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spain-catalonia standoff to intensify as deadline looms


madrid vows to impose direct rule in catalonia unless declaration of independence is retracted.






spain prepares to trigger provision to impose rule in catalonia


spain moved thursday to stave off any further independence moves by catalonia, announcing it would trigger a constitutional provision allowing it to impose central rule in the region. earlier, catalonia’s leader defied a deadline to backtrack on moves to break away from spain. in a letter to the...






stage set for showdown: catalonia faces spanish deadline to drop independence bi


spain and catalonia hurtled toward a potential secession showdown, with the president of the northeastern region facing a thursday deadline set by the central government to back away from a bid for independence. madrid has warned that if catalonia moves unilaterally to secede, the government of...






catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalonia’s separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline thursday morning to withdraw a bid to secede from spain. but an official from carles puigdemont’s party said that he has no intention of doing that and he plans to make a full declaration of independence in the next few days if spain’s […]






catalan leader faces looming deadline to end secession bid


catalonia's separatist leader is facing an imminent deadline thursday morning to withdraw a bid to secede from spain.






parents occupy schools to control polling places before catalonia independence r


police in catalonia gave parents, children and activists a sunday morning deadline to vacate the schools they are occupying to safeguard the buildings as polling stations for a disputed referendum on the region's independence from spain. spain's constitutional court suspended the vote more than...






spain threatens to take over catalonia’s government as constitutional crisis loo


such a move would be unprecedented in spain's 40 years since the end of the francisco franco dictatorship






parents occupy schools to defend catalan vote, face deadline


barcelona, spain (ap) — police in catalonia gave parents, children and activists a sunday morning deadline to vacate the schools they are occupying to safeguard the buildings as polling stations for a disputed referendum on the region’s independence from spain. spain’s constitutional court suspended the vote more than three weeks ago and police have received […]






separatist backers disappointed as catalonia's regional leader stops short of de


catalonia’s leader stopped short tuesday of an outright independence declaration for the region in northeastern spain, instead charting a course that seemingly satisfied neither his separatist base nor the central government in madrid. the catalonia confrontation, spain’s worst political crisis...






spain's media spin on catalonia


we examine spain's polarised coverage in the aftermath of last week's independence referendum in catalonia.






spain braces for more protests in catalonia crisis


opponents of catalonia's push for secession called for demonstrations around spain and a major rally in barcelona.






spain, catalonia headed for showdown over independence vote; parents occupy scho


montserrat aguilera wasn't intending to vote for the catalonia region to secede from the rest of spain. but the 52-year-old laboratory worker changed her mind amid an unprecedented crackdown by spain's government as it tries to prevent sunday's independence referendum from going ahead. spain and...






spain, catalonia headed for showdown over independence vote; parents occupy scho


montserrat aguilera wasn't intending to vote for the catalonia region to secede from the rest of spain. but the 52-year-old laboratory worker changed her mind amid an unprecedented crackdown by spain's government as it tries to prevent sunday's independence referendum from going ahead. spain and...






spain already is another country for many in catalonia


the challenge facing spain as it moves to stifle the push for independence in its proud and wealthy catalonia region goes beyond stopping plans by separatist politicians to hold a referendum on secession.






what is next for the catalan separatists?


spain says it will take away catalonia's autonomy as region's leader ignores deadline to abandon secession plans.






the latest: 11 spain police injured in catalonia clashes


the latest on catalonia's plans to hold a referendum sunday on breaking away from spain (all times local):






spain, catalonia head for showdown over independence vote


barcelona, spain (ap) — montserrat aguilera wasn’t intending to vote for the catalonia region to secede from the rest of spain. but the 52-year-old laboratory worker changed her mind amid an unprecedented crackdown by spain’s government as it tries to prevent sunday’s independence referendum from going ahead. spain and its most powerful and prosperous region […]






the latest: spain to deploy extra police for catalonia vote


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






catalan separatist urges unity as pressure builds in spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — one of catalonia’s top separatist leaders called for unity saturday as disputes over strategy threatened to divide those who want the northeastern region to split away from spain. catalonia’s regional vice president oriol junqueras said separatists need to stop bickering and get behind the last-ditch effort by catalonia’s president to negotiate […]






spain's king says catalonia leaders pushing independence show 'inadmissable disl


spain’s king felipe vi on tuesday accused authorities in the northeast region of catalonia of disloyalty to the state in what he called their unacceptable push for independence. “certain authorities in catalonia have repeatedly, consciously and deliberately not complied with the constitution,”...






