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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.

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalan leader

A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region's tumultuous independence drive.

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.

Rifts, recriminations among Catalonia's separatists

Rifts, recriminations among Catalonia's separatists

Catalonia's secessionist politicians have admitted that the region's independence declaration failed and recriminations have started to fly.

Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia

Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia

Spain's state prosecutor, Attorney-General Jose Manuel Maza, called for charges of rebellion and sedition, as well as fraud and misuse of funds, to be brought against Catalan leaders.

Spain's control over Catalonia to be tested today as work resumes

Spain's control over Catalonia to be tested today as work resumes

Spain's control over Catalonia will be tested on Monday when politicians and civil servants return to work amid uncertainty over whether they will accept direct rule imposed by the central government to stop the region's independence bid.

Catalan independence parties seen losing parliamentary majority in election

Catalan independence parties seen losing parliamentary majority in election

Catalan independence parties are seen as losing their parliamentary majority in an election, according to a poll published on Sunday, though the wafer-thin margin between the two sides predicts a hard-fought campaign to December's ballot.

"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.