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Autonomous community in northeastern Spain

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Catalonia: Autonomous community in northeastern Spain
Catalonia is an autonomous community on the northeastern corner of Spain, designated as a nationality by its Statute of Autonomy. Catalonia consists of four provinces: Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, and Tarragona. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and the core of the fifth most populous urban area in the European Union. It comprises most of the territory of the former Principality of Catalonia. It is bordered by France (Occitanie) and Andorra to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the east, and the Spanish autonomous communities of Aragon to the west and Valencia to the south. The official languages are Catalan, Spanish, and the Aranese dialect of Occitan.

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Coronavirus reduces sparkle in Spain's cava industry [Video]

Coronavirus reduces sparkle in Spain's cava industry

Spain's 1.2 billion euro cava sector has had a turbulent few years with a grape-farmers' strike, foreign buyouts of family firms and a sales hit from the Catalonia separatist crisis. Ciara Lee reports

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Spanish season unlikely to resume before summer, says health minister [Video]

Spanish season unlikely to resume before summer, says health minister

Salvador Illa is careful not to set any return date, despite La Liga president Javier Tebas aiming for May 29, June 7 or June 28.

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Barca look for stadium sponsor to fight coronavirus [Video]

Barca look for stadium sponsor to fight coronavirus

La Liga champions Barcelona are searching for a stadium sponsor for the first time to raise funds in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

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Hospitals in Catalonia, Spain's second worst-hit region by the coronavirus pandemic, are at "maximum stress", the regional leader Quim Torra told Reuters on Friday.
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In about-turn, Catalonia seeks Spanish military help for coronavirus

The separatist government of Spain's Catalonia region abandoned its initial reluctance and asked the national military on Thursday for assistance in tackling the coronavirus.
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One person died and 13 others were injured in an explosion on Tuesday at a small chemical plant in Barcelona, local emergency services in Catalonia's regional capital said.
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Catalan party ties Spain's government stability to separatist drive

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has decided to postpone talks with the northeastern restive region of Catalonia until after the region holds elections, the government said on Thursday.
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Jailed Catalan separatist leader predicts new referendum

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Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will meet with Catalonia' regional leader Quim Torra on February 6, government spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero said on Tuesday.
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Catalonia's parliament stripped the head of the region's pro-independence government of his rights as a regional lawmaker on Monday, angering supporters who scuffled with police outside the assembly.
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EU parliament stops recognizing jailed Catalan separatist as lawmaker

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Spain's top court asks EU Parliament to strip Catalan separatist leaders of immunity

Spain's Supreme Court on Friday formally asked the European Parliament to strip Catalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin of their immunity as members of parliament.
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