Jailed Catalan leader could have sought immunity from European Parliament - court adviser

Workers prepare a polling station in Madrid for Sunday's election which is not expected to bring a resolution to the deadlock

Workers prepare a polling station in Madrid for Sunday's election which is not expected to bring a resolution to the deadlock

The push for Catalan independence, which the national government won't allow, is Spain's most serious political issue in decades and shows no signs of abating.

The governing party is calling for resolution through dialogue.

Sunday's repeated election was called after the Socialists and United We Can, now Spain's fourth-largest party in parliament, failed to reach an agreement following the last election in April.

In recent days, Sanchez had repeatedly raised the alarm about Vox's "aggressive ultra-right wing" policies, warning the party would drag the country back to the dark days of Franco's dictatorship.

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The EU advocate general, therefore, recommended that the Court take the position that any person officially declared elected to the European Parliament should immediately acquire the status of an MEP, "notwithstanding any subsequent formality which that person is required to complete, whether under EU law or the national law of the member state in question".

The party only made parliamentary debut in April when it won 24 mandates in the biggest showing by the far-right since Spain returned to democracy after dictator Francisco Franco's death in 1975.

"The one thing that the Catalans have achieved is to get a radical right equally as radical as they are on the other end, a kind of a mirror thing and with that make everyone's life more miserable", he said. Since 2015, Spain has struggled to put stable governments together with support for newer, smaller parties chipping away at majorities once held by the Socialists and the PP. That changed in the spring, but the Socialists' April victory was still seen by many as a respite for Europe, where right-wing parties had gained much ground.

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However, various potential solutions to unblock the stalemate involve Ciudadanos, alongside regionalist parties. He said "the ball was in the court" of Sánchez, though. "I don't know, there's a possibility to form a government, but I don't know how they will come up with the numbers".

Supporters of Spain's far-right Vox party cheer after the announcement of the general election first results, in Madrid, Spain, November 10, 2019.

With more than 99 percent of the votes counted, the left-wing Socialists won 120 seats in the national parliament, three seats fewer than in the last election seven months ago.

He then repeated his pledge to end the Catalan crisis by suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy, banning separatist parties and arresting its regional president, Quim Torra, who has vowed to continue the secession drive.

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The campaign took place on the heels of fresh unrest in Catalonia after Spain's top court sentenced nine separatist leaders to lengthy jail terms over their role in a failed 2017 independence bid. The ruling triggered massive daily protests in Catalonia that left more than 500 people injured, roughly half of them police officers, and dozens arrested.

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