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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).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Jailed On Remand In Fraud Case

NEWS: Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been jailed on remand by an investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid, several Spanish media outlets reporte... (Read full story).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Arrested In Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been arrested as part of an investigation into "irreg... (Read full story).

Spain Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of Killing Of Miguel Ángel Blanco Amid Partisan Bickering

NEWS: Spain is this week commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the kidnapping and terrorist murder of a young Popular Party councillor in the Basque Country: Miguel Ángel Blanco. Three ETA terrorists snatched him on Thur... (Read full story).

Former First Minister Arrested And Newspaper Editor Named As Suspect In New PP Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard launched another corruption operation on Wednesday morning in Madrid, arresting the former Popular Party (PP) First Minister of the region, Ignacio González, who governed from 2012-2015, along with 11 other... (Read full story).

ETA To Disarm By April, Le Monde Reports

NEWS: The Basque terrorist organisation ETA will hand over its remaining weapons by Saturday, April 8, French newspaper Le Monde [reported][lemonde] on Friday, quoting French Basque militant Txetx Etcheverry, who said: "ETA has ... (Read full story).

Barcelona Police Fire Shots To Stop A 32-Year Old Swedish Man Who Had Stolen A Gas Bottle Lorry

NEWS: Local and regional police officers in Barcelona fired seven shots in total on Tuesday morning to stop a small lorry carrying domestic gas bottles that had been taken by a 32-year old, unarmed Swedish man. A police spoke... (Read full story).

Spain's Princess Cristina Found Not Guilty But Ordered To Pay €265,000 In Nóos Fraud Case

NEWS: Spain's Princess Cristina, King Felipe's sister, has been found not guilty of the criminal charges she was accused of but has been ordered to pay €265,000 in civil liability damages in the Nóos corruption case, Spanish med... (Read full story).

Spain Denies British Tabloid Reports Of Imminent Islamic State Terror Attacks On Tourist Beaches

FAKE NEWS: Several British news sites, including [Breitbart UK][bb], which quoted the [Telegraaf][tg], which quoted the [Daily Mail][dm], which quoted the [Express][express], "reported" on Tuesday that Islamic State terrorists were p... (Read full story).

Mercadona And Police Refute British Reports Of Jihadi Suicide Attack In Spanish Supermarket

FAKE NEWS: Spanish police and the supermarket chain Mercadona both confirmed to The Spain Report on Thursday morning that the shots fired at a store in Ourense (Galicia) were not part of a terrorist attack, refuting claims reported y... (Read full story).

Two Female Spanish Islamic State Jihadis Arrested In Turkey On Their Way Back To Europe

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office announced on Wednesday evening that Turkish authorities had arrested two Spanish women who "belonged to the Islamic State [and] who were travelling towards Europe with their very young children". ... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Suspends 2017 Independence Referendum In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has ordered the suspension of a Catalan parliament resolution approving a new independence referendum in September 2017, following a central government challenge. The suspension is temporary... (Read full story).

Spain Arrests Four North Africans On Unspecified Islamic State Immigration Network Charges

NEWS: The Civil Guard has arrested four people officers believe might have some connection with the Islamic State and clandestine immigration routes in Europe, the Spanish Home Office said in a statement on Monday morning. Tw... (Read full story).

Spain Arrests Two Moroccan Imams In Ibiza For Teaching Islamic State Ideology To Children

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard arrested two Moroccan imams in the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany (Ibiza, Balearic Islands) on Tuesday morning on glorification of terrorism and propaganda charges, the Spanish Home Office said in a st... (Read full story).

In Defence Of Legal Protest

EDITORIAL: This week in Spain, a lot of media attention has been spent highlighting and debating [a protest][1] at the Autonomous University in Madrid on Wednesday, in which masked students rowdily decried the presence of former Soci... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Overturns Catalan Ban On Bullfighting

NEWS: The Constitutional Court confirmed in a statement e-mailed to journalists on Thursday morning that a new ruling had overturned a 2010 ban on bullfighting and other bull related events in Catalonia, declaring the regional l... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Lets Public Prosecutor Decide On Criminal Charges For Catalan Speaker Forcadell

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that the Speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, had not complied with the court's previous rulings and prohibitions regarding statements in the region... (Read full story).

