Catalonia - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Catalonia


Catalonia places 200,000 people under coronavirus lockdown

Jul 04, 2020 - 6:01 PM

We have decided to confine the del Segria zone following data confirming a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections,' says Catalan President Quim Torra

FRESH CASES. A man wearing a face mask rides a scooter at Catalonia Square in Barcelona on March 14, 2020 after regional authorities ordered all shops in the region be shuttered from today through March 26, save for those selling food, chemists and petrol stations, in order to slow the coronavirus spread. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Catalans told not to dance with strangers

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:42 AM

The head of Spain Night Life says the rule would just favor illegal clubs

DANCER. Dancer Vero, 36, prepares herself before performing a 'Zambra' dance in the 'Cueva de la Rocio' at Sacromonte neighborhood in Granada on May 30, 2019. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Sanchez sworn in as head of Spain's first coalition gov't in decades

Jan 08, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Pedro Sanchez takes the oath before King Felipe VI a day after being narrowly confirmed as premier in parliament

REELECTED. Spain's reelected prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez (R) talks with Spain's King Felipe VI, after taking the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on January 8, 2020. Photo by Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool/AFP

Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Such support from the ERC, Catalonia's oldest and biggest pro-independence party, would be a clear sign that months of political deadlock in the major European Union country will be coming to an end

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spanish PM under pressure over Catalan protests

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The center-right Ciudadanos party calls on Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is running for a second term, delivers a speech on the second day of the parliamentary investiture debate to vote for a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on July 23, 2019. - Spain's outgoing socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a government programme with a boost in social spending in the hope of persuading the far-left to help him back into power amid tough negotiations. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

'We're totally fed up' say Catalans who want to remain with Spain

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:58 AM

Over the past 3 days, the protests – which began after the conviction of 9 separatist leaders for their role in a failed 2017 independence bid – have degenerated into nightly clashes, leaving Barcelona in flames and the region in crisis

Students wave a Catalan pro-independence "estelada" flag as they protest during a demonstration in front of the police headquarters in Barcelona on October 17, 2019. After a fresh night of violence that rocked Barcelona, Catalan separatists today pressed on with their protests against the sentencing of nine of their leaders by blocking roads and railways across the Spanish region. University students began a strike, while several roads and highways were closed across Catalonia because of mass marches which departed yesterday from five Catalan towns heading for Barcelona.  Pau Barrena / AFP

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont allowed to run for EU polls

May 06, 2019 - 8:27 PM

A court spokesman says Carles Puigdemont would be able to run, as would Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati, who were in the regional government during the secession bid and fled

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont smiles as he speaks to residents in Girona on October 28, 2017. File photo by Eddy Kelele/AFP

Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls – party

Apr 29, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Together for Catalonia accuses the electoral commission of wanting to 'silence and push aside' Carles Puigdemont 'so that he can't explain what he represents at the heart of European institutions'

Spain votes in early election marked by far-right resurgence

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Far-right party Vox looks set to make its first-ever entrance into the national parliament

SNAP ELECTIONS. Voters cast their ballots at the Central University of Barcelona being used as a polling station in Barcelona during general elections in Spain on April 28, 2019. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Catalan separatists' long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:08 PM

All are on trial over an independence referendum that was held on October 1, 2017 despite a court ban, as well as a short-lived declaration of independence

TRIAL BEGINS. Former Catalan separatist leaders including (from front row R-L) Oriol Junqueras, Raul Romeva, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sanchez, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Jordi Cuixart, Carme Forcadell, Dolors Bassa, Carles Mundo, Santi Vila and Meritxel Borras attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Madrid says talks with Catalan separatists 'stall'

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says separatist parties are asking the government to agree to holding an independence referendum, something which she says will 'never be acceptable'

POLITICS. In this file photo, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) and Deputy Prime Minister and minister of equality Carmen Calvo attend commemorative acts marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution at the parliament in Madrid on December 6, 2018. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Spain knife attacker was gay and suicidal, says wife – reports

