16th July 2019
Pedro Sánchez and Quim Torra
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Spain seeks to close Catalan delegations in Berlin, London, Geneva

The Spanish Government has taken Catalonia’s foreign offices in Berlin, London and Geneva to court alleging that they serve the interests of the ‘secessionist project’.

Madrid authorities, with acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez at its helm, has urged the Spanish High Court in Catalonia (TSJC) to provisionally suspend the three delegations and close the offices opened by the Catalan government.

Pedro Sánchez and Quim Torra
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (left) meeting with Catalan President Quim Torra at the Palacio de Pedralbes in Barcelona on 20 December 2018. (Javier Soriano / AFP)

Catalan offices abroad have long been in the spotlight of Spanish authorities. In 2017, with the right-wing Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, Spain closed Catalan offices abroad as part of Article 155 and the exceptional measures to stop the independence bid led by Carles Puigdemont.

Up until now, Sánchez and the Socialist party had been more lenient than the previous Spanish government – especially since they rely on votes from Catalan independence parties to stay in power.

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