Catalan Leader Flees to Belgium as Prosecutors Publish Charges
There are worse refuges. Carles Puigdemont is facing charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement from Spanish authorities — which could mean decades in prison. He’s fled to Brussels, and though observers have speculated that he’ll seek asylum there, the former Catalan leader — removed over the weekend — says he won’t do so. Meanwhile, Catalan separatist parties say they’ll be fielding candidates in Dec. 21 regional elections, and the Catalan European Democratic Party says Puigdemont himself will run.