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Spain drops international arrest warrants for Carles Puigdemont

A Spanish judge drops European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, the Supreme Court says.

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Catalan MPs arrive to vote on new regional separatist leader

Catalonia’s lawmakers arrive in parliament to vote on whether to appoint hardline independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running. IMAGES

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Catalan lawmakers vote on new regional separatist leader

Catalonia’s parliament votes on whether to appoint hardline independence supporter Quim Torra as regional president, after deposed leader Carles Puigdemont stepped aside from the running. IMAGES

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Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont rejects being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain’s government. In a video statement from Germany, he proposes political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor.

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Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont rejects being re-appointed as leader of the region, following pressure from Spain’s government. In a video statement from Germany, he proposes political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor.

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Puigdemont meets Catalan representatives in Berlin

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont meets Catalan representatives in Berlin. IMAGES

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Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to “respect democracy”

Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to “respect democracy and international treaties” at a conference in Berlin in Germany, the day after his release from prison after the German courts dropped charges against him. SOUNDBITE

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Catalonia’s Puigdemont leaves German jail on bail

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont leaves a German jail after judges ordered his release on bail. Judges are mulling his extradition to Spain on a corruption charge, but have dropped the more serious charge of rebellion. IMAGES

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Images of Neumünster prison ahead of Puigdemont’s release

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont is set to walk out of German jail, after judges refused his extradition to Spain on a rebellion charge and ordered him freed on bail pending a ruling on a lesser corruption charge. IMAGES in front of the prison of Neumünster

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Comedians seek to patch up divisions in Catalonia

Catalonia is still without a leader, even if separatist parties retained their majority in parliament after regional elections on December 21. Wanted in Spain for rebellion and sedition and in self-exile in Brussels, deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont abandoned his bid to lead Catalonia again and has proposed civil society leader Jordi Sanchez as an alternative candidate, even if he is in prison. Meanwhile Catalonia remains under the control of Spain’s central government. Faced with this impasse, comedians are attempting to patch up divisions in Spanish society with a strong dose of laughter.