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Former Catalan leader Puigdemont to return to Belgium

Former Catalan leader Puigdemont to return to Belgium

Spain's Supreme Court dropped a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont last week after Germany refused to extradite him.

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

Spain drops arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

The Spanish court also dropped European arrest warrants for five other Catalan pro-independence leaders living abroad.

Belgium will not extradite three Catalan politicians, court rules

Belgium will not extradite three Catalan politicians, court rules

A Spanish extradition request for three Catalan politicians who fled to Belgium with former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was rejected by a Belgian court on Wednesday, the crown prosecutor announced.

Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

Catalonia votes on new leader, Spain to lift direct rule

The Catalan parliament is expected to vote in a hard-line separatist as leader on Monday, heralding an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but also more political uncertainty in a region that retains a mandate to seek a split from Spain.

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.

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.

Judge orders eight members of deposed Catalan govt detained

Judge orders eight members of deposed Catalan govt detained

A Spanish judge on Thursday ordered eight members of the deposed Catalan government detained pending further probes into their role in the region's tumultuous quest for independence, a Madrid court said.

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.

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.

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.

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 '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.