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Catalonia says yes to Europe. So why are our MEPs being turned away? | Alfred Bosch | Opinion

By refusing access to elected Catalan MEPs, the European parliament is going against all that it stands for• Alfred Bosch is Catalonia’s minister for foreign affairsCatalonia has always been a committed and reliable partner in the construction of the European project. Unlike the Brexit supporters, Catalonia has never given up its feeling of being European or its conviction that it is part of the European Union. We say yes to Europe.Catalan society has shown its engagement with the common project...

Carles Puigdemont welcomes UN panel report on jailed Catalan separatists | World news

Trio arrested over alleged role in failed independence bid should be freed, human rights experts sayThe fugitive Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, has welcomed a United Nations report on the detention of three fellow separatists arrested over their alleged role in the failed regional independence bid as confirming they are “political prisoners”.The former Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras and the Catalan civil society group chiefs, Jordi Cuixart and Jordi Sànchez, have been in custody sinc...

Canada blocks Puigdemont visit days before he was set to land in Quebec | World news

Former Catalan president was invited to speak by a group advocating Quebec independenceThe Canadian government blocked a visit by Carles Puigdemont days before the former Catalan president was to travel to the country at the invitation of a group advocating Quebec independence, his lawyer said on Monday.Puigdemont had been scheduled to speak in Quebec earlier this month on his experiences as a leader of the Catalonian independence movement – including his spearheading of the region’s 2017 unilat...

The Guardian view on Spain’s election: a chance to rebalance | Editorial | Opinion

The third general election in four years has given the socialists a mandate to govern one of Europe’s most fragmented nationsThe most striking and perhaps also the most important thing about the results of this week’s Spanish general election was something that did not happen. In defiance of some predictions, there was no populist uprising in Sunday’s poll, whether from the right, the left or the regions. Instead, the clear winner in a complex multi-party and regionally diverse contest character...

Carles Puigdemont to be excluded from European elections | World news

Ex-Catalan president’s candidacy declared ineligible after petition from rightwing partiesThe former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and two of his ex-ministers are to be excluded from standing in next month’s European elections after Spain’s central electoral board upheld an appeal from two rightwing parties.Puigdemont, who fled Spain to avoid arrest after his regional government’s unilateral independence referendum in October 2017, intended to run as a candidate in the European parliament ...

Spain: ‘Disinformation’ surrounds Catalan separatists’ trial | World news

Spanish ambassador to London speaks out in effort to convince world trial is not politicalThe trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders in Madrid is of “paramount importance to Spain’s reputation as a modern democracy”, the Spanish ambassador to London, Carlos Bastarreche, has said in a rare public intervention intended to convince the world the trial is not political.The ambassador, acting as part of a Europe-wide effort by the Madrid government, accused the pro-independence Catalan regional gover...

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