Spain's divisions laid bare as Catalan separatists go on trial

MADRID (Reuters) – A dozen Catalan separatist leaders went on trial in Madrid on Tuesday over their roles in a failed independence bid that laid bare historical divisions and triggered Spain’s biggest political crisis in decades. Flanked by hundreds of police, pro- and anti-separatist demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court, where the defendants face charges […]

Trial of twelve Catalan secessionist leaders starts in Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) – The trial of 12 political leaders from the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia began in Madrid on Tuesday as tensions rose between those supporting the defendants and the right to secession and those calling Spain to remain united. The defendants, facing charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for their […]

Spain's divisions laid bare as Catalan separatists' trial starts

MADRID (Reuters) – Twelve Catalan secessionist leaders go on trial in Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, charged for their role in a failed independence bid 16 months ago that deeply divided the country and triggered the biggest political crisis in decades. The trial is due to start 10:00 am local time (0900 GMT). At around […]

Spain to block Puigdemont as Catalan president

Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia party to file complaint against the move, saying he is a legitimate candidate. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked the Constitutional Court to block the nomination of former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont to resume his post on Friday. The move comes after the Spanish government’s Council of Ministers, headed by Rajoy, […]

Puigdemont, facing charges, to be Catalan president

Carles Puigdemont is the candidate to head the Catalan regional government, continuing the independence saga in Spain. Catalonia’s former president vowed to form a new government in the region that recently elected politicians seeking to break away from Spain, brushing aside what he called Madrid’s “threats” and “oppression”.  Carles Puigdemont made the comments after it […]

Spain threatens to send national police to Catalonia after protests

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s interior minister said he would send national police to Catalonia if local authorities did not do more to stop protests like the one that shut down major highways over the weekend. Fernando Grande-Marlaska accused the local Catalan police of doing nothing to prevent pro-independence protesters blocking the AP-7 toll road, which […]