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Catalonia back in focus as Spain's Socialists seek to form government

14 Nov 2019

MADRID/BARCELONA Spain's ruling Socialists courted Catalan separatists on Thursday, as they began the tough process of winning enough support in a fragmented parliament to sustain a coalition government with the far-left Unidas Podemos party.

Protesters block highways as Catalan parliament presses for independence

13 Nov 2019

BARCELONA/LA JONQUERA, Spain Catalonia's parliament pressed its case for secession from Spain on Tuesday, two days after a national election, while separatist protesters blocked one of the region's major highways and also disrupted traffic in the Basque Country. | Video

'Freedom for political prisoners,' Catalan separatists chant on election eve

09 Nov 2019

BARCELONA Waving separatist flags and chanting "freedom for political prisoners" thousands of supporters of Catalan independence gathered in Barcelona for concerts and rallies on Saturday, while some protesters faced off with police, a day before Spain heads to the polls for a general election.

'Freedom for political prisoners,' Catalan separatists chant on election eve

09 Nov 2019

BARCELONA, Nov 9 Waving separatist flags and chanting "freedom for political prisoners" thousands of supporters of Catalan independence gathered in Barcelona for concerts and rallies on Saturday, a day before Spain heads to the polls for a general election.

Catalonia challenge awaits Spain's next prime minister

07 Nov 2019

BARCELONA/MADRID The fight over Catalan independence has been thrust to the forefront of Spanish politics ahead of elections on Sunday, with street clashes, torched cars and smashed windows fuelling a hardening stance against separatists amongst political parties.

'Catalonia has no king,' separatist protesters say during Spanish royals' visit

04 Nov 2019

BARCELONA Thousands of demonstrators banged on kitchen pots and chanted "Catalonia has no king!" on Monday to protest a visit by the Spanish royal family to the capital of the region that has been hit by weeks of separatist demonstrations. | Video

Spain gears up for express election amid increasingly divided society

31 Oct 2019

SEVILLE/L'HOSPITALET, Spain Spain's main political parties kicked off a highly condensed electoral campaign on Thursday night, just 10 days before Spaniards head to the polls for a repeat election that is likely to show an increasingly fragmented society.

Police, Catalan separatists clash as day of protest ends in violence

26 Oct 2019

BARCELONA Clashes between police and militant elements in a thousands-strong crowd of demonstrators transformed part of central Barcelona into a battleground late on Saturday as another day of pro-independence protests turned violent.

Spanish police, massed Catalan protesters clash in central Barcelona

26 Oct 2019

BARCELONA Spanish police and militant elements in a thousands-strong crowd of protesters clashed in the streets of Barcelona close to police headquarters late on Saturday as a pro-independence demonstration by a direct action group turned violent.

Jailed Catalan leader says verdict risks criminalising all dissent

25 Oct 2019

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain In condemning Catalan separatist leaders to long prison terms, Spanish authorities have set a precedent that risks criminalising any form of dissent against the state, one of the leaders said.

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