Alahednews Alahednews Thousands Demand Release of Independence Leaders in Barcelona Hundreds of thousands demanded the release of independence leaders in Barcelona. Spain to Sell Warships to Saudi Arabia Spain signs $2.2 billion framework deal to sell warships to Saudi Arabia. Former Catalan Leader Released after Paying $91K Bail Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was released from a German prison after paying a bail of $91566 USD. German Court Keeps Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont in Custody A German court has kept former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont in custody pending possible extradition to Spain to face ’rebellion’ charges. Catalonia’s Ex-Leader Puigdemont to Be Brought before Judge in Germany Catalonia’s former president, Carles Puigdemont, was to be brought before a court in Germany. Violent Clashes Erupt Across Catalonia After Puigdemont’s Arrest Capture of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont sparks violent protests in Barcelona. Puigdemont Refuses to Rule out Catalonia’s Fresh Elections Catalonia’s deposed leader Carles Puigdemont refused Friday to rule out fresh elections in the Spanish region 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.