>> The man behind Catalonia's bid for independence has been detained in Germany. On Sunday, German police said they had stopped Carles Puigdemont on an international arrest warrant issued by Spain. Puigdemont had entered Germany from Denmark after leaving Finland on Friday when it appeared police would arrest him there and launch an extradition process requested by Spain.
His lawyer didn't say exactly where Puigdemont is in custody in Germany but said the former Catalan Regional President had been en route to Belgium, where he's been living in self imposed exile since late last year. It's unclear whether he will be immediately extradited from Germany. The detention threatens to worsen the Catalan crisis with Puigdemont facing up to 25 years in prison on charges of rebellion and sedition for organizing an illegal referendum for Catalonia that led to a unilateral declaration of independence on October.
On Friday, a Spanish Supreme Court judge ruled that 25 Catalan separatist politicians would face charges of rebellion,embezzlement, and disobeying the State. That their roles in organizing the vote on independence.