Catalonia crisis

October 14, 2019
October 14, 2019

Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders over failed independence bid

Spain's Supreme Court sentences nine separatist leaders from Catalonia to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, triggering protests across the region.

November 6, 2017
November 6, 2017

Sacked Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium

Catalonia's sacked separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his former ministers has been released with conditions in Belgium after turning themselves in to face a Spanish warrant for their arrest.

November 5, 2017
November 5, 2017

Belgium to decide on ex-Catalan leader’s arrest

A Belgian judge is going to decide on Spain’s arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and his associates after they turned themselves in to Belgian police, a spokesman for Brussels prosecutors says.

October 31, 2017
October 31, 2017

Sacked Catalan leader seeks legal advice in Belgium

Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont seeks legal advice in Belgium where he spoke to a lawyer who has worked on asylum cases, as prosecutors in Spain demanded he be charged with rebellion.

October 29, 2017
October 29, 2017

Huge crowd rally for 'independent' Catalonia

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards rallies in Catalonia's capital Barcelona, waving national and European flags and chanting "Viva Espana!" to denounce regional lawmakers' vote to sever the region from Spain.

October 27, 2017
October 27, 2017

Spain set to impose direct rule in Catalonia as crisis spirals

Spain is prepared to impose direct rule in Catalonia, an unprecedented step that risks sparking unrest with secessionists calling on the Catalan parliament to make a defiant declaration of independence.

October 22, 2017
October 22, 2017

Catalan leader blasts Spain move to sack separatists

Spain takes drastic measures to stop Catalonia from breaking away, announcing plans to dismiss its separatist government and call fresh elections in a move the region's leader compared to the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

October 21, 2017
October 21, 2017

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Spain is to take unprecedented steps to seize powers from Catalonia's separatist government after Madrid won powerful backing from the king and the EU in its battle to keep the country together.