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  • Oriol Junqueras shares his closing remarks in court on June 12

    Jailed leader wants EU Court to rule on Supreme Court refusal to allow him to take his MEP seat

    ACN | Barcelona
    16 June 2019 06:33 PM
    Oriol Junqueras files appeal to Spanish top court asking it to send the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union

HIGHLIGHTS


Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (center) and former minister Antoni Comín in front of the European Parliament in Brussels (by Natàlia Segura)

Supreme Court refuses to withdraw arrest warrants against exiled leaders

Puigdemont and Comín had demanded the withdrawn so they can take up their seats as MEPs
Some individuals protest against the Catalan trial outside Sagrada Família, in Barcelona, on June 14, 2019 (by Gerard Artigas)

Sagrada Família occupied in protest against Catalan trial

30 demonstrators intended to stay overnight in unfinished monument
Barcelona mayor Ada Colau with Manuel Valls (by ACN)

Ada Colau renews her post as Barcelona’s mayor

BComú leader elected by city councilors with support from Socialists and Manuel Valls

CATALAN TRIAL


Image of the courtroom in the Supreme Court with the lawyers, prosecutors of judges of the Catalan trial on December 18, 2018 (by EFE)

With the Catalan trial over, what now?

Supreme Court has to decide on jailed leaders' future with sentencing possibly due in early fall;...
The former Catalan vice president, Oriol Junqueras, making his final remarks in the Catalan trial on June 12, 2019

Five talking points from the defendants' closing remarks in the Catalan trial

The imprisoned pro-independence leaders raised some common themes
Catalan president Quim Torra speaks to the press after the independence trial ends on June 12 (Andrea Zamorano/ACN)

Catalan president says right to fair trial was violated

Torra warns of sentence’s impact on referendum voters

Catalan News TV

POLITICS


French president Emmanuel Macron speaks to the press in Brussels on May 28, 2019 (ACN/Blanca Blay)

Ciutadans questioned for talks with far right

French president Macron's party warns unionist party amid negotiations to form local and regional...
Catalan Ombudsman Rafael Ribó addresses the press on June 14, 2019 (ACN/Miquel Codolar)

Ombudsman calls for dialogue for independence conflict as trial ends

"Political conflict should be resolved by political means," says institution head
Oriol Junqueras takes his seat in Spain's Congress

Court bars jailed leader Junqueras from taking up seat as MEP in Madrid

Same judges gave Esquerra leader permission to attend congress to become Spanish MP last month

SOCIETY & SCIENCE


Solsonès trees (ACN/Estefania Escolà)

Drive to save old trees from ending up as firewood

Biologists in Solsonès county in central Catalonia aim to raise awareness among landowners of...
Fundació Arrels volunteers speak to a homeless man (Miquel Codolar/ACN)

NGO finds 1,195 homeless people living in Barcelona

549 volunteers scour the Catalan capital’s streets with Fundació Arrels

BUSINESS


Two conference attendees at BizBarcelona 2018 (ACN/Andrea Zamorano)

BizBarcelona fair's ninth edition draws 13,600 visitors

Over 38% of attendees to annual event devoted to entrepreneurs and small businesses were freelancers
Norwegian Airline's plane sits on the runway at El Prat airport on June 7, 2019 (Aina Martí/ACN)

Barcelona airport sees record number of passengers in May

More than 5 million passengers fly through Catalan airports in May
Catalonia's secretary general of business, Joaquim Ferrer, on June 11, 2019 (by Aina Martí)

Entrepreneurial activity in Catalonia above average for Spain and EU

International study says new projects make up 8.13% of business in the country with Barcelona...

MOST POPULAR


06 June 2019 11:44 AM The Catalan who made D-Day possible

75 years ago the Normandy landings turned the tide of World War II thanks to the efforts of a Barcelona-born spy who the British knew as 'Garbo'

European Commission and Parliament say sculpture presented to French journalist includes 'political message'
People’s Party members claimed veto for fear of emboldening Catalan and Basque independence movements

CULTURE


Image of the place where Doctor Music Festival was to be originally held in 2019, in Escalarre, Catalan Pyrenees (by Marta Lluvich)

Doctor Music Festival comeback edition canceled

Forced to change location from Pyrenees to Catalonia's racetrack, number of fans returning...
A carriage with several people parading in colorful dresses in 2019 Sitges Pride parade (by Pol Solà)

Thousands attend colorful Pride parade in Sitges

Masks, wigs, high heels, customs and music in celebration of gay-friendly town

LIFE & STYLE


Interior view of the construction works of the towers of the Sagrada Familia. (Photo: Jofre Figueras)

Sagrada Família finally gets building permit 134 years since applying

Licence will cost Antoni Gaudí's landmark church €4.6m, making it the most expensive in...
Miley Cyrus attending last month's Met Gala in New York

Singer Miley Cyrus grabbed and forcibly kissed by fan in Barcelona

The Primavera Sound headliner has reacted angrily to victim-blamers on social media

SPORTS


Catalan basketball player Marc Gasol celebrating his triumph with Toronto Raptors on June 13, 2019 (by Cary Edmondson/Reuters)

Catalan brothers become first siblings to both win NBA crown

Marc Gasol follows in older brother Pau's footsteps by claiming US league title and making...
David Gallego, the new manager of Espanyol. (Photo: RCD Espanyol)

David Gallego announced new Espanyol manager as Rubi leaves

Former youth team coach takes over for first permanent stint in charge of club