Hours after Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office, one of the most critical issues facing his fragile government is pressed upon him: ending the Catalonia secession crisis.
The government says it acted because of the WikiLeaks founder's social media posts decrying the arrest of a Catalan separatist politician.
The fugitive ex-president of the Spanish region of Catalonia is seized by German police on an international warrant as he tries to enter the country from Denmark.
Five politicians from Catalonia are jailed; warrants target Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and other lawmakers who seek secession from Spain.
The decision came after Spain’s top court ruled that Carles Puigdemont could be re-elected only if he was physically present in the parliament in Barcelona—where he could face arrest.
“If I have to choose between being an inmate or a president, I’d rather be a president, even from afar,” Carles Puigdemont says.
In Brussels facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion and sedition, the ousted Catalonian president sees a disconnect between the people and "European elites."
Carles Puigdemont and four ex-ministers presented themselves to authorities to start the process of their possible extradition to Spain, Belgian officials say.
A Spanish prosecutor has asked a National Court judge to issue an international arrest warrant for Catalonia's ousted regional president.