On October 27, the Catalan parliament made a historic decision by proclaiming independence from Spain. Madrid immediately moved to strip the rebellious region of its autonomy and impose direct rule on it.
The Spanish government is continuing to crack down on politicians and other officials who played a role in organizing and facilitating last year’s Catalan independence referendum, which was deemed illegal in September 2017 by Spain’s Constitutional Court.
The vote for the new regional head of the Catalonia parliament has been postponed as former leader Carlos Puigdemont is still in self-exile. Sputnik spoke to Dr Andrew Dowling, Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Cardiff, about the latest developments and what it means for the future of the region.
A bid to reinforce the European Arrest Warrant for Carles Puigdemont has been denied by the Supreme Court, after the former president of Catalonia flew to Denmark for a conference. To determine why, Sputnik spoke to Dr Guillem Colom-Montero, a lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Exeter.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Catalonia’s snap parliamentary election is an internal matter of Spain, however, the United States supports a unified Spain and is ready to work with the country’s government, a US Department of State spokesperson told Sputnik on Friday.
BARCELONA (Sputnik) - Catalan left-wing party Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) will not give up on the idea of an independent Catalonia, the party's representative said Friday, a day after a snap election was held in the region.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Catalan pro-independence supporters expect former head of the regional government, Carles Puigdemont, to return to Catalonia from Belgium, an activist of the Catalan independence movement and a spokesperson for Catalan Countries of the International Commission of European Citizens (ICEC), told Sputnik on Friday.
BARCELONA (Sputnik) - The Catalan National Assembly, an organization promoting the region's independence from Spain, will hold an alternative vote count at the ongoing snap parliamentary elections, the assembly's spokesperson told Sputnik on Thursday.
BARCELONA (Sputnik) - The early Catalan parliamentary election is illegal, but it necessary to participate in the procedure because Madrid will have to respect the result of the vote, an election candidate told Sputnik on Wednesday.
Former Catalan leaders, who fled to Belgium, were previously placed under the European arrest warrant after the Spanish Government had not recognized the results of the October independence referendum.
The tourist flow to Spain could go down by as much as 15 percent because of the crisis caused by Catalonia's attempt to secede, survey shows.
Since the Catalan Independence Referendum in early October, Spain has been witnessing extensive political turmoil. However, the positive prospects for the crisis' stabilization loom large.
Renegade Catalan leaders were previously placed under the European arrest warrant as part of the Spanish Government's harsh reply to the success of the Catalonia's independence movement in the October referendum.
While the court hearing has already ended, the issue is yet to be resolved.
According to former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, the Spanish authorities over their alleged retreat from democracy as Brussels has already done in its relations with Budapest and Warsaw.
The Catalan National Assembly (ANC) and Omnium Cultural groups called for the release of pro-independence officials under arrest. Madrid has charged several Catalan figures with sedition and rebellion, including ousted President Puigdemont who left Spain after the government responded to a declaration of independence by imposing direct rule.
The testimony comes just a day after the Spanish constitutional court has canceled Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is currently in Brussels waiting for the Belgian authorities' decision on his extradition to Spain after an international arrest warrant was issued.
Following the Catalan plebiscite in Spain, the 2018 independence vote in New Caledonia has raised concerns about secessionist movements around the globe. Speaking to Radio Sputnik, Dr. Alex Vines, research director of Area Studies and International Law at Chatham House, predicted an increase in the number of independence referenda globally.
Despite the Catalan parliament adopted a resolution on the region’s independence from Spain following a referendum in early October, the people in the autonomous region remain divided over the events that are taking place in their country.
On Monday the former Catalan leader and his former advisers were released from detention in Belgium on condition they stay in the country until the issue of their deportation to Spain is resolved.
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