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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, Sep 22 2017

Carrefour's new boss names management team

PARIS Carrefour's new boss on Friday named his leadership team, putting the man credited with reviving the retailer's Spanish operations in charge of turning around its business in France, its biggest market.

France, Sep 22 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, Sep 22 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, Sep 21 2017

Spooked by Catalonia, EU rallies behind Madrid, but warily

BRUSSELS Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire.

World, Sep 21 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, Sep 21 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.

World, Sep 20 2017

Catalan mayors exercise right to remain silent in referendum questioning

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

World, Sep 19 2017

Spain's prosecutor warns over Catalonia referendum as leaflets seized

BARCELONA Spanish authorities on Sunday pursued efforts to block an independence vote in Catalonia, seizing campaign materials as the chief prosecutor said jailing the region's top politician could not be ruled out.

World, Sep 17 2017

German conservative suggests job move for veteran finance min Schaeuble

BERLIN A senior German conservative said on Monday that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble would make an "ideal" president of parliament, raising the possibility of a change of roles for a man long associated with unflinching austerity in the euro zone.