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Digging up Franco: Spain divided over dictator's legacy

Aug. 5, 2018 3:29 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Even in his grave, the 20th-century dictator who ruled Spain with an iron fist keeps dividing the country. Spain's new center-left government says removing the embalmed body of Gen. Francisco Franco from a glorifying mausoleum will be the first among many symbolic moves aimed at coming to...

Ex-Catalan chief Puigdemont returns to Belgium from Germany

Jul. 28, 2018 6:32 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont returned to Belgium Saturday to drum up support for Catalonia's separatist movement after Spain's bid to extradite him on rebellion charges from Germany failed. On arriving to Brussels, Puigdemont shook hands with other former members of his Cabinet...

Catalan separatist Puigdemont to return to Belgium Saturday

Jul. 25, 2018 7:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont said Wednesday he will return to Belgium this weekend to resume efforts to drum up European support for Catalan self-determination after Spain's bid to extradite him collapsed. Puigdemont has been in Germany since March, when he was arrested on a...

Lawyer Casado elected new leader of Spain's Popular Party

Jul. 21, 2018 8:53 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rising conservative politician Pablo Casado has been elected as new leader of Spain's Popular Party in a landslide victory, ending a bitter and divisive election. The 37-year-old lawyer beat his opponent, former deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, with 1701 votes...

Rajoy says farewell as Spain's conservatives seek new leader

Jul. 20, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Former Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed loyalty to his Popular Party in an emotional farewell Friday as the conservative party seeks to retake power in Spain. The 63-year-old politician lost a parliamentary vote last month to his Socialist party opponent, Pedro Sanchez, in the wake...

Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession

Jul. 9, 2018 11:33 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The new leaders of Spain and Catalonia have agreed on opening a bilateral dialogue over the future of the prosperous northeastern region in the first breakthrough in the years-long political standoff between the central and regional governments. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Catalonia's...

AP Interview: Catalan chief to ask Spain for secession vote

Jun. 26, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's new separatist chief plans to deliver one message to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in their highly-anticipated meeting next month: an authorized ballot over Catalan secession from Spain is the only solution to the country's worst political crisis in decades. "We...

Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site

Jun. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from a controversial mausoleum and turn the site into a monument for reconciliation. Sanchez told national broadcaster TVE that Spain "cannot afford symbols that separate...