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:44 PM

Spanish media report the attacker's wife said he had told her two months ago that he was homosexual and wanted to commit suicide

KNIFE ATTACKER'S DEATH. The body of a man who tried to attack a police station is carried out of the premises in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish police treating knife assault as 'terrorist attack'

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Police say the man invoked the name of Allah during the assault

KNIFE ATTACK. Special police forces prepare to raid the apartment building of a man who tried to attack a police station in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20, 2018. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Madrid begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Representatives of both executives meet for almost 4 hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011

TALKS. Catalan regional government Transparency Foreign, Institutional Relations and Affairs chief Ernest Maragall (3L) and Spanish minister of terrirorial administration Meritxell Batet (3R) attend a Catalan-Spanish bilateral commission on August 1, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Catalan leader calls for talks with new Spain PM

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'We need to sit down at the same table and negotiate, government to government,' says Catalonia's separatist president Quim Torra

TALKS. In this file photo, Catalan regional President Quim Torra talks to the media in Waterloo on May 30, 2018. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Catalan president forms gov't without jailed, exiled ministers

May 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

Newly elected Catalan leader Quim Torra 'signed a new decree to form a government in Catalonia,' his office says in a statement

NEW LEADER. Newly appointed Catalan president Quim Torra delivers a speech during an official swearing-in ceremony at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona on May 17, 2018. File photo by Alberto Estévez/AFP

Madrid moves to block second Puigdemont comeback bid in Catalonia

May 09, 2018 - 8:28 PM

Madrid ask Spain's Constitutional Court to cancel a reform voted for last week by Catalonia's majority separatist parliament that would allow Puigdemont – currently in self-exile abroad – to be appointed president without having to be present

BLOCKED. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona.  Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not appear before the Spanish Senate in Madrid to state his case for independence, a spokeswoman for the Catalan government said on October 25, 2017.   / AFP PHOTO / PAU BARRENA

Spain's King Felipe VI backs judges during Catalonia visit

Apr 09, 2018 - 11:37 PM

The Spanish monarch's firm stance against independence angers some who say he should not take sides

HIS HIGHNESS. Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attend a memorial mass marking the 25th anniversary of the death of Felipe's grand-father Juan de Bourbon, Count of Barcelona on April 3, 2018 in San Lorenzo del Escorial, Madrid. Photo by Ballesteros/pool/AFP

German prosecutor requests Puigdemont extradition to Spain

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:48 PM

The request comes after protests by independence supporters at the weekend in Berlin and Catalonia calling for Carles Puigdemont's immediate release

EXTRADITION? Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont speaks during a debate at the University of Copenhagen on January 22, 2018. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Puigdemont vows to 'never surrender', 'continue fight': lawyer

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:59 PM

Lawyer Gonazlo Boye says Carles Puigdemont wanted to 'pass the message' to the Catalan people that 'he will continue fighting and this is going to be a long fight but it will be a fight that he will' win

PUIGDEMONT'S DEFENSE. Jaume Alonso-Cuevillas (L) and Gonzalo Boye, lawyers of former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, speak to journalists as they leave the prison (Justizvollzugsanstalt - JVA) of Neumuenster, northern Germany, where Puigdemont is detained, on March 27, 2018. Photo by Axel Heimken/AFP

Arrest of Catalan leader in Germany ignites wave of protests

Mar 26, 2018 - 10:08 PM

Former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont spent the night in a German jail cell following his arrest after he crossed the border from Denmark, under a European warrant issued by Spain

PRISON. Police officers walk out of the prison of Neumuenster, where former Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont is detained, in Neumuenster, northern Germany, on March 26, 2018. Photo by Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Puigdemont abandons bid to return as Catalan leader

Mar 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

'I will not put myself forward as candidate to be appointed regional president,' Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont announces solemnly from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. File photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

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Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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The week in photos: February 17-23, 2018

Feb 24, 2018 - 2:21 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A cow is prepared for a photo shooting during the 45th edition of the Show of the Best" (Schau der Besten) dairy cow beauty pageant on February 22, 2018 in Verden an der Aller, northwestern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Carmen Jaspersen / Germany OUT

