Ex-Catalan leader hands himself into Belgian authorities
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.
Riots darken Catalan separatist dream of peaceful secession
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...
Spain stops jailed Catalan from joining European Parliament
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...
Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe
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 —...
AP Interview: Catalan separatist vows EU parliament fight
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Blocked from pursuing his political crusade in Spain's parliament, the most prominent jailed leader of Catalonia's separatist movement is vowing to take his fight to the...
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...
Catalan ex-president visits German prison, donates books
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...
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.
Catalan separatist Puigdemont to return to Belgium Saturday
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.
German court: Catalan politician can legally be extradited
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."
AP Interview: Catalan chief to ask Spain for secession vote
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.
German court rejects call for Puigdemont to be rearrested
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.
Catalonia’s lawmakers pick fervent separatist as new chief
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.
Fervent secessionist picked as Catalonia’s stand-in leader
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.
Spanish court blocks election of separatist ex-Catalan chief
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.
Roads blocked in Catalonia to protest ex-leader’s detention
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.
Catalonia ex-leader to remain jailed during extradition case
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.
AP Explains: What next in Catalonia after ex-leader’s arrest
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.
Catalan ex-leader’s capture in Germany sparks mass protests
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.
Spain charges 13 Catalan separatist leaders with rebellion
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.
The Latest: Tourism chief sees 10-12 pct drop in Catalonia
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Catalonia (all times local):
Catalonia's top tourism official reckons tourism revenues in the restive Spanish region could be around 450 million euros ($520 million) lower in the final quarter of the year following August's deadly attacks in Barcelona and the uncertainty generated by the independence referendum.