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Spain's Mariano Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday said he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.

Nov 14, 2017, 19:25 PM IST
'Independent' Catalonia wakes up under Madrid's control

'Independent' Catalonia wakes up under Madrid's control

Catalonia woke up Saturday under the direct control of Madrid as the Spanish prime minister took drastic measures to quash secession, deposing the region's leaders and dissolving its parliament hou

Oct 28, 2017, 11:14 AM IST

Catalan leader Puigdemont declines to speak at Spanish Senate

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont rejected the opportunity on Wednesday to speak at the Spanish Senate on Thursday to present his case over the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution.

Oct 26, 2017, 06:19 AM IST
Hope intervention in Catalonia is brief, ends with regional polls: Spain PM

Hope intervention in Catalonia is brief, ends with regional polls: Spain PM

The Spanish government's plans to take unprecedented control of Catalonia's key affairs and halt that region's push for independence are "exceptional," the prime minister said today, adding that he hoped they would not last long.

Oct 25, 2017, 16:59 PM IST
Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

Spain urges Catalonia secessionists to obey Madrid

The Spanish government on Sunday urged Catalans to accept direct control from Madrid and ignore instructions from the restive region`s secessionist leadership once it has been removed from power.

Oct 23, 2017, 00:42 AM IST
Barcelona roll on calmly amidst Catalan chaos

Barcelona roll on calmly amidst Catalan chaos

Valencia remain Barca`s closest challengers after thrashing Sevilla 4-0 at Mestalla.

Oct 22, 2017, 08:59 AM IST
Catalan parliament will respond to Spanish PM's measures: President

Catalan parliament will respond to Spanish PM's measures: President

The President of Spain`s Catalonia region said on Saturday he would convene a session of the regional Parliament to debate and decide a proper response to the measures announced earlier in the day by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Oct 22, 2017, 07:15 AM IST

Spain to dismiss Catalonia's government, call elections

Spain took drastic measures today to stop Catalonia from breaking away, announcing it will move to dismiss the region's separatist government and call fresh elections.

Oct 22, 2017, 00:21 AM IST

Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend the Catalonia`s political autonomy and rule the region directly.

Oct 12, 2017, 06:07 AM IST
Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence bid

Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence bid

Spanish PM on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid.

Oct 12, 2017, 00:11 AM IST
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy demands clarity over Catalan plan

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy demands clarity over Catalan plan

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday said he has asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to confirm whether or not he has declared independence.

Oct 11, 2017, 18:19 PM IST
Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday carrying banners saying 'Catalonia is Spain'. 

Oct 09, 2017, 00:10 AM IST

Spanish PM won't rule out suspending Catalonia's autonomy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has refused to rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy unless its leaders withdraw a threatened declaration of independence as tens of thousands rallied for national unity.

Oct 08, 2017, 17:53 PM IST
Spanish PM won`t rule out suspending Catalonia`s autonomy

Spanish PM won`t rule out suspending Catalonia`s autonomy

PM Mariano​ Rajoy assured Catalan leaders that there "is still time" to backtrack and avoid triggering a tough response from the central government in Madrid.

Oct 08, 2017, 06:06 AM IST
Spain braces for mass protests in Catalonia crisis

Spain braces for mass protests in Catalonia crisis

The Catalan government on Friday published final results from the referendum indicating that 90 percent of voters backed the idea of breaking away from Spain.

Oct 07, 2017, 16:45 PM IST
Spain's top court suspends Catalan Parliament's upcoming session

Spain's top court suspends Catalan Parliament's upcoming session

Spain`s Constitutional Court on Thursday announced it had preemptively suspended the Catalan Parliament`s upcoming plenary session in an attempt to thwart a unilateral declaration of independence by the region`s president.

Oct 06, 2017, 00:22 AM IST
Donald Trump sides against Catalan independence, says Spain 'should remain united'

Donald Trump sides against Catalan independence, says Spain 'should remain united'

US President Donald Trump said it would be "foolish" for Catalans to try to leave Spain, urging the country to remain united ahead of a banned independence referendum Sunday.

Sep 27, 2017, 06:06 AM IST

Catalonia asks Spain for dialogue as independence struggle intensifies

In a letter released on Friday, regional president Carles Puigdemont and Barcelona mayor Ada Colau wrote to Rajoy and Spain`s King Felipe saying the state had mounted "an unprecedented repression offensive". 

Sep 15, 2017, 22:42 PM IST
Hundreds of thousands rally for Catalan independence from Spain

Hundreds of thousands rally for Catalan independence from Spain

Protesters on Monday held a minute of silence for the victims of the attacks.

Sep 11, 2017, 22:56 PM IST
Catalonia expected to approve Oct 1 referendum on split from Spain

Catalonia expected to approve Oct 1 referendum on split from Spain

Catalan leader Puigdemont described the move as intimidation ahead of the planned October referendum.

Sep 06, 2017, 13:01 PM IST