Catalonia announces more flexible coronavirus deescalation measures

Bars and restaurants will be allowed to close later than initially planned following industry criticism and an internal government crisis


Ousted Catalan leader calls for ‘democratic rupture’ after ban from public office

Quim Torra described the Supreme Court’s decision as a “coup” and urged separatist parties to stay united ahead of a regional election in the coming months

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Catalonia Day celebrations highlight divisions between separatist parties

Events were scaled back due to Covid-19 concerns but were still attended by 59,000 people, according to one estimate

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Covid-19 concerns reduce scale of Catalonia Day celebrations

Pro-independence association ANC defends the need for the public events despite a call by the Barcelona Medical Association to cancel them


Catalan government confines residents of Segrià in Lleida due to rising coronavirus cases

The ‘comarca,’ which is home to more than 200,000 inhabitants, has seen outbreaks in several food companies, a senior residence and a hostel


Despite moving to Phase 1 of deescalation, residents of Barcelona confined to city

The choice by the Catalan regional government to designate the area as a healthcare zone means that inhabitants are now alone in Spain in being limited to such an urban area


Catalan premier seeks to further independence cause during coronavirus crisis

Quim Torra’s regional government has been criticizing Madrid’s handling of the epidemic on a daily basis, and promoting the idea that an independent Catalonia would have handled the situation better


Separatist lawmaker sparks row with remarks about people who “don’t seem to be Catalan”

Anna Erra, the mayor of Vic, issued an apology after receiving a flood of criticism from the opposition


Spanish PM backtracks on postponing talks with Catalan government

Pedro Sánchez has been pressured into accepting the dialogue before the regional election in Catalonia


Jailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”

Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powers

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Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seat despite ban

Quim Torra got his Together for Catalonia party to abstain from the day’s voting after the speaker warned him that his own vote would not be counted


Catalan premier refuses to comply with Supreme Court decision to strip him of seat

The Barcelona Electoral Commission has given the regional parliament 48 hours to name a replacement, but Quim Torra says he will not step down

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Catalan separatist party in “no hurry” to help Spain’s caretaker PM return to power

After meeting with Socialist representatives, the Catalan Republican Left says it sees a new willingness to talk, but that further negotiation is required for a pledge of abstention

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Amnesty International calls for release of two Catalan separatist leaders

The rights group says that the Supreme Court trial covering the secessionist drive of October 2017 was not unfair, but that it made an overly broad interpretation of the crime of sedition

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In court, Catalan premier admits disobeying order to remove separatist symbols

Quim Torra is on trial for refusing to take down yellow ribbons and politically charged banners from public buildings during the municipal and European election campaigns this year


Catalan leader condemns violence, calls for meeting with Spain’s PM

Regional premier Quim Torra said on Tuesday that he wants to hold “dialogue with no conditions” that leaves the door open to a new referendum


In surprise Barcelona visit, Spanish PM warns that crisis is not over

Pedro Sánchez visited injured police officers in hospital but did not meet with the Catalan premier Quim Torra or offer a press conference


Catalan premier fails to condemn violence, requests talks with PM

“We call on Pedro Sánchez to set a date and a time to open up negotiations,” Quim Torra tells press on Saturday, despite worst night of disturbances so far in Barcelona on Friday


On referendum anniversary, Catalan independence groups call for mass civil disobedience

During events to mark two years since the region held an illegal referendum on secession, premier Quim Torra states that the republic will be achieved “democratically and peacefully”


Row breaks out in Catalan parliament over jailed terrorism suspects

Some lawmakers walked out in protest during the session on Thursday evening, others chanted “freedom” and one was expelled from the chamber


Jailed pro-Catalan independence leaders call for peaceful protests on Friday

Widespread demonstrations are planned in Barcelona to coincide with a meeting there of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s Cabinet, something that has been interpreted by some as a “provocation”


Madrid will send police to Catalonia if public safety is not guaranteed

The warning comes ahead of a Cabinet meeting that PM Pedro Sánchez wants to hold in Barcelona


Catalan pro-independence activists block highway for 15 hours

The grassroots group also tampered with toll barriers to demand separatist leaders in pre-trial detention be released from prison


Catalan separatists feel effects of their new parliamentary minority

Three proposals fail to secure passage after pro-independence bloc loses votes and disagrees over how to replace them


Barcelona rally conceals divisions among pro-independence groups

The two parties running the Catalan government cannot agree on the best strategy toward secession from Spain


On Catalonia Day, separatists march for “freedom” and “independence”

The pro-independence movement has vowed to turn the Diada into a tribute to the jailed and exiled leaders of the secessionist attempt


Defense lawyers for jailed Catalan separatist leaders will request their release

Spanish Supreme Court is divided over next move after German judges reject rebellion charge against Puigdemont