MADRID (AP) — The former president of Spain's Catalonia region who fled the country after leading an attempt to secede in 2017 says he will return if he is elected to the European Parliament in...
MADRID (AP) — A political group that wants Catalonia to break away from Spain and become an independent country says the region's former president is running for a seat in the European Parliament...
Catalan ex-official testifies he is a ‘political prisoner’
MADRID (AP) — A former Catalan official accused by Spanish prosecutors of leading a violent rebellion to create an independent republic testified at a top court in Madrid on Thursday that he considers himself "a political prisoner."
Oriol Junqueras, who was the vice president of the Catalan Cabinet that went ahead with a banned secession referendum in October 2017, was the first of a dozen separatist leaders to testify in the much anticipated Supreme Court trial.
AP Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial ‘vengeance’
WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 says that Spain will seek "vengeance" rather than justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week accused of rebellion and other charges.
Ex-Catalan leader launches movement to stay relevant
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former leader of Catalonia has launched a new political platform in hopes of maintaining his relevance in the region's secessionist movement from outside Spain, where he is wanted on rebellion charges.
Carles Puigdemont intervened via video at Saturday's rally to mark the foundation of The National Call for the Republic held in the northeastern Spanish town of Manresa.
The Latest: Spanish minister would prefer separatists free
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalan separatists in Spain (all times local):
Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell says that he would prefer for jailed Catalan separatist leaders to be free while awaiting a trial for their role in last year's push for independence from Spain.
Nine politicians and activists remain in prison on preliminary charges of rebellion and abuse of power, while others, including former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, avoided jail by fleeing overseas.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont returned to Belgium Saturday to drum up support for Catalonia's separatist movement after Spain's bid to extradite him on rebellion charges from Germany failed.
On arriving to Brussels, Puigdemont shook hands with other former members of his Cabinet who also fled Spain and the current regional president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, who had traveled from Spain to meet his predecessor.
BERLIN (AP) — Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said Wednesday he will return to Belgium this weekend to resume efforts to drum up European support for Catalan self-determination after Spain's bid to extradite him collapsed.
Puigdemont has been in Germany since March, when he was arrested on a Spanish warrant as he tried to return from Finland to his home in Belgium. The warrant was withdrawn last week, and Puigdemont told reporters in Berlin that he will return to Belgium on Saturday.
Germany formally closes Puigdemont extradition case
BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany formally ended extradition proceedings against former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Friday after Spain withdrew a European arrest warrant, leaving the separatist leader free to leave the country.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish Supreme Court judge on Thursday dropped extradition requests for six politicians wanted on rebellion charges for their roles in promoting independence for Spain's Catalonia region, including former regional president Carles Puigdemont.
The decision was a major setback for Spain's legal efforts to crack down on the wealthy Catalan region's secessionist movement and keeps alive an issue that last year brought Spain's worst political crisis in four decades.
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Thursday removed a hurdle to the extradition of a prominent Catalan politician on charges of embezzlement, setting the stage for a possible trial in Spain but on lesser charges than prosecutors there had hoped for.
In its decision in the case of Carles Puigdemont, the Schleswig-Holstein state court said the former Catalan leader could be extradited on embezzlement charges, but not rebellion.
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court is stripping six prominent Catalan politicians of public office for trying to make the northeastern region of the country independent.
Judge Pablo Llarena also ruled Tuesday that the six secessionists be sent to trial on charges of rebellion, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
Those charged include former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who is fighting extradition from Germany, and former regional Vice President Oriol Junqueras.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by 15 indicted Catalan separatists, ruling they should be put on trial for rebellion, disobedience and misuse of public funds for their efforts to take the Catalonia region out of Spain.
The court ruled Wednesday that the rebellion charge against the secessionist politicians was "sufficiently reasonable" because they were behind "an uprising which used power unjustly."
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's new separatist chief plans to deliver one message to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in their highly-anticipated meeting next month: an authorized ballot over Catalan secession from Spain is the only solution to the country's worst political crisis in decades.
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors made a fresh request Friday to have former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont taken into custody pending a ruling on his extradition to Spain.
A court in northern Germany had allowed Puigdemont, Catalonia's former regional president, to leave jail on bail shortly after he was detained March 25 at Spain's request.
BERLIN (AP) — A German court on Tuesday rejected a request from prosecutors to take former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont back into custody pending a decision on whether he can be extradited to Spain.
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court has rejected a Spanish request for the extradition of three Catalan separatist leaders.
The court ruling was the latest in a series of legal disputes between Spain and Belgium, where former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and five others took refuge last year fearing they would face imprisonment at home.
