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“Once again, a part of the Spanish left has given in to the offensive by the right,” says ERC leader in Congress Joan Tardà

15 February 2019 11:58 AM

'Stopping independence bid at stake:' parties react to snap election

Pro-independence party accuses Spanish president of "irresponsible" as opposition head says "only PP can face independence challenge"

“Between the two options - to do nothing and continue without a budget, or call an election and let the Spanish public decide - I choose the latter,” says Spanish president Pedro Sánchez

15 February 2019 10:27 AM

Spanish president calls snap general election for April 28

Pedro Sánchez calls fresh polls after government budget rejected

Catalan president Quim Torra and his predecessor Carles Puigdemont at the presentation for the Council for the Republic in Brussels on December 8 2018 (by Natàlia Segura)

14 February 2019 01:27 PM

Spanish parties try to veto Puigdemont's talk in European Parliament

Socialists, People's Party, and unionist Ciutadans argue former president planned to "overthrow Spain's constitutional order"

Secretary of State for Global Spain, Irene Lozano (by Blanca Blay)

14 February 2019 12:04 PM

Spanish official compares holding independence referendum with rape

Secretary of State for Global Spain uses controversial metaphor to say vote organizers went ahead without "permission"

“Members enjoy immunity for the words they utter in this chamber,” says speaker of House of Commons in UK Parliament

13 February 2019 07:27 PM

UK Parliament speaker says he would accept debate on independence

John Bercow says MPs should have "freedom of speech" and "immunity" and remembers jailed leader Forcadell's visit

“It’s either us or the right-wing parties” says Socialist leader in Catalonia Miquel Iceta

13 February 2019 05:53 PM

Parties resigned to snap election after failure to pass Spanish budget

Pro-independence camp refuses to accept blame for not backing Sánchez government's spending plan while unionist welcome new vote

“A majority of MPs could pass this budget, but you’re vetoing it with inadmissible demands,” says Socialist MP Adriana Lastra

13 February 2019 12:48 PM

Failure to pass budget in Spanish Congress raises chance of snap election

Pro-independence parties refuse to back the spending plan after Madrid takes no steps towards Catalonia's self-determination

Catalan president Quim Torra during the press conference at the Blanquerna cultural center in Madrid on February 12 2019 (by Guifré Jordan)

12 February 2019 09:22 PM

Catalan president: trial 'attack on democracy and human rights'

Quim Torra asks international community to mediate in the Catalonia-Spain conflict and demands "dialogue" on self-determination to Madrid

“They're silencing us. What does Sánchez do? Crawl,” says Cs leader Inés Arrimadas

12 February 2019 05:18 PM

Spanish president: pro-independence and right-wing parties 'fear' dialogue

Pedro Sánchez claims his government is alone in working for "a Catalonia in harmony with a united Spain"

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