>> Spain's Supreme Court refused bail for two Catalan Pro-Independence leaders and two activists on Monday. Leaving the top brass of Catalonia's biggest secessionist groups behind bars, and unable to campaign for the snap regional election later this month. It's a ruling which could hand sympathy to the independence movement ahead of the regional vote on the 21st of December.
The former cabinet leaders stand accused of sedition for their roles in Catalonia's banned October Referendum. Six other members of the disbanded cabinet were released on bail in Brussels. Their former leader Carlos and four others from his cabinet await a hearing in 10 days to see if they'll be extradited back to Spain under European arrest warrant.
They arrived in Belgium after calling for independence but with campaigning set to begin on Tuesday, the latest official poll shows Catalonia’s Pro-Independence parties are expected to lose the majority. They could win 67 of the 135 seats in Regional Parliament. Madrid hope the votes will diffuse the nation’s worst political crisis in four decades.