Tension in Catalunya as the independence conflict nears boiling point
The re-imposition of direct rule from Madrid is a possibility just 6 months after it was lifted The last few days have seen a significant increase in tension in the conflict between the separatist..

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Catalan president advocates the “Slovenian path” to independence
62 people were killed in the Ten-Day War in Slovenia following the confirmation of independence in 1991 Quim Torra embarks on a 48-hour hunger strike to support “political prisoners” Since..

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18 Catalan separatist leaders and former leaders to stand trial
A year after the annulled declaration of independence some of those responsible face charges of rebellion Spain’s Supreme Court announced on Thursday that the instruction phase of the case involving..

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Honorary Greek consul in Barcelona withdrawn for “affronts to the Spanish flag”
The Minister for Foreign Affairs stresses the need to “disinfect the wounds in Catalan society” The campaign for a fully legal independence referendum in Catalunya, and for the freeing of those..

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Surreal developments in Catalunya: Pope asked to mediate in independence process, former president tipped for Nobel Peace Prize!
Quim Torra seeks support from world leaders including Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and Pope Francis There have been times over the last year or so when the political situation in Catalunya has..

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Catalan independence conflict close to boiling point again
Catalan president issues a referendum ultimatum, threatening to bring down the Spanish government A year after the chain of events in Catalunya which led to a unilateral declaration of independence..

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Severe travel disruption in Catalunya on the anniversary of the outlawed independence referendum
Catalan separatists target rail infrastructures and road traffic as they voice their discontent Monday 1st October marks the first anniversary of the partial holding of an outlawed independence..

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Spanish PM hints at Catalunya self-government referendum
Pedro Sánchez seeks to heal the scars from left by last autumn’s tumultuous events As the Spanish parliament prepares to re-convene this week after its summer recess Pedro Sánchez, the President..

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Hate crime charges for driver who ploughed through yellow crosses in Catalunya?
The 2,500 crosses in Vic were a gesture of support for separatist political prisoners and exiles The Town Hall of Vic in the province of Barcelona has announced that charges will be pressed against..

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Anti-tourism demonstrators attack buses in Barcelona and Valencia
The protesters are closely related to the Catalan separatist movement The anti-tourism campaigners of Arran, a young people’s group which is closely linked to the CUP Catalan separatist political..

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Almost 1,700 businesses left Catalunya in the first quarter of 2018
Only 94 moved to the region as political uncertainty continued in Catalunya It might have been assumed that the stream of businesses changing their registered addresses from the region of Catalunya..

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Catalan separatists hope for a less strict attitude as the new government promises dialogue
Pedro Sánchez will meet Quim Torra “very soon”, it has been confirmed As Spain’s new Cabinet Ministers in Spain’s new government begin to get their feet under their desks there is a considerable..

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Scuffle over beach crosses and ceremonial photo burning, tempers still run high in Catalunya
Three suffered minor injuries during a confrontation on one of the beaches of Canet After months of uncertainty regarding the political situation in Catalunya there is almost a temptation among..

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No new Catalan government after regional ministers list includes 4 in prison or on the run
The Spanish government responds to the “provocative” list of ministers named by Quim Torra Having finally celebrated the investiture of Quim Torra as president of a new regional government..

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New Catalan president omits to swear allegiance to King and Constitution
Quim Torra makes it abundantly clear that he will continue the separatist policies of his predecessor Quim Torra was officially sworn in as the new president of the regional government of Catalunya..

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New Catalan president maintains that his predecessor is still in office
Carles Puigdemont remains the absent higher authority as Quim Torra takes office On Monday 14th May, exactly 199 days after independence from Spain was declared in the regional parliament of Catalunya..

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Spanish High Court rejects charges against a woman who burnt photos of the King in public
Judges in Spain are obliged to re-think their stance after a European Court of Human Rights decision in March In March of this year the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg reached a landmark..

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Video conference investiture ceremony to reinstate Catalan president blocked again
Plans to re-appoint Carles Puigdemont are described as “absurd” by the national president The Constitutional Court, the highest court of law in Spain, has again ruled in favour of objections..

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Former Catalan president still hopes to be re-invested in his absence
Carles Puigdemont faces possible extradition to Spain to face charges Over six months after the regional parliament of Catalunya was dissolved following a unilateral declaration of independence..

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Murcia hoteliers accused of bribery over free holidays for police officers serving in Catalunya
The holidays were offered in homage to the policing during the Catalan crisis last year A gesture which was made by hotel owners in the Region of Murcia to show their support for police and Guardia..

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Political instability forces suspension of Barcelona World Race
The round-the-world yacht race cannot make the necessary guarantees to sponsors The 2019 edition of the Barcelona World Race, a non-stop round-the-world yacht race for crews of two which was first..

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Former Catalan president arrested at last in Germany
Carles Puigdemont left Spain in October last year to avoid being detained After five months in self-proclaimed “exile” in Belgium, Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government..

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17 per cent of savings withdrawn from deposit accounts in Catalunya since independence declaration
Many people transferred their savings to accounts in Valencia and Aragón As Catalunya prepares for the possible investiture of Jordi Turull as the new regional president on the afternoon of Thursday..

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Celebratory burning of images of the King of Spain in Girona
Anti-monarchists and Catalan separatists gathered in Banyoles exercise their right to “freedom of expression” Following the news on Tuesday morning that the European Court of Human Rights in..

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Landmark decision in Strasbourg: it is not a crime to burn photos of the King of Spain
The European Court of Human Rights finds against Spain and exonerates two anti-monarchists The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) was due to make a ruling on Tuesday on the issue of whether burning..

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Catalan separatists still unable to appoint new regional president
The latest candidate proposed has been in prison since last October It is now two and a half months since the snap election in the region of Catalunya, and despite the separatist parties winning an..

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King of Spain warns Barcelona of the danger of losing the lucrative MWC event
The hosting of the Mobile World Congress could be at risk due to the separatist crisis in Catalunya King Felipe VI made a public appearance in Barcelona on Sunday to speak at the opening of the..

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Former Catalan president hides his Waterloo home from prying eyes
Carles Puigdemont is renting a 6-bedroomed residence 20 kilometres south of Brussels A decision made recently by Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government in Catalunya..

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Leading Catalan separatist seeks refuge in Geneva from “fascist” Spanish authorities
Anna Gabriel confirms that she will not appear in court in Madrid on Wednesday While Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government of Catalunya, remains in exile in Belgium in..

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Catalan crisis in danger of descending into farce as anti-separatists respond in kind
The Tabarnia group reacts to Girona street name change by proposing another in Barcelona Following the decision made on Tuesday by the town hall of Girona to change the name of what since 1981 has..

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The Catalan city of Girona commemorates the outlawed independence referendum
The Plaza de la Constitución is to be renamed after the disputed 1st October vote Events concerning the separatist movement in Catalunya continue to defy credibility in many other parts of Spain..

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Catalan separatists invite Murcia AVE rail protesters to spend a weekend in the Pyrenees!
The gesture is intended as a show of sympathy for others who have suffered “police repression” The political conflict in Catalunya continues to produce a large number of bizarre secondary news..

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Former Catalan president takes centre stage in Carnival parades
The Spanish government rejects the idea of a “symbolic” president of Catalunya The Spanish government has responded to the continuing speculation over the identity of the next president of..

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Former Catalan president accuses Murcia hoteliers of being followers of Franco
Carles Puigdemont attacks Mar Menor tourism establishments Ever since the chain of events began which eventually led to a universal declaration of independence from Spain in the regional parliament..

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Is this the next president of the Catalan government?
Former president Carles Puigdemont still hopes to govern from Brussels while Elsa Artadi may fill the role in Barcelona! Over a week after the Speaker of the new regional parliament in Catalunya..

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The separatist government of Catalunya planned to form a 22-strong army
The Guardia Civil say the aim was to protect Catalunya against threats from Spain Guardia Civil investigators examining documentation and correspondence created by the leaders of the former regional..

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Is the former Catalan president ready to throw in the towel?
Bizarre scenes inside and outside the Catalan parliament as leaked messages hint at Carles Puigdemont accepting defeat The immediate political future in Catalunya following the “postponement..

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Catalan presidential investiture debate postponed as Puigdemont remains in Brussels
The re-instatement of the former president of Catalunya remains on hold While Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government in Catalunya and the separatists’ candidate for..

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Catalan regional MPs resign to ensure separatist parliamentary majority
Two of those in self-proclaimed exile in Brussels step aside to allow others to vote As yet another crucial week begins in Barcelona in the political struggle between Spanish nationalists and Catalan..

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Former Catalan president risks arrest in Denmark
Carles Puigdemont has been officially named as candidate for re-appointment by the Speaker of the Catalan parliament The week beginning on Monday 22nd January promises to be yet another eventful one..

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Catalan non-separatists proclaim the Autonomous Community of Tabarnia
Mimicking Carles Puigdemont, Albert Boadella declares himself the President in exile of Tabarnia Social network sites in Spain have been witness to the arrival of a new word in the Spanish language..

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Video-conference re-investiture of Catalan president ruled out by legal experts
Carles Puigdemont faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles as he seeks to take office in Catalunya This Wednesday sees the official opening of the new parliamentary session in Catalunya following..

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One former Catalan president steps aside, another hopes to be re-invested by Skype!
Artur Mas prepares to fight court battles while Carles Puigdemont remains in Brussels Just a week before the new regional parliament of Catalunya convenes, the separatist parties which secured a narrow..

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Separatists retain parliamentary majority in Catalunya
But more Catalans voted for anti-independence groups and forming a government will be difficult The speculation over how the population of Catalunya would vote in the election which was called..

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Foreign investment in Catalunya plummets
Uncertainty prior to the October independence referendum sent the figures down by 75 per cent Wednesday 20th December was designated in Catalunya as a “day of reflection” prior to the regional..

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Christmas hamper sector unaffected by boycott on goods from Catalunya
Cava sales unaffected by the Catalan independence crisis In the climate of political uncertainty which has affected Catalunya in recent months there have been some calls for those living in the rest..

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Level pegging in opinion polls as Catalan election looms
A multi-party coalition will be needed to form the next government in Catalunya With under a week to go until the regional election in Catalunya, after which either the separatist parties or those..

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Medieval religious artwork causes election campaign row in Catalunya
Anger among separatists over the return of items to Sijena in Aragón There have been many unexpected developments in Catalunya over recent months, but few would have been less easily predicted..

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Thousands march for Spanish unity in the Catalan capital on Constitution day
The Spanish Constitution celebrated its 39th birthday on Wednesday Thousands of people demonstrated in Barcelona for Spanish unity on Wednesday morning as the Spanish Constitution celebrated its..

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Spain withdraws request for the extradition of former Catalan president
An arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont is still valid should he return to Spain Spanish Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ordered that the request which was filed with the Belgian authorities..

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Former Catalan president will remain in Brussels as criticism mounts
Carles Puigdemont will not return to Catalunya even if other former ministers are allowed free to campaign Once again confusing messages are being broadcast both by and concerning Carles Puigdemont..

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Guardia Civil rescue mountaineers carrying large Estelada flag in the Pyrenees
An incident which happened in June is now hitting the headlines in the Spanish press! There has been considerable tension over the last two months between Catalan separatists and the Guardia Civil..

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Catalan small store retail turnover hit by independence crisis
October sales figures down by 3.9 per cent in Catalunya, 1.2 per cent in the whole of Spain Data published on Tuesday morning by the Spanish government’s central statistics unit show that during..

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Former Catalan president cannot vote from Brussels in regional election
Carles Puigdemont may be planning to return to Catalunya before 21st December Despite the fact that he has been named as the PDeCAT party’s presidential candidate, Carles Puigdemont, the former president..

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Former Catalan president forced to decide between principles and a 112,000-euro pension
To qualify for the pension Carles Puigdemont must recognize the authority of the Spanish State While Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government of Catalunya, remains in..

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Catalunya crisis blamed for Barcelona losing out on European Medicines Agency
Political instability undermines the credibility of Barcelona as an EU hub It was announced on Monday that the European Medicines Agency, which is currently located in Canary Wharf in London’s Docklands..

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Russian Foreign Affairs minister warns of possible worsening of relations with Spain
Maria Zakharova laments accusations of news manipulation concerning Catalunya Maria Zakharova, the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Russian government, has warned that relationships with Spain could..

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Late autumn and Catalunya crisis blamed for drop in textile and clothing sales
35 per cent October drop reported in textile sales in Catalunya It has been reported by Acotex, the association representing companies in the textile sector in Spain, that sales during October were..

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Spanish State TV criticized for associating former Catalan president with The Exorcist
Carles Puigdemont intends to return to Catalunya if re-elected as a regional MP The Spanish State broadcasting company RTVE is in hot water following a controversial episode of the weekly current..

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Almost a thousand companies move their tax residence out of Catalunya in 7 weeks
Tax residence modifications tends to indicate a permanent move away from a region It has been widely reported in the Spanish and international press that the number of companies transferring their..

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Spanish authorities criticize Russian “fake news” concerning Catalunya
“Tanks in the streets of Barcelona” are imminent according to some Russian media reports There have been a good many rumours and much speculation in recent weeks that some of the “fake news”..

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Tweety Pie to leave the port of Barcelona after two months
Another cruise ship will replace the Moby Dada as a temporary barracks for police and Guardia Civil officers The Moby Dada, a cruise liner which for the last two months has become famous as “..

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Former Catalan president considers alternatives to independence
Ambivalent messages from Brussels after another mass demonstration in Barcelona Hundreds of thousands of people took part in another massive demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday evening, demanding..

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Former Speaker in Catalan parliament handed bail after vowing to abide by the Constitution
Carme Forcadell explains that the declaration of Catalan independence was merely “symbolic” Carme Forcadell, the former Speaker of the Catalan regional parliament which was dissolved after..

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Separatists performing well in the Catalan Christmas pooper sales race
The nativity Caganers are a 200-year-old tradition which originated in Catalunya It’s a sure sign that Christmas is coming when the annual translation nightmare of what to do with the word “caganer..

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Over 2,200 businesses have left Catalunya since 1st October
The rate of departures averages out at one company every 15 minutes! It might be supposed that the flood of businesses changing their registered addresses to outside the region of Catalunya would be..

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Limited support for protest strike in Catalunya
Imprisoned former Catalan government ministers could be freed There were contradictory reports from Catalunya concerning the degree of support for another general strike which was called by separatist..

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Former Catalan president “prepared” for prison in Spain if extradition is granted
Carles Puigdemont vows to take his case to the international courts if necessary The courts in Belgium announced on Monday that the procedure during which Carles Puigdemont, the former president..

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Former Catalan president released after handing himself over in Brussels
Carles Puigdemont must remain in Belgium but can campaign for the regional election on 21st December Following the issuing by the Spanish courts of European detention orders for Carles Puigdemont..

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Courts prepare European detention order for former Catalan president
Other ministers held in jail to prevent them following Puigdemont out of the country Just a week ago they were almost all celebrating the unilateral declaration of Independence which was made by..

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Gypsy quarter in Girona declares independence from Catalunya!
Not a Catalan flag in sight in the Girona district of Vila-Roja While Carles Puigdemont, the former president of the regional government of Catalunya, observes developments in Spain from a distance..

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Former Catalan president evades court appearance in Madrid
Carles Puigdemont attempts to convince Europe he is a President in Exile The members of the regional government of Catalunya who participated in the process by which a declaration of independence..

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Former Catalan president contracts ETA fugitive lawyer in Brussels
Paul Bekaert is named an adviser to the dismantled Catalan government During Monday morning there was some uncertainty concerning the whereabouts of Carles Puigdemont, who was removed from his..

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Former members of the Catalan government face investigations for rebellion and sedition
Accusations also include the misuse of 6.2 million euros on the Catalan independence referendum The State Attorney General of Spain, José Manuel Maza, announced on Monday morning that accusations..

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Election in Catalunya on 21st December: the countdown
An early start to Christmas is on the cards for some Catalan schoolchildren! Various former Catalan government ministers arrived at their old offices on Monday morning to collect their belongings..

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Former Catalan government appears to accept dismissal
Ousted minister collect their belongings as the separatists fight to maintain dignity The scenes at regional government offices in Catalunya on Monday morning were not quite as surreal as some..

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Huge show of support for Spain in Barcelona as the Catalan government is removed from office
Catalans prepare to vote in a legitimate election on 21st December The fact that support for an independent republic of Catalunya is by no means universal in the region was amply illustrated on..

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  A momentous day as the Spanish government takes control in Catalunya
New elections will be held on the 21st December as Article 155 is imposed Friday the 27th October has been a historic day in Spanish politics, the Catalan parliament finally taking the plunge and..

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Spanish government imposes direct rule in Catalunya 45 minutes after declaration of independence
Overwhelming support in the Senate from the proposal to implement Article 155 After six hours of debate, and barely 45 minutes after the Catalan parliament voted to declare independence from Spain..

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Catalan parliament declares independence
Joy in the streets of Barcelona while the reaction from Madrid is awaited Almost a month after the disputed referendum on the issue of independence from Spain, on Friday afternoon members of the..

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Catalan president confounds expectations again
Puigdemont discounts elections and leaves a declaration of independence to the Catalan parliament Once again Carles Puigdemont, the president of the regional government in Catalunya, confounded..

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Catalan president declines opportunity to address the Senate
Carles Puigdemont may declare an independent republic of Catalunya on Thursday evening Carles Puigdemont, the president of the regional Catalan government, has announced that he will not be taking..

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Will the Catalan president give ground in order to escape direct rule?
A regional election could still halt the imposition of direct rule in Catalunya After President Mariano Rajoy announced the Spanish government’s plans to take control of the administration of..

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Catalan president weighs up whether to address the Senate in Madrid
Carles Puigdemont still has time to retract and avoid Catalunya coming under direct rule After the events of the weekend, when Mariano Rajoy outlined his plans for temporarily stripping Catalunya..

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Dastis joins the Guardian and the Washington Post in Catalunya fake news warnings
Dramatic images of supposed brutality on 1st October damage the reputation of Spain and Catalunya abroad Speaking in a BBC television interview this weekend Alfonso Dastis, Spain’s Minister for Foreign..

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Catalunya accuses Spain of attempted coup after Rajoy outlines plans for temporary direct rule
Members of the regional cabinet in Catalunya could be removed from office by this Friday The conflict between the Spanish government and the separatist regional government in Catalunya continued..

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Three weeks on a cruise ship is enough for riot police stationed in Catalunya
Stress and fatigue set in as replacements are requested in Barcelona and Tarragona It is now three weeks since over 5,000 police and Guardia Civil reinforcements were sent to Catalunya prior to..

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Mainstream Spanish political parties plan January election in Catalunya
The government in Madrid finalizes its plans to establish direct rule in Catalunya On Thursday the Spanish government announced that note had been taken of the failure on the part of Carles Puigdemont..

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Brinkmanship taken to the extreme in Catalunya independence crisis
Puigdemont threatens a parliamentary vote on independence if Spain moves to take over in Catalunya The constitutional crisis which has developed in Spain as a result of the Catalan government’..

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Catalan president offered last chance to avoid the Spanish State taking over
Carles Puigdemont has until 10 o’clock on Thursday to take up the offer The day before the deadline runs out for Carles Puigdemont to return within the bounds of Spanish law and undo all that..

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The busiest lottery office in Spain joins the flood of businesses leaving Catalunya
Over 700 companies have left Catalunya in the last two weeks Confirmation that the prestige of Barcelona and Catalunya as a hub for European big business and commerce is continuing to be damaged by..

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Separatist feelings stirred in Catalunya as the orchestrators of violence are imprisoned
The Constitutional Court has officially declared the Catalan “independence law” invalid Just as it appeared that popular support might be on the wane in Catalunya for the regional government..

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Catalan separatists annex Yecla and Jumilla!
Residents of the Altiplano find to their surprise that they are part of the Catalan nations Even those with nothing more than a minimal interest in current affairs in Spain will be aware that that..

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Prison for leaders of Catalan independence groups
The leaders of ANC and Omnium are accused of undermining the authority of the State The leaders of two Catalan separatist groups, the Asamblea Nacional Catalana (ANC) and Òmnium, were sent to..

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Catalunya: the ball is back in the court of the Spanish government
Carles Puigdemont fails to clarify whether he has declared independence in Catalunya Observers who were hoping that Carles Puigdemont, the president of the regional government in Catalunya, might..

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Catalan president under pressure from both sides as Monday deadline looms
Extreme Catalan separatists demand an immediate proclamation of independence Following the events of Wednesday, when the Spanish government effectively paved the way for the activation of Article..

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Patriotic fervour at the 12th October parade in Madrid and other events all over Spain
Opposition to Catalan independence unites Spaniards as they celebrate their National Day In recent years it has become the norm for the Armed Forces Parade in Madrid on the National Day of Spain..

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Spanish government opens the door to assuming control in Catalunya
Swift reaction in Madrid to the statement made by the Catalan president on Tuesday At times there has been criticism of Mariano Rajoy, the President of the Spanish government, for apparently being..

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Businesses pulling out of Catalunya: when does a trickle become a flood?
Six out of seven Ibex-35 companies registered in Catalunya have now left the region The flow of companies and major businesses moving their head offices out of Catalunya was not halted by the speech..

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Strong words from Murcia president defending the rights of the majority in Catalunya and Spain
Fernando López Miras: No-one in Europe will recognize a totalitarian regime created by a coup d’état Fernando López Miras, the president of the regional government of Murcia, took the opportunity..

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