Catalan leader says he will still fight in election despite still being sought by Spanish courts
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has appealed to independence parties in Spain to unite in the fight for freedom. And despite being on the run from Spanish authorities Mr Puigdemont says he’s ready to stand in the elections which were called after Catalonia declared independence. Mr Puigdemont – who’s hiding in plain sight in Brussels –…
Rajoy asks Catalan leaders if they have declared independence
The Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has asked the leaders of Catalonia to clarify whether or not the region has declared independence. His demand could be the first move towards suspending Catalonia’s autonomy. But Mr Rajoy said he wanted to restore “certainty” and accused the Catalan President of having created “deliberate confusion”. Yesterday the Catalan…
Professor Jaume Lopez: ‘Ball in court of Spanish government’
Professor Jaume Lopez, from Pompeu Fabra University, discusses Catalonian independence.
Anna Arqué: Spanish government’s behaviour ‘outrageous and appalling’
Anna Arqué, from the International Commission of European Citizens, discusses Catalonian independence.
Catalonia on the brink
There has been significant push-back on several fronts against Catalonia’s moves towards independence. Yesterday hundreds of thousands of demonstrators descended on Barcelona. Today more businesses announced that they would shift their headquarters outside Catalonia if the region broke away, and France declared that it would move to expel an independent Catalonia from the EU. All…
Alfred Bosch: ‘There will be some kind of declaration of independence’
Alfred Bosch, from the Republican Left party, discusses Catalonian independence.
SNP’s Douglas Chapman in Catalonia to ensure ‘unhindered’ independence vote
Douglas Chapman, MP for Dunfermline and West Fife, is in Barcelona assisting the Catalans with their vote on independence – ensuring ‘no undue intimidation’ comes from the Spanish authorities.
Catalan pro-independence leaders determined to go ahead with referendum
Supporters of Catalan independence say they’re determined to go ahead with tomorrow’s referendum – despite Spain’s efforts to stop it happening. Our foreign affairs correspondent, Jonathan Rugman, reports from Barcelona.
Catalonia independence poll protests
In Barcelona thousands of protesters gathered outside a courthouse to demand the release of a dozen regional officials detained for their part in organising a Catalonian independence referendum. Now the constitutional court is planning to fine 22 electoral officials up to 12,000 euros a day for their defiance.