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Legitimate debate is completely different from destructive propaganda, the gratuitous bashing of the Spanish judiciary or the propagation of conspiracy theories. Let’s discuss everything, including legal or constitutional changes. But in the meantime, we democrats must abide by the law as it is.
Catalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin vowed to push their secessionist cause onto Europe’s agenda as they took up their seats in Strasbourg, despite facing an arrest warrant in Spain.
More than two years ago, Oriol Junqueras was the legal, legitimate and elected vice president of Catalonia, contributing decisively to calling a referendum of self-determination. Now, he could also be remembered as a key shaper of Europe.
EU parliament accredits Catalan separatists
The European Parliament has recognised the Catalan independentist leader, Oriol Junqueras, as an MEP. It comes despite the fact that he has been sentenced to thirteen years in prison and that the debate on his disqualification is still pending a resolution in Spain.
What does the ECJ ruling mean for Puigdemont and how does EU law work in the Catalonian indpendence struggle. An explainer.
“They will not dare, right?” If I had a cent for every time a European politician, advisor or journalist asked me that regarding what is Spain ready to do to keep Catalonia inside its ranks, I would be rich by now.
The new government will have to take politics out of the courts and go back to the negotiating table where the Catalan government has been waiting for too long. The response of an EU member state to a political problem cannot simply be judicial repression and police violence.
A conviction for Torra would likely lead to widespread protests and fresh elections.
The advice from Advocate General Maciej Szpunar is a boost for the Catalan separatist movement and Oriol Junqueras, who was voted into the European Parliament in May despite being detained in Spain since 2017 after an illegal independence referendum.
Police were dispersing hundreds of Catalan pro-independence demonstrators who had been blocking a major road link that connects the Spanish region with France for nearly 24 hours.
The challenge of separatism in Catalonia, devised against and outside Spain’s constitutional framework, and silencing the majority of Catalans who are against independence, is a challenge for Europe and Europeans.
The UK has put on hold an European arrest warrant for Catalan separatist Clara Ponsati, according to official documents seen by Reuters.
Hong Kong demonstrators to hold protest in support of independent Catalonia.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Barcelona's Plaza España on Tuesday night, putting detergent in a water fountain. Their message to the authorities was to 'clean up the mess from Spain'.
Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont walks free after handing himself to Brussels police. Earlier this week, authorities received a third European arrest warrant from Spain.
Masked demonstrators clashed with police in central Barcelona on Friday as a fifth day of protests over the jailing of separatist leaders turned violent.
"Tsunami Democratic comes from the Catalan tradition of nonviolent resistance but, obviously, we have learned from other similar movements," the organizers of the protests at Barcelona airport told Euronews.
Catalan leader Quim Torra wants a new vote on Catalan independence.
Protesters clash with police in third day of Catalan pro-independence demonstrations
Barcelona is getting ready for the verdict from Spain's Supreme Court in the trial of the Catalan separatist leaders, nine of whom have been in pre-trial detention for close to two years.
A war of flags has taken over Barcelona's balconies with both pro and anti-independence supporters using their outside spaces to make clear where they stand on Catalonia's secession debate.
Spain’s acting prime minister warned demonstrators 'not to play with fire'.
The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament decided on 3 September to submit observations to the European Court of Justice on the case of the jailed MEP from Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras. [...] The importance of the Court’s decision cannot be underestimated.
The 11 September holiday marks the fall of Barcelona in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 and has become a focus point for the region's secessionist movement.
Catalonia celebrates on Wednesday its National Day despite internal divisions between the region's independentist parties.