Twice in less than a year, the parliamentary votes of separatist lawmakers have proved the decisive push to topple consecutive governments.
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.
Prime Minister-elect Pedro Sanchez vows to root out the corruption that helped bring down his county's outgoing conservative government.
The Catalan secession movement in the wealthy region has plunged Spain into its deepest institutional crisis in decades.
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.
The vote gives new momentum to Catalonia's drive for independence from Spain, but pro-unity party makes gains.