Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, arrested in Italy at Spain's request over an independence referendum that Madrid ruled illegal, is released while he fights extradition.
After 2017’s independence attempt and a crackdown by Spanish authorities, has support for independence in Catalonia declined.
Catalan nationalists, who helped Spain’s socialists form a government, protested against the trials of their leaders, asking Madrid to negotiate their independence referendum. But Madrid flatly denied, opening the possibility of snap elections.
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