About: Catalonia independence

Elections 24-09-2021

Catalan separatist MEP Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Italy on Thursday (23 September), his lawyer and an aide said, four years after fleeing following an independence referendum that Madrid ruled unconstitutional.

Spanish PM rules out another Catalonia referendum

Spain’s socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and Pere Aragonès, Catalonia’s pro-independence president, will open on Wednesday afternoon in Barcelona a new era of  "political dialogue" between Spain’s central government and the prosperous Spanish region. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Catalonia prepares for dialogue with Spain’s central government

Political contacts between Spain’s central government and Catalonia’s pro-independence executive are due to start on Thursday or Friday, with both sides expressing opposing views on the prospects of independence for the prosperous Spanish region, a red line for Madrid, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 13-09-2021

Thousands of Catalans rally for independence in Barcelona

Thousands of Catalans chanted, sang and waved flags as they marched through Barcelona on Saturday (11 September), calling for the region's independence from Spain.
Elections 21-06-2021

Spanish PM heads to Catalonia before pardon to separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will deliver a major speech in Barcelona Monday (21 June) as his government is poised to pardon the jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid.
Elections 03-06-2021

Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont regains MEP immunity

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and two fellow pro-independence allies on Wednesday (2 June) regained provisional political immunity as members of the European Parliament, an EU court ruled.
Politics 31-05-2021

Spanish PM to decide on Catalan separatist pardons within weeks

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is considering granting pardon by the end of June for a group of Catalan separatists jailed for their involvement in holding an illegal independence referendum in 2017, Spanish media has reported.
Elections 09-03-2021

EU Parliament strips Puigdemont, two other Catalans of immunity

The European Parliament has voted to waive the immunity of Catalonia’s former regional head of government and two other separatist lawmakers, taking them a step closer to extradition to Spain, where they are charged with sedition.
Politics 24-02-2021

EU lawmakers recommend lifting immunity of Catalan MEPs

The European Parliament's legal committee on Tuesday (23 February) voted to recommend lifting the immunity of three Catalan lawmakers wanted by Spain for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid, parliamentary sources said.
Elections 15-02-2021

Catalan separatists increase majority, dialogue with Madrid in sight

Separatist parties won enough seats on Sunday (14 February) in Catalonia’s regional parliament to strengthen their majority, although a strong showing for the local branch of Spain’s ruling Socialists pointed to a dialogue, rather than breakup, with Madrid.

Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.

Spanish, Catalan leaders agree to start ‘constructive dialogue’ this month

Spain’s socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalonia's regional president Quim Torra agreed on Thursday (6 February) to start a "constructive dialogue" in order to break the country's political impasse and solve the "political conflict" in Catalonia, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 19-12-2019

Spain’s socialists and Catalan separatists inch closer to deal, despite tensions

An agreement between the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and caretaker socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is "within reach", paving the way for broader government  coalition talks. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Elections 12-11-2019

Spain’s Socialists again seek to rule without majority as Ciudadanos collapses

The head of Spain's centre-right Ciudadanos party quit on Monday (11 November) after heavy election losses, potentially making his party more amenable to backing a government led by the Socialists.
Elections 05-11-2019

Spain’s election candidates clash over Catalonia in TV debate

The main candidates to become Spain's next prime minister clashed on Monday (4 November) over how to handle Catalonia's independence drive, in a tense TV debate ahead of a repeat election that opinion polls show could be as inconclusive as the one in April.
Elections 16-10-2019

Ahead of election, Spain braces for weeks of violent protests after ‘historic’ sentence

Less than a month before a fresh general election, Spain enters one of the most complex and volatile periods in its recent democratic history, after the Supreme Court sentenced on Monday nine Catalan independence leaders for their involvement in the banned 2017 independence referendum. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
14-10-2019

Spain’s Supreme Court jails Catalan leaders amid protests

Nine Catalan politicians and activists have on Monday been sentenced to up to 13 years in prison by Spain's Supreme Court for their involvement in a banned referendum in 2017, amid strong reactions from separatists. 
Elections 30-04-2019

Catalonia’s ex-leader Puigdemont banned from EU polls

Spanish election authorities on Monday (29 April) banned Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont, who fled the country in 2017 after a secession attempt, from running in upcoming EU polls. Puigdemont slammed the move in a tweet as a “legal scandal...
Elections 24-04-2019

Electoral uncertainty augurs more political instability in Spain

Spain is gearing up for its third general elections in just over three years within a political atmosphere of instability and uncertainty such as has not been seen in 40 years and which looks set to continue even after ballot day, analysts say. EURACTIV's partner efe-epa reports.
EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

Spain’s right, far-right rally against PM over Catalonia

Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday (10 February) in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who they accuse of treachery over his negotiations with Catalan separatists. Police said around 45,000...
EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

Catalan separatist trial gives Spanish far right global platform

Far-right Spanish party Vox is on track to get a global soapbox as it takes part in the much-hyped trial of Catalan pro-independence leaders as a "popular prosecutor" -- a Spain-specific legal mechanism that has left Madrid embarrassed.
Future EU 14-01-2019

Catalan republicanism and European federalism

Republicanism in Catalonia is inseparable from both Catalanism and European federalism, writes Oriol Junqueras, who argues that Europe faces a crucial crossroads: on the one hand, an increasingly extreme right, and on the other, a modern European federalist left.
Elections 21-12-2018

Spanish cabinet to meet in Catalonia amid separatist protests

Catalan pro-independence groups plan to protest and block roads in Barcelona on Friday (21 December) as Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez holds a cabinet meeting in the city under tight security.
Future EU 13-12-2018

Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday (12 December) he would stand firm against what he called "inflammatory" Catalan separatist rhetoric, hardening his stance towards the region and upping the stakes in a broader political game.