with Podemos placed fourth in all of them, but suggest Albert Rivera's centre-right lib... (Read full story).
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