About: separatism

Elections 12-09-2018

Catalan separatists pack Barcelona to demand split from Spain

Around one million people filled central Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia's commemorative day and boost a bid for independence which has left deep divisions almost a year after it brought Spain to a constitutional crisis.
Enlargement 18-05-2018

Kosovo is not Catalonia, Kosovo’s Thaci tells absent Spanish PM Rajoy

Pristina ‘understands’ the decision of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy not to attend the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia, but “Kosovo is not Catalonia”, Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi told EURACTIV.com.
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.
Enlargement 23-03-2018

Rajoy has an issue with Western Balkans summit in Sofia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told his Bulgarian colleague Boyko Borissov in no uncertain terms that he has a problem with the Western Balkans summit in Sofia, scheduled for 17 May, and may not even come if Kosovo is participating.
Enlargement 09-01-2018

Bosnian Serb leader says independence ‘legitimate goal’

The leader of Bosnia's Serbs said Tuesday that they were moving towards the "highest possible" level of independence, which he said was a legitimate political goal in a country deeply divided since its 1990s war.
Elections 11-12-2017

Nationalist gains in Corsica set to pose dilemma for Macron

Nationalists on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica cemented gains in regional elections on Sunday (10 December), underpinned by their demands for greater autonomy from Paris.
Elections 27-11-2017

Sacked Catalan leader challenges EU to respect election outcome

Catalonia's former leader challenged Spain and the European Union to respect the result of Catalan regional elections in December, saying Madrid would have to end direct rule if separatists win.
Elections 23-10-2017

Italian regions vote in favour of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly yesterday (22 October) for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.
Elections 20-10-2017

Only Belgium breaks ranks in EU unity with Madrid

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.
Elections 19-10-2017

EU summit begins with ultimatum day in Catalonia

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.
Languages & Culture 02-10-2017

Several killed in Cameroon as anglophones declare ‘independent Ambazonia’

Soldiers shot at least eight people dead in Cameroon's restive anglophone belt at the weekend as a separatist group made a symbolic declaration of independence.

More than 760 injured in Catalonia during referendum-Catalan regional government

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.
Future EU 15-09-2017

Catalonian independence: Juncker ventures into unchartered waters

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.
Elections 07-04-2017

Basque ETA confirms 8 April disarmament

The Basque separatist group ETA has confirmed it will disarm on Saturday (8 April), in a letter published by the BBC.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

Moscow ‘anti-globalisation’ conference stirs up European and American separatists

The Kremlin last week supported a conference of separatist movements in Moscow, with guests from Europe, the Middle East and the US. Similar movements are banned in Russia, where separatists face up to five years in prison. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 13-01-2016

Spain takes step toward grand coalition

Spanish political parties are poised to name a Socialist lawmaker as parliamentary speaker today (13 January), in the first pact between rival forces struggling to form a government after an election last month.
Elections 04-01-2016

Failed Catalan government makes another Spanish election more likely

Catalan far-left party CUP said yesterday (3 January) it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas in his bid for another term, forcing new local elections, and increasing the likelihood Spain may have to return to the ballot box.
EU Priorities 2020 11-11-2015

Catalan parliament takes first steps towards independence

The Catalan parliament has this week adopted a resolution calling for the process of "disconnection" from Spain to be launched. But disunity in the separatist camp could derail the process. Our partner La Tribune reports.
Elections 28-09-2015

Catalan separatists win majority in parliament, set course to independence

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.

Catalonia faces wall of Spanish indifference, regional government says

A Catalan election this month, which the pro-independence movement has billed as a proxy on independence, is due to indifference to Catalan demands shown by Madrid, the head of the regional government said on Wednesday (2 September).
Elections 27-11-2014

Catalonia calls regional election step towards independence

Catalonia's two main parties yesterday (26 November) moved a step closer to calling a snap regional election they want to use as a proxy for a referendum on independence from Spain.
Elections 10-11-2014

Massive turnout strengthens Catalonia’s pro-independence camp

Millions of Catalans voted yesterday (9 November) in a symbolic referendum on independence from Spain that supporters hope will propel the issue further despite opposition from Madrid.
Europe's East 03-11-2014

West, Poroshenko condemn eastern Ukraine ‘election’

Pro-Russian rebels elected a separatist leadership in eastern Ukraine yesterday (2 November) in a vote President Petro Poroshenko called "a farce" and that the EU condemned as “an obstacle to peace”.
Languages & Culture 31-10-2014

Spanish government moves against Catalonia’s ‘pseudo vote’

The Spanish state adviser yesterday (30 October) backed a veto of a watered-down Catalan vote on independence planned for 9 November, making it likely the government will try and have the "consultation of citizens" blocked by the courts.