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Separatist movement in Catalonia shows resilience despite setbacks

On the back of a record low turnout in Sunday's vote, the three main parties who want to create a Catalan state expanded their majority in the regional parliament based in Barcelona to 74 seats of the 135-seat chamber, up from 70 in 2017.
The strong result for the separatists comes after their 2017 bid for a breakaway ended with several of its leaders in jail, others fleeing abroad from Spanish justice, and the entrenchment of roughly half of Catalonia that strongly supports staying in Spain. (Representative Image)(AP)
The strong result for the separatists comes after their 2017 bid for a breakaway ended with several of its leaders in jail, others fleeing abroad from Spanish justice, and the entrenchment of roughly half of Catalonia that strongly supports staying in Spain. (Representative Image)(AP)
Published on Feb 15, 2021 04:46 PM IST
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Covid-19: Youngsters in Catalonia face huge fines for ‘botellon’ drinking parties

Botellon is an outdoor party whereby young people gather at night on the street or in parks to share drinks and make merry.
Tourists and locals eat on the terrace of a
Tourists and locals eat on the terrace of a "Chiringuito" (beach restaurant), after Catalonia's regional authorities announced restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sant Marti d'Empuries, near Figueres, Costa Brava, Spain July 28, 2020.(REUTERS/Nacho Doce)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 10:39 AM IST
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Catalonia | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Covid-19: Spain’s hotel occupancy rate crashed in first half of 2020 due to pandemic

With tourism accounting for around 12% of Spain’s economy, the 33% average occupancy rate of hotels from January to June - compared with 73% during the same period last year - was especially damaging.
The northeastern region of Catalonia, a leading tourist hotspot, saw hotel occupancy dive 58% in Barcelona, while the capital Madrid lost 46% of its 2019 levels. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
The northeastern region of Catalonia, a leading tourist hotspot, saw hotel occupancy dive 58% in Barcelona, while the capital Madrid lost 46% of its 2019 levels. (Representational Image)(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 24, 2020 08:57 AM IST
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Madrid | ByReuters | Posted by Saumya Sharma

Italy, Catalonia MotoGPs postponed over coronavirus

The Italian MotoGP was scheduled for May 31 with Catalonia fixed for June 7, but both have been pushed back with no new date. Last week organisers postponed the May 17 French MotoGP after previously calling off the Spanish event set for May 3.
Marc Marquez of Spain of Repsol Honda Team.(REUTERS)
Marc Marquez of Spain of Repsol Honda Team.(REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 07, 2020 04:50 PM IST
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Paris | ByAgence France-Presse

Girona in Spain is a treat for Game of Thrones fans. Here are the things you can do when you visit

From setting the scene(s) for both Braavos and King’s Landing in Game of Thrones, Girona is a quaint town located barely two-hours from Barcelona. Here are some of the places you can explore when you visit.
Spain’s Girona is perfect for a day trip from Barcelona, and a treat for Game of Thrones fans. Here are the things you can do when you visit.(Unsplash)
Spain’s Girona is perfect for a day trip from Barcelona, and a treat for Game of Thrones fans. Here are the things you can do when you visit.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jan 04, 2020 09:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Delhi | BySaumya Sharma

Postponed El Clasico to be played on December 18: Federation

Spain’s most prestigious fixture, which was due to take place at Camp Nou on Saturday, was postponed last week because of violent pro-independence protests in Catalonia.
SBarcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Antoine Griezmann during training.(REUTERS)
SBarcelona's Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Antoine Griezmann during training.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 04:44 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAFP

Barcelona to give all against Slavia with Clasico break ahead

Barcelona and Real Madrid agreed last week to postpone La Liga’s most prestigious game, which would have been a showdown for the top league spot, from next Saturday to December because of the unrest in Catalonia.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during the press conference(REUTERS)
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during the press conference(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 09:43 AM IST
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Prague | ByAFP

Catalan leaders demand talks with Madrid after violent clashes

Nearly 200 people were hurt in another night of clashes with radical separatists hurling rocks and fireworks at police who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
A large number of protesters march along Passeig de Gracia avenue waving pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain.(Bloomberg photo)
A large number of protesters march along Passeig de Gracia avenue waving pro-independence Catalan Estelada flags during a demonstration in Barcelona, Spain.(Bloomberg photo)
Published on Oct 19, 2019 09:17 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByAgence France-Presse

Barcelona and Real Madrid told to agree new Clasico date due to Catalonia protests

