• Rajoy threatens to end Catalan autonomy as he demands clarity on status

    Rajoy threatens to end Catalan autonomy as he demands clarity on status0

    Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has demanded that Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont should clarify whether he has declared independence. The request on Wednesday came with a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the province’s autonomy if he has. He said the Catalan government’s response would be crucial in deciding “events over

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  • In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity

    In Perspective: It’s way more than just prosperity0

    The Spanish foreign minister, in a recent speech at a conference in Madrid, made an obvious yet controversial observation. In reflecting on his trip to the Campo area last month, he noted how he “understood” Gibraltar’s position, citing the comparative affluence of the Gibraltarians. He retorted, “Do you think they [Gibraltarians] want to be like

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  • As thousands rally, Spain and Catalonia argue over who controls regional police

    As thousands rally, Spain and Catalonia argue over who controls regional police0

    Spain’s central government and regional Catalan authorities argued this weekend over who controls the regional police force that is considered key to the success of a planned independence vote for the north-eastern region. The exchanges came as thousands of Catalan separatists rallied in public squares in Barcelona and other towns on Sunday in support of

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  • Spain to send extra police to Catalonia if independence referendum goes ahead

    Spain to send extra police to Catalonia if independence referendum goes ahead0

    Spain will deploy police reinforcements to Catalonia if an independence referendum pledged by Catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials have said. The measure came amid rising tension between Spanish and Catalan authorities over the planned October 1 ballot. Civil Guard police this week arrested around a dozen regional government officials

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  • Protesters call for release of Catalan officials held over independence vote

    Protesters call for release of Catalan officials held over independence vote0

    Thousands gathered today to demand the release of a dozen Catalan officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal. The demonstrators, who met at the gates of Catalonia’s judicial body in Barcelona, answered a call by pro-independence civic groups to stage long-term street protests against the police

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  • Queen welcomes Spain’s King Felipe VI to UK

    Queen welcomes Spain’s King Felipe VI to UK0

    The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have formally welcomed the King of Spain to the UK with a military spectacle full of pomp and pageantry. Britain’s head of state and Philip warmly shook hands with King Felipe VI and his wife, Queen Letizia, at Horse Guards Parade, Henry VIII’s former jousting yard. The Duke,

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