Alahednews Alahednews Catalonia Independence: Talks Underway to Pick Regional Leader Catalonia’s parliament speaker started meeting party representatives to pick a regional president. Spain’s King Urges Unity, Avoiding Confrontation On Christmas Eve, the Spanish King reiterated his call for unity, though his tone was more conciliatory Catalonia Elections: Pro-Independence Parties Claim Victory in Parliamentary Vote Catalan pro-independence parties have claimed victory in the parliamentary election. Catalonia: Prosecutor Asks for Former Catalan Leader’s Extradition A Spanish prosecutor requested that former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont be extradited to Spain. Catalonia Crisis: Puigdemont Released Conditionally The former Catalan leader was released on condition that he would not leave the country until the issue of his deportation to Spain is resolved. Catalan Referendum: Judge Issues European Arrest Warrant for Puigdemont A Spanish judge issued a European arrest warrant for ousted Catalan President Carles Puigdemont. Catalonia Crisis: Spain Judge Jails Former Catalan Ministers, Mulls Leader’s Arrest A Spanish judge jailed nine former members of Catalonia’s separatist government Thursday. In Deepest Catalonia, Independence Dream Stalls Catalans feel dismayed that their independence effort has apparently all but collapsed. Crunch Day for Catalonia as Madrid Takes Control Spain entered uncharted and potentially perilous territory on Monday as it moves to take over the running of Catalonia. Spain Dissolves Catalan Parliament, Announces Fresh Elections The Spanish government took control of Catalonia, dissolved its parliament and assigned new elections. Catalonia Rejects Snap Poll, Spain Mulls Direct Rule Catalan regional leader Carles Puigdemont refused to call snap elections to break a deadlock between Madrid and the semi-autonomous region. Catalan Officials Won’t Follow Madrid Orders, But Will of Catalan People: Spokesman Catalan authorities will not follow orders from Madrid, but will only listen to the will of the Catalan people, Catalonia’s Foreign Affairs spokesm Spain Expected To Impose Direct Rule on Catalonia The Spanish government is set to hold a special cabinet meeting to approve measures to take direct control over Catalonia. Catalonia Threats to Split, Spain to Suspend Its Autonomy Spain’s central government said it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule. Catalan Leader Threatens To Declare Independence If Spanish Gov’t Suspends Autonomy Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont said the region will push for independence if dialogue with Madrid fails. Catalonia Independence: Spain Threatens Catalan Separatists As Deadline Looms Spain threatens to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy if the region’s leader does not abandon his independence bid. Catalonia: New Protests after Secession Leaders Jailed Catalonian protesters are gathering for a fresh round of demonstrations in Barcelona. Catalan Leader Fails to Clarify Independence Declaration The President of Catalonia asked for 2 months of dialogue over the status of the region in northwest Spain. Independence Decision Day Looms in Catalonia Spain watched nervously as the clock ticked down on a deadline for Catalonia’s separatist president to decide if he wants to push ahead with indepe Spain Gives Catalan Leader 8 Days to Drop Independence Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave the Catalan government 8 days to drop an independence bid. Catalonia Suspends Declaration of Independence from Spain Catalonia’s regional premier Carles Puigdemont pulled back from the brink of a full-blown unilateral declaration of independence for Catalonia. Catalan Referendum: Spain on Edge before Possible Secession Declaration The focus of the deepening clash between Catalan separatists and Spanish authorities is shifting to the regional Parliament. Catalan Referendum: Scores Rally in Barcelona against Independence Scores of people rallied in central Barcelona on Sunday protesting against any declaration of independence from Spain. Catalonia Referendum: Spain Braces for More Protests amid Crisis Spain braces for more protests in the northeastern region. Catalonia: Spain Court Orders Catalan Independence Session Suspended Spain’s Constitutional Court ordered the suspension of a planned session in Catalonia’s parliament.