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Spain to sue Catalan leader, officials over independence vote

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Artur Mas, the president of Catalonia is seen casting his ballot to vote in a symbolic referendum in Barcelona on Catalonia’s independence from Spain, November 9, 2014. Spain’s chief prosecutor is set to launch a lawsuit against Catalonia’s President Artur Mas as well as other local officials over the autonomous region’s recent symbolic referendum on independence from Spain. Eduardo Torres-Dulce... 

New SNP Leader Vows to Make Scotland Independent

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The new leader of Scotland’s National Party, spearheading the country’s independence from the UK, repeats ambition to make Scotland an independent country under her watch, suggesting she may call another independence referendum. Speaking on Saturday on the second day of the SNP national conference in the city of Perth, Nicola Sturgeon, who’s taken over from Alex Salmond as the party’ chief... 

Catalan self-determination impossible

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Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria. Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria says the Catalan region cannot be granted the right to self-determination. The Spanish official made the remarks in parliament on Tuesday, a day after more than two million people took part in an independence vote in Catalonia. “The right to self-determination that you demand... 

Polls close in Catalonia symbolic ballot on independence

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Polls have closed in Catalonia where people have held a symbolic independence vote despite the Spanish government’s opposition. According to the regional Catalan government, almost two million people took part in the independence polls, which opened at 9 a.m. local time (0800 GMT) and closed at 8 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Sunday. The regional government had earlier said that 5.4 million Catalans and resident... 

Catalans gear up for symbolic independence vote Sunday defying Madrid’s ban

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Catalans are holding a massive, symbolic regional independence vote this weekend, in defiance of the Spanish government’s ban. The polls look set to draw upward of 1.5 million people, to whom the vote is now about freedom of expression. Artur Mas, the Catalan president, has remained defiant in the face of the exceedingly draconian bans by Madrid on any show of support for secession. The Catalan... 

Salmond slams Labour-Tories campaigning against Yes vote

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Scottish First Minister Scotland’s outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond has lashed out at the Labour Party over campaigning with Conservatives against Scottish independence. Salmond said Labour in Scotland “will pay the price for a generation”. The comments came as opinion polls suggested that Labour was already facing a downfall in Scotland following the referendum. The Scottish Nationalist... 

Catalan new independence referendum illegal – Spain council

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The Spanish Council of State has ruled that a new planned symbolic referendum on independence in the Catalonia region is illegal, saying it backs a veto of the vote. A spokeswoman for the council said Thursday that the consultative body decided that the government should ask the Constitutional Court to declare the November 9 referendum as unlawful. The council made the ruling after receiving a request... 

Spain moves to block new Catalan independence vote

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The Spanish government has taken the first steps to block Catalonia’s new vote on independence which is scheduled for next month. On Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy requested the Council of State’s opinion on Catalonia’s “consultation of citizens,” which the region intends to hold next month instead of a full independence referendum. On October 15, Catalan regional president... 

EU Eurosceptic bloc collapses, UKIP facing huge financial problems

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Latvian MEP, Iveta Grigule. One of the European Parliament’s most outspoken eurosceptic group has collapsed after a Latvian MEP withdrew her membership. The bloc’s dissolution represents a financial blow to Nigel Farage’s UK Independence Party. The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group had comprised of 48 members in total, including Farage’s UKIP and Beppe Grillo’s Italian Five... 

Catalonia pushes ahead with independence vote

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The Catalan government says it will push ahead with its scheduled plan to hold an independence referendum, despite a Spanish Constitutional Court order to suspend the vote. Catalan President Artur Mas established a seven-member committee late on Thursday to supervise the referendum on Catalonia’s independence from Spain which is due to be held on November 9. Earlier on Wednesday, the creation of... 

Catalans stage pro-independence rally vowing to disobey Spain

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Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Barcelona, vowing to disobey Spain’s blocking of Catalonia’s independence referendum. Some 5,000 angry Catalans gathered in one of the city’s main squares on Tuesday, waving Catalan independence flags and chanting ‘We will vote”. “Not rain nor snow nor any court will stop us,” said Carme Forcadell, leader of the Catalan National... 

Madrid court suspends Catalonia’s Independence Referendum

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Spain’s Constitutional Court decided Monday that Catalonia has no right to vote for its independence. The independence referendum planned by Catalonia’s President for this November was unanimously suspended by 12 judges. Speaking in a televised address after an emergency cabinet meeting Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he regretted Catalonia’s president Artur Mas’s decision... 

Catalonia president orders independence referendum on Nov. 9

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The president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, has signed a decree calling an independence referendum for Nov. 9. The secessionist drive of the Spanish region has been rebuked by Madrid, which vowed to block the vote. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has called a government meeting Monday that is expected to provide a legal response to Barcelona’s announcement. Madrid plans to challenge the vote in... 

Catalan parliament approves November independence vote

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The Catalan parliament has passed a law giving its regional president the power to carry out a non-binding consultation vote on secession from Spain. Catalan nationalists believe this law enables them to hold the long-awaited independence referendum. On Friday, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of the new law, with 106 MPs supporting it and 28 voting against. The MPs hope it will bring Catalan... 

Pro-independence Scots launch new ‘45%’ campaign

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Thousands of pro-independence activists, determined to continue their fight for Scottish statehood, have launched a new campaign called ‘the 45 percent’, despite losing Thursday’s referendum. The campaign draws its name from the 44.7 percent of the Scottish electorate who voted ‘Yes’ to independence. Although the ‘No’ campaign secured a narrow majority at 55.3 percent, the appetite for... 
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