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Ex-Catalan leader: EU ballot opens door to return to Spain

MADRID (AP) — The former president of Spain’s Catalonia region who fled the country after leading an attempt to secede in 2017 says he will return if he is elected to the European Parliament in May. Spanish authorities consider Carles Puigdemont a fugitive, but he told Catalan radio Rac1 in an interview Tuesday that being … Continue reading Ex-Catalan leader: EU ballot opens door to return to Spain

BARCELONA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget

BARCELONA, Spain— Jan 11, 2019—The Spanish government’s bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia’s separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says. Catalan regional president Quim Torra told The Associated Press in an interview that the representatives of Catalonia’s separatist … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget

Former Catalan leader seeks long-distance ‘tech’ government

MADRID/January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Catalonia’s fugitive former leader, who wants his old job back, says new technologies would allow him to govern from Belgium. Carles Puigdemont spoke to Catalan public radio from Brussels, where he fled to avoid a judicial probe in Spain over secession attempts. The challenge led Spanish central authorities to disband the Catalan … Continue reading Former Catalan leader seeks long-distance ‘tech’ government

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

MADRID/January 15, 2018 (AP) (STL.News) —Spain’s prime minister has warned that the government will keep control over the restive region of Catalonia if ousted Catalan leader Carlos Puigdemont tries to be regional president from Brussels, where he’s a fugitive from Spanish justice. Puigdemont, who led Catalonia’s independence declaration in October that prompted the government intervention, wants … Continue reading Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels