The decision by Spanish Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena to turn down the extradition of Carles Puigdemont and withdraw the European Arrest Warrants against the Catalan president in exile and five others has had a large international media impact. The largest news outlets worldwide are reporting on the story and the blow it represents for Spanish justice.
"Catalan case: Spain drops warrant against Puigdemont"
Catalan case: Spain drops warrant against Puigdemont https://t.co/99qqZPUKqd— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) 19 de juliol de 2018
Scottish newspaper The National
"This is a disaster for Spain"
This is a disaster for Spain. https://t.co/trqm20oWXj— The National (@ScotNational) 19 de juliol de 2018
Financial Times's Berlin correspondent
"Another bad day for Spain's judicial system. Puigdemont will be a free man as long as he does not cross the Spanish border"
Another bad day for Spain's judicial system. Puigdemont will be a free man as long as he does not cross the Spanish border. https://t.co/E5sEnKw6rV— Tobias Buck (@TobiasBuckFT) 19 de juliol de 2018
"Catalonia: the withdrawal of the international warrants is the 'demonstration of the immense weakness' of the case according to former Catalan president Puigdemont"
Catalogne : le retrait des mandats internationaux est la "démonstration de l'immense faiblesse" du dossier selon l'ex-président catalan Carles Puigdemont https://t.co/K7kem6iBLV #AFP pic.twitter.com/FDVrpBZSFm— Agence France-Presse (@afpfr) 19 de juliol de 2018
"[Puigdemont], who lives in Germany, can therefore again travel abroad. On the other hand, he risks imprisonment if he returns to Spain"
German public news Tagesschau
"Spain withdraws international arrest warrant against Puigdemont"
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung
"Spain withdraws extradition request for Puigdemont"
Spanien zieht Auslieferungsgesuch für Puigdemont zurück. https://t.co/Nq7nH0uv8T— Süddeutsche Zeitung (@SZ) 19 de juliol de 2018
German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine
"Spanish justice passes on extradition of the Catalan pro-independence leader arrested in Germany, Carles Puigdemont"
German news agency DPA
"Spanish authorities are no longer seeking the extradition of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, with Spain's Supreme Court announcing the withdrawal of his European arrest warrant"
MORE: Spanish authorities are no longer seeking the extradition of Catalonia's former president Carles Puigdemont, with Spain's Supreme Court announcing the withdrawal of his European arrest warrant. https://t.co/6JSIAJCuQY— dpa news agency (@dpa_intl) 19 de juliol de 2018
Radio France Internationale
"Spain: withdrawal of the international arrest warrants against Carles Puigdemont and other Catalan leaders"
German news weekly Der Spiegel
"Catalonia: Spain turns down extradition of pro-independence leader Puigdemont"
Italian broadcaster Rai
"Withdrawn, the international arrest warrant for Puigdemont, but in Spain he risks arrest"
Swiss newspaper Le Temps
"Spanish justice withdraws the international arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont"
Schleswig-Holstein newspaper Kieler Nachrichten
"Spanish justice turns down extradition of the Catalan pro-independence leader arrested in Germany, Carles Puigdemont"