AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called a general election for April 28 after his minority government's budget proposal was rejected by lawmakers.
A man eats inside a coffee shop in Barcelona, with a glass painted with a graffiti reading in Catalan: "strike", during a general strike in Catalonia, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) pic.twitter.com/jvoGvqRAAD— Emilio Morenatti (@EmilioMorenatti) February 21, 2019
Spain: Pro-separatist protesters clash with police
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Protesters backing Catalonia's secession from Spain clashed with police and blocked major roads and train tracks across the northeastern region on Thursday during a strike...
Does Catalan crisis threaten to make Spain ‘ungovernable’?
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The secession crisis festering in Spain's northeastern corner of Catalonia has spread to the political heart of the European Union nation.
Spain to get 3rd gov’t in 4 years amid fragmenting politics
MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election.
Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get parliament's approval for its 2019 budget proposal earlier this week, adding to the political uncertainty that has dogged Spain in recent years.
Catalan police officers clash with demonstrators outside a subway after blocking a train rail in Barcelona, during a general strike in Catalonia, Spain, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) pic.twitter.com/eNIBH2f61M— Emilio Morenatti (@EmilioMorenatti) February 21, 2019
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.
Budget defeat puts Spain’s center-left government on ropes
MADRID (AP) — Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament's lower house rejected Wednesday the ruling Socialist government's 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to call an early election.
The 191-158 vote, with one abstention, opened a new crisis in Spanish politics. Members of Sanchez's Cabinet had signaled that a defeat in the budget vote would lead to a fresh general election.
Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests
MADRID (AP) — A politically charged trial of a dozen Catalan separatist leaders began Tuesday in Spain's Supreme Court amid protests and the possibility of an early general election being called in the country.
The defendants are being tried on rebellion and other charges stemming from their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration in October 2017. The declaration was based on the results of a divisive secession referendum that ignored a constitutional ban.
AP Explains: Catalans appear at ‘trial of century’ in Spain
MADRID (AP) — It's being billed as Spain's "trial of the century": A dozen politicians and activists are in in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stemming from their involvement in Catalonia's push for independence in 2017.
The Latest: Spain budget vote hinges on Catalan support
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spain-Catalonia trial and politics (all times local):
Spain's prime minister has acknowledged that it's doubtful his government will be able to gain enough support to keep alive its attempt to pass a national budget.
Thousands join right-wing rally in Madrid, demand PM resign
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people joined a right-wing rally in Spain's capital Sunday to demand that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down for his handling of the Catalonia region's secession crisis.
Many in the crowd assembled in Madrid's Plaza de Colon waved the national flag and chanted slogans in support of Spain's security forces along with calling for the Socialist prime minister's resignation.
If part of one European nation seeks independence, there can be a ripple effect across the 28-nation bloc. Countries wanting to stay united would hesitate to support a secessionist movement elsewhere. @AP Explains Spain's 'trial of century' https://t.co/rurggtxX7l— Aritz Parra (@aritzparra) February 12, 2019