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03:00, 29 December 2017 Friday

Rajoy better armed against Catalan separatists despite poll rout

His detractors have called the results of the December 21 election, which saw separatist parties hold on to their majority in the Catalan parliament, a "fiasco" and a "rout" for Rajoy, in power since 2011.

03:00, 19 November 2017 Sunday

Decision deferred on Catalan politicians' extradition

Belgian judge defers decision to Dec. 4, process to extradite former separatist politicians to Spain could take three months

12:49, 11 November 2017 Saturday

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

Separatists have called on supporters to match the annual turn-out of Catalonia's national day, when hundreds of thousands gather in the city. The demonstration is due to take place from 17:00 (16:00 GMT).

11:52, 10 November 2017 Friday

Catalan's parliament speaker faces jail

Carme Forcadell will be released on $175,000 bail  

11:38, 06 November 2017 Monday

Sacked Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium

A judge ordered the five, who fled Spain earlier this week after being accused of rebellion and sedition, not to leave Belgium until their extradition case is heard.

17:28, 30 October 2017 Monday

Ex-Catalan leader leaves Spain local media report

Carles Puigdemont in Belgium after Spanish attorney general calls for ex-Catalan president to face charges

14:41, 30 October 2017 Monday

Hundreds of thousands protest Catalan independence move

Barcelona’s streets filled with protesters, waving Spanish flags, concentrating against Friday’s independence declaration

15:52, 28 October 2017 Saturday

Catalan leader to speak as Spain seizes control

As thousands rallied in Madrid in support of Spanish unity, Carles Puigdemont's office said he would make a speech at the seat of the regional government at 2:30 pm (1230 GMT).

14:37, 28 October 2017 Saturday

Europe rejects Catalonia's independence

EU's heavyweight Germany says sovereignty and territorial integrity of Spain remain inviolable

10:50, 17 October 2017 Tuesday

Catalan independence leaders jailed on sedition charges

Pro-independence associations call for protests Tuesday against decision to jail the two leaders  

04:19, 11 October 2017 Wednesday

Spain warns Catalan leader for independence showdown

Whether or not Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will follow through on his threat to announce a full breakaway -- defying the central government and Spanish courts -- is still a mystery.

11:15, 02 October 2017 Monday

Catalan leader hints declaration of independence

Spanish PM says that “there was not a self-determination referendum in Catalonia today”  

16:49, 30 September 2017 Saturday

Catalans occupy schools ahead of independence vote

Police have orders to remove students and parents at 6 a.m. Sunday to block the vote

05:12, 24 September 2017 Sunday

Madrid Barcelona clash over control of Catalan police

Clinging to independence bid, Catalan government says its police will 'never give up exercising powers that are its own'

16:31, 21 September 2017 Thursday

Catalans protest in Barcelona as independence vote dealt a blow

Thousands took to the streets of the Mediterranean seaside city on Wednesday after police detained key members of the team allegedly organising the vote slated for October 1 in a region deeply divided over independence.

13:45, 20 September 2017 Wednesday

Spanish police raid Catalan government buildings

Three high-level Catalan politicians reportedly detained in attempts to block 'illegal' independence referendum

02:01, 16 September 2017 Saturday

Spain tightens control over Catalan spending as tensions soar

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was due later Friday in the Catalan capital of Barcelona to rally his troops against a backdrop of soaring tensions over separatist leaders' plans to hold the outlawed independence vote on October 1.

16:34, 13 September 2017 Wednesday

Spain prosecutors threaten to arrest Catalan pro-referendum mayors

Catalonia's pro-separatist government has asked the wealthy northeastern region's 948 mayors to provide facilities for polling stations for the plebiscite. 

12:00, 21 August 2017 Monday

Catalan police ID Barcelona van attack driver

Reports suggest manhunt for attacker widened to include southern Europe  

16:56, 11 June 2017 Sunday

Thousands rally in Barcelona for Catalan independence vote

Carles Puigdemont, leader of the regional government, defied Madrid on Friday by setting a date for the vote even though it has been ruled illegal by Spain's Constitutional Court.

19:24, 13 March 2017 Monday

Former Catalan leader given two-year public office ban

In the November 2014 vote called by Mas, more than 80 percent of those who cast a ballot chose independence, but just 2.3 million out of 6.3 million eligible voters took part.

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