On October 1, 2017, Catalonia is set to vote in a referendum on independence from Spain. The Spanish government is opposed to the move and some Catalans are against breaking away from Spain as well.
Ex-Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, wanted for rebellion in Spain, has met representatives from his JuntsxCat party in a Berlin hotel. The party insists it is open to talks with Mariano Rajoy's government in Madrid.
More than 300,000 people have rallied in Barcelona, calling for the release of Catalan separatist politicians. A wide range of political and social groups came together to organize the protest.
A dusty German children's song has gained new life after Catalans misheard the lyrics as "Viva Puigdemont" and turned it into a viral sensation. The hashtag #BiBaButzemann now leads to posts from the separatist movement.
Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont has called for "negotiation based on mutual respect" with Madrid. He was speaking a day after his release on bail from a German prison.
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