Carles Puigdemont

Catalan parliament speaker gets bail but gagged for election campaign

Catalan parliament speaker gets bail but gagged for election campaign

Published 10/11/2017

The Catalan parliament's speaker was to be released from prison on Friday, but the terms she agreed to in exchange for being granted bail seem likely to prevent her from campaigning on a pro-independence ticket for regional elections next month. [more…]

Dollar edges away from highs, Spain crisis pressures euro

Dollar edges away from highs, Spain crisis pressures euro

Published 30/10/2017

The dollar edged away from last week's three-month highs on Monday, while the euro nursed losses after the European Central Bank and unrest in Spain's Catalonia led it to post its worst week this year. [more…]

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain, poll shows depths of division

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain, poll shows depths of division

Published 30/10/2017

Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona's streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence. [more…]

Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Madrid suspends autonomy

Catalonia to press ahead with independence if Madrid suspends autonomy

Published 18/10/2017

Catalonia's leader pledged to press ahead with his independence bid if Spain moves to suspend the region's autonomy, a regional government source said on Wednesday, hours before a deadline over keeping the euro zone's fourth-largest economy united. [more…]

Global stocks stay buoyant as dollar, bond yields rise

Global stocks stay buoyant as dollar, bond yields rise

Published 17/10/2017

World equity markets held close to all-time highs on Tuesday, as investors latched on to rising bets on higher borrowing costs in the U.S. and Britain. [more…]

Allies press Catalan leader to declare full independence, ignore Madrid deadlines

Allies press Catalan leader to declare full independence, ignore Madrid deadlines

Published 13/10/2017

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont came under pressure from one of his key allies on Friday to declare full independence and ignore a threat of direct rule from the Spanish government. [more…]

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Catalonia baulks at formal independence declaration to allow talks

Published 11/10/2017

Catalonia's leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region's future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. [more…]

Spain`s creditors size up cost of Catalan independence bid

Spain`s creditors size up cost of Catalan independence bid

Published 10/10/2017

Investors who lend billions of euros to Spain every year are struggling to sketch out the repercussions for the country's finances of a possible independence proclamation by the wealthy region of Catalonia. [more…]

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Thousands protest in Barcelona against Catalan independence

Published 09/10/2017

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia's capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. [more…]

China shares hit 21-month high- Turkish lira takes a dive

China shares hit 21-month high- Turkish lira takes a dive

Published 09/10/2017

Chinese shares climbed on Monday after a week-long break as a disappointing survey on the country's service sector did little to dent optimism on global growth, while political uncertainty caused turbulence for the Turkish and British currencies. [more…]