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yes or no? catalan separatists face critical answer to spain


catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from spain.






yes or no? catalan separatists face critical answer to spain


catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from spain. the spanish government has given carles puigdemont until monday morning to clarify if he did or didn't actually declare independence earlier this week....






yes or no? catalan separatists face critical answer to spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalonia’s president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region’s secessionist movement to break away from spain. the spanish government has given carles puigdemont until monday morning to clarify if he did or didn’t actually declare independence earlier this week. puigdemont told catalan lawmakers tuesday that […]






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...






critical moment beckons for catalan separatists


regional leader carles puigdemont could make unilateral independence declaration when he addresses catalan parliament.






catalan leader stakes claim to independence, then delays it


catalan separatists on tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from spain to cheers and applause in the regional parliament. the regional leader said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance. spain, however, called an emergency cabinet meeting...






catalan leader stakes claim to independence, then delays it


catalan separatists on tuesday signed what they called a declaration of independence from spain to cheers and applause in the regional parliament. catalonia's president said he would delay implementing it for several weeks to give dialogue a chance.






thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain.






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...






thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain. many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the oct. 1 vote that the spanish government calls illegal and has pledged to […]






thousands rally across catalonia for independence from spain


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands of catalan separatists are rallying in public squares in barcelona and other towns in support of a disputed referendum on independence of the northeastern region from spain. many are carrying pro-independence flags and signs calling for the oct. 1 independence vote that the spanish government calls illegal and has pledged […]






catalan far-left party: catalan parliament will consider declaration of independ


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalan far-left party: catalan parliament will consider declaration of independence from spain on monday.






thousands demand release of jailed catalan separatists


more than 200,000 march in barcelona, calling for release two separatists leaders detained on sedition charges.






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 […]






catalans protest police use of force during referendum


barcelona, spain – striking workers, students and hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of barcelona and other catalan towns tuesday to protest police violence, adding pressure to spain’s unprecedented political crisis as central authorities mull how to respond to separatists’ plans to push ahead with secession.






hundreds gather ahead of pro-spain rally in barcelona


barcelona, spain (ap) — hundreds of people are gathering in downtown barcelona ahead of a rally to protest the catalan government’s push for secession from the rest of spain. many in the crowd forming in a central square are carrying spanish and catalan flags. sunday’s rally comes a week after separatist leaders of the catalan […]






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


catalan separatists vowed saturday to ignore a police ultimatum to leave the schools they are occupying to use in a vote seeking independence from spain. as police methodically sealed off hundreds of schools, some parents decided to send their children home and girded for pre-dawn confrontations...






thousands rally in barcelona against catalonia’s secession


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands of people were rallying sunday in downtown barcelona to protest the catalan government’s push for secession from the rest of spain. many in the crowd gathered in a central square carried spanish and catalan flags. some chanted “don’t be fooled, catalonia is spain” and called for catalan president carles puigdemont […]






spain resists catalonia's push for independence, aims to stop vote scheduled sun


for the last week, mariona fontarnau has slept under stone arches in the courtyard of the university of barcelona, occupying the building with hundreds of other students as a gesture of solidarity with catalan separatists. draped between columns above her head is a banner that reads: “the future...






stalemate over catalan vote keeps spain in suspense


scores of catalan farmers on tractors rumbled into downtown barcelona on friday, driving down the city's broad boulevards in a show of support for a potentially explosive vote on whether the prosperous region should break away from the rest of spain and become europe's newest country.






spanish pm warns catalan businesses of danger of secession


spanish prime minister mariano rajoy has warned a group of catalan business leaders of the negative economic impact if separatists succeed in winning independence for the northeastern region.






as catalan independence vote nears, europe supports keeping spain intact


a week before a highly contentious catalonia independence referendum, the catalan president continued to defy warnings from spain's national government to call off the october 1 "self rule" vote.






spanish prime minister mariano rajoy to make midday (1000 gmt) statement followi


madrid (ap) — spanish prime minister mariano rajoy to make midday (1000 gmt) statement following meeting on catalan separatists’ bid.






thousands demand spanish, catalan leaders to negotiate


barcelona, spain (ap) — thousands rallied in madrid and barcelona on saturday in a last-ditch call for both spanish and catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid catalonia’s imminent threat to secede from the rest of spain. the demonstrations in the spanish capital and the catalan city of barcelona were held simultaneously under […]






spain to send extra police to try to halt catalan referendum


spain will deploy police reinforcements to catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said friday.






spain's fm calls catalan referendum a mockery of democracy


the catalan regional government's plan to hold an independence referendum is a "mockery of democracy," spain's foreign minister said saturday.






catalans stop work to protest police force during referendum


striking workers, students and hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of barcelona and other catalan towns tuesday to protest police violence, adding pressure to spain's unprecedented political crisis as central authorities mull how to respond to separatists' plans to push ahead with secession.






as quebec separatists watch, canada shies from criticizing spain over police vio


madrid says the vote was illegal and police sent to prevent voting and confiscate ballot boxes were acting on a constitutional court order






spain’s fm calls catalan referendum a mockery of democracy


madrid (ap) — the catalan regional government’s plan to hold an independence referendum is a “mockery of democracy,” spain’s foreign minister said saturday. in an interview with the associated press, foreign minister alfonso dastis accused the catalan government of trying to promote an exclusionary system that runs counter to the goals and ideals of the […]






spain's right-wing government orders brutal police crackdown on catalan independ


the 2015 catalan elections were widely viewed as a proxy referendum on independence from spain and the brutal austerity imposed by madrid, whose courts declared independence referendums to be illegal, augmenting its legal attacks against the catalan independence movement with withering cyber-attacks, a brutal move that drove support for spain's left-wing/anti-austerity parties. (more…)






spain to bring charges against catalan parliamentarians


members of catalonia's parliament who voted in favour of a referendum on independence set to face legal challenge.






ballot boxes arrive in polling stations for disputed referendum on catalan indep


barcelona, spain (ap) — ballot boxes arrive in polling stations for disputed referendum on catalan independence in spain.






catalan official: preliminary results see 90 percent in favor of independence in


barcelona, spain (ap) — catalan official: preliminary results see 90 percent in favor of independence in vote opposed by spain.






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


moments after he was set to address his regional parliament, catalan leader charles puigdemont abruptly delayed a speech tuesday in which he was expected to address the question of independence from spain. “president puigdemont has requested a postponement given the contacts for an international...






the latest: eu urges catalan leader not to divide spain


the latest on catalan authorities' bid for independence (all times local):