Ex-Catalonia chief Carles Puigdemont, currently in self-exile in Berlin, announced on Sunday that he is running in the upcoming European elections. Puigdemont, 56, is to be the leading candidate of the Junts per Catalunya party. "It is the moment to make another step to internationalise the self-determination right of Catalonia from Europe's heart to all the world," Puigdemont wrote on Twitter. Puigdemont fled Spain in October 2017 after the country's government imposed direct rule on Catalonia following a referendum on independence ruled illegal by Spanish courts. He faces charges of rebellion and sedition which if convicted could see him sentenced to up to 25 years in prison. Despite not being in the country, Puigdemont was re-elected to the Catalonia parliament on December 21, 2017. Pro-independence parties, which retained a slim majority, attempted to elect him as president but were blocked by Spanish courts. Spain's Supreme Court dropped the European Arrest Warrant against him in … [Read more...] about Exiled ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to run in EU elections
The directors of the Netflix documentary "Two Catalonias" said they returned a German film award on Tuesday that was handed to them by the former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, arguing that his delivery was politicised and "not neutral". The film, made by Alvaro Longoria and Gerardo Olivares, recounts the crisis sparked by the region's bid for independence in October 2017. It won the Cinema for Peace Foundation award at a gala event in Berlin on Monday, where Puigdemont was present. The former Catalan leader made a speech against a Supreme Court trial, which began on Tuesday of 12 Catalan independence leaders involved in the secession attempt. READ MORE: Catalan Separatists' trial: How they got here and what's next? | Euronews Answers "It became a political meeting that we did not want to be part of," said Longoria. Longoria's fellow filmmaker Olivares opted not to show up to the ceremony, knowing that Puigdemont would be in attendance. Longoria had agreed to attend after … [Read more...] about ‘Two Catalonias’ filmmakers hand back award given by Carles Puigdemont
Ex-Catalonia chief Carles Puigdemont has hit out at the European Union for being "more concerned" about Venezuela than what is happening in Madrid. Puigdemont, in self-imposed exile, was speaking in Berlin as a dozen Catalan leaders went on trial in Madrid charged over the 2017 failed bid to split from Spain. He said Brussels defended human rights around the world but not on its own doorstep regarding Catalan separatists. "Why is the European Union more concerned with what is happening in Venezuela than what is happening in Madrid today?" he asked. Puigdemont said the trial was a stress test for Spain's judiciary and democracy. "Be confident and look to our social and political leaders," he said, asked how those in favour of independence should react today. "They are very strong and are defending for us values that we want to decide our own future." READ MORE: Euronews explains Catalan separatists' trial and what it could mean The defendants who went on trial on Tuesday are … [Read more...] about Carles Puigdemont: ‘EU is more concerned about Venezuela than Catalan separatists’ trial’
A seasoned debater on European issues, former Green MEP Daniel Cohn-Bendit is hosting a new series of programmes for Euronews: Uncut with Daniel Cohn-Bendit. The idea: conversations without filters, without digressions and without cuts. For the fourth edition of Uncut, Cohn-Bendit is in Brussels talking to Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia. He fled to Belgium after the failure of Catalonia's 2017 referendum on independence. Spain ruled that the vote was illegal and he faces arrest on charges of sedition if he returns. But from his temporary home in the European capital, he still dreams of an independent Catalonia, within a strengthened Europe. … [Read more...] about Catalan independence & European values: Uncut with Carles Puigdemont
Puigdemont continues to live in exile in Belgium. Photo: AFP The former Catalan president is listed among the favourites to win the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Pope Francis, Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump. Carles Puigdemont, who fled into exile in Belgium to avoid detention for sedition after organising an illegal referendum in Catalonia last October 1 is listed as joint third on the favourites list by Time magazine, behind the current leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, and US president Donald Trump. The US newspaper compiled their list of favourites based on odds being offered by betting site Ladbrokes, which currently puts Puigdemont at odds of 12/1, tied with UNHCR, the UN refugees agency The magazine describes him as "figurehead of last October’s unofficial Catalan independence referendum" which "precipitated a crackdown by Spain that put hopes for an independent Catalonia on ice for the foreseeable future". The … [Read more...] about Is Carles Puigdemont about to win a Nobel Peace Prize?