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Spain’s prime minister has been forced out of office by a corruption scandal

Mariano Rajoy lost a vote of no confidence on Friday, after a court convicted Rajoy's former aides of running slush funds to help finance election campaigns for his Popular Party.
Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is led to his car as he leaves a restaurant following a motion of no confidence debate at Parliament in Madrid, Spain, May 31, 2018.

Spain’s prime minister hid out in a restaurant for 8 hours before losing a crucial vote that could trigger another European crisis

Mariano Rajoy hid out in the posh Arahy restaurant, where the menu includes dishes such as baked banana croutons with typical beef stew from Madrid, avocado and jalapeño, and ceviche of sea bass, with lime and avocado.
Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont in Brussels in January 2018.

Spain has told Catalonia’s ousted president he isn’t allowed to rule the region via Skype

Carles Puigdemont went into self-imposed exile in Brussels after the autonomous region declared independence from Spain last year.
Catalan President Carles Puigdemont gestures during a plenary session in the Catalan regional parliament in Barcelona, Spain, October 10, 2017.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont calls for ‘democratic opposition’ to direct rule

Puigdemont said the national government's actions are 'contrary to the expressed will of the citizens of our country' in a TV address on Saturday.
Pro-independence demonstrators react after the Catalan vote to declare independence in Barcelona.

Spain’s prime minister fires the Catalan government after it declares independence

Hours later, the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy announced he fired the entire Catalan government.

‘Catalonia is an integral part of Spain’: The US sides with Spain’s government in Catalonia independence dispute

The US State Department said it supports the Spanish government's right to take control of Catalonia after the region's parliament declared independence Friday.
Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy.

Catalonia’s fight for independence is about to hit a wall

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to strip Catalonia's autonomy and to call for elections as the battle over the region's independence push continues.
Catalonia President Carles Puigdemont signs a "symbolic" declaration of independence.

Here’s what the hell is going on with Catalan independence

Catalonia symbolically declared independence — but is pretty vague about what that means.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Spain has accused Catalonia of using ‘blackmail’ in its bid for independence

Catalonian officials have said they would declare independence as early as Monday.

Trump kept calling the prime minister of Spain ‘president’

Trump called Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy president at least three times during their press conference.