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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…]

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…]

Rajoy: Spain will not be divided, national unity will be preserved

Rajoy: Spain will not be divided, national unity will be preserved

Published 09/10/2017

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a newspaper interview that Spain would not be divided, a week after Catalonia held a referendum that authorities there say showed voters overwhelmingly support independence. [more…]

Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament session, throwing independence call in doubt

Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament session, throwing independence call in doubt

Published 06/10/2017

Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of Monday's session of the regional Catalan parliament, throwing into doubt its plans to declare unilateral independence from Spain. [more…]

Metro, roads disrupted in Catalonia pro-independence protest

Metro, roads disrupted in Catalonia pro-independence protest

Published 03/10/2017

Barcelona metro stations were closed, pickets blocked main roads and civil servants walked out on Tuesday in response to a strike called by pro-independence groups after hundreds were injured in a Spanish police crackdown on a banned independence referendum. [more…]

European shares stay near highs as Spanish sell-off eases

European shares stay near highs as Spanish sell-off eases

Published 03/10/2017

European shares hovered around three-month highs on Tuesday as a sell-off in Spanish stocks eased and financials gained following another record-breaking session on Wall Street. [more…]

Catalan leader calls for international mediation in Madrid stand-off

Catalan leader calls for international mediation in Madrid stand-off

Published 03/10/2017

The secessionist leader of Catalonia called for international mediation on Monday in the region's dispute with Madrid, a day after hundreds of people were hurt as police swung truncheons and fired rubber bullets to disrupt an independence referendum. [more…]

Hundreds of thousands to rally for Catalan independence from Spain

Hundreds of thousands to rally for Catalan independence from Spain

Published 11/09/2017

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans are expected to rally in the streets of Barcelona on Monday in what campaigners hope will be a show of support for independence after Madrid moved to block a planned referendum on the region's split from Spain. [more…]