PERPIGNAN, France (AP) — Tens of thousands of people who want the Catalonia region to become independent from Spain held a major rally across the border, in southeastern France, on...
MADRID (AP) — The former head of Catalonia's regional police and three others are standing trial on charges of rebellion and sedition for their alleged roles in the illegal bid by the Catalan...
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Exiled Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is considering going back to Spain if he gets assurances that he is immune from arrest through his new status as a European...
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish Supreme Court judge asked the European Parliament on Friday to strip the Catalonia region's ex-leader and another fugitive Catalan politician of the legal immunity they...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Parliament proposes to officially recognize three separatist Catalan leaders as European lawmakers next week, following a decision by the European Union's top...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The arrest warrant targeting Carles Puigdemont has been suspended by Belgian judicial authorities because of the Catalan separatist leader's immunity as a European lawmaker, his...
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s state prosecutors' office asked a Spanish judge Monday to maintain the international arrest warrants for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and one of his colleagues as...
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Friday overturned a decision preventing fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from taking a seat in the European Parliament, in a fresh...
BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian court on Monday delayed making a decision for at least two months on whether to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain .
LONDON (AP) — A Scottish court has ordered bail for a fugitive Catalan former politician whose extradition is sought by Spain on charges of sedition for her role in a secession drive by...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say two associates of fugitive former Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont have handed themselves in to police after Spain issued a new warrant for their...
BRUSSELS (AP) — Fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has handed himself in to Belgian justice authorities after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest following the sentencing of 12...
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain
BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont hands himself to Belgian authorities after new arrest warrant issued in Spain.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — For years, Catalonia's separatist movement painstakingly built an amiable image of its quest to secede from Spain: Smiling parents and grandparents with children in tow...
Spanish Supreme Court says judge has issued international arrest warrant for Catalan ex-President Carles Puigdemont
MADRID (AP) — Spanish Supreme Court says judge has issued international arrest warrant for Catalan ex-President Carles Puigdemont.
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — It was a rambunctious start for the European Parliament's new five-year session Tuesday: Brexiteers, Catalan independence backers and others disrupted the normally solemn...
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court denied on Friday a request by a Catalan separatist leader to leave jail so he can become a European Parliament member after being elected last...
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say two fugitive Catalan separatists elected to the European Parliament must risk arrest by returning to Spain to pick up their official credentials if they want...
MADRID (AP) — Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain —...
MADRID (AP) — Catalan regional ex-president Carles Puigdemont and two other separatists who also fled abroad to escape arrest must be allowed to run in this month's European Parliament elections,...
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court will decide whether Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan separatists who fled abroad to escape arrest will be able to run in next month's European Parliament...
MADRID (AP) — Spanish political party officials say the country's Electoral Board has ruled that Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan separatists who fled abroad to escape arrest can't stand as...
BERLIN (AP) — The former president of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, has returned to a German prison where he spent nearly two weeks last year to drop off a donation of...
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.