The central government in Madrid has promised to enact Article 155 and suspend regional authority if Puigdemont did not give a satisfactory answer on independence and back down from his stance.
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The leader of the New Zealand First Party has said he will enter a government partnership with Labour. The announcement ends a month of coalition wrangling, but raises questions about the new government's policies.
Andrej Babis, a Czech billionaire compared to Donald Trump for his attacks on established political parties and the EU, looks likely to become the country's next leader after elections. Tim Gosling reports from Prague.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said the US holds Myanmar's military leadership responsible for the crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority. Myanmar has denied allegations of ethnic cleansing and genocide.
Journalist and former reality TV star Ksenia Sobchak is ready to take on President Vladimir Putin in Russia's upcoming election. But is she the face of the opposition or a Kremlin-approved critic?
The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has admitted that a "no deal" on Brexit would be better than a bad deal. Apart from being delusional, how damaging will it be for all concerned?
The US president is alleged to have told the wife of a soldier killed in action in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for." The soldier's mother said she was present when Trump made the "insensitive" remarks.
The US and South Korea are conducting joint war games while diplomats discuss what to do about Pyongyang's nuclear program. Thus far, Donald Trump's behavior has made Washington's North Korea policy hard to decipher.
The Quebec provincial legislature has passed a religious neutrality bill obliging citizens to uncover their faces when giving and receiving public services. Many say the law targets Muslim women.
The EU has announced more than €180 million will be dedicated to stopping terrorist attacks by smaller, less complex cells. After a series of attacks around Europe, the bloc is aiming to make public spaces safer.
Expansion of the world's second-largest economy has cooled slightly, fresh figures from the national statistics office have shown. But there's no sign of instability as the Communist Party Congress is in full swing.
Jupp Heynckes became the oldest coach in Champions League history as Bayern eased to victory against Celtic. Goals from Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels saw the Germans return to winning ways in Europe.
The deaths came amid anti-government protests against planned constitutional reforms that would allow President Faure Gnassingbe to remain in office until 2030. His family has ruled the West African nation since 1968.
A federal judge has ordered Donald Trump's administration to allow an undocumented teen in custody to have an abortion. Despite previously getting a court order for the procedure, officials refused to transport the teen.
The war crimes judgement in the case of Ratko Mladic will be delivered next month, UN judges said. The Bosnian Serb general faces war crimes and genocide charges stemming from the 1990s Balkans conflict.
Grace Mugabe is suing a diamond dealer over a ring purchase gone sour. The presidential family's spending habits face scrutiny in light of the economic struggle faced by most of their compatriots.
Toxic fumes seeping from kitchen drains have forced the European Union to move a leaders' summit in Brussels at the last minute. It's not the first time stinky vapors have afflicted the new EU headquarters.
Angela Merkel's conservative bloc has begun talks on forging a three-way coalition. During the negotiations, all parties will have to find common ground on a slew of divisive issues, from immigration to climate policy.
The Christian Democrat premier of Saxony, Stanislaw Tillich, has resigned after an embarrassing showing by his party in last month's general election. The party came second to the far-right Alternative for Germany.
The time has come for Kenyan political leaders to start addressing the country's real problems, writes Jane Nyingi.
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The murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has refocused attention on corruption and money-laundering scandals in Malta. The island that critics - including her own son - described as a "mafia state."
The number of people in Africa suffering from hunger had been receding for some years. But it is now on the rise again. 26 million Africans face starvation. A special series by DW Africa explains why.
Africa's drought crisis has hit Kenya and numerous schools have had to stop providing free food to their pupils. This is not only due to crop failures but also greedy profiteers.
Neera Tanden, senior Clinton campaign adviser, tells Conflict Zone that the role of the Democratic Party right now is to fight Trump and provide alternatives. But how exactly should that work?
Every five years, China's Communist Party convenes at a special congress. Can the one taking place now bring about political change? DW spoke with Chinese author and activist Ma Jian, who lives in Berlin.
Two months after his arrest in Spain on a Turkish warrant, the German-Turkish writer and Recep Tayyip Erdogan critic Dogan Akhanli is returning home to Cologne this week. He spoke to DW about his experience.
Investigators in Argentina say they have found a body thought to be that of a protester who disappeared more than two months ago. Activists say Santiago Maldonado was last seen in the hands of paramilitary police.
London's Natural History Museum has once more honored the best nature photography with its Wildlife Photographer of the Year award. Some 50,000 people from 92 countries entered the competition. Here are the winners.
German President Steinmeier has presided over events marking the national crisis sparked by the RAF in 1977, saying many questions remain unanswered. But the terrorists are not the only ones still keeping secrets.
As India celebrates the Hindu festival of Diwali, marked by bursting firecrackers and lighting lamps, the ban on fireworks in Delhi has cast a dark shadow on traders. Some say it will take out fun from the festival.
Police called in divers after people fishing with magnets discovered a series of safes submerged in a canal. Documents inside will hopefully reveal the origins of the safes.
The world of computers and the internet would not exist without polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz.
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