Jim Lawley

Pedro Sanchez’s grubby deal to stay in power

Pedro Sanchez and the founder of the alliance of far-left parties Sumar, Yolanda Diaz (Photo: Getty)

In 2017 the Catalan premier, Carles Puigdemont, having first organised an illegal referendum and then declared unilateral independence from Spain, escaped arrest by hiding in the boot of a car. While other Catalan leaders went to prison for sedition, Puigdemont fled to Belgium where he’s spent most of the last six years living comfortably in self-imposed exile.

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