Separatists Defend Majority in Catalan Election

Catalan party leaders Inés Arrimadas and Carles Puigdemont
Catalan party leaders Inés Arrimadas and Carles Puigdemont (Ciutadans/Generalitat de Catalunya)
  • Separatists defended their majority in Catalonia on Thursday.
  • Parties that want to secede from Spain won seventy out of 135 seats in the regional parliament against 57 for the unionists. Read more

Center-Right Parties Form Government in Netherlands

Prime Ministers Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Justin Trudeau of Canada pose for photographs outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25
Prime Ministers Theresa May of the United Kingdom, Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Justin Trudeau of Canada pose for photographs outside NATO headquarters in Brussels, May 25 (Flickr/Justin Trudeau)
  • Center-right parties in the Netherlands are due to form a coalition government.
  • The four-party deal allows Mark Rutte to stay in power for four more years. Read more

Catalonia’s Independence Crisis

Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Girona, October 1, 2014
Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Girona, October 1, 2014 (Ariet/Carles Palacio)
  • Spain has dissolved the autonomous Catalan government and charged its members with rebellion and sedition after they declared independence.
  • Elections for a new parliament will be held on December 21. Read more

Catalans Vote for Independence in Controversial Referendum

Catalans wait in line in Barcelona to vote in a referendum about independence from Spain, October 1
Catalans wait in line in Barcelona to vote in a referendum about independence from Spain, October 1 (HazteOir)
  • Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy maintains “no self-determination referendum” was held in Catalonia on Sunday, although millions voted.
  • Regional president Carles Puigdemont claims the region has “won the right to be an independent state”.
  • Hundreds of Catalans were injured in altercations with Spanish riot police. Read more

Merkel Wins Reelection in Germany But Will Need More Parties to Govern

German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz
German party leaders Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz (EPP/Bayern SPD)
  • Germany could see a three-party “Jamaica” coalition after its election on Sunday.
  • Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats lost support but are still the largest party.
  • The Social Democrats suffered an historic defeat and have ruled out continuing the left-right “grand coalition”. Read more

Catalans Determined to Vote in Referendum Declared Illegal

Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Barcelona, July 10, 2010
Catalans demonstrate for independence from Spain in Barcelona, July 10, 2010 (SBA73)
  • Spain claims control of Catalonia’s public finances and police force in an attempt to prevent the region from voting on independence.
  • According to regional president Carles Puigdemont, Spain has “crossed a red line.” Read more

May to Stay in Power with Support of Northern Ireland Unionists

British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11
British prime minister Theresa May speaks with the American secretary of defense, James Mattis, at Lancaster House in London, England, May 11 (DoD/Jette Carr)
  • Britain’s ruling Conservatives have lost their majority in Parliament, going down from 329 to 318 seats.
  • But they should be able to govern with support from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which has ten seats. Read more