Black Spanish Journalist Denounces Death Threats After Tweeting Photo Of Spanish Legionnaires & Spanish Flag

NEWS: "Obviously it is because of the colour of my skin and for calling out racism", El Diario journalist Moha Gerehou told The Spain Report: "there are people who just don't get that Spain is more and more diverse". On Septe... (Read full story).

Villagers Taunt Bulls With Spanish Flags, Chase Them With Cars Across Fields, Stone Them, Then Shoot Them

NEWS: Spain's animal rights party PACMA published a new video of village bull hunts on Thursday, this time in the region of Guadalajara (Castilla La Mancha). In the new images, villagers participating in five chases in four d... (Read full story).

I Will "NOT RESIGN" From Senate, Says Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, Citing Declaration Of Human Rights

NEWS: Rita Barberá, the former long-time Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, currently a senator in Madrid, announced that she was leaving the party but would not resign her Senate seat, in a statement e-mailed to journalists, by t... (Read full story).

Supreme Court To Investigate Rita Barberá, Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, For Money Laundering

NEWS: A spokesman for the Supreme Court confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday that it had decided to open an investigation into the former Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, for money laundering. "The court dec... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Throws Out Otegi's Appeal Against Basque Election Ban

NEWS: On Tuesday evening, Spain's Constitutional Court threw out Arnaldo's Otegi appeal for protection against the Guipúzcoa provincial electoral commission, which ruled [two weeks ago][1] that he may not run as a candidate for ... (Read full story).

Director Of Public Prosecutions Tells King She Is Ready To Bring Criminal Charges Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's Director of Public Prosecutions, Consuelo Madrigal, said her colleagues were ready to defend the Spanish Constitution with criminal prosecutions if the "pro-independence challenge" in Catalonia continues. Speaki... (Read full story).

Home Secretary

EDITORIAL: 27-29%, even 30% of the country, on his side, think that what he did (does) is okay. cloacas del estado someone bugged the Home Secretary's office. The Home Secretary. in charge of the general election on Sunday (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Caught On Tape Plotting Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Diaz (PP), came under fire late on Tuesday evening after [Público][1] published recordings of conversations in his office during which he plotted to falsify corruption cases ... (Read full story).

Civil Guard And High Court Deny El Mundo Story About Search Of Santander HQ In Madrid

THAT'S NOT NEWS: A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard's serious crime squad (UCO) told The Spain Report that the unit's agents were not searching the headquarters of Santander bank in Madrid on Friday morning, as El Mundo had reported m... (Read full story).

Spain's Top Policeman Says A "Totalitarian" Podemos Is A "Threat To Spanish Democracy"

NEWS: The Director General of Spain's National Police force, Ignacio Cosidó, said last night during an interview on 13TV that Podemos is a "threat to democracy" in Spain. "We should not be afraid, but we must be very clear wi... (Read full story).

Spanish Industry Minister Resigns After Getting Himself Stuck In Panama Papers Mud

NEWS: Spain's interim Industry Minister, José Manuel Soria, resigned from the government on Friday morning after a series of media revelations about his offshore business activities in other countries and tax havens snowballed a... (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Appointed National Newspaper Editor As Honorary Police Chief

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Díaz (PP), appointed the editor of right-wing national daily La Razón, Francisco Marhuenda, as an honorary police chief on January 7 this year, the Home Office confirmed to T... (Read full story).

Spanish Police Arrest French Arms Supplier Who Gave Paris Attacker Coulibaly Weapons

NEWS: Spanish police have arrested a French arms dealer who supplied weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who shot and killed a French policewoman in Paris on January 8, 2015 and then attacked a Jewish supermarket in the French capital o... (Read full story).

