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The Catalan President: A Small-Town Boy Who Could Destroy Europe

10 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Carles Puigdemont’s father says, ‘Independence is in our blood.’ His uncle remembers he was always ‘stubborn as a mule,’ and says proudly he’ll probably be thrown in jail.

How Spain could suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 0800 GMT on Thursday to tell Madrid whether or not he is declaring independence from Spain. If he does not give a clear response, the central government says it will take the unprecedented step of seeking to suspend Catalonia's autonomy. Show More Summary

Spain asks Catalan leader to "act sensibly" as direct rule deadline approaches

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, just 24 hours before a government deadline for the region to renounce a bid for independence.

Spanish PM asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly'

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

Madrid set to impose direct rule on Catalonia as independence deadline passes

3 days agoNews : The Lookout

The Spanish government has warned Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont he faces his final chance to relinquish independence within three days or it would trigger Article 155, the so-called 'nuclear option' which would override Catalonia's autonomy. Show More Summary

Madrid sets Thursday ultimatum for Catalonia as threat of another ruptured European democracy fades

A week on from Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont’s murky, much-criticized address on his region’s political future, the constitutional crisis roiling Spain seems at a glance to be only heating up. The central powers in Madrid deemed Puigdemont’s team in default on a promise to clarify his plans over the weekend, putting the breakaway Catalans on […]

Catalan Leader Defies Spain, Sends Evasive Reply To Rajoy Activating Second Ultimatum Deadline

The Catalan stand-off has been extended until Thursday as both sides hold their ground. After days of expectation and talks with his separatist allies, Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont stood by his decision to keep his region’s declaration...Show More Summary

Catalonia’s Leader, Facing Deadline, Won’t Say if Region Declared Independence

4 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

In a letter, Carles Puigdemont asked the Spanish prime minister to negotiate a solution to the separatist conflict.

Catalan leader fails to spell out independence stance, calls for talks

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont failed to clarify on Monday whether he had declared Catalonia's independence from Spain last week, paving the way for the central government to take control of the region and rule it directly.

Catalan leader refuses to clarify independence stance

Carles Puigdemont fails to says whether he declares Catalonia's independence from Spain, urging dialogue with Madrid.

Catalonia's Puigdemont: dyed-in-the-wool partisan of independence

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia's separatist leader, has dreamed since childhood of independence from Spain but now faces a stark choice to determine the future of a region he said he's willing to go to jail for. On Monday he is confronted...Show More Summary

With Just Hours Until Spain's Ultimatum Runs Out, Catalonia Proposes Its Own Central Bank

It's D-Day for Catalan President Carles Puigdemont who has just a few hours left until 10 am on Monday (4am ET) to respond to the Spanish government's ultimatum delivered last week by the prime minister, demanding to know whether Puigdemont did, indeed, declare independence last week. Show More Summary

Deadline nears for Catalan leader to clarify independence stance

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has until 10:00 a.m. local (0800 GMT) on Monday to clarify whether he is calling for the region's independence from Spain, with Madrid threatening a return to direct rule if his stance remains ambiguous.

Catalan leader calls for calm ahead of Madrid deadline

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Sunday called for calm less than 24 hours ahead of a deadline from Spain's central government for him to clarify whether he has declared independence for Catalonia or not.

Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until … Click to Continue »

Spain to take control of Catalonia if gets ambiguous reply on independence

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government will take control of Catalonia if regional leader Carles Puigdemont replies ambiguously to Madrid's question about whether he has declared independence from Spain, the interior minister said on Saturday.

Allies press Catalan leader to declare full independence, ignore Madrid deadlines

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont came under pressure from one of his key allies on Friday to declare full independence and ignore a threat of direct rule from the Spanish government.

Key political ally urges Catalan leader to proclaim republic

A key political ally of the ruling pro-independence coalition in Catalonia has urged regional president Carles Puigdemont to push ahead with a declaration of independence from Spain. Spain's government has … Click to Continue »

The Latest: Catalan president reacts to Spanish ultimatum

The Latest on Catalonia's independence bid (all times local): 10 a.m. Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has reacted to the Spanish ultimatum to backtrack on his independence plans or face a … Click to Continue »

Spain PM gives Catalan leader 5 days to clarify independence stance

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave Catalonia's separatist leader five days to clarify his position on whether or not he was declaring independence. Speaking in parliament Rajoy said Carles Puigdemont has until Monday at 10 am (1200 GMT) "to say if he declared independence" before suspending Catalan autonomy. Show More Summary

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