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45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters march for deposed president Carles Puigdemont

A sea of around 45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters demonstrated in Brussels on Thursday to show support for the region’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support its drive for independence from Spain.

Spain drops European arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

Spain has withdrawn a European arrest warrant for Catalonia’s sacked leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers, who fled to Belgium after the regional parliament declared unilateral independence, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Catalan election campaign kicks off with some candidates still jailed

Catalan political parties officially kicked off their campaign for a December 21 regional election on Tuesday, with separatist candidates either in exile or in jail and polls pointing to a tight race.

Spanish judge refuses to free four Catalan leaders as elections near

Catalonia’s sacked vice president Oriol Junqueras and three other separatist leaders will remain in prison pending a probe over their role in the region’s independence drive, a judge decided Monday, just as Catalan elections approach.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as they face judge

Separatist leaders who were jailed pending a probe into their role in Catalonia's independence drive are to be questioned again Friday by a judge in Madrid who could free them.

Jailed Catalan leaders could be freed as probe changes hands

Spain's Supreme Court said Friday it had taken over the investigation of all deposed Catalan separatist leaders, a move that could see those jailed by another court set free.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21.

Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgian court for extradition hearing

Sacked Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont appeared in court in Belgium on Friday for a hearing on whether to send him back to Spain to face charges of rebellion and sedition over his region’s independence drive.

Belgian judge weighs extradition bid for Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont

A Belgian court will on Friday consider whether to send axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont back to Spain to face charges of rebellion and sedition over his region’s independence drive.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

Spain has ‘damaged democracy’ – Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont

The disputed President of Catalonia has said the Spanish state has "damaged democracy in order to stop independence".

Catalan parliament speaker detained pending bail

The speaker of Catalonia’s sacked parliament was ordered detained Thursday over her region’s controversial drive for independence from Spain, pending payment of a 150,000 euro bail, a court spokesman said.

Catalan parliament speaker Carme Forcadell to appear in court for sedition

The speaker of the Catalan parliament is due to appear before a Spanish court Thursday accused of sedition for declaring independence, after a union strike over the detention of separatist leaders disrupted the region.

Catalonia’s Carles Puigdemont slams EU for ‘helping coup’

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel are due to address legislators over the Catalan crisis after the deposed separatist leader, Carles Puigdemont, urged the European Union to stop supporting a "coup" against his region.

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