Islamic State Weapons Cache & Hit List In Ceuta First Of Its Kind In Spain, Says Home Office

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office issued more information on Tuesday regarding the arms cache found in a field in the Spanish North African of Ceuta on April 9, saying it was the first time Islamic State terror attack logistics had ... (Read full story).

Spanish Congress Votes To Take Interim Government To Constitutional Court

NEWS: The Spanish Congress voted overwhelmingly (218-113) in favour of taking Mariano Rajoy's interim executive to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday for refusing to appear before the lower house to answer members' questions ... (Read full story).

Pedro Almodóvar, Former King's Sister And Wife Of Miguel Arias Cañete Appear In Panama Papers

NEWS: **UPDATE:** La Sexta reported on Sunday evening during a TV programme dedicated to the Panama Papers that the company belonging to King Juan Carlos's sister, Pilar de Borbón, was dissolved on the same day King Juan Carlos ... (Read full story).

Home Secretary Orders More Security For Spanish Airports After Brussels Terror Attacks

NEWS: Spain's Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Díaz, announced an increase in security for Spanish airports following the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, which he called "a new attack against all of European society". "... (Read full story).

The Government Must Answer Questions In Parliament

EDITORIAL: Sunday March 20 sees the three-month anniversary of the inconclusive Spanish general election, held on December 20 last year. Three of King Felipe's state visits abroad have been cancelled—including one to the United Kingd... (Read full story).

Constitutional Crisis Intensifies As Interim Government Again Refuses To Appear Before Congress

NEWS: A constitutional conflict between Mariano Rajoy's interim Spanish government and the Spanish Congress intensified on Friday, with the Deputy Prime Minister accusing the Socialist Party (PSOE) Speaker of Congress of pre-ele... (Read full story).

Interim Spanish Government Formally Refuses To Submit To Control Of Congress

NEWS: Interim Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría replied by letter to the Speaker of Congress on Wednesday evening, rejecting [his request][1] that the interim government should submit to parliamentary control in t... (Read full story).

King Felipe & Queen Letizia Texted Support To OHL Director Involved In Credit Card Fraud Scandal

NEWS: The King and Queen of Spain sent supportive text messages to the son-in-law of one of Spain's richest men after newspapers published details of his involvement in the Caja Madrid-Bankia credit-card fraud scandal in 2014, E... (Read full story).

Princess Cristina Denies All Knowledge Of Aizoon Fraud With Innocent Wife Defence Strategy

NEWS: Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y Grecia, otherwise known as Princess Cristina, or King Felipe's sister, took to the stand in the Nóos fraud trial in Palma de Mallorca on Thursday even... (Read full story).

Convicted ETA Terrorist Arnaldo Otegi Launches Basque Election Campaign On Release From Prison

NEWS: Arnaldo Otegi was released from prison in Logroño (La Rioja) shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for belonging to the Basque terrorist group ETA. He was carrying a bag b... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Arrests Moroccan National In Ceuta For Glorification & Promotion Of Islamic State

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard arrested a 20-year old Moroccan national in the Spanish North African city of Ceuta on Thursday morning for glorification of terrorism and the promotion of Islamic State ideology on social media, the Ho... (Read full story).

PP Corruption Whitewash

EDITORIAL: Whitewash, dirty, clean, laundering, wash image, clean image, dirt, disgust, uuurrgh, shine, polish, Corruption, fraud, bribery, theft, crime, stealing, white collar, money laundering PP, Rajoy, polls, corruption, leader... (Read full story).

Former PP Deputy Mayor Of Valencia, Alfonso Grau, Arrested On Suspicion Of Bribery

NEWS: The Civil Guard arrested Alfonso Grau, the former Popular Party Deputy Mayor of Valencia, at his home in the city on Monday morning, Civil Guard spokesmen confirmed to The Spain Report. Mr. Grau was arrested along with ... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Defiant After Constitutional Court Order, Will Continue With Foreign Policy

NEWS: Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said in the Catalan Parliament on Wednesday morning that his government would continue with its foreign policy plan, despite [a Constitutional Court order on Tuesday][1] to suspend ... (Read full story).

