Under Carles Puigdemont, Catalan separatists held a successful independence referendum. He went into exile when central authorities cracked down on separatists.
Puigdemont — a world-savvy former journalist conversant in English, French and Romanian — has dedicated much of his political career to Catalan liberation. He fled after Spain's brutal crackdown on voters during Catalonia's successful independence referendum and was eventually nabbed by German authorities. Here's a roundup of DW's content on Puigdemont.
After six months of standstill, Catalonia's regional government has chosen a new president. Quim Torra takes over from Carles Puigdemont, with his predecessor’s blessing and rapprochement with Madrid a long way off.
A German court has ruled that Carles Puigdemont can be released on bail until a decision on his extradition to Spain is made. The corruption charge against him is a potential basis for his return to Spain.
German prosecutors say there are equivalent charges of rebellion and misuse of public funds here in Germany. But Carles Puigdemont's legal team disputes that. DW spoke to Wolfgang Schomburg, Puigdemont’s German lawyer, about the legal grounds for contesting Puigdemont’s extradition to Spain.