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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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Wolf-Pack Rape Victim's Identity Published By Neo-Nazi Site, Forums, Was Available On E-Justice Portal

NEWS: The regional High Court in Navarra confirmed to The Spain Report on Sunday afternoon that the full identity of the [wolf-pack rape victim][1] had been publicly accessible online for 10 days via an e-justice portal with a v... (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).

50,000 Sign Petition For Real Remorse From ETA

NEWS: More than 50,000 people have signed a petition [on][1] launched by Spanish intellectuals and victims—including philosopher Fernando Savater and Maite Pagazaurtundúa, whose brother was murdered in 2003— demanding... (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).

What Should Spaniards Tell Their Daughters Now?

EDITORIAL: In the words of the majority decision of the court, the 18-year old woman was "crouching down", "shouting" and "moaning in pain", "terrified" and "boxed in", "subject to the will" of her five attackers, in a cramped three-... (Read full story).

One Million Signatures On Call For Wolf-Pack Non-Rape Ruling Judges To Be Disqualified

NEWS: A popular petition on that calls for the disqualification of the judges who wrote the wolf-pack judgement absolving five men of the gang rape of an 18-year old woman at the San Fermines festival in 2016 has coll... (Read full story).

Public Prosecutor To Appeal San Fermines Wolf-Pack Non-Rape Judgement That Has Shocked Spain

NEWS: The Public Prosecutor's Office in Navarra announced on Friday morning that it would appeal [Thursday's judgement][1] in the wolf-pack gang rape case that has shocked Spain, after judges ruled the crime was not rape but the... (Read full story).

Navarra Court Finds Five Men Guilty Of Sexual Abuse Of 18-Year Old Woman, But Clears Them Of Rape

NEWS: A court in Navarra has found five men from Seville known as "the wolf pack" guilty of "continued sexual abuse" of an 18-year old woman at the San Fermines bull running festival in Pamplona in 2016, but cleared them of rape... (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).

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).

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).

HSBC Whistleblower Hervé Falciani Arrested In Madrid On Swiss Warrant

NEWS: Spanish police have arrested HSBC whistleblower Hervé Falciani in Madrid, National Police and Home Office spokespersons confirmed to The Spain Report. Officer acted directly on the Swiss arrest warrant issued on March 1... (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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Body Of Civil Guard Officer Missing Near Seville Found

NEWS: The body of a Civil Guard corporal, named as Diego Díaz and missing since Saturday night, has been found, the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Civil Guard confirmed. "Rescue teams have found the body of Diego,... (Read full story).

Search Ends For Missing Gabriel Cruz After Dead Body Of 8 Year Old Found In Boot Of Father's Girlfriend's Car

NEWS: The dead body of eight-year old Gabriel Cruz was found on Sunday morning in the boot of his father's girlfriend's car, the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Sunday evening, after being reported missing on Februa... (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).

Parents Of Missing Gabriel Thank Home Secretary

NEWS: The parents of the missing eight-year-old boy, Gabriel Cruz, have thanked the Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, for his support during a visit on Wednesday to the area where Gabriel went missing last week. In a video ... (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).

Search Continues For Missing Gabriel

NEWS: The search for missing Gabriel Cruz Ramírez continued in Níjar (Andalusia) on Tuesday, without any further developments as to the whereabouts of the eight-year-old boy, a Civil Guard spokesman told The Spain Report. Gab... (Read full story).

500 Search For Missing 8 Year Old In Andalusia

NEWS: Eight year old Gabriel Cruz Ramírez went missing last Tuesday evening in the village of Las Hortichuelas (Níjar, Andalusia). He had left his grandmother's house at around 3:30 p.m, reportedly to visit his cousins' house, s... (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).

On Freedom Of Speech In Spain

EDITORIAL: Freedom of speech is being questioned, again, in Spain this week, following three decisions. First, the Supreme Court confirmed a National High Court sentence awarded last February to a rapper known as Valtonyc, for glorif... (Read full story).

Basque Police Officer Dies During Rioting Between Spartak Moscow And Athletic de Bilbao Fans In Bilbao

NEWS: A Basque Police officer has died while policing a riot between Spartak Moscow and Athletic de Bilbao fans in the area around the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao on Thursday evening. Spain's Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoid... (Read full story).

Spanish Progressives Denounce Authoritarian Attack On Freedom Of Speech As Rap Singer Sentenced To Jail

REACTIONS: Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling [confirming][1] a 3.5 year jail sentence for a Spanish rap singer, José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, known by the state name of "Valtonyc", on charges of glorification of terrorism and sland... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Rejects Rapper's Appeal Against 3.5 Year Jail Term For Terrorism And Slander Charges

NEWS: On Wednesday, Spain's Supreme Court confirmed a sentence handed down by the National High Court in Madrid last February to a rap artist, José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, known by the state name of "Valtonyc", for a total of thr... (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).

Civil Guard Officer Given 16 Years In Prison For 2016 Motorway Murder Of Moroccan Man Near Madrid

NEWS: A 33-year old Civil Guard officer, Ángel Luis Viana Jiménez, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a court in Madrid for the murder of a Moroccan citizen, Younes Slimani, during a "brief psychotic upset" near the Spa... (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).

European Court Of Human Rights Orders Spain To Pay €50,000 Compensation To ETA Airport Terrorists

NEWS: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Spain to pay two convicted ETA terrorists, Martin Sarasola Yarzábal e Igor Portu Juanenea, €20,000 and €30,000 respectively for "inhuman and degrading treatment" follow... (Read full story).

The Podemos Electoral Reform Proposal

THE BIG PICTURE: **What does Podemos want?** - To reduce the voting age to 16; - To change the variety of proportional representation used in Spanish elections; - For 50% of candidates to be women; - To make already closed electoral ... (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).

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).

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).

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).

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).

Spanish Prime Minister Defends Corruption Record In Parliament Amid Opposition Calls To Resign

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy defend himself and the Popular Party against accusations of corruption on Wednesday morning, after being forced to appear in parliament by opposition groups. The Prime Minister claimed he had made 52 state... (Read full story).

PSOE And Podemos Demand Recall Of Parliament To Question Rajoy On Corruption Charges

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and Podemos have signed a joint petition to parliament demanding the house be recalled from its summer break to discuss the Prime Minister's role in the allegedly fraudulent management of... (Read full story).

Mariano Rajoy Tells Judge He Knew Nothing About Fraud As PSOE Calls For PM To Resign Immediately

NEWS: The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, appeared in court as a witness on Wednesday morning, in an ongoing corruption investigation involving the illegal funding of his party, the Popular Party, several years ago when ... (Read full story).
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