Spain withdraws international arrest warrant for former Catalan leader

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID, Dec 5 : Spain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday withdrew an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s former leader, now in self-imposed exile in Belgium after an illegal independence referendum, in a move to bring his case back solely into Spanish jurisdiction. Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members went to Belgium […]

Barca held 2-2 by Celta, Messi ends goal drought

By Richard Martin BARCELONA, Dec 2 : La Liga leaders Barcelona were held to a 2-2 home draw by Celta Vigo on Saturday as their former assistant coach Juan Carlos Unzue dented their title hopes, while Atletico Madrid took advantage by coming from behind to beat Real Sociedad 2-1. Celta striker Iago Aspas silenced the […]

Swiss dismiss ETA activist’s asylum bid, but she is free to stay

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH, Dec 1 : A Swiss federal court has dismissed the asylum appeal of a woman convicted in Spain of supporting the Basque separatist group ETA, but said she was now free to remain in Switzerland after Madrid dropped her sentence. The case of Nekane Txapartegi, who said she was tortured […]

Sacked Catalan leader challenges EU to respect election outcome

By Christian Levaux OOSTKAMP, Belgium, Nov 25 : Catalonia’s former leader challenged Spain and the European Union to respect the result of Catalan regional elections in December, saying Madrid would have to end direct rule if separatists win. Speaking from Belgium where he fled earlier this month, Carles Puigdemont said the vote was the most […]

Spain issues arrest warrant for ousted Catalan leader

By Rodrigo De Miguel and Robert-Jan Bartunek MADRID/BRUSSELS, Nov 3 : Spain on Friday issued an arrest warrant on sedition and other charges against Carles Puigdemont, tightening the judicial net around the former Catalan leader who went Brussels after his government was sacked over a declaration of independence. A Madrid High Court judge asked Belgium […]