Last fall, 2.25 million Catalonians showed up at the polls to vote in an independence referendum. According to the regional government, 90 percent of the votes were in favor of secession from Spain. This vote came after the constitutional court in Madrid, in 2010, struck down a key 2006 provision in Catalonia’s autonomy statute, which described Catalonia as a “nation” and gave greater powers to the regional government. … [Read more...] about Spanish Prime Minister Takes Hard Lines Against Catalan Independence
"We are convinced that Germany should not play any part in the criminalization of democratic acts of this kind, and that it should stay out of the highly charged domestic disputes of other states," his lawyers' statement said. A number of Puigdemont's colleagues who stayed in Spain after last fall's political crisis are still in prison. … [Read more...] about Catalan leader avoids extradition from Germany, but his troubles aren’t over.
Puigdemont and several other Catalan leaders fled to Belgium, where they remained free under court-imposed conditions. But he was detained in Germany in March on a European arrest warrant while traveling back to Belgium after a trip to Finland. A German judge determined that Puigdemont could be extradited back to Spain to face charges for misuse of public funds, but that he could not be charged with rebellion because there is no equivalent crime under German law. … [Read more...] about Did Russia Fuel Separatism in Spain? Catalan Leader Says It’s ‘Fake News’
MADRID (AP) — A leading politician in Catalonia's independence movement has held a news conference in an unusual setting — the Madrid prison where he is being held while standing trial for the region's secession effort. … [Read more...] about Catalan separatist holds press conference from prison
The court said Friday that Catalonia's former vice president Oriol Junqueras will not be allowed to attend a session on Monday at the Spanish Parliament where elected candidates to the European Parliament must swear to uphold the Spanish Constitution. … [Read more...] about Spain stops jailed Catalan from joining European Parliament