Leading Catalan separatist in Switzerland to evade justice

Feb 20, 2018 - 6:04 PM

'I won't go to Madrid. I'm wanted for my political activities and the government press has already declared me guilty,' Anna Gabriel says

ANNA GABRIEL. Catalan parliament member and leader of the pro-independence anticapitalist party 'Candidatura d'Unitat Popular - CUP' (Popular Unity Candidacy), Anna Gabriel (L) and CUP's deputy Mireia Vehi shout during a pro-independence demonstration outside the Guardia Civil quarters in Barcelona on July 31, 2017. File photo by Joseph Lago/AFP

Puigdemont's party seeks law change to allow rule from Belgium

Feb 10, 2018 - 8:27 AM

However, the proposal is reportedly not backed by Catalonia's jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras

IN SELF-EXILE. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont. AFP file photo

Ex-Catalan leader reportedly says it's over for him

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:53 PM

A reporter from Spain's Telecinco television channel catches on camera the phone of Toni Comin, a former Catalan minister, while he was looking at messages sent by Puigdemont

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont smiles as he speaks to residents in Girona on October 28, 2017. File photo by Eddy Kelele/AFP

Uncertainty swirls around Puigdemont investiture vote

Jan 30, 2018 - 7:11 AM

A meeting of the Catalan parliament to vote on a bid by the region's fugitive separatist president Carles Puigdemont to form a new government is in doubt after a court ruled he must be present

PRESENT. This file photo taken on October 27, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a session of the Catalan parliament in Barcelona. Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish court blocks Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after the Catalan parliament declared independence in October, was earlier this week chosen as a candidate to lead Catalonia again

SUSPENDED. The Spanish constitutional court prevents Catalan leader to grab back power in the country. AFP photo

Puigdemont accuses EU of not defending rights in Catalonia

Jan 23, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Catalonia's sacked president Carles Puigdemont repeats accusations that the European Union is failing to defend fundamental rights in the wealthy Spanish region

IN COPENHAGEN. Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont speaks during a debate at the University of Copenhagen on January 22, 2018. Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Immunity won't save ex-Catalan leader from arrest – Spain prosecutors

Jan 20, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Puigdemont risks being detained on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds

FORMER LEADER. Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont faces arrest if he returns to Spain from Brussels. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Shockwaves: The world in 2017

Dec 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Here is a look at some of the biggest global stories from the past year

RESISTANCE. Riot police fire rubber bullets and tear gas grenades at demonstrators protesting against President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas on April 8, 2017. Federico Parra/AFP

Catalans vote in bid to solve independence crisis

Dec 21, 2017 - 4:35 PM

At stake is the economy of a region that has seen its tourism sector suffer and more than 3,000 companies move their legal headquarters since Catalan leaders held a banned independence referendum on October 1

ELECTIONS. A man holds information placards for the Catalan regional election, during a polling station setup at the 'Prat de la Mata' school on the eve of the voting day in L'Hospitalet del Llobregat on December 20, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Campaigns go silent ahead of knife-edge Catalan vote

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The regional election pits leaders of the wealthy northeastern region's separatist movement against candidates who want to stay part of a unified Spain

CATALAN VOTE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2016 shows people waving 'Estaladas' (pro-independence Catalan flags) during a pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona during the National Day of Catalonia 'Diada'. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia – Ecuador president

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:50 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has angered Madrid by using Twitter to pump out messages of support for Catalonia's independence drive and accuse Spain's central government of 'repression'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP

Surveys show Catalan separatists could lose absolute majority in vote

Dec 15, 2017 - 11:22 PM

Catalonia is currently under direct rule from the national government in Madrid, which called new elections after a banned independence referendum led to Spain's worst political crisis in a generation

CATALAN POLLS. Ines Arrimadas (2nd left), Ciudadanos (Citizens) party candidate for the upcoming Catalan regional election, stands with other members of the party outside the Dali Museum during a tour as part of her political campaign in Figueres on December 15, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Judge refuses to free 4 Catalan leaders as elections near

