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

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

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

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 […]

Ibrahim Halawa freed from jail in Egypt

Image copyright Free Ibrahim Halawa Image caption Campaigners posted a Facebook message on Thursday to say Mr Halawa had been freed. Ibrahim Halawa, an Irishman who has spent more than four years in prison in Egypt, has been freed. Mr Halawa, who is from Dublin, was arrested during a siege at the Al-Fath mosque in […]

Catalan crisis: EU leaders rule out involvement in crisis

Image copyright EPA Image caption Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy is with other EU leaders – including France’s Emmanuel Macron (L) – at a major summit European Council President Donald Tusk has explicitly ruled out any EU action over Catalonia, despite the “concerning” situation. “There is no room, no space for any kind of mediation or […]

Catalonia crisis: Spain moves to suspend autonomy

Image copyright AFP Image caption There are fears that the latest moves could lead to unrest in Catalonia Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of […]

Catalonia: Spain ultimatum looms over independence push

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tough choices: How will Carles Puigdemont (L) answer Mariano Rajoy’s ultimatum? Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont is facing a final deadline to drop a secession bid, with Spain warning it will suspend the region’s autonomy if he fails to do so by 10:00 (08:00 GMT). After a referendum on 1 October, […]

UK offers more assurances to EU citizens

Image copyright AFP Image caption Theresa May says the future of British and EU nationals has always been her “first priority” Theresa May has vowed to make it as easy as possible for EU citizens to remain in the UK after Brexit ahead of a key summit of European leaders. In a Facebook post, the […]

Spain warns Catalonia on self-rule as deadline looms

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Spain says the government will step up its response if Catalan leaders do not back down Spain will move to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy unless the region’s leader drops his push for independence, the deputy prime minister says. Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría gave the warning a day before a Spanish deadline […]

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