Socialist Pedro Sanchez becomes Prime minister of Spain

Mariano Rajoy,  the Prime minister of Spain, whose Partido Popular (People’s Party) has been plagued by corruption scandals, is stepping down after losing a no-confidence vote. Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez will replace him. The no-confidence motion was initiated by the opposition Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) on Thursday and supported by Catalan parties and the leftist Podemos….

In doubts Rajoy attends Sophia Summit

On contrary to previous information, the prime minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy attends EU Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, however  some elaborate diplomatic work is going on to avoid Kosovo representatives. EU members Slovakia, Romania, Greece,  and Cyprus along with the Kingdom of Spain did not recognize the independence of Kosovo, however their leaders are…

Catalans cast votes in snap elections

Catalonia is heading to the polls in a snap election to decide its future. The Catalan elected government, headed by President Carles Puigdemont, who declared independence from Spain on October 27 is partially in exile in Belgium, partially still in prison. However in spite of the Madrid repressions the leadership of self-proclaimed Catalan Republic agreed…

Catalonia: “Freedom to political prisoners!”

750 000 people have rallied in Barcelona to protest against Spain’s detention of Catalan independence leaders, police estimate. La vostra llum ens arriba fins a Brussel·les i il·lumina el camí que hem de continuar recorrent. Sou la nostra força #11nLlibertat pic.twitter.com/iDzZVIQim1 — krls.eth / Carles Puigdemont (@KRLS) November 11, 2017 They shone phone torches in…

Senate ovation to Rajoy for Catalonia direct rule

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy requested the approval of the Senate for invoking Article 155 of the Constitution of Kingdom of Spain to stop the “continuous process of anti-democratic decisions” and introduce a direct rule over Catalonia. El Gobierno de España asume con responsabilidad su obligación: defender la ley, la convivencia y los derechos de todos…

700 mayors invited for declaration of Catalan independence

The debate of future of Catalonia continued in Madrid, and Barcelona, while central government is vowing to restore ‘legality’ in line with the Constitution, regional leaders prepare for declaration of independence in case the Senate votes for invoking direct rule over Catalonia on Friday, 27 October, after a month of stand-off. #CatalanPresident has invited 700+…

Catalans prepare response to Madrid

According to Catalan News the Declaration of independence is back for consideration after Spain’s Prime minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected a dialogue on the outcome of the referendum #1oct. Almost a month later there is no clarity on Catalonia status, or any attempt from Catalan leaders to define it, in hope to establish a constructive exchange on…

Puigdemont visit to Madrid cancelled

Contradictory information circulates around a possible Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont visit to Madrid on Thursday, October 26, to explain his position on independence to the Sénate, and try to stop the national government imposing direct control on the region. However the latest statements suggest president Carles Puigdemont cancelled his visit. Catalonia protesters will surround…

Catalonia prepares to resist Madrid direct rule

The government of Kingdom of Spain says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia from Friday, 27 October onwards, to counter an  independence push qualified as ‘illegal’ within the frame of Spain’s Constitution, invoking unprecedented measures to fire the government of the northeastern region to quell the political dynamics of self-determination, and maintain grip over…