Protesters take to the streets of Barcelona

Thousands of pro-independence Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona today Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy said he would curb powers of the Catalan parliament Rajoy said government had taken this unprecedented decision to restore the law Also proposed central government ministers assume powers of Catalan officials Catalan president faces rebellion charge which could see him…

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Europe’s Secession Problems Aren’t Going Away

16 HOURS AGORyan McMaken Earlier this week, The New York Times noted that movements for greater local autonomy appear to be spreading throughout Europe. In some ways, the conflict in Catalonia is just the tip of the iceberg. The Times reports: Coming on the heels of the Catalan vote, the Lombardy and Veneto referendums are yet another signal of…

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Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight

By RAPHAEL MINDEROCT. 19, 2017 Photo Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, has requested mediation over his region’s status in Spain.CreditSamuel Aranda for The New York Times BARCELONA, Spain — The standoff over Catalonia intensified significantly on Thursday as the Spanish government said it would take emergency measures to halt a secessionist drive in the economically…

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Dozens die as wildfires ravage Portugal and Spain

16 Oct 2017 MORE ON PORTUGAL Dozens die as wildfires ravage Portugal and Spainyesterday Portugal and Spain hit by deadly wildfires in Hurricane Opheliayesterday Portugal charges 18 police with ‘torture’ of black men3 months ago Chile beat Portugal to reach Confederations Cup final3 months ago At least 32 people, including a one-month infant, have died in…

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In Czech Election, a New Threat to European Unity

By RICK LYMANOCT. 17, 2017 The Czech billionaire Andrej Babis in Prague last month. His party, Ano, is topping the polls for parliamentary elections this week. CreditMichal Cizek/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images PRAGUE — He’s a media-wise billionaire used to getting his own way, and promising to run the government like a business. He wants immigrants to…

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Hungary’s Orban: Protect Middle East Christians or Anti-Christian Persecution Will Come to Europe

433 Gergely Botár/kormany.hu by JACK MONTGOMERY12 Oct 2017444 The Prime Minister of Hungary has urged EU leaders to protect Christianity in Africa and the Middle East, or risk its destruction in Europe. Fidesz leader Viktor Orbán said his country was taking the lead on extending aid to Christian minorities, and, in particular, on supporting programmes to help…

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MSM: Christian Prayers Along Polish Border a ‘Problematic Expression of Islamophobia’

Getty by THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.10 Oct 2017963 Reporting on the extraordinary turnout for the “Rosary on the Borders” prayer campaign in Poland, the Associated Press (AP) suggested that the event smacked of “a problematic expression of Islamophobia.” On-the-ground sources said that over a million Poles turned out Saturday to pray the rosary along the country’s…

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Catalonia independence referendum: All you need to know

Referendum on independence for Catalonia set to go ahead on October 1 despite government crackdown in the region. David Child & Charlotte Mitchell Catalonia accounts for 15 percent of Spain’s population and 20 percent of its economic output [Susana Vera/Reuters] The Spanish region of Catalonia is set to hold a referendum on independence on October 1. The…

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