• Clashes in Barcelona protest as Puigdemont detained in Germany

    Clashes in Barcelona protest as Puigdemont detained in Germany0

    Violence flared in Barcelona as angry Catalans protested against the detention of fugitive former leader Carles Puigdemont in Germany. Police dressed in riot gear were striking demonstrators with batons as they tried to push back a large crowd advancing on the office of the Spanish government’s representative in Catalonia. Catalan police blocked the street and

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  • Separatists regain majority in crucial Catalonia election

    Separatists regain majority in crucial Catalonia election0

    Catalonia’s secessionist parties won enough votes on Thursday to regain a slim majority in the regional parliament and give new momentum to their political struggle for independence from Spain. It was hardly an emphatic victory, however, as the separatists lost support compared to the previous vote in 2015, and a pro-unity party for the first

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  • Sturgeon to seek second independence vote for Scotland

    Sturgeon to seek second independence vote for Scotland0

    Nicola Sturgeon has announced plans to hold a second independence referendum, insisting a ballot on leaving the UK is necessary to allow Scotland to choose its own course and avoid a hard-line Tory Brexit. The First Minister confirmed she is to seek the approval of MSPs at Holyrood next week to start negotiations with the

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