Spain's Civil Guard Launches Money Laundering Operation Against China's ICBC In Madrid

NEWS: The Civil Guard's serious crime squad (UCO) has launched an operation at the headquarters of Chinese bank ICBC—the largest bank in the world—in Madrid, the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report. Five people have bee... (Read full story).

Bankia Announces It Will Repay €1.8 Billion + 1% Interest To Minority Shareholders

NEWS: Bankia announced in a three-page filing with Spanish stock regulator CNMV on Wednesday morning before markets opened that it would repay 100% of minority shareholder subscriptions to its 2011 stock market listing, with 1% ... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Suspends Catalan Decree Creating Regional Foreign Ministry

NEWS: The Constitutional Court suspended a Catalan decree creating a regional Foreign Ministry late on Tuesday night, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Spain Report, with the court deciding to study a legal challenge presented by M... (Read full story).

Spanish Puppet Masters Publish Statment XXXXX

TRANSLATION: The two Spanish puppet masters jailed for five days on remand by a judge in Madrid have published a statement xxxx, via a lawyers cooperative, Red Jurídica, representing one of the men, the cooperative told The Spain Repor... (Read full story).

Esperanza Aguirre Resigns As Leader Of Madrid Popular Party

NEWS: Esperanza Aguirre, the veteran leader of the Popular Party in the region of Madrid, former First Minister of Madrid, former Speaker of the Senate and a former Culture & Education minister under José María Aznar, announced ... (Read full story).

Spain's Civil Guard Warns Of "Imminent" Paris-Style Terror Attack In Several Countries In February

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard is warning of an "imminent terror attack like the one in Paris" between February 5-17 "that will foreseeably be carried out in the US, France, Belgium, Paris, Italy and Spain". "It is thought that at... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Searches Madrid PP Headquarters & Office Of OHL Board Director In Fraud Investigation

NEWS: Civil Guard serious crime squad officers searched the headquarters of the Popular Party in Madrid on Thursday evening as part of an ongoing fraud investigation, a spokesman for the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report... (Read full story).

American Woman Arrested Near Seville After She Admits Stabbing 10-Month Old Baby Daughter

NEWS: The Civil Guard arrested a 35-year old American woman in the town of Utrera near Seville (Andalusia) on Wednesday morning after she admitted stabbing her 10-month old baby daughter, a spokeswoman for the Civil Guard confir... (Read full story).

Judge Jails Puppet Masters For Glorifying Terrorism And Inciting Hatred At Kiddies Play In Madrid

NEWS: In an 8-page ruling, Judge Ismael Moreno Chamarro at the duty investigating court in Madrid ordered two puppet masters arrested on Friday to prison on remand, without bail, on charges of glorifying terrorism and inciting h... (Read full story).

Madrid Sacks Carnaval Managers After Infants Puppet Show Depicts Murder, Rape & Hanging

NEWS: Madrid City Hall's culture councillor, Celia Mayer, announced on Saturday that she will sack carnaval programme managers in the Spanish capital "immediately" after they hired a theatre company for an infant puppet show in ... (Read full story).

Another Barrel Full Of Individual Bad Apples

EDITORIAL: There is now a very long list of "isolated" corruption cases affecting the Popular Party. A good few barrel loads of senior-level "individual bad apples" in different areas of the country. Yesterday it was the eastern regi... (Read full story).

Police Arrest Eight Spaniards And One Turk For Recruiting Fighters For PKK-KCK

NEWS: Spanish police arrested nine people—eight Spaniards and one Turk—on Wednesday, in three Spanish cities (Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao), on suspicion of "collaborating with and facilitating individuals' integration into the a... (Read full story).

