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Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police said Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept Madrid’s plan to impose direct rule on the region. He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since General Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s plans include […]

Catalonia independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

Catalonia independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Large crowds have gathered in Barcelona to protest against direct rule from Madrid The Spanish prime minister has outlined plans to remove Catalonia’s leaders and take control of the separatist region. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region’s parliament but […]

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Spain expected to impose Catalonia direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish government is holding a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia. The meeting comes almost three weeks after the region held a controversial independence referendum, which was ruled illegal by […]

Man arrested after knife attack in Munich

Man arrested after knife attack in Munich

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police said no motive had been established German police have arrested a man in Munich after four people were lightly injured by a knife attacker. Police said the suspect lashed out at five men and one woman around Rosenheimer Platz in the east of the city, but missed two of […]

King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

Image copyright AFP Spain’s King Felipe VI has said Catalonia “is and will remain” an essential part of the country. It is his second intervention in the Catalonia secession crisis. He told an awards ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo that the Catalan government was causing a rift and Spain would solve the problem […]

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

Image copyright AFP Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is no progress at all”, he said. EU leaders will discuss the issue internally, […]

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy is with other EU leaders – including France’s Emmanuel Macron (L) – at a major summit European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation. “There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or […]

UK PM urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

UK PM urges new dynamic in Brexit talks

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mrs May addressed her fellow EU leaders at a working dinner on Thursday Theresa May has urged EU leaders to create a “dynamic” in Brexit talks that “enables us to move forward together”, at a working dinner in Brussels. The UK PM wants to move onto trade talks but her […]

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta journalist killed by ‘remotely detonated’ bomb

Daphne Caruana Galizia: Malta journalist killed by ‘remotely detonated’ bomb

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Caruana Galizia was a harsh critic of the government and alleged corruption in Malta Maltese officials say they believe investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a bomb under her car that was triggered remotely. A government spokeswoman said this assumption was based on initial results of an investigation […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead to unrest in Catalonia Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of […]

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