The clubs have until 10:00am (0800 GMT) on Monday to find a new date for the match, the federation said. If they fail to do so, the federation will choose a new date.
File image of Lionel Messi in action during El Clasico.(AP)
File image of Lionel Messi in action during El Clasico.(AP)
Updated on Oct 18, 2019 04:38 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAFP

Spanish TV cameras spot marijuana while filming Vuelta bike race

Catalonia’s regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, opened an investigation after snippets of the video -- which was aired live -- went viral on social media.
Team Bora rider Ireland's Sam Bennett (3R) crosses the finish line.(AFP)
Team Bora rider Ireland's Sam Bennett (3R) crosses the finish line.(AFP)
Updated on Sep 04, 2019 06:10 PM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Pique tells off Catalonia supporters for insulting Spain, calls for respect

He was given a raucous reception by supporters but gave a firm response when he heard anti-Spain chants, gesturing towards supporters by wagging his finger and urging them to stop.
File image of Gerard Pique(REUTERS)
File image of Gerard Pique(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 26, 2019 07:03 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByReuters

Chennai City FC’s recipe for I-League success - Foreign signings and positive football

The Spanish imports brought their own brand of football and with coach Nawas opting for offensive strategies, Chennai City FC slowly became one of the most lethal sides in the team.
The season was not exactly a cakewalk for Chennai City FC(Chennai City FC Twitter handle)
The season was not exactly a cakewalk for Chennai City FC(Chennai City FC Twitter handle)
Updated on Mar 10, 2019 04:20 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySayan Ghosh

Concern for misfiring Suarez as goals dry up for Barcelona

Suarez laboured throughout much of the Champions League last 16, first leg in France, although he came as close as anyone to scoring for Barcelona when he fired just wide from a Jordi Alba cutback 20 minutes from time.
File image of Luis Suarez(REUTERS)
File image of Luis Suarez(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 20, 2019 07:22 PM IST
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Lyon | ByAFP

Uber suspends service in Barcelona after new regulations, cab strike

Uber Technologies Inc. will suspend its UberX ride-hailing service in Barcelona after the Catalan government set new restrictions on its business following a strike by taxi drivers.
Spanish taxi drivers gather outside the People's Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid to protest amid a strike against VTCs (Tourism Vehicles with Chauffeur).(AFP)
Spanish taxi drivers gather outside the People's Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid to protest amid a strike against VTCs (Tourism Vehicles with Chauffeur).(AFP)
Published on Jan 31, 2019 06:39 PM IST
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Bloomberg, Madrid | ByThomas Gualtieri

US warns tourists of possible Christmas day terror attack in Barcelona

Spain has kept its terrorist alert unchanged at the second-highest level despite the US State Department warning, although security measures were boosted in December for the Christmas holiday period, a Spanish interior ministry spokesman said.
Barcelona was on alert on Monday after the US State Department warned of the risk of a terrorist attack in Spain’s second-largest city during the Christmas holidays.(AP)
Barcelona was on alert on Monday after the US State Department warned of the risk of a terrorist attack in Spain’s second-largest city during the Christmas holidays.(AP)
Updated on Dec 24, 2018 06:10 PM IST
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Barcelona | ByAgence France-Presse

Spanish police treating knife assault on police station as ‘terrorist attack’

The attacker entered a police station in Cornella, near Barcelona.
The body of a man who tried to attack a police station is carried out of the premises in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20.(AFP Photo)
The body of a man who tried to attack a police station is carried out of the premises in Cornella near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona on August 20.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2018 04:56 PM IST
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Cornellà de Llobregat, Spain | ByAgence France-Presse

Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho get Barcelona off to winning start in La Liga

Philippe Coutinho, who had come off the bench, lashed in the second goal before Lionel Messi added gloss to the scoreline in stoppage time, with the clock having ticked past midnight in Catalonia.
FC Barcelona's Coutinho, front center, celebrates with teammates, including Lionel Messi, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Alaves at Camp Nou.(AP)
FC Barcelona's Coutinho, front center, celebrates with teammates, including Lionel Messi, left, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match against Alaves at Camp Nou.(AP)
Updated on Aug 19, 2018 10:27 AM IST
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Madrid | ByAgence France-Presse

Art lovers, here’s why you must add Spain’s Dali Triangle to your travel list

If you are a fan of the works of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, you must make a visit to Spain’s Dali Triangle for a fantastic road trip.
Visitors stand near the tomb of Salvador Dali inside the Dali Museum Theatre in Figueres, Spain.(AP)
Visitors stand near the tomb of Salvador Dali inside the Dali Museum Theatre in Figueres, Spain.(AP)
Updated on Jun 19, 2018 03:09 PM IST
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