“Germany has its first political prisoner”, and other international coverage of the Puigdemont arrest

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Photo: ‘Der Spiegel’ front page, featuring Carles Puigdemont (Credit: Der Speigel)

By Ara Staff Writers
From 25th March, 2018

The arrest of Carles Puigdemont in Germany was the news that opened most digital media covers this past Sunday. Of course, it is the most prominent subject in the German press, but it featured on the leading pages of prestigious media outlets such as the BBC, ‘The Financial Times’ and ‘The Guardian’. “Germany now has its first political prisoner” or “Puigdemont reportedly wants to apply for asylum in Germany” are some of the headlines.

‘Der Spiegel’

The German magazine ‘Der Spiegel’ -which is one of the publications of its type with the highest circulation in Europe- ran this headline on its website: “Carles Puigdemont, arrested in Germany.” The magazine also reports that “the police arrested the former Catalan president on Highway 7” and added that “once delivered to Spain, he will have to face a long prison sentence.”

Photo: ‘Der Spiegel’ front page, featuring Carles Puigdemont (Credit: Der Speigel)

‘Süddeutsche Zeitung’

Süddeutsche Zeitung, one of the most important newspapers in Germany, reports that “Germany now has its first political prisoner.” The newspaper also says that “the arrival of the Catalan conflict” in Berlin is generating “tensions.” And it asks: “Can EU countries accept that Madrid intends to crush a massive democratic movement with imprisonment and fines?”

Photo: Süddeutsche Zeitung’s coverage of Carles Puigdemont’s arrest

‘Die Welt’

“Die Welt”, another German newspaper, said that “Puigdemont reportedly wants to seek asylum in Germany.” The publication showed a photograph of the vehicle in which Puigdemont was allegedly traveling from Finland to Belgium, and they also broadcast a video interview with German journalist Krsytyna Schreiber, who says that “the penalty for the crime of rebellion in Germany requires the use of the force or violence”.

Photo: Die Welt’s coverage of Carles Puigdemont’s arrest


“Puigdemont, detained in Germany” is the headline of the German newspaper ‘Bild’, which opened their digital front page with a large photograph of the Catalan president. They also claimed that “the separatist leader could face 25 years in prison” and, like ‘Die Welt’, put forward the assertion that Puigdemont “is considering asylum in Germany.”

Photo: Bild’s coverage of Carles Puigdemont’s arrest


The prestigious British public broadcaster, the BBC, ran with “Fugitive Catalan ex-leader is detained” and reported that Carles Puigdemont will have to appear before a German judge on Monday. They also said that the Catalan president had undertaken “self-imposed an exile in Belgium”.

Photo: BBC coverage of Carles Puigdemont’s arrest

‘The Guardian’

The British ‘Guardian’ also noted that “Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont held by German police.” And said that “Ralph Döpper, the deputy attorney to the state prosecutor [of Germany], has informed The Guardian that he is investigating whether Puigdemont will be put under custody awaiting extradition, and that he expected preliminary conclusions to be arrived at this Monday”.

Photo: The Guardian’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘The Financial Times’

“Carles Puigdemont arrested by the German police,” says the British ‘Financial Times.’ And it also asserted that “Spain had issued an arrest and capture warrant against the Catalan exile.”

Photo: Financial Times coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘The New York Times’

The well-known American newspaper ‘The New York Times’ ran the same headline as other media: “Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany,” it stated. “The decision has reignited the tensions in the [Catalan] region while the central Spanish government tries to stifle the secessionist movement in Catalonia, a rich northeastern region,” they also asserted.

Photo: NYT’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘The Washington Post’

“Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany” went the headline of the American “Washington Post.” The newspaper emphasized that “was the latest in a series of maneuvers that have left Catalonia’s independence movement with few leaders who are not either being held in custody or sought as fugitives.”

Photo: The Washington Post’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘Le Monde’

The French newspaper ran with this headline: “Manifestations in Barcelona after the arrest of Carles Puigdemont.” And they also begun their article as follows: “It’s the end of a long persecution,”. ‘Le Monde’ also detailed that protesters in Barcelona were chanting for “Freedom for political prisoners!” and “Puigdemont, our president!”.

Photo: Le Monde’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘Le Figaro’

“Demonstration in Barcelona after the arrest of Carles Puigdemont” led the French newspaper ‘Le Figaro’. “Puigdemont is accused of having organized a referendum on self-determination on October 1st, despite the fact that this had been banned for the risk of serious violent incidents,” the newspaper reports, which also publishes a video showing demonstrators in Barcelona screaming and striking at the Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan Police).

Photo: Le Figaro’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘La Repubblica’

The Italian newspaper ‘La Repubblica’ stated on its digital cover that “Puigdemont is arrested by the police in Germany” and that “Barcelona moves onto the street. Confrontations with police.” “In Barcelona many people have responded to the call made by a radical separatist groups, the Committees for the Defense of the Republic, and have joined the protest on La Rambla,” said the newspaper, which also detailed that the protesters had “headed to the headquarters of the European Commission in Barcelona chanting ‘this Europe is an embarrassment’”.

Photo: La Repubblica’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

‘Corriere della Sera’

The headline of the Italian ‘Corriere della Sera’ is almost identical to that of ‘La Repubblica’. “Puigdemont is detained by the German police. In Barcelona there are clashes between protesters and the police,” the newspaper reported, that the Catalan president could face “a sentence of 25 years in prison.”

Photo: Corriere della Sera’s coverage of the Carles Puigdemont arrest

Original Link: https://www.ara.cat/internacional/Alemanya-politic-altres-reaccions-internacional_0_1984601746.html