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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
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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.  

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The Catalan Parliament declares the independence of Catalonia

 10/27/2017 - 16:25
Some 12,000 people, according to the Guardia Urbana, are concentrated around the Ciudadela Park - where the Parlament is located - to follow the plenary live today through three giant screens installed in Paseo Pujades. EFE / Marta Pérez

Through the secret ballot, the Catalan Parliament has approved the declaration of independence of Catalonia. The opposition parties have left the Chamber on the grounds that the proposed declaration of independence is unconstitutional. The Spanish state has threatened criminal charges against the Catalan president and his government.

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The President of Catalonia moves to Parliament the decision to whether declare independence or not

 10/27/2017 - 16:11
The president of the Generalitat, Carles Puigdemont, during the appearance on Wednesday afternoon at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, where he has left the free way for the Parliament to approve a declaration of independence, having not obtained "guarantees" by the state government to hold early elections in Catalonia without applying Article 155, which annuls the autonomy of the region. EFE / Toni Albir

Confusion continues to reign in the Catalonia-Spain conflict. After keeping the citizens in suspense all morning, Catalan President Carles Puigdemont announced Wednesday that he would delegate to the regional parliament the decision to declare independence or not in the face of Madrid's imminent use of Article 155, which will suspend the Catalan government and the autonomous powers of the separatist region to force the convocation of regional elections. Parliament is expected to announce its decision on Friday.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Barcelona attack: Ripoll, the Pyrenees town that spawned a terrorist cell

 08/21/2017 - 08:07
Varias mujeres familiares de los jóvenes de Ripoll (Girona) presuntos autores de los atentados de Barcelona y Cambrils (Tarragona), durante la concentración que ha realizado la comunidad musulmana esta tarde en la plaza del Ayuntamiento para expresar, "rotos" de dolor, el rechazo a lo ocurrido y guardar un minuto de silencio por las víctimas. EFE/Robin Townsend

 The Spanish authorities said that the attacks that killed at least 14 people in Barcelona and Cambrils appeared to be part of a terrorist cell’s extensive plot led by the imam of a the small mountain town of Ripoll. He may have died a day before the attacks when explosives that the group was manufacturing accidentally detonated.

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Muere el filósofo y poeta Ramon Xirau, voz del exilio español en Mexico

 07/28/2017 - 06:18
Spanish-born philosopher and poet Ramon Xirau is seen at his Mexico City home in a photo taken Jan. 20, 2014. EFE/Mario Guzman/File

El poeta llegó a México con sus padres cuando tenía 15 años, tras la caída del ejército republicano en la guerra civil española. Considerado uno de los máximos exponentes de la poesía y el pensamiento mexicanos, Xirau fue, según su amigo Octavio Paz, "un puente entre América y Europa."  

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