As the Spanish government vowed to take back powers from the Catalan regional government, EU leaders closed ranks behind Madrid on the first day of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), with only Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel urging moderation and dialogue.
Spain will move to suspend Catalonia's autonomy, the government said on Thursday (18 October), after Catalan President Carles Puigdemont refused to drop the region's drive to break away from Madrid following the 1 October independence vote.
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.
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).
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.
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday (8 November) to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue.
Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydło told Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday (4 October) that Poland will not interfere with Spain’s domestic affairs. During the telephone conversation she advocated dialogue and compromise as the best solutions. EURACTIV Poland reports.
The secessionist leader of Catalonia called for international mediation yesterday (2 October) in the region’s dispute with Madrid, a day after hundreds of people were hurt as police swung truncheons and fired rubber bullets to disrupt an independence referendum.
Catalonia's leader, Carles Puigdemont, said the region won the right to break away from Spain, with his government claiming on Monday (2 October) that 90% of voters backed independence in a banned referendum marred by violent clashes.
Around 760 people have been injured in disturbances across Catalonia on Sunday (1 October) according to the latest figures released by the regional government, as riot police clashed with people who had gathered for a banned referendum on the region’s independence from Spain.
The European Commission remained silent on Tuesday (26 September) when confronted with the news that Spanish authorities had shut down websites that provide information about this weekend's Catalan independence referendum. A vote that Spain still maintains is illegal.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will not attend the Tallinn Digital Summit with other EU leaders on Friday (29 September) because of unrest ahead of a controversial independence vote in Catalonia on Sunday, EURACTIV.com has learned.
As Catalonia's independence referendum crisis deepens, EU officials are staying doggedly tight-lipped even as diplomats privately voice serious concern at a situation some regard as a challenge to fundamental European values.
Jean-Claude Juncker likely infuriated Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday (14 September) by saying that if Catalonians voted to secede from Spain in next month's referendum, the Commission would respect the outcome.
Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied yesterday (11 September) to demand their region's secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, last week reaffirmed their commitment to the European project but reiterated their concerns about the EU’s posted workers directive. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Last month, Pedro Sánchez brought a new and unexpected result to the European ballot box. Sánchez returned to his post as secretary general of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) after a bitter campaign against Susana Díaz, the powerful president of Andalucía who was supported by the barons of the party.