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Belgian judge defers ruling on warrant for ex-Catalan leader

Belgian judge defers ruling on warrant for ex-Catalan leader

A Belgian judge made no ruling on Friday on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said after a court hearing in Brussels.

Ousted Catalan leader calls for united front for independence

Ousted Catalan leader calls for united front for independence

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called on Saturday for a united political front in the Dec. 21 election to continue the drive for independence from Spain and to protest against the imprisonment of former members of the regional government.

Ousted Catalan leader unlikely to return to Spain to testify

Ousted Catalan leader unlikely to return to Spain to testify

A lawyer for dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is due to appear in a Spanish court this week to answer charges relating to Catalonia's push for independence, said he was not expected to return to Spain soon.

"Not unrealistic" for Catalan leader to get asylum in Belgium

"Not unrealistic" for Catalan leader to get asylum in Belgium

Granting Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont political asylum in Belgium would be "not unrealistic" if he asks for it, the Belgian migration minister said, underlining his country's position as a contrarian voice in the Spanish standoff.

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan independence crisis nears crucial few days

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont kept friends and foes guessing on whether he intends to unilaterally declare independence as the Spanish government prepares to impose direct rule to stop the region breaking away.

Pressure grows on Catalan leader as independence deadline looms

Pressure grows on Catalan leader as independence deadline looms

Allies of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont urged him on Saturday to push ahead with his secession bid as a deadline set by Madrid for a final decision on independence approaches.

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Spain warns Catalan leader ahead of independence showdown

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrived at the regional parliament in Barcelona under the glare of cameras from around the world, ready to address lawmakers.

Spain's PM falls prey to practical joke on radio

Spain's PM falls prey to practical joke on radio

"I have a very free schedule": Spain's embattled incumbent prime minister fell prey to a practical joke when an imitator pretending to be Catalonia's new separatist leader managed to speak to him on the phone on radio.