The EU needs to establish a rational basis for determining the legitimacy of independence bids. Secession of regions should be difficult to enact, but not impossible, argue Steven Hill and Andrew Watt.
EXCLUSIVE / Antoni Comín is one of the four councillors of the sacked Catalan government that fled to Brussels with Carles Puigdemont following the unilateral declaration of independence on 27 October.
Catalan parties will officially start campaigning this midnight to elect a new parliament on 21 December, hours after judges decided to maintain pro-independence members in prison for being involved in violence in the run up to the unilateral declaration of independence of the region.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday (14 November) he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.
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.
A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear in court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday (6 November).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catalonia's parliament declared independence from Spain in a historic vote on Friday (27 October), setting the scene for a showdown with Madrid, which has announced it would strip the breakaway region of its autonomy.
Catalonia said on Monday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region, in an escalating dispute that has raised fears of unrest among Spain's European allies.
Catalonia's separatists weighed their options on Sunday (22 October) ahead of a week that will see Spain take the drastic step of sacking the region's government as well as calling fresh elections to try and stop the country breaking up.
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.
Catalan leaders signed a declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday (10 October) but immediately put it on hold and called for talks with Madrid on the country's worst political crisis in decades.
Catalan leaders came under intense domestic and international pressure on Monday (9 October) to halt plans to break away from Spain after the region's president repeated his threat to declare independence and the government warned it would act to block it.