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Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly. His move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and the northeastern region but also signals a way out of …

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Catalan leaders sign declaration of independence from Spain

Catalan leaders sign declaration of independence from Spain

Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan leader, and other regional politicians signed a document declaring Catalonia’s independence from Spain on Tuesday night, but suspended its implementation as they pushed for talks with Madrid. “Catalonia restores today its full sovereignty,” says the document, called “declaration of the representatives of Catalonia”. It was unclear …

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Catalan parliament session on possible independence opens

Catalan parliament session on possible independence opens

BARCELONA: A Catalan parliamentary session that could see regional president Carles Puigdemont declare independence opened on Tuesday, under intense scrutiny from the rest of Spain and Europe. “The session begins,” regional parliamentary speaker Carme Forcadell said, with all eyes on a speech by Puigdemont in which he may announce a …

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Catalonia nears possible independence proclamation despite Madrid warnings

BARCELONA, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Police tightened security at Catalonia’s parliament on Tuesday as regional leader Carles Puigdemont prepared to address a session that may unilaterally declare independence from Spain despite Madrid’s warnings of counter-measures. Puigdemont, a 54-year-old former journalist, was holding a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning to decide …

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Catalan leaders under pressure over independence threat

Catalan leaders came under intense domestic and international pressure Monday to halt plans to break away from Spain as the clock ticked down to a regional parliamentary session where Catalonia’s president could declare independence. Carles Puigdemont is due to address lawmakers in Barcelona on Tuesday evening in what separatists hope …

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The Latest: Catalonia: 90 percent vote for independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalonia’s referendum Sunday on breaking away from Spain (all times local): 12:40 a.m. A Catalan official says preliminary results show 90 percent in favor of independence in the vote opposed by Spain. Catalan regional government spokesman Jordi Turull told reporters early Monday that …

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