Brussels prosecutor to speak on Catalan warrants

A coalition of parties in favor of Catalonia's secession from Spain could win December elections, polls have shown. But the voter surveys also suggest the alliance as a whole could lose its parliamentary majority.
Spanish and Catalonian flags (picture-alliance/dpa/A. Gebert)
Catalan pro-independence parties ERC, PDECat and CUP could win 66 to 69 seats between them in Catalonia's parliament in December elections, thus gaining more votes than other viable bloc but possibly falling just short of an absolute majority, according an opinion poll published on Sunday.
 An absolute majority in the parliament would be 68 seats.
The separatists' voter share tally of 46 percent suggested by the poll, published in the Catalan daily La Vanguardia, would be 1.8 percent down on the last election in September 2015.
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Another poll published by the conservative La Razon daily showed the three separatist parties securing just 65 seats.
The coalition would need a majority to revive the secession campaign that has tipped Spain into its worst political crisis of the past few decades.
The La Vangardia poll, carried out from October 30 to November 3 with 1,233 respondents, showed the (EN): Catalan separati...conservative Popular Party of Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the centrist Ciudadanos and Catalonia's Socialist party together winning 44 percent. It said the remaining 10 percent would go to Catalunya en Comu, which opposes independence but supports holding a legal referendum on the issue.

Political turmoil
Rajoy imposed direct rule on Catalonia from Madrid and called the December 21 election after the autonomous region's majority separatist parliament declared independence last month following a referendum that was classed as illegal by Madrid and registered a turnout of just 43 percent. 
Sacked regional leader Carles Puigdemont and four ex-ministers are currently dodging Spanish justice in Brussels. They are facing an arrest warrant for rebellion, sedition, misuse of public funds, disobedience and breach of trust.
Carles Puidgemont (picture-alliance/dpa/AP/Keystone/R. Moreno)
Puidgemont is now on Spain's wanted list
On Thursday, nine members of his sacked cabinet were ordered to be held on remand by Spain's High Court pending an investigation and potential trial.
One was later released on bail after paying €50,000 ($58,035). The others could remain in custody for up to four years.
Belgian prosecutors were to hold a press conference on Sunday afternoon to inform the public about the situation of Puigdemont and the other ex-officials. 

What has happened so far:
- Spain's Catalonia region held an independence referendum on October 1 that was declared illegal by the central  government in Madrid
- Catalonia's leaders unilaterally declared independence from Spain on October 27
- Madrid exercised constitutional powers allowing it to take over the running of Catalonia
- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed the Catalan cabinet and dissolved the  regional parliament
- Spanish prosecutors filed rebellion charges against Catalan leaders
- Carles Puigdemont traveled to Brussels with several ex-cabinet ministers, saying he was  seeking "freedom and safety"
- Spain issued a European arrest warrant for Puigdemont and the four other Catalan
  leaders in hiding in Belgium.
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