BERLIN (AP) — Catalonia's president-elect asked Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday to talk with the region's separatist leaders, a request the incoming Catalan leader made while visiting his predecessor in Berlin.
MADRID (AP) — Lawmakers in Catalonia elected a fervent separatist as the new chief of the restive region Monday, ending a leadership vacuum of more than six months and setting the scene for more confrontations with the Spanish government.
Quim Torra, a former corporate lawyer who went on to lead a prominent pro-secession group, vowed to build an independent Catalan republic by working under the leadership of his fugitive predecessor, Carles Puigdemont.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's hardcore separatists have found their new flag-bearer.
Quim Torra, a regional lawmaker and book editor with strong anti-Spanish views, was voted in as Catalonia's president Monday after he convinced the most uncompromising secessionists he would not flinch in his commitment to their cause.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Catalonia (all times local):
Catalan lawmakers have ended a half-year power vacuum by electing in a close vote secessionist Quim Torra as the new regional chief.
Torra failed to be elected with an absolute majority in an earlier vote over the weekend. But on Monday, the 135-strong Catalan parliament voted 66-to-65 to support Torra, with the four lawmakers of the far-left anti-establishment CUP party abstaining.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's most uncompromising separatists said Sunday that they won't block the former leader of a pro-independence group from being elected as the restive Spanish region's new leader.
The far-left CUP party decided that its four regional parliament members will abstain during an investiture session scheduled for Monday, which should leave another lawmaker, Quim Torra, with more "yes" than "no" votes.
MADRID (AP) — Separatist parties in Catalonia are backing the former head of a pro-independence group to become the Spanish region's new president.
Catalonia's former president said Thursday that regional lawmaker Quim Torra has enough support in the Catalan parliament to be elected and end months of political deadlock. Torra, a writer and editor, used to lead Omnium Cultural, a grassroots group that favors the region's secession from Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Plans by Catalan separatists to re-elect their region's former president in absentia were blocked Wednesday by Spain's Constitutional Court.
The court agreed to consider the Spanish government's challenge of a legal change approved by Catalonia's separatist-dominated parliament that paved the way for Carles Puigdemont's election while he fights extradition from Germany to Spain.
BERLIN (AP) — Lawmakers from Catalonia's leading separatist party say they will try to re-elect fugitive former leader Carles Puigdemont as the president of the region despite the expected prohibition by Spanish courts.
Puigdemont met Saturday with members of his Together for Catalonia coalition in Berlin, where he is awaiting extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds in organizing an unauthorized referendum last year on Catalonia's independence.
No Easter feast for Catalonia ex-leader in German jail
BERLIN (AP) — Catalonia's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont can't expect an Easter feast in the north German jail he's currently in awaiting extradition proceedings.
German news agency dpa reports that the menu for Saturday features rice pudding with sugar and cinnamon as the main dish.
On Easter Sunday, inmates will be served ground beef with beans and potatoes. Easter Monday's dish is beef casserole, vegetables and pasta.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's parliament passed a symbolic motion Wednesday affirming the right of the Spanish region's former separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to be re-elected to his old job, even though he is in jail and facing a possible trial.
MADRID (AP) — Demonstrators angered by the detention of former leader Carles Puigdemont blocked highways across Catalonia and roads in central Barcelona on Tuesday, as the separatist politician remained in a German jail pending a decision on Spain's extradition request.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalonia's political struggle with Spain (all times local):
A United Nations spokeswoman says the UN Human Rights Committee has registered a complaint by Catalonia's former president who alleges that Spain has violated his political rights.
Carles Puigdemont is in preliminary custody in northern Germany awaiting a court's decision on whether to proceed with an extradition request by Spain.
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Spain's showdown with Catalonia's separatist leaders moved Monday to German courts as the region's former president, Carles Puigdemont, embarked on what could be a weeks-long effort to avoid extradition from Germany.
A court in the northern town of Neumuenster ruled that Puigdemont, who was arrested Sunday in Germany, has to remain in custody for the length of the extradition proceedings.
NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — The Latest on the detention of the former leader of the Spanish region of Catalonia (all times local):
A German prosecutor says a court has ordered Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont held in custody for the length of extradition proceedings.
Schleswig Holstein state prosecutor Georg Guentge says the court in Neumuenster formally determined Puigdemont's identity and also heard arguments from his lawyer claiming legal flaws in Spain's extradition request.