Corruption & Organised Crime Authorities Arrest Several Members Of Popular Party In Valencia

NEWS: Several members of the Popular Party in the eastern region of Valencia were arrested on Tuesday by the Civil Guard as part of a corruption investigation, a Civil Guard spokesman confirmed to The Spain Report. "It's an o... (Read full story).

The Unedifying Political Abuse Of The Monarchy

EDITORIAL: Spaniards did not vote for clarity and consensus at the general election, as political leaders from all four main parties have claimed repeatedly over the past few days (before inserting their own party's solution into the... (Read full story).

Will Rajoy Enforce Spanish Law In Catalonia?

EDITORIAL: For the last three years and four months, the Catalan separatist movement has at turns gathered increasing momentum and appeared ever closer to the abyss and collapse. Every few weeks, step-by-step, bit-by-bit, the secessi... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Votes 70-63 To Appoint Carles Puigdemont First Minister

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament voted 70-63 to appoint the pro-independence Mayor of Gerona and chairman of the Association of Pro-Independence Municipalities (AMI), Carles Puigdemont, as the region's new First Minister late on Sun... (Read full story).

Rajoy Announces He Has Given Orders To Stop All Separatist Acts In Catalonia

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy announced on Sunday evening that he had given orders—to whom he did not say—that no separatist acts by the new government in Catalonia be allowed. "The government will not let a single act that is against ... (Read full story).

Spanish Government Responds To Catalan Separatists, Warns On "Illegal Acts"

TRANSLATION: Moncloa, the Spanish Prime Minister's office, [issued a statement][1] on Saturday evening in response to the [last-minute deal][2] reached by Junts Pel Sí and the CUP in Catalonia. The statement warns "there is no parli... (Read full story).

17 Year Old Who Punched Mariano Rajoy Tweeted He Wanted To Attack PP Headquarters

NEWS: The 17 year old youth who [punched][2] Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in the head on Wednesday evening in Pontevedra (Galicia) tweeted 12 months ago that he wanted to attack Popular Party headquarters. Writing wit... (Read full story).

600,000 Criminal Cases At Risk Of Oblivion After New Spanish Deadline Rules Come Into Force

NEWS: 600,000–700,000 criminal cases currently in the Spanish court system are at risk of being closed and filed away by June next year after new prosecution deadline requirements came into force on Sunday, Spanish prosecutors a... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Orders Post Office To Send 900,000 Vox Campaign Leaflets "With Maximum Urgency"

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court ordered the Spanish Post Office (Correos) to send out 900,000 campaign leaflets from minority party Vox on Tuesday that it had previously withheld on the grounds that the party had used a Spanish flag... (Read full story).

If No Party Wins An Overall Majority, King Felipe Will Have To Make A Choice

THE BIG PICTURE: Zarzuela: "no se hacen suposiciones antes de las elecciones. Si fuera el caso, se decidiría algo después". http://elpais.com/diario/1993/05/26/opinion/738367206_850215.html Article 62: http://www.congreso.es/consti/... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Strikes Down Separatist Declaration By Catalan Parliament

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to strike down the "solemn" separatist declaration [approved][1] by the new Catalan parliament during a debate on November 9, following an immediate challenge by the centr... (Read full story).

Spanish Police Arrest Two Jihadi Recruiters And A Radicalised Spanish Woman In Catalonia

NEWS: The Spanish Home office said in a statement on Saturday morning that the Civil Guard in Catalonia had arrested three people in relation to Islamic State terror activities. Two Moroccan men, aged 32 and 42, were arrested... (Read full story).

Spain Denies Media Reports Of Foreign Intelligence Warnings On Eight Jihadi Terrorists In Spain

NEWS: On Wednesday, Vozpópuli [reported][1] French authorities had warned Spanish police about three brothers—Amine, Aziz y Halim Maaroufi—and a fourth person, Issam Fadel, who are wanted for their "relationship with Islamic mov... (Read full story).

