The jailed Catalan vice-president has seen his request to attend the upcoming first sessions of the new Catalan Parliament denied. The judge will not allow him to be present, but Junqueras might end be able to delegate his vote to another deputy. Nor will the imprisoned official will be transferred to a prison closer to his relatives either, as he had also requested. Around 700km (430 miles) away from his family and behind bars, he will have to follow the 31st January debate to pick a Catalan president on TV. We’ll also tell you about the latest efforts by president Puigdemont’s party to swear him in at a distance… and the Spanish government’s answer.

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