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Protests mar opening of European Parliament's new session

Jul. 2, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — It was a rambunctious start for the European Parliament's new five-year session Tuesday: Brexiteers, Catalan independence backers and others disrupted the normally solemn proceedings with protests. Some lawmakers refused to stand as a jazz ensemble started playing the EU's anthem...

Spain stops jailed Catalan from joining European Parliament

Jun. 14, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court denied on Friday a request by a Catalan separatist leader to leave jail so he can become a European Parliament member after being elected last month. The court said that Catalonia's former vice president Oriol Junqueras will not be allowed to attend a session...

Catalan fugitives must get European credentials in Spain

Jun. 13, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say two fugitive Catalan separatists elected to the European Parliament must risk arrest by returning to Spain to pick up their official credentials if they want to be European lawmakers. Spain's Electoral Board ruled Thursday that all the elected candidates from Spain to...

Catalan separatists defend actions at end of Spanish trial

Jun. 12, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A rebellion and sedition trial resulting from a push to take the Catalonia region out of Spain wrapped up Wednesday with prosecuted leaders arguing they exercised their democratic rights by holding a banned independence referendum. The dozen ex-officials and activists on trial, who hope to...

AP Explains: Catalan trial that gripped Spain draws to close

Jun. 12, 2019 4:07 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A dozen politicians and activists on trial for their failed bid in 2017 to carve out an independent Catalan republic in northeastern Spain will deliver their final statements Wednesday as four months of hearings draw to an end. A verdict isn't expected for months but, whichever way it goes,...

The Latest: Salvini says populists will control 150 EU seats

Jun. 8, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on elections for the European Parliament (all times local): 3 p.m. The leader of Italy's right-wing League Party, Matteo Salvini, calculates that populist and nationalist parties will control at least 150 seats in the new 751-seat European Parliament. Votes were still coming in...

Spain decries UN working group's opinion on jailed Catalans

May. 29, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government has dismissed the conclusions of a panel of experts working under the United Nations umbrella that called for the release from custody three Catalan separatists on trial in Spain. In a non-binding but politically damaging opinion published on Wednesday, the U.N. Working...

Future uncertain for Catalan separatists elected in Europe

May. 27, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Three jailed or fugitive Catalan politicians hope to use their freshly won seats in the European Parliament as loudspeakers for their separatist cause in northeastern Spain — although actually being sworn in as lawmakers will be the first obstacle they have to overcome. The European...

AP Interview: Catalan separatist vows EU parliament fight

May. 24, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Blocked from pursuing his political crusade in Spain's parliament, the most prominent jailed leader of Catalonia's separatist movement is vowing to take his fight to the European Parliament. The lower chamber of Spain's Parliament on Friday suspended Oriol Junqueras and three...