Catalan separatists to take seats as European lawmakers

Catalan separatist leaders Carles Puigdemont and Antoni Comin arrived at the European Parliament to take their seats on Monday, vowing to muscle the secessionist movement onto Europe’s agenda, days after Spain reiterated its call for their arrest. “This is a historic day for us,” Puigdemont told reporters outside the bloc’s legislature in the French city of Strasbourg, flanked by cheering supporters. Puigdemont and Comin were elected as European parliamentarians (MEPs) in May but were unable to return to Spain to take oaths and collect credentials for fear of arrest.

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