Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain on Tuesday pardoned all nine separatist leaders jailed for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid in a gesture the government hopes will foster dialogue to keep the region part of Spain, deflating its push for self-determination. The politicians and activists were sentenced in 2019 to between nine and 13 years for sedition… Read More Spain pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said his government will pardon the nine jailed leaders of Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid on Tuesday, saying that seeking reconciliation with the region was in the public interest. But as Sanchez spoke of hopes for “a spirit of dialogue and concord”, separatist protesters in Barcelona clamoured for a new… Read More Spain set to pardon nine jailed Catalan separatists

Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

A pardon for jailed Catalan separatist leaders would be a welcome “first step”, but the path to resolving the region’s political conflict with Madrid lies through talks on allowing a vote on independence, the head of the regional government said. Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has indicated in recent weeks he is preparing to pardon… Read More Catalan leader Peres Aragones seeks amnesty, negotiation for referendum on independence bid

Brussels court rules against extradition of former Catalan minister Lluis Puig to Spain

A Brussels court ruled on Friday that a European arrest warrant issued against former Catalan minister Lluis Puig, a Belgian resident since 2017, should not be carried out. The Brussels prosecutor said the court considered that the Spanish authority that issued the warrant was not competent to do so. The prosecutor may appeal the decision.… Read More Brussels court rules against extradition of former Catalan minister Lluis Puig to Spain

Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona

Spanish police and militant elements in a thousands-strong crowd of protesters clashed in the streets of Barcelona close to police headquarters late on Saturday as a pro-independence demonstration by a direct action group turned violent. The protest began around 7:30 p.m. and as the crowd grew to around 10,000, according to police estimates, demonstrators threw… Read More Spanish police clash with Catalan protesters in central Barcelona

Catalan court to try regional leader Quim Torra over separatist propaganda during election campaign

The leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Quim Torra, will be tried for disobedience after he failed to obey an order to remove separatist propaganda from public offices during election campaigning, the regional court said on Friday. During campaigning for national and local elections in April and May regional leaders were required to remove… Read More Catalan court to try regional leader Quim Torra over separatist propaganda during election campaign

Spain bars former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from contesting in European Parliament elections

Spain’s electoral commission barred former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from running in the European Parliament elections in May, he said on Monday, a day after a general election where the region’s separatism has been a pivotal issue. Puigdemont fled Spain in 2017 after Madrid imposed direct rule on the wealthy northeastern region which had unilaterally… Read More Spain bars former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from contesting in European Parliament elections

Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid

Twelve Catalan politicians go on trial on Tuesday for their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid, putting the spotlight back on Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades which could make it flare once again. To the dismay of much of the rest of Spain, Catalonia defied a judicial ban by carrying out a referendum… Read More Spain puts Catalan politicians on trial over failed independence bid