Friday, 15 December 2017

Tag Archives: Spain

50,000 Catalans march in Brussels to support exiled president

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BRUSSELS: Around 50,000 protesters have taken to the streets outside EU institutions in Brussels in support of Catalan independence. The demonstration is partly in solidarity with exiled and disputed president Carles Puigdemont, who has himself fled to the EU capital in Belgium and is resisting extradition attempts. But the Thursday ...

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Catalan leader’s party shelves independence push

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MADRID: The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont now favours talks with Madrid to achieve independence instead of pushing to break away from Spain unilaterally, its coordinator said Thursday, the latest sign it was softening its position. Spanish media have reported that Puigdemont’s PdeCat party and its former government ...

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Spain issues arrest warrant for Catalonian separatist leader

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MADRID: A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia’s deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region’s tumultuous independence drive. The announcement added to anger and dismay in a second straight night of demonstrations ...

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Catalan leaders to be tried for rebellion, says Spain state prosecutor

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MADRID: Spain’s state prosecutor said on Monday that he would seek charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement against members of Catalonia’s ousted secessionist government, pushing the crisis over the region’s independence declaration into an uncertain new phase. Chief prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza said he would ask judges for preventive measures against the ...

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Spanish government moves to take control of Catalonia

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MADRID: The Spanish government sought Saturday to use a constitutional power to take control of Catalonia following a movement pushing for its independence. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he is using Article 155 of the country’s constitution to allow central ministers from Madrid to take the reigns from the regional ministers ...

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Spain court strikes down Catalan referendum law

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MADRID: Spain’s Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday that a referendum law passed in Catalonia, which paved the way for a contested October 1 secession referendum, was not valid. The court temporarily suspended the law after it was passed by Catalonia’s regional parliament on September 6 while judges considered an appeal ...

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UK intelligence chief says terror threat is worst of career

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LONDON: Britain’s domestic intelligence chief warned during a rare public speech on Tuesday that the terrorist threat the country faced had accelerated at an alarming pace and was worse now than at any time in his 34-year career. MI5 Director General Andrew Parker said his agency, also known as the ...

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Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

MADRID/BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly. His move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and the northeastern region but also signals a way out of Spain’s ...

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Spain’s PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

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BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Wednesday that the leader of Catalonia clarify whether he has declared the region’s independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has. Rajoy said Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s response would be crucial in deciding ...

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Catalonia referendum: Spain regrets injuries in police crackdown

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MADRID: A top Spanish government official in Catalonia has expressed regret about those injured when police cracked down on people taking part in a banned referendum on the region’s independence Oct. 1. Interior Ministry delegate in Catalonia, Enric Millo tempered the comments Friday by saying the Catalan government was responsible ...

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