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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses the media after a cabinet's meeting after a extraordinary plenary session where the application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution was approved, at La Moncloa palace in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 27, 2017. EPA-EFE/Juanjo Martin

Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Friday he would dismantle the government of Catalonia and convened new regional elections, just hours after Catalan Parliament declared independence.

Catalan deposed president is in Belgium after he is charged for rebellion

 10/30/2017 - 10:44
El presidente cesado, Carles Puigdemont, durante su comparencia el sábado en la que no se daba por cesado como presidente de la Generalitat y en la que pidió "paciencia, perseverancia y perspectiva" a los catalanes para "defender las conquistas conseguidas hasta hoy" y mantener una "oposición democrática" a la aplicación del artículo 155 de la Constitución.EFE/Generalitat de Cataluña

Spanish authorities announced that they would seek to prosecute Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders for rebellion and sedition, crimes that could lead to 30 years in jail. Madrid has also called for regional elections on December 21 to end up with uncertainty and put Catalonia back on the "legal" track.  While Pugidemont takes "refuge" in Belgium, his party, PdCAT, announced that it would run in regional elections.  


Spanish Government Ultimatum to Catalonia: 5 days to clarify if Independence Declared or Not

 10/12/2017 - 02:45
El primer ministro español, Mariano Rajoy, se dirige a la prensa para hablar del conflicto catalán, el día11 de octubre, 2017. Foto: EPA-EFE/Ángel Díaz

The Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, had sown “deliberate confusion” in his latest speech and gave him until Monday morning to respond. Pending that reply, Rajoy said he was initiating a request to invoke Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution, which would allow Madrid to suspend the region’s administration.


8 Nobel Peace laureates call for mediation in Catalonia

 10/10/2017 - 02:43
A girl wearing a selfmade mask reading 'Are we talking?' attend a demonstration called by platform 'Hablamos?' at Cibeles square in Madrid, Spain, 07 October 2017, to make a call for dialogue after the Catalan Independence Referendum held on 01 October. EPA-EFE FILE/Victor Lerena

The Nobel laureates condemned the violence during illegal referendum of independence Oct. 1 in Catalonia and referred to the referendums held in Quebec and Scotland, regions where secession was voted against in 1995 and 2014 respectively, as examples of "mature democracies" and "freedom of expression".

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Spanish Government Remains Inflexible, Rejects Negotiating with Catalan Separatists

 10/06/2017 - 03:44
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures while speaking during an interview with Spanish News Agency EFE, at the La Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 5, 2017. EPA-EFE/ANGEL DIAZ

Spain’s constitutional court has blocked a session of the Catalan Parliament a bid to stop the region’s lawmakers from declaring independence on Monday. Fearing economic turmoil,  some Catalan companies announce they are moving headquarters out of Catalonia.


La ocasión perdida del Rey

 10/05/2017 - 05:51
Spanish King Felipe VI  (L) giving a speech two days after the celebration of the Catalonian illegal referendum, in Madrid, Spain, Oct. 3, 2017. 24 hours later, the President of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont (R), answered him back. EPA-EFE/Spanish Royal Household/Francisco Gomez

El líder catalán separatista catalán Carles Puigdemont acusó al Rey Felipe VI de alinearse con la política del gobierno central y de consentir la violenta actuación de la policía española en contra de la población que participó en el referéndum de independencia, que Madrid considera ilegal.  Según Puigdemont, el Rey ha decepcionado a muchos catalanes y ha perdido la ocasión para pedir el diálogo.