"I'm sick of the topic," she said, after the pro-independence coalition that rules the region fell apart last week when its most radical component - the anti-capitalist CUP party - refused to back the regional government's budget. … [Read more...] about Catalans worn down by long independence drive
Catalans playing for spain
"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.
To remain in office, Mr Sanchez will have to form a governing alliance with smaller parties. He would likely turn to United We Can but will have to decide whether he wants to make pacts with Catalan and other separatist parties — a move that would anger many Spaniards. … [Read more...] about Spain’s Socialists hold election lead as far-right party makes gains
In one sense it’s not entirely clear if this Spanish intervention is against UK interests, since it depends on what type of relationship with the EU the UK ends up negotiating. Should England and Wales end up outside the single market, it wouldn’t be workable for Scotland to be in the same state but with a customs border as a result of different policies on free movement. Either way, however, Spain’s intervention at this stage may have the perverse effect of making an indyref2 more likely. … [Read more...] about Why Spain plays a crucial role in whether UK stays together
Spain won their final qualifying game against Israel 1-0 in Jerusalem on Monday to finish top of their group, a day after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rallied in Barcelona against plans by separatist leaders to declare Catalonia independent following a banned secession referendum. … [Read more...] about Spain coach insists Catalonia turmoil won’t impact World Cup bid