Carles Puigdemont

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont mulls whether to return to Catalonia after win

Puigdemont campaigned from Brussels, where he sought self-imposed exile after he was sacked by Madrid and a Spanish court charged him with rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds.

published on : 23rd December 2017

Spain PM Mariano Rajoy rejects ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's call to meet

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected a call by ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to meet after separatists won a parliamentary majority in crucial regional polls.

published on : 22nd December 2017

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont offers to meet Spain PM outside country

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Friday offered to meet Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy outside Spain for talks on the region's independence crisis.

published on : 22nd December 2017

Carles Puigdemont: The ousted Catalan president plotting a return

A visionary to some and an opportunistic populist to others, Puigdemont sought exile in Belgium following the Catalan parliament's independence declaration on October 27.

published on : 21st December 2017

Belgium ends extradition case against Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont today, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him.

published on : 14th December 2017

Spain drops European arrest warrant for sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont

In a surprise move, Supreme Court Judge Pablo Llarena withdrew the warrant as the five "appear to have shown their intention to return to Spain" to take part in the snap regional polls on December 21.

published on : 6th December 2017

Polls must 'ratify' desire for independence: Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont

Puigdemont was sacked as Catalan president after that declaration on October 27 as was his entire regional government.

published on : 25th November 2017

No Belgian 'crisis' over deposed Catalan leader: PM Charles Michel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel denied his government was in "crisis" over the arrival of deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont.

published on : 8th November 2017

FOCUS: Under attack over Catalonia, Spain's judiciary fights back

As Catalonia's separatist crisis drags on, Spain's judiciary has found itself on the back foot, accused of engaging in the type of partisanship normally associated with repressive dictatorships.

published on : 8th November 2017

Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont slams EU for 'helping' Spanish PM

Deposed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Tuesday slammed the European Union for backing what he termed Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's "coup d'etat".

published on : 8th November 2017

Axed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont urges separatist unity ahead of vote

Catalonia's sacked leader on Tuesday called on pro-independence parties to unite for next month's regional election as he aims to recapture power and push on with a divisive secession bid.   

published on : 7th November 2017

Sacked Catalan regional president Puigdemont says Spain planned 'wave of violence'

Puigdemont, whose government declared independence from Spain last month and was then dismissed by Madrid, is in Belgium facing extradition on charges of rebellion and sedition.

published on : 7th November 2017

Sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, allies freed on bail in Belgium

Puigdemont and his allies escaped to Belgium last Monday after Spain dismissed the Catalan executive and imposed direct rule on the semi-autonomous region.

published on : 6th November 2017

Catalan separatists would lose votes in December election: Polls

Catalonia's separatist ERC party, whose leader is in custody, would win December regional elections but the independence coalition as a whole could lose its absolute majority in parliament.

published on : 5th November 2017

Basque Country marches in support of Catalonia

The Latest on the crisis over regional lawmakers in Catalonia voting to declare independence from Spain.

published on : 5th November 2017

Deposed Catalan leader urges separatist 'unity' for vote

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont called Saturday for separatists to unite in a December election called by Spain to try to avert a disputed push for the region's independence.

published on : 4th November 2017

Catalonia's axed separatist leader Puigdemont 'not going to Spain'

Catalonia's axed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not return to Spain as there is a "good chance that he would be detained", his lawyer has said.

published on : 1st November 2017

Catalan independence: Spanish court summons dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont

Spain's top criminal court summoned Puigdemont for questioning, after he appeared in Brussels insisting he remained the "legitimate president" of a region now under direct rule from Madrid.

published on : 1st November 2017

What now for Puigdemont in Belgium?

His presence creates a headache for the Belgian government, which was quick to say he had come without their knowledge.

published on : 31st October 2017

Spain on a knife's edge as Madrid takes direct control over Catalonia, fires defiant separatist leaders

Rajoy said he had also formally removed Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and his executive from office as part of measures to "restore normality".

published on : 28th October 2017
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