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Pedro Sánchez confirmed president of Spain by two-vote margin

07 January 2020 02:08 PM

Pedro Sánchez confirmed in congress as Spain's president

First coalition government since 1930s led by Socialists to be launched after key pro-independence Esquerra party's abstention
European Parliament notice on Puigdemont, Comín and Junqueras' MEP status

06 January 2020 08:24 PM

EU Parliament decision to recognize pro-independence politicians as MEPs divides opinions

Pro-independence bloc and allies celebrate move while unionists stand their ground
Former Catalan cabinet members Puigdemont and Comín pose in front of the European Parliament after picking up their definitive MEP accreditation (Marga Payola)

06 January 2020 06:26 PM

Puigdemont and Comín pick up definitive MEP accreditation

Former Catalan cabinet members had been provided with temporary passes on December 20 after ECJ ruling on parliamentary immunity
Former Catalan cabinet members Toni Comín and Carles Puigdemont hold up their MEP accreditations on December 20, 2019 (by Nazaret Romero)

06 January 2020 02:46 PM

European Parliament recognizes Junqueras, Puigdemont and Comín as MEPs

Chamber to "take note of" their election as MEPs in the January 13 plenary sitting despite the Spanish electoral board’s recent decision on the jailed leader
Catalan president Quim Torra at the parliament's extraordinary plenary session on January 4, 2019 (by Mariona Puig)

06 January 2020 12:48 PM

Future of Catalan president in hands of Supreme Court

Quim Torra formally asks electoral authority not to implement his bar on office while he appeals decision in Spain's top court
Pedro Sánchez speaks in the Spanish congress during the debate over his investiture as presidet on January 5, 2020 (by Jordi Vidal)

05 January 2020 12:09 PM

Sánchez expected to be named president on Tuesday after failing in first vote following debate

The Socialist leader failed to win a clear majority on Sunday, but will be invested with a simple majority in the second vote aided by ERC's abstention

Quim Torra questions how dialogue can be established if he is ousted from office

04 January 2020 09:36 PM

Catalan parliament ratifies Torra as president despite electoral board calls to oust him

Chamber qualifies attempt to disqualify chief as 'coup d'état,' while Socialists remind guilty verdict on president is not final
Catalan president Quim Torra during the JxCat meeting in the Catalan parliament on January 4, 2020 (by Bernat Vilaró)

04 January 2020 01:16 PM

President Torra calls on electoral authority to not execute his ousting

Leader's defense argues he will file urgent appeal against decision in Supreme Court

Acting Spanish president aims to 'restart our political dialogue'

04 January 2020 09:34 AM

Sánchez pledges to leave 'judicialisation' of conflict behind in presidency bid amid Torra's ousting

Socialist leader vows for dialogue with Catalonia as Esquerra party confirmed key support to him despite electoral authority's latest decisions

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