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Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó is a Catalan pro-independence politician and journalist from Spain. He lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium, under threat of arrest if he returns to Spain. A former Mayor of Girona, Puigdemont served as President of the Government of Catalonia from January 2016 to October 2017 when he was removed from office by the Spanish Government following the unilateral Catalan declaration of independence. He is co-founder of the National Call for the Republic (CNxR) and leader of the Junts per Catalunya (JuntsxCat) electoral alliance.
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Thousands attend rally in France for exiled Catalan leaderTens of thousands of Catalan independence supporters gathered in Perpignan, southern France, on Saturday at a rally in support of exiled former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who called on the crowd..
Also reported by •France 24
Catalonia's Puigdemont appeals for help to repay costs of banned referendumCatalonia's former leader Carles Puigdemont asked pro-independence supporters on Tuesday to donate money after Spanish authorities ordered him and 19 others to pay back 4.1 million euros of public..
Fugitive Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont becomes EU legislatorCatalan leader Carles Puigdemont has taken his seat as a member of the European Parliament in Strasbourg despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain. The former Catalan president and new EU..
Catalan separatists take seats as EU lawmakers, promise to push secessionCatalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin took their seats in the European Parliament on Monday, vowing to force their secessionist cause onto Europe's agenda just days after Spain..
Spain's top court asks EU Parliament to strip Catalan separatist leaders of immunitySpain's Supreme Court on Friday formally asked the European Parliament to strip Catalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin of their immunity as members of parliament.
Belgian court suspends extradition of former Catalan leader PuigdemontA Brussels court has suspended the extradition of former Catalan pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said on Thursday.
Also reported by •Reuters
Belgium halts extradition of Catalan separatist Puigdemont to SpainA judge in Belgium suspended an arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont and another pro-independence politician. The Catalan separatist leader is wanted in Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition...
After court ruling, Catalan separatists get temporary badges as EU lawmakersCatalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin received temporary accreditation as members of the European Parliament on Friday, a day after the European Union's highest court issued a..
Catalan separatist politicians win new EU legal victoryBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top court on Friday overturned a decision preventing fugitive former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont from taking a seat in the European Parliament, in a fresh..
EU lower court must reexamine Puigdemont and Comin's bid to take up seats as EU lawmakersThe Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU's highest court, said on Friday that a lower EU court must reexamine the requests of former Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin to take..
Spanish TVE says unidentified group aired Russia Today show on its websiteSpanish state-owned broadcaster TVE said unidentified people illegally aired a Russia Today program featuring self-exiled Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on its website last Thursday.
Brussels court to hear Puigdemont arrest warrant case on October 29A Brussels court, which will rule on whether to accept an arrest warrant issued by Spain for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, will convene on October 29, the Brussels prosecutor said.
Spain seeks to extradite Carles Puigdemont as Catalonia braces for general strikeCarles Puigdemont, the former Catalan president who led the region’s failed bid for independence two years ago, has handed himself into judicial authorities in Belgium in response to the reactivation..
Former Catalan separatist leader Puigdemont hands himself in to Belgian authoritiesFormer Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has handed himself over to justice authorities in Belgium, where he had been living since 2017. His move comes after Spain issued a new warrant for his arrest..
Spain seeks arrest of Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont in BelgiumBelgium has received a third arrest warrant request from Spain's Supreme Court for Catalonia's former pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on..
Spain sends Belgium arrest warrant request for Catalan leader PuigdemontBelgium has received a third European arrest warrant request from Spain's Supreme Court for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, a spokeswoman for the Brussels prosecutor said on Wednesday.
Spanish Supreme Court issues European arrest warrant for former Catalonia head PuigdemontSpain’s Supreme Court has issued a European arrest warrant for the former head of Catalonia’s regional government, Carles Puigdemont. He now lives in self-imposed exile in Belgium. In July 2018,..
Also reported by •Reuters
Spain hands Catalan separatists lengthy prison terms, issues warrant for ex-leader PuigdemontA Spanish Supreme Court judge has issued an international arrest warrant for former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont following the sentencing of 12 of his pro-Catalonia independence colleagues in Spain..
Catalonia's Puigdemont calls prison sentences for separatist leaders an 'atrocity'The former head of Catalonia's regional government Carles Puigdemont said on Monday that the prison sentences for the separatist leaders on trial for a failed 2017 independence bid were an "atrocity."
Legislators’ protests mar formal opening of European ParliamentLegislators from right-wing parties, Brexiteers and Catalan independence backers have disrupted the formal opening session of the European Parliament. Some refused to stand as a jazz ensemble started..