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Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Catalonia independence: Puigdemont ‘will not accept’ Rajoy plan

Media captionSome 450,000 people protested on Saturday, local police said Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept Madrid’s plan to impose direct rule on the region. He described it as the worst attack on Catalonia’s institutions since General Franco’s 1939-1975 dictatorship, under which regional autonomy was dissolved. Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s plans include […]

Catalonia ‘will not accept’ Spain plan

Catalonia ‘will not accept’ Spain plan

Catalan President Carles Puigdemont says Catalonia will not accept Madrid’s plan to curb region’s powers This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also […]

Catalonia independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

Catalonia independence: Spain pushes to remove leaders

Image copyright EPA Image caption Mr Rajoy said the government would apply Spain’s Article 155 The Spanish prime minister has outlined plans to remove Catalonia’s leaders and take control of the separatist region. Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Mariano Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region’s parliament but put forward plans for […]

Man arrested after knife attack in Munich

Man arrested after knife attack in Munich

Image copyright AFP Image caption Police said no motive had been established German police have arrested a man in Munich after four people were lightly injured by a knife attacker. Police said the suspect lashed out at five men and one woman around Rosenheimer Platz in the east of the city, but missed two of […]

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Catalonia vote: Spain expected to impose direct rule

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalonia’s independence referendum has thrown the country into crisis The Spanish cabinet is expected to approve measures allowing the government to impose direct rule over Catalonia. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy meets with his cabinet almost three weeks after the region held a referendum. The Spanish government says the vote was […]

King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

King Felipe VI says Catalonia ‘will remain’ Spanish

Image copyright AFP Spain’s King Felipe VI has said Catalonia “is and will remain” an essential part of the country. It is his second intervention in the Catalonia secession crisis. He told an awards ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo that the Catalan government was causing a rift and Spain would solve the problem […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Catalonia crisis: Spain plans for elections as independence row grows

Image copyright AFP Image caption Catalan authorities have refused to drop their campaign for independence from Spain Spain’s conservative government has agreed with the socialist opposition to hold regional elections in Catalonia in January, the socialists say. The elections are part of a package of measures being put in place to suspend the region’s autonomy, […]

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

EU paves way for UK trade talks to begin

Image copyright AFP Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were “encouraging” signs of progress Reports of deadlock over Brexit negotiations may have been exaggerated, European Council President Donald Tusk has said after a Brussels summit. Progress was “not sufficient” to begin trade talks with the UK now but that “doesn’t mean there is […]

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Czech election: Billionaire Andrej Babis poised to win

Image copyright AFP Image caption Andrej Babis’s ANO (Yes) party is predicted to win the biggest share of the vote Czechs are voting in a two-day general election in which the favourite is a populist billionaire who has campaigned on an anti-establishment platform. Andrej Babis, 63, is estimated to be worth $4 billion (£3bn) making […]

Roma charged by Uefa for fans ‘monkey chants’ at Antonio Rudiger

Roma charged by Uefa for fans ‘monkey chants’ at Antonio Rudiger

Rudiger could also have played international football for his mother’s homeland, Sierra Leone Roma have been charged by Uefa after some of their fans were heard making “monkey chants” towards Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger. The German international came on as a 77th-minute substitute during Wednesday’s Champions League Group C tie which ended 3-3 at Stamford […]

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