About: Catalonia

Politics 15-11-2017

Over a coffee with Petras Auštrevičius, Lithuanian MEP

Petras Auštrevičius, Lithuanian Liberal MEP, joins EURACTIV’s Brian Maguire over a coffee.

Global Europe 14-11-2017

EU willing to increase resources to counter Russian interference

Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors.

Hundreds rally in Brussels for Catalan independence

Several hundred people rallied in Brussels on Sunday (12 November) to back the independence push in Catalonia, slam the EU and demand Spain release jailed regional officials.

Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

European economy beats expectations as risks decline

The European economy is enjoying a period of positive momentum as growth spreads across all member states, public accounts are expected to look healthier and risks are balanced for the first time in a long while, the European Commission concluded on Thursday (9 November).

Future EU 07-11-2017

Puigdemont case: Belgian judge to request clarifications on Spain’s accusations

The Belgian judge overseeing the extradition of sacked Catalan President Carles Puigdemont and four of his cabinet members intends to request clarifications from Spain over the charges laid against the fugitives, sources close to the case told EURACTIV.com.

Puigdemont’s defence plan faces uphill battle as situation worsens

Deposed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont's plan to avoid extradition to Spain citing a lack of guarantees for a fair trial in Madrid may prove hard to back up legally under European Arrest Warrant (EAW) rules.

Politics 03-11-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Kosovo and Catalonia are (not) the same

The EU's position that the referendum in Catalonia is illegal and that its independence drive is an internal matter for Spain did not go down well in Serbia. In fact, it irked the Balkan country so much that at one point it considered sending an official letter to the Commission to demand clarification.

Politics 31-10-2017

The Brief: The fall of Puigdemont, the start of normalisation

Carles Puigdemont and five members of the dismissed Catalan government appeared before reporters today in Brussels in a highly anticipated (and messy) press conference.

Future EU 31-10-2017

Puigdemont says will stay in Belgium, accept snap election

Dismissed Catalan President Carles Puigdemont is not seeking political asylum in Belgium and will not return to Spain until he is guaranteed a fair trial, he told a packed news conference in Brussels’  European quarter on Tuesday (31 October).

Future EU 31-10-2017

Catalan leader flees to Brussels and prepares for legal battle against Spain

Sacked Catalan president Parles Puigdemont met on Monday (30 October) with a lawyer in Brussels as the Spanish general prosecutor called for charges of rebellion and sedition over his role in Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.

Future EU 30-10-2017

Dismissed Catalonia leader Puigdemont said to be in Brussels

Catalonia's dismissed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont was in Brussels on Monday (30 October), a Spanish government source said, as prosecutors called for him to be charged with rebellion over his drive for Catalan independence.

Future EU 30-10-2017

Diplomatic row between Greece and Spain’s ambassador over Catalonia

Greece called on Spain's ambassador to Athens on Sunday (29 October) to revoke statements to a Greek newspaper suggesting that the government was not supportive of Spanish unity.

Future EU 30-10-2017

Catalan crisis sparks controversy inside Belgian government

While hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets on Sunday (29 October) in favour of unity with Spain, the Catalan crisis provoked infighting in the Belgian coalition government after the Flemish nationalists offered asylum to Catalan president Carles Puigdemont.

Future EU 27-10-2017

Rajoy sacks Catalan government, calls snap election

Spain on Friday (27 October) sacked Catalonia’s regional government, dissolved the Catalan parliament and called a snap election in the region for 21 December, in a bid to draw a line under Spain’s worst political crisis in 40 years.

Politics 27-10-2017

The Brief: Madrid’s heavy-handedness is not a solution

Spain is slipping into a major crisis, which is also bad news for the EU. The current showdown is hardly unexpected, especially when you’re unlucky enough to have extremists at the helm both in Barcelona and Madrid.

Elections 27-10-2017

Catalonia on uncertain footing as elections ruled out

Madrid was poised on Friday (27 October) to seize control of Catalonia after the region's secessionist leader opted not to call regional elections, which had been seen as a way to ease Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

Politics 26-10-2017

The Brief: Banks, not streets, call the shots

It has always been like that. There is the power of the street, and there is the power of the banks. In Catalonia, it looks like the silent message from the banks speaks more loudly that the boisterous streets

Politics 23-10-2017

Northern Italy referendum: Regions seek greater autonomy

Two wealthy northern regions in Italy voted on Sunday (22 October) in favour of having increased independence from Rome, in a non-binding referendum that set the stage for negotiations on more autonomy with the central government.

Future EU 23-10-2017

Catalonia, a viable independent state?

Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz tells EURACTIV.com that the region would be accepted in the EU and therefore become a viable independent economy if it applied, but the former chair of the UK's Financial Services Authority Adair Turner disagrees.

Future EU 20-10-2017

Farage: Leaders support Madrid because Catalan separatists dislike EU

Nigel Farage is one of the very few voices who spoke in favour of the Catalan pro-independence movement. After the EU leaders’ strong backing for Mariano Rajoy at the European Council, Farage says the EU supported the idea of Scotish independence but is wary of Catalonia because "Catalonia's separatists don't like the EU".

Politics 20-10-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Brussels supports Rajoy as everyone wants sanity between Madrid and Barcelona

The escalating tension between Spain’s central government and its counterpart (Govern) in Catalonia has followed the expected script.

Elections 19-10-2017

EU summit begins with ultimatum day in Catalonia

Spain's political showdown with Catalonia is set to reach a new level on Thursday (19 October) when political leaders in Madrid and Barcelona are expected to make good on pledges made to their supporters to stick to their tough positions over the region's future.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Independent observers: No proper referendum took place in Catalonia

Catalonia's independence vote held on 1 October failed to meet the international standards to be considered as a referendum, the head of the international observation mission told EURACTIV.com on Wednesday (18 October).

Elections 16-10-2017

Catalan leader seeks dialogue with Madrid, stalls on independence bid

The leader of Spain's breakaway Catalonia region has asked to meet the Spanish prime minister, aiming to restore dialogue and avoid further escalation, but has not provided a clear answer on whether he would press ahead with independence.