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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

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

Thousands rally for unity across Spain ahead of Catalonia vote

Oct 01, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Thousands of flag-waving protesters rallied in cities across Spain in favor of national unity, a day before a banned referendum on independence for Catalonia

FOR UNITY. People hold a giant Spanish flag during a demonstration against independence in Catalonia, on September 30, 2017 in Barcelona. Lluis Gene/AFP

Catalonia's pro-independence coalition breaks down

Jun 09, 2016 - 9:03 AM

The development deals a blow to the coalition s planned 18 month roadmap for independence from Spain by 2017

President of the Catalan Government Carles Puigdemont (R) shakes hands with Chief of the Presidency Neus Munte (2L) and Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (2R) as Members of the Catalan pro independence coalition 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) clap during a debate on the government's 2016 budget, at the Parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on June 8, 2016.  Josep Lago/AFP

Catalonia pushes ahead quietly with independence plan

May 19, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid

Demonstrators wave pro-independence Catalan flags during a demonstration called by the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) demanding an agreement between secessionist parties in Barcelona on January 7, 2016. Placard reads in Catalan 'We are angry. We demand an agreement now.' Josep Lago/AFP

Catalonia to hold Sept 27 elections in fresh independence challenge

Aug 03, 2015 - 12:38 PM

UPDATED If an alliance of pro secession parties wins a majority they will aim to split from Spain within 18 months despite Madrid s opposition

INDEPENDENCE DRIVE. In this file photo,people take part in a demonstration in support of a Catalan vote on independence from Spain, in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao on September 9, 2014. Rafa Rivas/AFP

Catalan separatists ready to declare unilateral independence

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:31 AM

Catalan separatists say they are ready to declare unilateral independence if Madrid attempts to block a separation process they hope to launch if successful in September s regional elections

FOR INDEPENDENCE. (L to R) Leader of Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) leftist republican party Oriol Junqueras, President of Omnium Cultural Muriel Casals, former Green European deputy and leader list of 'Junts pel Si' (together for yes) Raul Romeva, former Catalonia's (ACN) president Carme Forcadell and Catalonian regional government's president and leader of the Catalan Democratic Convergence party (CDC) Artur Mas pose in Barcelona on July 20, 2015 during the presentation of a pact to run on a joint ticket to serve as a de facto plebiscite on independence for Catalonia, in the regional elections next September 27. Lluis Gene/AFP

Spain's Constitutional Court rules Catalan independence vote illegal

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23 AM

The court ruled that laws passed by the regional government of Catalonia in September allowing it to call and organize such votes was unconstitutional

A 93-year-old man casts his vote for the non binding 'referendum' for independence at a polling station in Barcelona, Spain, 09 November 2014. Toni Albir/EPA

Spain warns Catalonia against using public money in vote

Nov 06, 2014 - 10:34 PM

Spain s Constitutional Court earlier ordered the Catalan government to suspend the planned independence referendum this weekend

Catalan govt to decide by Oct 15 whether to pursue independence vote

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:13 AM

Leaders of the rich northeastern region are locked in a tense standoff with Spain s central government over the vote

INDEPENDENCE TOO? People take part in a demonstration in support of a Catalan vote on independence from Spain, in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao on September 9, 2014, ahead of the Diada. Rafa Rivas/AFP

Catalans and Scots: Same dreams, different histories

Sep 11, 2014 - 1:34 PM

The two campaigns for independence grew out of very different circumstances that could define their success

INDEPENDENCE TOO? People take part in a demonstration in support of a Catalan vote on independence from Spain, in the northern Spanish Basque city of Bilbao on September 9, 2014, ahead of the Diada. Rafa Rivas/AFP

Scotland independence vote fires up Spain's Catalonia

Sep 09, 2014 - 3:54 PM

Proud of their distinct Catalan language and culture many of Catalonia s 7 5 million inhabitants feel short changed by the national government in Madrid

A picture taken on September 11, 2012 shows supporters of independence for Catalonia demonstrating in Barcelona to mark the Spanish region's official day or 'Diada'. Luis Gene/AFP