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Ex-Spain PM Rajoy defends national unity at separatist trial

Feb. 27, 2019 12:54 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy made a strident defense of Spain's national unity Wednesday when he appeared as a witness at the trial of a dozen Catalan separatists. Rajoy told Spain's Supreme Court that he had warned Catalonia's separatist leaders on several occasions leading up...

Spain to get 3rd gov't in 4 years amid fragmenting politics

Feb. 15, 2019 12:38 PM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain will elect its third government in less than four years after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's fragile socialist government acknowledged Friday its support had evaporated and called an early general election. Sanchez's eight-month-old administration met its end after failing to get...

AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election

Feb. 15, 2019 6:37 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has called a general election for April 28 after his minority government's budget proposal was rejected by lawmakers. The election is Spain's third in less than four years — a symptom of an increasingly fragmented political landscape and a sign of...

Budget defeat puts Spain's center-left government on ropes

Feb. 13, 2019 9:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament's lower house rejected Wednesday the ruling Socialist government's 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to call an early election. The 191-158 vote, with one abstention, opened a new...

The Latest: Spain: Early election decision expected Friday

Feb. 13, 2019 9:30 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on political developments in Spain (all times local): 3:15 p.m. The Spanish prime minister's office says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to announce Friday whether he will call an early election after his government lost a key budget vote. The Moncloa Palace said Sanchez's...

AP Explains: Catalans appear at 'trial of century' in Spain

Feb. 12, 2019 11:56 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — It's being billed as Spain's "trial of the century": A dozen politicians and activists are in in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stemming from their involvement in Catalonia's push for independence in 2017. The defendants face charges including rebellion and sedition in a proceeding that is...

Spain's courts put to test by trial of Catalan separatists

Feb. 11, 2019 8:27 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain is bracing for the nation's most sensitive trial in four decades of democracy this week, with a dozen Catalan separatists facing charges including rebellion over a failed secession bid in 2017. The proceedings, which begin Tuesday, will be broadcast live on television and all eyes will...

Thousands join right-wing rally in Madrid, demand PM resign

Feb. 10, 2019 2:28 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people joined a right-wing rally in Spain's capital Sunday to demand that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez step down for his handling of the Catalonia region's secession crisis. Many in the crowd assembled in Madrid's Plaza de Colon waved the national flag and...

AP Interview: Puigdemont says Catalan trial 'vengeance'

Feb. 4, 2019 8:18 AM EST

WATERLOO, Belgium (AP) — The leader of Catalonia's failed secession bid in 2017 says that Spain will seek "vengeance" rather than justice when 12 of his separatist allies stand trial next week accused of rebellion and other charges. Carles Puigdemont, who will follow the trial from self-imposed exile in...

Catalan separatists transferred to Madrid as key trial nears

Feb. 1, 2019 9:33 AM EST

SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities on Friday transferred nine politicians and activists from prisons in Catalonia to the country's capital, Madrid, ahead of a high-stakes trial for their roles in Catalonia's attempt to secede from Spain. The trial for 12 defendants, including three...