Dec 04, 2017 - 7:47 PM

(UPDATED) Six other former ministers who were also remanded in custody last month will be released on bail of 100,000 euros ($120,000) each as an investigation into charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds continues

INDEPENDENCE. Catalan pro-independence center-right grouping Junts per Catalunya - JUNTSXCAT (All for Catalonia) candidate for the upcoming regional election in Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, speaks via video-conference to present their electoral program at the party's headquarters in Barcelona on December 3, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Catalan separatists divided ahead of knife-edge vote

Dec 04, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Catalan separatists head into a new election this month divided over the future of their region but united against what they say is 'repression' from Madrid

PRO-INDEPENDENCE. Protesters wave pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona on October 21, 2017 in support of two separatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, who have been detained pending an investigation into sedition charges. Pau Barrena/AFP/File

Polls must 'ratify' Catalonia's desire for independence – Puigdemont

Nov 25, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont launches his campaign for regional elections from Belgium

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as probe changes hands

Nov 24, 2017 - 10:41 PM

Judge Pablo Llarena of Spain's Supreme Court is now taking full responsibility for the probe into the heads of two Catalan pro-independence associations accused of sedition

SUPPORT. Firefighters stand to form the shape of a giant ribbon at the Montjuic Castle in Barcelona on November 20, 2017 during a protest calling for the release of jailed Catalan separatist leaders. Photo by Josep LagoAGO / AFP

Ousted Catalan leader's party shelves 'unilateral' independence push

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:29 PM

The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont now favors talks with Madrid to achieve independence instead of pushing to break away from Spain unilaterally

INDEPENDENCE. A man waves a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag as people march in Barcelona during a general strike in Catalonia called by Catalan unions on October 3, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain PM Rajoy calls on companies not to leave Catalonia

Nov 12, 2017 - 9:51 PM

'We have to recover the sensible, practical, enterprising and dynamic Catalonia,' says Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

UNITY. Protesters wave Spanish and Catalan Senyera flags during a pro-unity demonstration in Barcelona on October 29, 2017. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Rajoy in Barcelona for first Catalonia visit since direct rule

Nov 12, 2017 - 4:23 PM

His visit comes two weeks after he dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his government and the parliament, suspended the region's autonomy and called for new elections there

PM PRESSCON. In this file photo, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, on October 27, 2017. Javier Soriano/AFP

Catalans flood Barcelona to demand leaders' freedom

Nov 12, 2017 - 8:15 AM

8 members of the axed Catalan cabinet are currently detained on charges of sedition, rebellion, and misuse of public funds

UNITED. A man holds an Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag while others hold placars reading 'Freedom' during a demonstration in Barcelona on November 11, 2017 calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders. Josep Lago / AFP

Ousted Catalan leader blasts Spain after Belgium frees him

Nov 06, 2017 - 8:15 PM

After his release, Carles Puigdemont tweets: 'Released without bail. Our thoughts are with colleagues unjustly imprisoned by a state that is far from democratic norms'

ON BAIL. This file photo taken on October 31, 2017 shows dismissed Catalonia's leader Carles Puigdemont arriving to address media representatives at The Press Club in Brussels. Photo by Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP

Sacked Catalan leader turns himself in to Belgian police

Nov 05, 2017 - 9:39 PM

(UPDATED) The former Catalan leader is joined by 4 ex-ministers

DEPOSED LEADER. This file photo taken on October 10, 2017 shows Catalan president Carles Puigdemont attending a regional government meeting at the Generalitat Palace in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Deposed Catalan leader urges separatist 'unity' for election

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:19 PM

(UPDATED) Carles Puigdemont's rallying cry comes a day after a Spanish judge issued an arrest warrant against him

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:11 PM

(UPDATED) Spanish prosecutors want to charge Puigdemont, holed up in Belgium, with rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds

ESTELADA. Protesters hold a Catalan pro-independence Estelada flag and signs reading "Freedom to political prisoners" during a demonstration outside the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on November 2, 2017. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP