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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Confusion as Catalunya declares independence and then places it on hold
Carles Puigdemont buys time by offering a period of dialogue over Catalan independence Despite all of the speculation regarding what the president of the Catalan government might say during his..

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Catalan government accused of plotting to achieve independence through civil unrest
A route map for Catalunya was discovered during a house search on 20th September As Spain awaits the words of Carles Puigdemont, the president of the regional government of Catalunya, aware that..

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Spain awaits possible unilateral declaration of Catalan independence
Carles Puigdemont prepares for his appearance in the Catalan parliament The whole of Spain is holding its breath this Tuesday, anxiously awaiting the appearance of Catalan president Carles Puigdemont..

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An independent Catalunya would already lose 1.2 billion euros of revenue
Former Catalan president reportedly says the time is not yet right for “real independence” Following the decisions made by various large companies in Catalunya last week to re-register their head..

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Murcia represented at the anti-Catalan independence rally in Barcelona
Spanish nationalist feelings rise to the surface in Murcia The huge demonstration in favour of the unity of Spain which took place on Sunday in Barcelona, where hundreds of thousands showed their opposition..

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Catalan president sticks to his guns as the pressure mounts
Carles Puigdemont resists pressure to backtrack on unilateral Catalan Independence declaration Last week began with euphoria for the separatist regional government in Catalunya, as the results of the..

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The silent majority of Spain makes itself heard
Hundreds of thousands march in Barcelona to show opposition to Catalan independence It is not often that huge crowds march through the streets to demand something which they already have, but that..

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Spain facilitates emergency legislation as businesses rush to leave Catalunya
Major companies are desperate to remain in the EU and the Eurozone As a momentous week draws to a close it appears that the determination of the regional government of Catalunya to declare independence..

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Spanish government considers helping businesses to leave Catalunya
Caixabank could follow Banco Sabadell on the road out of Catalunya today It is only five days since the outlawed independence referendum was held in Catalunya, but the speed with which events have..

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Monday Catalan parliament session suspended by Constitutional Court
A PSOE objection succeeds in hampering plans to declare independence in Catalunya The session of the regional parliament of Catalunya which was scheduled for next Monday has been suspended by Spain..

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Leading companies pull out of Catalunya
Banco Sabadell is among those anxious to ensure continuation of EU regulation The message of the business community appears to be one of little confidence in an independent Catalunya Tuesday marked..

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Catalan president calls for mediation while refusing to budge a millimetre
Carles Puigdemont criticizes the King of Spain and attempts to woo EU support Just five days before he is widely expected to proclaim the independence of Catalunya from Spain Carles Puigdemont..

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Murcia government spokeswoman shows support for Spain and the King by wearing green
The colour green became a symbol for covert monarchists in Spain under Franco Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the Spanish and European news at the moment will be aware that public..

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Article 155: the Constitution allows the Spanish government to take over in Catalunya
Pressure grows on the Spanish government to venture into the unknown In the context of recent events in Catalunya there has been much speculation in the press regarding the possibility that Mariano..

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Spanish army provide logistical support in Catalunya
The army moves in to offer field camp facilities in Catalunya if required The Spanish army, acting on instructions given by the Ministry of Defence, has sent two convoys containing what is described..

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Public sector workers in Catalunya could have pay docked for taking part in strike
Massive protests all over Catalunya over allegations of police violence The general strike which was called in Catalunya on Tuesday to protest at alleged police violence during the holding of the..

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Catalan president promises independence declaration in a matter of days
Carles Puigdemont was speaking in an interview on the BBC In an interview with the BBC Carles Puigdemont, the president of the regional government of Catalunya, has stated that independence from Spain..

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Catalan police chief indicted for insurrection
The head of the Mossos d’Esquadra is among those held responsible for the passivity of the police force in enforcing the law in Catalunya Josep Lluis Trapero, the head of the Mossos d’Esquadra..

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Supposed police brutality victim in Catalunya admits she lied
Rather than having her fingers broke one by one, Marta Torrecillas suffered in inflammation in one finger Marta Torrecillas, a woman whose claims to have been a victim of police violence during the..

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The King of Spain calls for order in Catalunya
An impassioned but calm plea for unity and solidarity from Felipe VI For the first time since he became King in June 2014, Felipe VI addressed the nation on an occasion other than Christmas this..

