A new far-right movement in Spain threatens to shake the Spanish political class, but not everything is as it seems, with a resurgent left winning the elections.
Pro-independence Catalan leaders that flout the law are turning the question of independence into a counterproductive binary of good versus evil.
Pedro Sanchez became the head of a minority government just over eight months ago, and his draft budget was rejected in parliament in protest of separatist leaders being put on trial for their role in a 2017 attempt to break Catalonia from Spain.
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.
Right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers rejected Spain's draft 2019 budget, a move that could force Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez into calling early elections.
Alvaro Longoria, who made the film about the crisis sparked by Catalonia's failed 2017 independence bid along with Gerardo Olivares, picked up the Cinema for Peace Foundation award from Puigdemont's hands in Berlin.
A dozen defendants are being tried on rebellion and other charges stemming from their roles in pushing ahead with a unilateral independence declaration of Catalonia in October 2017.
Demonstrators gathered in the capital's Plaza de Colon, waving Spanish flags. They chanted slogans in favor of the nation's security forces and for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to resign.
The weekly cabinet meeting usually takes place in Madrid but Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialist government decided to hold it in the Catalan capital, igniting protests.
A year after the contested October 1, 2017 referendum on Catalonia's independence, disagreements over separatism have nevertheless deepened in the wealthy northeastern region of Spain.
As Madrid rejected Catalonia's referendum results on October 1 last year, the country's affluent autonomous region continues to hold on to its secessionist sentiment.
Tensions are running high in Spain's northeastern Catalonia before Monday's anniversary of an illegal referendum on independence held by regional lawmakers.
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