MADRID (AP) — The detention in Germany over the weekend of Catalonia's fugitive former president, 55-year-old Carles Puigdemont, is the latest dramatic development for the troubled Spanish region that is deeply divided over the idea of secession. Here's a look at the issue.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Five months after going on the run from Spanish authorities, Catalonia's former president was detained in Germany on an international warrant Sunday by highway police after the ardent separatist crossed the border with Denmark.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Catalonia separatist movement and Spain (all times local):
The speaker of Catalonia's parliament is calling for a "wide social and democratic front to defend the rights and freedoms" of the region in the wake of former leader Carles Puigdemont's arrest in Germany on a Spanish warrant.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish Supreme Court judge charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians with rebellion Friday for their attempts to make the region independent of Spain, dealing a heavy blow to the secessionist movement with an indictment that could put its political elite behind bars for decades.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain's confrontation with Catalan separatists (all times local):
Spain's Supreme Court says international arrest warrants have been issued for six fugitive Catalan politicians, including ousted regional chief Carles Puigdemont, who were indicted for rebellion on Friday.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the struggle to form a new government in Spain's secession-minded Catalonia region (all times local):
The Catalan Parliament speaker has set a Thursday afternoon vote to elect as the next regional president a former separatist minister who could be indicted on rebellion charges only one day after.
MADRID (AP) — Lawyers for Catalan separatist Jordi Sanchez say the jailed activist is ready to give up his seat in Catalonia's parliament, which would effectively end his bid to become the region's next leader.
The law firm defending Sanchez said the offer was made because of difficulties in carrying out his duties as a lawmaker and being blocked by Spain's top court from attending a parliamentary vote to be elected Catalonia's president.
Catalan separatist: Swiss model alternative to secession
GENEVA (AP) — Catalonia's fugitive ex-president says that independence for the Spanish region is not the "only option" for resolving Spain's worst political crisis in recent decades.
Carles Puigdemont says that a moderate alternative could be adopting Switzerland's canton model, which presumably would give more self-rule to the already ample powers granted to Spain's regions.
Spanish prosecutors eye Swiss arrest of Catalan fugitive
MADRID (AP) — Spanish prosecutors said Thursday they have asked the government and Interpol to assess whether Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-president of Spain's restive Catalonia region, can be arrested and extradited during his private visit to Switzerland this weekend.
The office of Spain's state prosecutor said in a statement it is also asking the Supreme Court, which is considering charges of sedition and rebellion against Puigdemont, to consider revoking his passport.
The Latest: Prosecutors seek Swiss arrest of Puigdemont
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on issues surrounding Catalan leaders' bid for independence (all times local):
Spanish prosecutors say they have asked the government and Interpol to assess whether Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-president of Spain's restive Catalonia region, can be arrested and extradited during his private visit to Switzerland this weekend.
Fugitive ex-president of Catalonia to visit Switzerland
GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss Foreign Ministry says Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-president of the restive Spanish region of Catalonia, is heading to Switzerland for a private visit.
The ministry said Wednesday that Puigdemont is due in Geneva after accepting an invitation from the International Film Festival and the Forum on Human Rights.
He is expected to participate in a debate on Sunday on "self-determination."
MADRID (AP) — A fugitive former member of Catalonia's regional government has moved to Scotland from Belgium, where she had fled from a Spanish court investigation into a secession plot.
Clara Ponsati, the Catalan former education chief, said Saturday that she had returned to teaching at the University of St. Andrews. She appears as a faculty member of the School of Economics and Finance on the Scottish university's website.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's parliament will vote next week on whether to elect a jailed separatist leader as the region's new president, as part of an ongoing effort to gain independence from Spain.
Parliamentary speaker Roger Torrent on Tuesday convened the plenary session in Barcelona for March 12, when Catalan lawmakers will vote on whether to make Jordi Sanchez their regional government's leader.
MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government dismissed Friday the latest efforts by Catalan separatists to advance their independence bid, saying a planned Catalan government in exile would have no legal authority.
The government also said Jordi Sanchez, a prominent secessionist proposed as Catalonia's new president, can't take office because he's in jail in Madrid awaiting possible trial on charges of sedition and rebellion for his part in recent Catalan attempts to break away from Spain.
MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's fugitive ex-leader dropped a political bombshell Thursday, unexpectedly announcing that he is temporarily withdrawing his bid to get back his old job as president of the independence-minded northeastern Spanish region.
BRUSSELS (AP) — Fugitive ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has announced he is temporarily withdrawing his bid to get back his old job as president of the independence-minded northeastern Spanish region.
Puigdemont says in a video message posted from Brussels, where he fled to escape arrest in Spain, that he is standing aside so the Catalan parliament can find another candidate to form a regional government that presses ahead with independence efforts.