About: Catalonia

Politics 11-09-2018

Spain’s foreign minister in bid to improve nation’s standing in Catalan conflict

As the first anniversary of the declaration of independence of Catalonia approaches and tensions between Madrid and Barcelona increase, Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Josep Borrell met with senior European officials in Strasbourg to seek support.
Elections 05-09-2018

Catalan leader calls on Madrid to agree to independence referendum

Catalan leader Quim Torra relaunched a campaign to split his region from Spain on Tuesday (4 September), calling on the central government in Madrid to agree to a referendum on independence and rebuffing a vote that could only offer greater autonomy.
Elections 29-08-2018

Tensions rise between Madrid and Catalonia as political year begins

The recent change of government in Spain has helped ease tensions but a lawsuit filed by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont in Belgium against the Spanish judge overseeing his case risks stoking the fires again.
Elections 23-07-2018

Spain’s conservatives swing to the right with new leader

Spain's conservatives shifted to the right on Saturday (21 July), electing a traditionalist as leader as they seek to re-establish a clear political identity less than two months after being removed from government.

Germany can extradite Puigdemont to Spain for graft, not rebellion: court

A German court ruled Thursday (12 July) that deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont may be extradited to Spain, but only for alleged corruption and not on the more serious charge of rebellion.
Elections 19-06-2018

Spain’s new prime minister aims for regular elections in 2020

Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who took over earlier this month after his conservative predecessor lost a no-confidence vote, said on Monday (18 June) he plans to stay in office until the regular ballot scheduled for 2020.
Politics 11-05-2018

Puigdemont steps down, names successor for Catalonia’s presidency

Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia who organised the illegal independence referendum in October 2017, nominated on Thursday (10 May) a pro-independence politician as his successor at the head of Spain’s rebellious region.
Future EU 19-04-2018

Ex-French PM Manuel Valls: no separatist solution in Catalonia

The former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday (19 April) he believed there would be a political solution to the uncertainty in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia, but that the answer did not lie with the separatist campaign...
Elections 26-03-2018

Stormy protest in Barcelona after Germany arrests Puigdemont

Thousands of Catalan separatists hit the streets of Barcelona on Sunday (25 March), vowing the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Germany would not stop their push for independence.

Spain’s top court rejects new bid to arrest exiled Catalan ex-president

The Spanish Supreme Court dismissed on Monday (22 January) a request by top Spanish prosecutors to reactivate a European arrest warrant for the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has been in exile since November. EURACTIV'S partner EFE reports.
Future EU 22-12-2017

Pro-independence parties win Catalan elections

Pro-independence parties won an absolute majority of seats during regional elections held in Catalonia on Thursday (21 December), despite the 'unionist' party Ciudadanos coming on top.
Elections 20-12-2017

Catalan campaigning wraps up ahead of crucial vote

Campaigning drew to a close on Tuesday (19 December) in Catalonia's regional election, a potential turning point in Spain's worst political crisis in decades.
Elections 18-12-2017

Learning from Catalonia: What criteria for independence bids?

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.
Future EU 18-12-2017

Sacked Catalan councillor: We want to pursue a negotiated independence

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.
Future EU 07-12-2017

Thousands of Catalans demonstrate in EU quarters

Thousands of Catalans took the streets of Brussels on Thursday to support ousted Carles Puigdemont and to demand the release of the Catalan leaders that remain in prison.
Elections 07-12-2017

Fact or Fake: Is Madrid staging a ‘coup d’état’ in Catalonia?

As Catalans descend on Brussels for a pro-independence rally on Thursday (7 December), EURACTIV's Frédéric Simon goes over some of the claims made by their exiled leader, Carles Puigdemont.
Future EU 04-12-2017

Court decisions kick off campaign for landmark Catalan elections

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.
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.