CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spain’s Foreign Ministry approves reopening of Catalan ‘embassies’

The move marks a change in strategy on the part of the central government, and comes after dialogue between Madrid and Barcelona over the relevant decrees

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan premier promises elections if he is removed from his role

Quim Torra is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on an appeal against his ban from public office, which was handed down after he was found guilty of disobedience

POLITICS

PM announces pension hike, defends prosecutor general pick after first Cabinet meeting

Speaking to reporters, Pedro Sánchez said that he now has “no reservations” about the leader of his coalition partner Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, despite statements he made last year

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

European Parliament withdraws deputy status from jailed Catalan politician

While former colleagues Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín will be able to take their seats in Strasbourg today, Oriol Junqueras will remain in custody based on a Supreme Court ruling

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Spain’s Supreme Court rejects freeze on decision to strip Catalan premier of lawmaker credentials

Quim Torra is expected to continue serving as regional premier while magistrates consider his appeal against a ruling that bans him from public office for 18 months

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Supreme Court blocks jailed Catalan leader’s bid to take seat in European Parliament

Magistrates have ruled that the 13-year jail sentence handed down to Oriol Junqueras of the Catalan Republican Left means he is barred from serving as an MEP

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

PM, Catalan premier agree to meet to lay out groundwork for Catalonia talks

A day after being sworn back into office, Pedro Sánchez calls Quim Torra and states that he has “the sincere will to try to sort out the political conflict” in the northeastern Spanish region

SPANISH POLITICS

In Spain, opposition vows to fight new executive every step of the way

The leader of the conservative Popular Party withdraws earlier offers of support, saying that PM Pedro Sánchez has left the country “in the hands of terrorists and coup plotters”

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Brussels recognizes jailed Catalan leader as MEP, despite Electoral Commission notification

Spain’s JEC sent a communication on Friday stating that Oriol Junqueras was ineligible for the role given that he is currently serving a jail sentence

EDITORIAL

A legitimate government

The investiture of Pedro Sánchez offers Spain the small chance of returning to normality

SPANISH POLITICS

Spain’s new PM mulls Cabinet lineup ahead of thorny political term

Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party will lead the first coalition government in recent democratic history after securing parliamentary backing by a razor-thin margin of two votes

SPANISH POLITICS

Spain gets a new PM, but what can he push through parliament?

Given the arithmetic in Congress and stated intentions of opposition parties, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is facing a term that is likely to be beset by problems from the start

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spain’s electoral officials vote to remove Catalan premier over disobedience ruling

The regional parliament has rejected the decision, describing it as a “coup,” while Quim Torra says that sovereignty resides in the Catalan chamber

EDITORIAL

The last chance

At this weekend’s investiture debate, prime ministerial candidate Pedro Sánchez must give a full explanation of the deal he has made with ERC on future talks about Catalonia

POLITICS

Catalan separatists give green light to new Socialist government in Spain

The national council of the Catalan Republican Left has agreed to abstain at the investiture vote of Pedro Sánchez, who will likely become prime minister once more on Tuesday

SPANISH POLITICS

Pedro Sánchez’s investiture debate to take place on January 4, 5 and 7

The caretaker prime minister will need to secure an absolute majority at the first vote or a simple majority at the second if his bid to get back into office is to prosper

POLITICS

Spain a step closer to having a government as PSOE, ERC finalize deal

The Socialist Party and the Catalan Republican Left have been negotiating for weeks in order to secure the latter’s abstention at an investiture debate that could see Pedro Sánchez voted back in as prime minister

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Solicitor general’s office calls for jailed Catalan politician to be allowed to serve as MEP

The legal representation of the Spanish state has, however, stated that the immunity granted to Oriol Junqueras by the European Parliament should be suspended as soon as possible

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT

Ousted Catalan premier calls for European arrest order to be dropped

Carles Puigdemont, who is in self-imposed exile, believes the Supreme Court has an “obligation” to shelve the case against him because he enjoys immunity as an elected MEP

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Three suspected Russian spies traveled to Barcelona in 2016 and 2017

According to information obtained by EL PAÍS, the members of the elite military group Unit 29155 made a total of four trips to the Catalan capital

Spanish royal family

Politicians from all sides of the spectrum respond to King Felipe’s Christmas speech

The anti-austerity Unidas Podemos praised the monarch for softening his tone on the issue of Catalonia, while Catalan and Basque parties criticized the address

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Ousted Catalan premier collects provisional accreditation as MEP-elect

Carles Puigdemont and former regional health minister Toni Cómín have begun the process of taking their seats in the European Parliament, after a favorable EU court ruling on parliamentary immunity

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

EU court ruling on jailed Catalan politician complicates investiture talks

The decision, which found that Oriol Junqueras should have been considered an MEP as soon as he was elected, has immediate consequences on talks between the Socialist Party and the ERC

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan premier barred from public office for disobedience

The Supreme Court has sentenced Quim Torra to an 18-month ban and €30,000 fine for refusing to obey an order to remove separatist symbols from public buildings

‘EL CLÁSICO’

Real Madrid-Barcelona match goes ahead despite protests outside stadium

The demonstrations organized by so-called Tsunami Democràtic during the soccer game on Wednesday saw some police charges and yellow plastic balls thrown onto the pitch

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

EU court: Jailed Catalan politician had immunity as soon as he was elected MEP

According to the ruling, Oriol Junqueras should have been considered a Member of the European Parliament from the moment he won his seat at the May 26 election

‘El clásico’

Thousands of officers on hand to protect Real Madrid-Barcelona match

Around 3,500 security personnel will be at the Camp Nou for tonight’s game in Catalonia, after the anonymous platform Democratic Tsunami called pro-independence protests there