Category Archives: Catalonia

Catalan parliament needs Puigdemont, says speaker

Roger Torrent urges end to direct Madrid rule but calls for dialogue over political crisis

The speaker of the Catalan parliament has insisted that the deposed regional president, Carles Puigdemont, remains the only candidate to form a new government, as he renewed his call for a negotiated political solution to the independence crisis.

Roger Torrent, who became speaker following December’s snap elections, told the Guardian that while he hoped for dialogue with the Spanish state, Catalonia urgently needed a new government to bring an end to direct rule from Madrid.

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'This is over': Puigdemont's Catalan independence doubts caught on camera

Ousted president’s private messages caught on TV cameras reveal admission of defeat

The ousted Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, has admitted privately that his attempt to secure regional independence is over and claims he has been sacrificed by his own side, according to messages sent to a colleague and captured by TV cameras.

On Wednesday, a Spanish TV show published messages that Puigdemont had sent to his former health minister Toni Comín while the latter was at an event in Leuven, Belgium, the previous evening.

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Catalan parliament delays vote on leader but backs Puigdemont

Speaker says ex-president is only candidate to form government despite Spanish state’s warnings

The speaker of the Catalan parliament has postponed a session to invest Carles Puigdemont as president but insisted the deposed former leader remains the only legitimate candidate to form a government after pro-independence parties retained their majority in December’s snap elections.

Despite blunt warnings from the Spanish government that it will not allow Puigdemont to return to office after he fled to Belgium following last October’s unilateral declaration of independence, Roger Torrent said the investiture of a new president was a matter for the regional parliament alone.

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'A rabbit always has to run': Spanish rangers fear for lives after double murder

The killing of two rangers in Catalonia a year ago this week, marked a chilling turning point for colleagues facing up to increasing violence towards Europe’s wildlife defenders

On a hill above the olive trees and dun scrublands of western Catalonia, two rusty iron silhouettes maintain a still and silent vigil. One peers out over the land through a pair of binoculars; the other kneels and holds a bird forever on the cusp of release.

At their feet is a simple plaque: “In memory and recognition of Xavier Ribes Villas and David Iglesias Díez, wildlife rangers whose lives were taken in the line of duty on 21 January 2017.”

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Puigdemont tweets video mixing clips of Rajoy and Hitler

Source close to deposed Catalan leader says he wasn’t making comparison between Spanish PM and Nazism

A group representing Spain’s Jewish communities has criticised a video tweeted by the ousted Catalan president that features images of the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, along with archive footage of Hitler and Franco.

Shortly before Catalonia’s regional parliament convened to elect a new speaker on Wednesday, Carles Puigdemont renewed his attack on the Spanish authorities for sacking his government after it staged an independence referendum last October.

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Fictional Catalan region of Tabarnia appoints first president

Tabarnia movement parodies Catalan independence demands and has grown increasingly popular on social media

The fraught business of installing a new Catalan government begins on Wednesday but in the meantime Tabarnia, a fictitious but increasingly popular region that wants independence from Catalonia, has sworn in an actor and theatre producer as its first president.

The broad coastal strip from Tarragona to Barcelona – hence the name – is a good-humoured backlash against what many see as the imposition of an independence agenda on a part of Catalonia that has never voted for secessionist candidates.

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Catalan separatist leader Oriol Junqueras denied bail

Spanish supreme court says Junqueras must remain in custody as he may attempt to relaunch independence effort if released

Spain’s supreme court has refused to grant bail to the ousted Catalan vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, who has been in prison for more than two months over his role in the region’s unilateral push for independence.

On Friday afternoon, three judges ruled Junqueras would remain in custody on the grounds that he could seek to carry on with the secessionist struggle if released.

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