Mariano Rajoy

People protest after former president Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany, during a demonstration held by pro-independence associations in Barcelona, Spain March 25, 2018.

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont to appear in German court after protests flare


Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was due to appear in a German court on Monday as Spain sought to extradite him over the region’s independence fight after a night of protests there in which dozens of people were hurt in clashes with police.

People wait a line as long as three business fronts to vote in Catalonia's regional elections.

Moment of truth for independence drive as divided Catalonia votes

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Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona

Massive crowds turn out for an anti-independence rally in Barcelona

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Demonstrators gather outside the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, Oct. 27, 2017.

Catalonia’s lawmakers vote for independence from Spain

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Barcelona’s mayor is on a quest to ‘feminize’ politics amid independence debate

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People wave Catalan flags during a demonstration organized by Catalan pro-independence movements following the imprisonment Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart, in Barcelona, Oct. 21, 2017.

Catalan party threatens ‘massive’ civil disobedience against Spain

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Catalonia’s parliament will hold a plenary session on Thursday to decide its response to the central government’s move to dismiss the region’s government while other independence activists have promised civil disobedience.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference in Madrid

Spain says it will dismiss Catalonia’s government and call elections

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday that his government will move to dismiss Catalonia’s separatist government and call fresh elections in the region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence.

Students wear Catalan flags as they block a street during a protest in Barcelona.

How Spain could suspend autonomy in Catalonia

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Spain’s vow Thursday to take over at least part of Catalonia’s regional powers due to its drive for independence would involve triggering the never before used Article 155 of Spain’s constitution.

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is seen delivering a statement on a television screen at a bar in Barcelona, October 11, 2017.

Spain vows ‘all options’ open in Catalonia crisis talks

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Spain’s government vowed to examine “all options” Wednesday in a crisis cabinet meeting hours after Catalonia’s leaders said they had a mandate to declare independence but put it on hold, plunging the country into unknown territory.

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Chronicle of a crackdown on Catalonia’s independence vote


Journalist Gerry Hadden offers a firsthand look, from a Barcelona polling center, at Spanish police’s violent operations to disrupt the outlawed referendum on Catalan independence.