the latest: spain hires ferries for more police in catalonia


the latest on independence efforts in spain's catalonia region (all times local):






the latest: spain asks for jailing of catalonia police chief


the latest on the spain-catalonia political crisis (all times local):






spain already is another country for many in catalonia


sabadell, spain (ap) — the challenge facing spain as it moves to stifle the push for independence in its proud and wealthy catalonia region goes beyond stopping plans by separatist politicians to hold a referendum on secession. thousands of catalans already feel as if they live in another country in all but name. the red […]






the latest: spain minister says 'not too late' for catalonia


the latest on the spain-catalonia political crisis (all times local):






spain gives catalan separatists deadline to back down on independence or face de


spanish prime minister mariano rajoy on wednesday ordered catalonia’s separatist leaders to stop their push for independence by next week or face being deposed, and moved toward assuming control of the northeastern region. rajoy sent catalonia’s president, carles puigdemont, a letter telling him...






watch live: spain anxiously awaits catalan leader's speech on independence fight


catalonia’s regional leader prepared to address parliament on tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between catalan separatists and spain's central authorities. security was tight in barcelona, and...






catalonia faces deadline as spain marks national day


catalan leader carles puigdemont has until 10 a.m. monday to clear up his position. if he's found to be in violation of the law he'll be given another three days to back down.






catalonia steps up separatist challenge with oct. 1 vote


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalonia’s regional government has chosen oct. 1 as the date for a referendum on a split from spain, stepping up the confrontation with the country’s central government, which sees the vote as illegal. regional president carles puigdemont said catalans will be asked if they want catalonia to be an independent republic. […]






the latest: police give deadline to catalan school occupiers


the latest on catalonia's plans to hold a referendum sunday on breaking away from spain (all times local):






catalonia calls for spain mediation amid independence referendum dispute


catalonia's leader on monday called for international mediation and for the european union "to stop looking the other way" in the region's bid to secede from spain, a day after a violent crackdown by spanish police trying to block referendum voting. carles puigdemont also said that he would file...






eu and spain turn down catalonia's plea for mediation after independence vote


many catalans huddled over their cellphones monday on barcelona’s metro, replaying videos of spanish police raids on polling stations a day earlier. some people wondered aloud whether such scenes, and a 90% referendum result in spain’s northeast region of catalonia in favor of independence, might...






spain takes over coordinating police work in catalonia


spain's interior ministry began coordinating all police efforts saturday in catalonia, a tactic designed to halt the region's referendum on secession following tensions with the regional police force controlled by the pro-independence catalan government.






with independence crisis brewing, what's next for spain's catalonia region?


it might seem like a sudden crisis, but it has been brewing for decades — if not centuries. breakaway sentiment in spain’s northeastern region of catalonia, an area that remains fiercely proud of its own language and culture, threatens to rip the national fabric of a modern european democracy,...






catalonia's regional leader stops short of declaring independence from spain


catalan leader carles puigdemont on tuesday called for a temporary suspension of catalonia’s independence referendum result, even while making clear his belief that the region is on the road to secession from spain. the stance appeared to open a window — at least a theoretical one — to mediation,...






catalonia, spain map out their next moves after chaotic vote for independence


hours after 2 million citizens in the catalonia region voted overwhelmingly in a controversial, chaotic referendum to declare independence from spain, the secessionist leaders here planned an emergency meeting to map out their next steps for establishing a new nation. the lopsided vote on sunday...