Gulf Times - Catalonia
Spain's king honours young daughter as he turns 50

Spain's king honours young daughter as he turns 50

The ceremony in Madrid's royal palace came as uncertainty persists in Catalonia, where an attempt to break away and form an independent republic has threatened the unity of Spain.

Puigdemont vows to form new government despite Spain 'threats'

Puigdemont vows to form new government despite Spain 'threats'

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday vowed to form a new government despite "threats" from the central government in Madrid, after a Spanish judge refused to re-issue a European warrant for his arrest.

Spain says Catalan crisis cost '1 bn euros'

Spain says Catalan crisis cost '1 bn euros'

Spain's foreign minister claimed Monday that the Catalan independence crisis had cost the country ‘a billion’ euros as fallout from the turmoil continued to hamper growth in the wealthy region.

Catalans vote in bid to solve independence crisis

Catalans vote in bid to solve independence crisis

Catalans began voting Thursday in a decisive election that could mark a turning point for their region, just two months after a failed secession bid triggered Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Campaigns go silent ahead of knife-edge Catalan vote

Campaigns go silent ahead of knife-edge Catalan vote

Catalonia heads into a 24-hour campaigning blackout Wednesday on the eve of a knife-edge vote, a potential turning point in the Spanish region's hotly disputed independence crisis.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

A Supreme Court judge in Madrid began questioning separatist leaders Friday who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive, in what they hope could signal their release.

Jailed former Catalan vice-president accepts Madrid rule

Jailed former Catalan vice-president accepts Madrid rule

Imprisoned former vice-president of Catalonia Oriol Junqueras and three other jailed members of his ERC party will abide by a ruling giving Madrid control over the region, their defence lawyer said on Tuesday.

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

Spanish PM urges return of 'democratic and free' Catalonia

A day after hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona to demand the release of separatist officials, Mariano Rajoy also urged businesses not to flee the wealthy northern region.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

EU sees 'limited' impact of Catalonia crisis on economy

EU sees 'limited' impact of Catalonia crisis on economy

The independence crisis in Catalonia has only made a very limited impact on the Spanish economy, EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Thursday.

Party of deposed Catalan leader wants him as election candidate

Party of deposed Catalan leader wants him as election candidate

The separatist party of deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who is facing an arrest warrant issued by Spain, said Sunday that they wanted him as candidate for regional elections on December 21.

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.