Belgian FA Cancels Tuesday's Belgium-Spain Football Match In Brussels Over Terrorism Fears

NEWS: The Belgian FA said in [a statement][1] late on Monday night that it had decided to cancel Tuesday night's Spain-Belgium football match on security fears. "In coordination with the competent authorities and the Spanish ... (Read full story).

Spain Maintains Terror Threat Level At Four (Out Of Five) After Paris Attacks

NEWS: Spain's Threat Evaluation Commission and its National Security Council met on Saturday morning to analyse the anti-terror threat level in Spain following Friday night's terror attacks in Paris. The government decided to... (Read full story).

Artur Mas's Toughest Challenge

EDITORIAL: Narrative theory holds that a hero's worst moment in the story, his darkest hour, the time at which all hope appears lost, his dreams downtrodden and the world against him, comes at the end of the third act, just when thin... (Read full story).

Fitch Downgrades Catalonia To Junk Bond Status Because Of Separatist Declaration

NEWS: Ratings agency Fitch issued an unscheduled new note on Thursday evening downgrading Catalonia to junk bond status (BB, negative outlook), citing the cause as the separatist declaration approved by the Catalan parliament on... (Read full story).

King Promises "Constitution Will Prevail" As Separatists Fail To Appoint First Minister In Catalonia

NEWS: In his first public statement since the Catalan parliament approved a separatist declaration on Monday and Spain's Constitutional Court ordered it suspended on Wednesday evening, King Felipe said on Thursday that "the Cons... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Says It Will Push Ahead With Separatist Plan Despite Suspension Order

NEWS: During a press conference on Wednesday evening after after Spain's Constitutional Court announced it was suspending the separatist motion approved by the regional parliament on Monday, Catalonia's interim Deputy First Mini... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Orders Suspension Of Catalan Separatist Declaration

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court agreed unanimously on Wednesday evening, a day earlier than expected, to admit the Spanish government's legal challenge against the separatist declaration approved by the Catalan parliament on ... (Read full story).

Spanish Government Petitions Constitutional Court To Notify 21 Catalan Leaders Of Suspension

NEWS: The Spanish government presented a 26-page appeal against the Catalan parliament's separatist declaration before the Constitutional Court on Wednesday morning, following an extraordinary cabinet meeting on the issue. Th... (Read full story).

Spain Editorials Blast Catalan Declaration: "Treason", "Coup", "Insurgency", "Grave Error"

REACTIONS: ### La Vanguardia: "In Favour Of Rectification" "It was not a happy day". The Catalan declaration "breaks the Constitution" and there is "black smoke on the horizon". Monday's act was a "hidden unilateral declaration of... (Read full story).

Catalan Rebels Begin Revolution

EDITORIAL: That, as they say, is that, then. Catalonia, the Spanish region—out of 17 in total—that generates 20% of national GDP and looks after 25% of all tourist activity, is now in open, official, public, institutional revolt agai... (Read full story).

Mariano Rajoy Announces Urgent Appeal To Constitutional Court After Separatists Vote To Ignore It

NEWS: Speaking after a walkabout in Béjar (Castilla y León), Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he had signed an urgent petition to Spain's State Council "immediately" after the separatist motion was approved in the Catal... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Votes 72-63 To Approve "Solemn" Declaration And Begin Break From Spain

NEWS: The regional parliament in Catalonia voted 72-63 in favour of most of the nine points of the motion presented by separatist groups Junts Pel Sí (Together For Yes) and the CUP on Monday morning. [The motion][1] calls for... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Rules Unanimously To Allow Separatist Debate & Vote In Catalan Parliament

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has ruled unanimously to allow the separatist motion registered in the Catalan regional parliament to be presented, debated and voted upon, the court said in a decision published on Thursday ev... (Read full story).

Home Secretary Says Three Moroccans Arrested In Islamic State Cell Were Planning Attack In Spain

NEWS: Following [news on Tuesday morning][2] that three Moroccans had been arrested in Madrid, the Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Díaz, [spoke][1] to Cadena SER and said the three were ready to launch an attack in Spain. He ... (Read full story).

