POST-ELECTION PACTS

Ciudadanos ready to drop Socialists if they negotiate Catalan self-rule vote

PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez denies referendum is on agenda at Puigdemont meeting

Politics

CUP sees no controversy in using a Venezuelan jet sent by Maduro

Members of the anti-capitalist party flew to Caracas with the father of an ETA terrorist

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Radio show tricks Spanish PM into prank call with phony Catalan leader

Pranksters “just as surprised” as Rajoy at how easily Puigdemont imitator got through to him

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Catalan government appoints first foreign affairs commissioner

Raül Romeva, the top election candidate for Junts pel Sí bloc, to take up post

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

New Catalan premier admits he lacks backing to declare independence

Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not make unilateral break from Spain

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

New Catalan premier ignores king and Constitution as he takes oath

State lawyers will determine whether there are any legal consequences from omission

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

“On Monday I will sign the decree calling new elections” – Artur Mas

CUP chief quits over decision not to back acting premier’s reinstatement as regional head

CATALAN POLITICS

Embattled Catalan leader vows to make a stand despite calls to resign

Artur Mas’s decision to seek reinstatement could lead to fresh elections in the region

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Acting Catalan premier refuses to step aside despite political impasse

But Artur Mas concedes that if CUP party does not lend support new polls must be called

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

CUP not ruling out backing Mas for premier despite its members’ veto

Head of Catalan anti-capitalist pro-independence party says “all options are still open”

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Constitutional Court votes to suspend Catalan independence process

Spain’s top tribunal warns members of parliament that they must abide by the ruling But regional government vows to push forward with secession plan

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Catalan premier fails in first attempt to secure new term in office

Artur Mas unable to attract votes from his CUP partners, but gets another vote on Thursday

CATALAN ELECTIONS 2015

Just 12 hours after elections, doubts mount about future of Artur Mas

Partner in Junts pel Sí bloc avoids coming out in support of the current regional premier Meanwhile, CUP’s Anna Gabriel has already said that he “is not indispensable.”

CATALAN ELECTIONS 2015

Mas vows to push on with secession despite winning just 48% of vote

Current premier calls on detractors of independence to respect outcome of Sunday's vote

Catalan elections 2015

Catalonia could withhold its share of Spanish debt, regional premier warns

As region prepares for pivotal elections, Mas criticizes Madrid’s “strategy of fear”

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Catalan premier admits that entry to EU may be difficult for region

Artur Mas tells TV interviewer that “Spanish state would never ratify” membership Politician also denies allegations of corruption within his CDC party

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Secessionists make Catalonia Day their own as election campaign starts

Regional premier reminds Catalans that September 27 vote could change future of region

Catalan elections 2015

Catalan parties planning to declare independence after election win

Details have emerged of pact between Convergence (CDC) and the Catalan Republican Left The groups are planning on running together at September’s regional elections

CiU defends legal watchdog member caught with cash at Andorra border

Mercè Pigem resigns from CGPJ over what ruling Catalan bloc calls a superficial scandal

Catalan leader maps out 18-month plan to secede from Spain

Mas’s move reliant on widespread support for pro-sovereignty parties at early elections

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Catalonia says “international battle” over independence still to be won

Regional government keen to whip up more foreign support for an official referendum

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Catalan premier to raise pressure on Madrid for official referendum

Regional government believes results of alternative self-rule vote provide leverage it needs

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Madrid will not stop Catalan secession vote if private groups organize it

Supreme Court turns down Barcelona's attempt to have suspension on campaigning lifted

A Catalan secessionist heads to the Spanish heartland

Pro-sovereignty leader Oriol Junqueras puts his arguments to Seville family for TV show

INDEPENDENCE BID

Spanish PM admits he has not spoken to Catalan premier Mas since July

“I don’t really know who is giving the orders in Catalonia,” Mariano Rajoy says

INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Crowds fill Catalan capital to demand right to vote on future of region

Organizers of march promise to make it “the largest demonstration in Catalonia and Europe”

PP chief proposes coalition to combat Catalan independence drive

General secretary of party, María Dolores de Cospedal, accuses secessionists of totalitarian attitude