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Catalonia ex-officials surrender to Belgian police – BBC News

  (BBC News) Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont and four former advisers have turned themselves in to Belgian police, says a prosecutors’ spokesman. He said an investigating judge would decide by Monday morning whether to execute an EU arrest warrant issued by a Spanish judge on Friday. Mr Puigdemont fled to Belgium after Madrid imposed […]

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Unilateral declarations of independence in Europe – Yahoo! News

(Yahoo! News)  Paris (AFP) – Several European territories have unilaterally declared independence since the end of World War II, mainly because of the collapse of the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. But none has officially broken away from the European Union, created in 1993, even though movements demanding more independence exist in various countries. Catalonia’s declaration […]

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Catalan parliament declares independence from Spain – BBC News

  (BBC News)  The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule. The move was backed 70-10 in a ballot boycotted by opposition MPs. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy earlier told senators direct rule was needed to return “law, democracy and stability” […]

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In Catalonia, an ‘Accidental’ Leader of Unwavering Conviction – New York Times

(New York Times) BARCELONA — A mayor from the Spanish hinterland, Carles Puigdemont was a relative unknown until thrust into the leadership of Catalonia last year. He was a compromise choice to break a deadlock among separatist parties. It was “a last-minute and accidental arrival through the back door,” Mr. Puigdemont recalled in an interview this week […]