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"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.

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

‘Prison for Puigdemont,’ shouted thousands of people in central Madrid, gathered under a giant Spanish flag Saturday in anger at Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence ...

Spain takes control of 'independent' Catalonia

Spain takes control of 'independent' Catalonia

Spain moved Saturday to seize direct control of Catalonia, sacking its police chief a day after the Catalan regional parliament's independence declaration sent shock waves through Europe.

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

Catalan parliament votes to split from Spain

With thousands of pro-independence activists gathered outside, the regional parliament in Barcelona passed a resolution to "declare Catalonia an independent state in the form of a republic".

Catalan leader: 'guarantees' not in place to call elections

Catalan leader: 'guarantees' not in place to call elections

Thousands of Catalans marched for independence as the region's separatist leader came under fire from allies amid speculation he will back down from threats to break away from Spain.

Rift appears in Catalan govt as Madrid power takeover looms

Rift appears in Catalan govt as Madrid power takeover looms

Several members of Catalonia's separatist government told the region's leader they want elections to avoid a power takeover by Madrid, a source close to him said Wednesday, as a rift appeared in the regional executive.

NHRC invites Spanish MPs to evaluate blockade repercussions

NHRC invites Spanish MPs to evaluate blockade repercussions

National Human Rights Committee Chairman Dr Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri has urged the Spanish government to put more pressure on the blockading countries to force them to end their grave violations of human rights.

Catalan separatists weigh options after Spain 'coup'

Catalan separatists weigh options after Spain 'coup'

Catalonia's separatists were weighing their options on Sunday after Spain took drastic steps to stop the region from breaking away by dissolving its separatist government and forcing new elections.

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Spain's government kicked off a crisis cabinet meeting on Saturday as it prepares to seize powers from Catalonia's separatist executive in an unprecedented move aimed at stopping ...

Spain 'will press ahead to suspend Catalan autonomy'

Spain 'will press ahead to suspend Catalan autonomy'

The Spanish government said on Thursday it would press ahead with steps to suspend the autonomy of Catalonia, after the region's separatist leader threatened to declare independence from Spain.

Catalan leader pressured as independence deadline looms

Catalan leader pressured as independence deadline looms

Pressure mounted on Catalonia's leader Sunday ahead of a Madrid-imposed deadline to decide whether to defy international pleas for unity and declare independence or back down and unleash the wrath of his separatist allies.

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.