Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe

Europe 05/27/19, 09:49

Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain — although actually being sworn in as lawmakers will be the first obstacle they have to overcome.The European careers of Catalonia's former regional President ...

Spanish courts allow Puigdemont to run in EU elections

World 05/06/19, 07:52

Catalan regional ex-president Carles Puigdemont and two other separatists who also fled abroad to escape arrest must be allowed to run in this month's European Parliament elections, Spanish courts ruled Monday.The judgments overruled a decision by Spain's Electoral Board, which had said it would prohibit the three from running in ...

Puigdemont, 2 other Catalans can’t run in European elections

Europe 04/29/19, 09:04

Spanish political party officials say the country's Electoral Board has ruled that Carles Puigdemont and two other Catalan separatists who fled abroad to escape arrest can't stand as candidates in next month's European Parliament elections.The conservative Popular Party, which complained to the Electoral Board about the secessionists' plans to stand, ...

Catalan ex-president visits German prison, donates books

Europe 03/25/19, 09:31

The former president of Spain's Catalonia region, Carles Puigdemont, has returned to a German prison where he spent nearly two weeks last year to drop off a donation of books.Puigdemont's visit to the prison in Neumuenster on Monday came a year after he was arrested in Germany's far north as ...

Ex-Catalan separatist leader to run for EU Parliament seat

Europe 03/10/19, 11:56

A political group that wants Catalonia to break away from Spain and become an independent country says the region's former president is running for a seat in the European Parliament even though the Spanish government considers him a fugitive.JxCat — or Together for Catalonia, a ticket that includes the conservative ...

Update: Puigdemont says Catalan separatists are innocent

Europe 02/12/19, 07:36

The Latest on Spain-Catalonia trial and politics (all times local):1:30 p.m.The former leader of Catalonia's independence movement who fled from Spain has called for 12 separatists starting trial in Madrid to be absolved for their alleged crimes.Carles Puigdemont has said in Berlin that the "trial that has started in Madrid ...

Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial ‘vengeance’

Europe 02/04/19, 08:06

The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 who fled Spain to avoid arrest says that the central government will be seeking "vengeance" instead of justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week.Carles Puigdemont has told The Associated Press at his house in Belgium, where he ...

Update: Catalan activists return to scene of violence

Europe 10/01/18, 03:21

The Latest on independence protests in Catalonia (all times local):9:10 a.m.Catalonia's regional government has returned to a school in northern Catalonia where police stormed in to bar people from voting in a banned independence referendum one year ago.Student strikes, emotional speeches and mass demonstrations are planned to commemorate Monday the ...

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