New Catalan leader seeks end of direct rule by Madrid May 16, 2018 0 41 12345 REUTERSMADRIDNEW Catalan leader Quim Torra on Tuesday called for an end to direct rule over the Catalan regional government by Madrid at a joint news conference held in Berlin with former regional leader Carles Puigdemont.The first aim of the newly formed Catalan government would be to seek dialogue with Madrid, said Torra, who said he had travelled to Berlin to pay homage to former leader Puigdemont whom he called Catalonia's legitimate president."I've asked (Spanish Prime Minister) Mr Rajoy for the date and time to start talks, without conditions,"said Torra at the news conference held in a Berlin hotel.He would attempt to replace the region's previous administration and would seek to put Puigdemont in power again, Torra said, without detailing how he would go about the latter."I see myself as a caretaker president,"he said.The Catalan parliament voted in hard-line separatist Torra on Monday, bringing an end to seven months of direct rule from Madrid but heralding more political uncertainty. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Scottish parliament rejects Britain's EU withdrawal bill May 16, 2018 0 56 Britain hopes to foster good ties with Turkey May 16, 2018 0 46 Facebook has not fully answered questions on data privacy: UK lawmakers May 16, 2018 0 415 Royal wedding plans in turmoil as Markle's dad 'pulls out' AFP WINDSOR PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding this weekend was in turmoil on Tuesday following reports her father may not attend after a paparazzi scandal, rocking the royal family's meticulous .. UK wrongly deported up to 63 Caribbean migrants: Minister LONDON British authorities could have wrongly deported up to 63 immigrants from the Caribbean, the new interior minister said on Tuesday in the latest revelation on the Windrush scandal that cost his predecessor her .. Bosnia struggles to cope with arrival of thousands of migrants SARAJEVO/BIHAC Bosnia is struggling to cope with the arrival of thousands of migrants and refugees, many of whom are sleeping in parks in the capital and other towns as they seek passage into western Europe. The .. German court dismisses Erdogan's appeal to ban mocking poem outright HAMBURG A German court on Tuesday rejected Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's appeal to ban outright a satirical poem recited by a comedian on German television, which had soured already-strained ties between .. More concessions to EU on court reforms would be difficult: Poland REUTERS WARSAW IT will be difficult for Poland to offer further concessions to the European Commission in a dispute over the country's judicial reforms, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Tuesday. The EU .. Greece says 'still far' from a deal on Macedonia name row REUTERS ATHENS/BRUSSELS GREECE said on Tuesday it was"far away"from resolving a decades-long dispute over Macedonia's name despite progress in talks between the two neighbours on a matter that could make or break .. EU regrets Soros foundation's closure in Hungary AFP BRUSSELS THE European Union said on Tuesday it was"regrettable"that the foundation run by US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros was closing operations in Hungary, voicing fears that democracy would suffer. The ..