Spain, Catalonia clash over policing as illegal independence vote nears


MADRID The mounting political crisis in Spain over Catalonia's campaign for independence intensified on Saturday with a new row over the control of the local police force as the regional government pressed ahead with plans to hold an illegal vote next weekend.

Spain sends more police to block Catalonia referendum

MADRID Spain will send more state police to Catalonia to block any moves to hold a banned independence referendum, the interior ministry said on Friday.

World, 22 Sep 2017

Spain police detain man accused of link to Barcelona attacks

MADRID Spanish police on Friday detained a man they said had a close relationship with a number of those involved in last month's attacks in Barcelona when militant Islamists used a van to hit pedestrians and carried out a follow-up attack, killing 16.

World, 22 Sep 2017

Catalan leader presses on with banned vote on split from Spain

MADRID/BARCELONA The Catalan regional leader on Thursday said he would press on with an Oct. 1 referendum on a split from Spain, flouting a court ban, as tens of thousands gathered for a second day on the streets of Barcelona demanding the right to vote.

World, 22 Sep 2017

Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum

MADRID/BARCELONA Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

World, 21 Sep 2017

Spain on the backfoot in bid to tackle youth unemployment

MADRID Finding a fix for Spain's youth unemployment crisis was never going to happen overnight.

Police in Catalonia hunt for hidden ballot boxes in bid to foil referendum

MADRID Armed police in Spain have raided several print works and newspaper offices in Catalonia in recent days in a hunt for voting papers, ballot boxes and leaflets to be used in an Oct. 1 independence referendum which Madrid vehemently opposes.

World, 16 Sep 2017

Catalonia asks Spain for dialogue as independence struggle intensifies

MADRID Catalonian leaders on Friday appealed to the Spanish government for dialogue to avert an impending political crisis over a planned referendum on independence as Madrid took measures to stop state cash being used to fund the vote. | Video

World, 15 Sep 2017

Spain passes measures to control Catalan finances ahead of independence vote

MADRID The Spanish government on Friday passed measures to increase control over how Catalonia spends its money in an effort to stop the regional administration from using state cash to pay for an illegal independence referendum.

World, 15 Sep 2017

Spain calls Catalan mayors for questioning on independence vote

MADRID Spain's state prosecutor has summoned more than 700 Catalan mayors who have backed an independence referendum, in an escalation of Madrid's efforts to block the vote that it has declared illegal.

World, 14 Sep 2017