Spain plans response to Catalan independence move

By Blanca Rodr?guez and Sonya Dowsett MADRID/BARCELONA, Oct 11 : The Spanish cabinet was meeting on Wednesday to decide its response to Catalan moves to declare independence, but the prospect of dialogue to ease Spain’s worst political crisis in four decades already seemed remote. The fraught situation became even more confused on Tuesday night when […]

Catalan leader proclaims independence but suspends it pending talks

By Angus Berwick and Sonya Dowsett BARCELONA, Oct 10 : Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday proclaimed the region’s independence from Spain but said its effects would be suspended to allow for talks with the Madrid government. “I assume the mandate that Catalonia should become an independent state in the form of a republic … […]

Catalonia nears possible independence proclamation despite Madrid’s warnings

By Angus Berwick and Sonya Dowsett BARCELONA, Oct 10 : Catalan police tightened their protective ring around the region’s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have pledged a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont held a meeting of his cabinet to decide how to press […]

Catalan leader under pressure to drop independence

By Sam Edwards and Jose El?as Rodr?guez BARCELONA/MADRID, Oct 9 : Catalonia’s secessionist leader faced increased pressure on Monday to abandon plans to declare independence from Spain, with France and Germany expressing support for the country’s unity. The Madrid government, grappling with Spain’s biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981, said it […]

Catalan leader under pressure to drop independence

By Sam Edwards and Jose El?as Rodr?guez BARCELONA/MADRID, Oct 9 : Catalonia’s secessionist leader faced increased pressure on Monday to abandon plans to declare independence from Spain, with France and Germany expressing support for the country’s unity. The Madrid government, grappling with Spain’s biggest political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981, said it […]

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

By Sam Edwards BARCELONA, Oct 8 : Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. A crowd estimated by local police to number 350,000 waved Spanish and Catalan flags and […]