PP To Petition Constitutional Court If Separatist Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Does Not Cancel Meeting

NEWS: Carme Forcadell, the new Speaker of the Catalan parliament—who ended [her acceptance speech][2] last week with "Long live the Catalan republic!"—has called a meeting of parliamentary group spokespersons without waiting for... (Read full story).

Spain Awaits Secessionist Coup Attempt In Catalonia

EDITORIAL: By July 2014, it was clear that the Catalan question had come down to [rhetoric or rebellion][1]. Would the waffle continue or would someone on either side do *something* about it? This summer, the pro-independence coaliti... (Read full story).

Article 155 Of The Spanish Constitution: Suspending Home Rule In Catalonia

THE BIG PICTURE: REPORTING: events/facts/data + description + states + smell/taste/touch/sound/sights + intensity + original + no waaaay + locations + timings + resources + Spaniards CONTEXT: significance, environment, surroundings, (infr... (Read full story).

Full English Translation Of Mariano Rajoy's Response To Catalan Separatist Document

TRANSLATION: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy responded to [the document][1] submitted by separatist groups to the Catalan parliament on Tuesday with an unplanned institutional statement at 2 p.m. Spanish time. This is what he said... (Read full story).

Full English Translation Of Catalan Separatists' Motion To Begin Process Of Secession From Spain

TRANSLATION: The two separatist groups in the new Catalan parliament—Junts Pel Sí (Together For Yes) and the CUP—[presented a motion][2] to the new speaker of the house on Tuesday morning which, if passed, will signal what they believe... (Read full story).

Separatist Groups Register Urgent Motion In Catalan Parliament To Begin Secession Process

NEWS: The two pro-independence groups in the new Catalan parliament—Junts Pel Sí (Together For Yes) and the CUP—registered an urgent proposal to debate and approve the beginning of the region's secession from Spain on Tuesday mo... (Read full story).

Judges Denounce "Direct Attack" On Independence As Investigation Into 2014 Catalan Ballot Begins

NEWS: Spain's Judicial Council (CGPJ) issued an extraordinary statement late on Tuesday evening supporting judges at the Catalan High Court (TSJC) who had earlier denounced "a direct and unreserved attack on judicial independenc... (Read full story).

Usurpers Proposing Secessionist Coup In Catalonia

EDITORIAL: Spain is not a dictatorship. Rajoy is not Franco. REPORTING: events/facts/data + description + states + smell/taste/touch/sound/sights + intensity + original + no waaaay + locations + timings + resources + Spaniards CO... (Read full story).

Catalan Kingmaker Party CUP Wants Immediate Break With Spanish Legality In Exchange For Support

NEWS: The Catalan left-wing minority party CUP, which won 8.2% of the vote and 10 seats at the regional elections on September 27—and on which Artur Mas's position as First Minister and a pro-independence majority in the regiona... (Read full story).

Spanish Government Says Police Investigating Sabotage Of High-Speed AVE Line In Catalonia

NEWS: In statements to reporters in Luxembourg, Spain's Public Works Minister Ana Pastor labelled the cutting of fibre optic cables for the high-speed AVE train line near Barcelona on Thursday morning a "crime". A spokeswoman... (Read full story).

Judge Charges Train Driver With 80 Counts Of Reckless Manslaughter For 2013 Santiago Train Crash

NEWS: Francisco Garzón Amo, the train driver of the hybrid high-speed Alvia train that derailed at 179 km/h on the A Grandeira curve in Angrois (Galicia) on July 24, 2013, is to be charged with 80 counts of reckless manslaughter... (Read full story).

Spain & Morocco Arrest 10 In New Anti-Terror Operation Against Islamic State Recruiters

NEWS: Spanish and Moroccan authorities have arrested 10 people in a new joint anti-terror operation, the Spanish Home Office and National Police tweeted on Sunday morning. The ten were arrested in Casablanca (Morocco), Toledo... (Read full story).
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