About: Catalonia

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.
Politics 15-07-2021

COVID-19 infection rate rises threefold among young Spaniards

The COVID-19 infection rate in Spain has soared to 436 cases for every 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, with young people particularly affected by a threefold increase compared to the previous fortnight, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Politics 08-07-2021

Released Catalan leader: Catalan issue requires a ‘multilateral solution’

Oriol Junqueras, former Catalan vice-president and pro-independence leader who had been jailed for his role in Catalonia's failed secession attempt, visited Strasbourg and Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday (6-7 July), after being released from prison with a pardon from the Spanish government.
Politics 01-07-2021

Spanish PM: Socialists will ‘never’ endorse Catalonia independence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Wednesday that there will not be an independence referendum in Catalonia because the Socialist Party (PSOE) he leads “will never ever accept it.”
Politics 16-06-2021

Pardons expected for jailed Catalan separatists in ‘coming weeks’

The Spanish government could grant pardon in a matter of days to several Catalan separatists jailed for their involvement in holding an illegal pro-independence referendum in 2017, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 27-05-2021

Spanish government mulls pardon for jailed Catalan separatists

Spain's government is considering pardoning 12 Catalan separatist politicians sentenced in 2017 for their role in holding an illegal independence referendum in the region, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has confirmed. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Elections 18-05-2021

Pro-independence parties form regional government in Catalonia

After five months of tough negotiations, pro-independence parties in Catalonia have announced they have formed a new coalition government in the northeastern region that staves off the need for fresh regional elections, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 13-05-2021

Spain eyes fresh elections in Catalonia to tackle political crisis

A new regional election could be a possible way to unblock the political crisis in Catalonia after separatist parties were unable to reach an agreement and form a pro-independence executive, the Spanish government has said. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 11-03-2021

Catalonia demands Spain approve AstraZeneca jab for over-55s

Catalonia's regional government has issued an ultimatum to the central Spanish government in Madrid demanding it approve the AstraZeneca vaccine for people over the age of 55, warning that “either they act or we will act,” EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 16-02-2021

Tough negotiations for a likely pro-independence government in Catalonia begin

After the narrow win of socialist party candidate Salvador Illa in Catalonia's regional elections on Sunday (14 February), the first round of negotiations began on Monday to build a new – likely pro-independence – government in Spain's most prosperous region, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports. 
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.
Politics 04-02-2021

Catalonia election preparations hindered by COVID-19 ‘objectors’

Ahead of key regional elections due to be held on 14 February, over 9,000 citizens in Catalonia have asked the Election Board to be exempted from taking part as members of polling stations for fear of being infected with the coronavirus. EURACTIV’s partner, Efe, reports.
Politics 01-02-2021

Fresh polls predict tie between separatist parties in Catalan elections

Fresh polls predict a virtual “technical tie” between the two main pro-independence parties in the elections to be held in Catalonia on 14 February. Socialist candidate and Spain's former health minister Salvador Illa is predicted to come third. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Politics 26-01-2021

Spain’s health minister leaves to run as socialist candidate in Catalan elections

Spain’s health minister, Salvador Illa, officially resigned on Tuesday (26 January), after just over a year in office, to run in the upcoming elections in Catalonia scheduled for 14 February. Illa’s exit prompted some criticism, as well as a slight reshuffle in the Spanish coalition government, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Elections 23-12-2020

Spain passes budget in boost for minority government

Spain's Senate approved Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's budget for 2021 on Tuesday (22 December), boosting his minority Socialist-led government after years of political instability.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Madrid toasts lockdown easing as outdoor terraces partially reopen

Four friends sat around a table in Madrid’s central La Latina neighbourhood and enjoyed a round of beers in the late Monday morning sun, a toast to rediscovered freedoms. A year ago, it would have seemed like a perfectly ordinary spring day, but for most Madrid residents today, it was almost a landmark event.
Coronavirus 06-05-2020

Coronavirus waste: Burn it or dump it?

Masks, gloves, and other contaminated garbage from hospitals and households, which have been piling up by the thousands of tons as Spain battled through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, have undermined recycling chains and overwhelmed processing plants.
Politics 28-02-2020

Catalan separatists pave the way for Spain’s future ‘progressive’ budget

The Spanish left-wing coalition government on Thursday (27 February) scored its first major political success, after the Parliament in Madrid approved the expenditure ceiling, a preliminary step for approving the new budget for the four-year legislature, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.

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 07-01-2020

Spain’s lawmakers likely to back Sanchez coalition in tight vote

Spanish lawmakers are expected to vote by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday (7 January) to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as head of a left-wing coalition government.
Politics 03-01-2020

Brussels court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont

A Brussels court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said on Thursday (2 January).
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 18-12-2019

Catalan president insists on ‘right to self-determination’ to unlock political stalemate

Quim Torra, the president of Catalonia, insisted on Tuesday (17 December) on the “right to self-determination” for the prosperous Spanish region, before giving his support – and that of Catalan separatist political forces - to the investiture of acting socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spanish media reported.