Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has again urged leaders of Catalonia to form a new administration that could function and be viable, hinting that his government in Madrid may reject a future regional cabinet that includes jailed leaders of an outlawed independence movement.
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to maintain central government control over Catalonia after the regional leader nominated imprisoned and exiled politicians to join his cabinet, El Pais said on Sunday.
The remains of 22 people killed in the months following Spain's 1936-39 civil war were handed over to relatives in a ceremony in Guadalajara on Saturday after investigations into a suspected mass grave unearthed the victims.
Quim Torra, a newcomer to politics who has long fiercely campaigned for independence in Catalonia, was appointed regional president Monday, vowing to keep fighting for a break from Spain in a move that could deepen the conflict with Madrid.
Basque separatist group ETA said it has “completely dissolved all its structures and ended its political initiative” in a letter dated April 16 and published by online newspaper El Diario on Wednesday.
Spain hopes to sign off on a bilateral agreement with Britain over Gibraltar before October so as not to hinder a Brexit transition deal, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis told Reuters on Wednesday.
Police upped security Wednesday in front of government buildings in Catalonia and provided special protection for several political leaders, judges and prosecutors as further pro-independence protests loom, authorities said.