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Piqué could withdraw from Spanish World Cup squad over Catalunya issue
The Barça defender has been especially active in defending the right to vote in a referendum The events of the last few days in Catalunya have shown once again the extent to which public opinion..

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Police asked to leave Barcelona hotels after staff receive threats
Separatist activists make life impossible for hotel managers welcoming the forces of law and order One of the consequences of the publicity being given to alleged police violence during clashes..

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San Javier calls for unity in Spain
The Mayor held a simple ceremony to raise the Spanish flag and call for unity Tensions in Catalunya have dominated the Spanish media for the last two weeks and millions of Spaniards have watched..

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General strike in Catalunya as Spanish president continues to bide his time
No dialogue likely in a bid to reach an agreed solution to the Catalan independence issue Two days after the independence referendum in Catalunya, which is being referred to as a “farce” in..

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Police violence allegations in Catalunya fuelled by misleading images on social network sites
Twitter users can manipulate world opinion by publishing images of other events These are momentous times in Catalunya, with the very real possibility that this week a proclamation of independence..

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Violent police clashes during Catalan independence referendum
844 reported injured as rubber balls are fired in Barcelona and police charges proliferate For the Catalan government the most important numbers reported during the referendum on Sunday are the..

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FC Barcelona play behind closed doors to protest at police action against the referendum
The Barça president aims to show the world “how we suffer in Catalunya” The management of FC Barcelona was thrown into chaos by the events surrounding the Catalan independence referendum on..

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Uncertainty in the aftermath of the independence referendum in Catalunya
An overwhelming Yes vote in Catalunya but a low turnout and violence on the streets A momentous weekend in Catalunya ended on Sunday evening with the whole of Spain and, to judge by TV news and..

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Catalan independence referendum brings delight to Spanish flag manufacturers
The recent display of Spanish patriotism matches the aftermath of the 2010 World Cup! One of the consequences of the controversy and arguments over the independence referendum which the regional..

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All eyes on Catalunya as the independence referendum campaigning ends on Friday
Uncertainty and tension as ballot boxes and voting papers are confiscated in Barcelona Friday is the last day of official campaigning before the date of the independence referendum in Catalunya..

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3 days until the Catalan referendum and campaigners demand the release of Tweety Pie!
Security concerns over polling station closure orders while Warner Bros obscure cartoon characters from sight Just three days before the date of the Catalan Independence referendum it is still..

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Trump describes Catalan independence as foolish as Spanish nationalist feeling increases
All eyes are on Catalunya as the proposed independence referendum looms large Donald Trump took advantage of his meeting on Tuesday with Mariano Rajoy, the President of the Spanish government..

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Guardia Civil block 140 web pages supporting Catalan independence referendum
Extra police are travelling from across the country to boost security in Catalunya as 1st October approaches Tensions remain high as October 1st, the date set by the Catalan government for a referendum..

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Football referee shows the red card to pro-Catalan referendum shirts in Lleida
The Murcia referee blew the whistle on the pro-referendum strip of Lleida Esportiu As tension mounts in the build-up to Sunday 1st October, when the Catalan government still maintains that a referendum..

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Tension mounts in Catalunya as the independence referendum appears increasingly unviable
Cruise liners chartered to house extra riot squad officers in the port of Barcelona Ten days before the date when the Catalan government intends to hold a referendum to decide on the issue of independence..

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12 Catalan government staff arrested in anti-referendum swoop
Letters to polling stations staff intercepted in severe blow to Catalan referendum plans As part of an operation which began on Tuesday the Guardia Civil have arrested twelve regional government..

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1.3 million items of referendum campaign material seized in Catalunya
The pre-vote battle goes on between the Catalan separatists and the Spanish government Anyone who imagined there might be a lull in the disputes over the independence referendum which is scheduled..

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Spanish PM travels to Barcelona as Yes campaigning begins for the independence referendum
Barcelona Mayoress throws her support behind the referendum Despite the Independence referendum in Catalunya having been declared illegal by Spain’s Constitutional Court this week the official..

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Correos throws another spanner in the works of the Catalan independence referendum
700 Mayors are placed under investigation by the public prosecution office of Spain The complications facing the Catalan government as it attempts to set the wheels in motion for the holding of..

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Obstacles and unsolvable conundrums as Catalunya government prepares for banned referendum
Uncertainties over polling stations are among the difficulties facing Catalan separatists The situation regarding the proposed referendum in Catalunya on 1st October, when the regional government..

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