Tensions high as Spain starts trial of Catalan separatists

MADRID (Reuters) – Twelve Catalan secessionist leaders go on trial in Spain’s high court on Tuesday, charged for their role in a failed independence bid 16 months ago that deeply divided the country and triggered the biggest political crisis in decades. Hundreds of police, including from anti-terrorism units, have been deployed around the Supreme Court building in central Madrid. The […]

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Spain to block Puigdemont as Catalan president

Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia party to file complaint against the move, saying he is a legitimate candidate. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked the Constitutional Court to block the nomination of former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont to resume his post on Friday. The move comes after the Spanish government’s Council of Ministers, headed by Rajoy, announced late Thursday night that […]

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Catalonia chooses leader not facing prosecution

Madrid:  Catalonia's main separatist parties have taken a significant step towards ending the region's political deadlock by voting on a presidential candidate who is not facing prosecution in Spain. The candidate, Quim Torra, fell just short of winning a majority in Parliament, but he will get another chance in a second round of voting on Monday, when the threshold will […]

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