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Spanish state angst after Germany releases Catalan leader

Wednesday, 18 april 2018 | GREEN LEFT WEEKLY
GREENLEFT April 13, 2018   Dick Nichols   The most extreme Spanish reaction to the April 5 ruling of the Higher Regional court of German state Schleswig-Holstein that freed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was from radio shock jock Federico Jiménez Losantos. “In the Balearic Islands there are 200,000 of them [Germans] as hostages,” he railed. “In Bavaria, well in Bavaria pubs could start being blown up. So, I’m proposing action? Of course, they’ve slapped us around, they’ve given us a kick in the you-know-what. [+]

Puigdemont rebellion charge was 'extremely risky' - German legal expert

Sunday, 8 april 2018 | EURONEWS
EURONEWS 6-04-2018   Carles Puigdemont should not and will not be extradited to Spain, a leading German legal expert has told Euronews. Heribert Prantl, Editor in Chief of Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich has also worked as a judge and prosecutor, and says the conflict concerning Catalonia is not only a Spanish issue. He believes European leaders should have stepped in to restrain the actions of the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy. “The accusation of ‘rebellion’ was extremely risky, and indeed the decision from the court in Schleswig contains the incredibly tough sentence that Puigdemont’s behaviour is not punishable under current German law. [+]

The Catalonia Dispute Ensnares Germany

Friday, 30 march 2018 | NEW YORK TIMES
Protesting the arrest of Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.
 IMAGE: Santi Palacios/Associated Press

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Scotland sends a message to Spain: YOU CAN'T HAVE OUR CLARA!

Wednesday, 28 march 2018 | THE NATIONAL
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Puigdemont Is No Traitor

Tuesday, 27 march 2018 | SPIEGEL ONLINE
The legal situation is clear: Germany must extradite former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont to Spain. But not for the main charge against him. The German judicial system and politicians must do everything in their power to defuse the conflict.
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The Spanish government shouldn’t get too excited by Puigdemont's arrest – the Catalan fight for independence is far from over

Tuesday, 27 march 2018 | INDEPENDENT
It should be remembered that the Catalan independence movement is not without sympathy in a Europe going through transition and the rise of powerful regional blocs within member states
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Spanish anti-terror law has 'chilling effect' on satire, says Amnesty International

Monday, 19 march 2018 | THE GUARDIAN
Charity urges repeal of article 578, which they say has restricted freedom of expression

PHOTO: Cassandra Vera
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Burning King’s Picture Is Free Speech, European Court Warns Spain

Sunday, 18 march 2018 | NEW YORK TIMES
Enric Stern, left, and Jaume Roura during their trial in Madrid in 2007. Spain fined them for insulting the monarchy, but a European Union court overturned that verdict on Tuesday.

IMAGE:  Fernando Alvarado/Reuters
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Spain: Counter-terror law used to crush satire and creative expression online

Saturday, 17 march 2018 | AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL   13 March 2018   An exponential increase in the number of people falling foul of a draconian law banning the “glorification of terrorism” or “humiliating victims of terrorism” is part of a sustained attack on freedom of expression in Spain, a new report from Amnesty International has found. Tweet…if you dare: How counter-terrorism laws restrict freedom of expression in Spain reveals that scores of ordinary social media users as well as musicians, journalists and even puppeteers have been prosecuted on grounds of national security. [+]

Exiled Catalan minister calls for support

Friday, 16 march 2018 | BBC News
A former Catalan minister who has returned to Scotland after fleeing Spain said "all democratic governments" should condemn the imprisonment of her former colleagues.
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