Pro-independence Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin sat for the first time as members of the European Parliament on Monday (13 December), calling on the EU to take a stance on the political conflict currently gripping Spain.
Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras, who has been in provisional detention for over two years, had the right to immunity the moment he was elected as MEP, European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday (19 December).
The jailed Catalan pro-independence leader Oriol Junqueras has the right to immunity as a result of being elected member of the European Parliament in May, the EU Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said in his conclusions on Tuesday (12 November).
Tens of thousands of Catalans waving pro-independence flags and chanting "Independence now!" gathered in Barcelona on Wednesday (11 September) to call for a break from Spain, but turnout was far less than at past such rallies amid divisions among separatist parties.
Spain's Socialists won most votes in European and local elections on Sunday (26 May) in a series of ballots that boosted their ambitions to target a top EU job in Brussels but highlighted how deeply fragmented the political landscape is at home.
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.
Catalonia's separatist government yesterday (19 March) urged Spain's central government once again to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London's approval.
Separatists on Sunday (27 September) won a clear majority of seats in Catalonia's parliament, in an election that sets the region on a collision course with Spain's central government over independence.
Separatists in Spain's Catalonia won regional elections yesterday (25 November) but failed to get a resounding mandate for a referendum on independence, which had threatened to pile political uncertainty on top of Spain's economic woes.
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