The Spanish Supreme Court revokes the immunity of jailed Oriol Junqueras declared by the European Court of Justice in a sentence on 19 December. This happens after the board of European Parliament recognized the former Vice President of Catalonia as a MEP since 3 July and was elected president of the Greens–European Free Alliance parliamentary group.
The nine pro-Catalonia independence politicians jailed earlier this week issue a joint plea for an end to violent protests across the region. Meanwhile, the Spanish government says it will meet protestors with a "firm, proportional and united" response.
The Government of Spain issues a statement acknowledging that there is "widespread and coordinated violence in Catalonia" and that its objective is "to guarantee security and coexistence [...] following its commitment of firmness, proportionality and unity".
President of Catalonia Quim Torra requests a meeting with King Felipe VI of Spain and Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and calls the sentence as an act of "revenge". Sánchez, in a special press conference, guarantees compliance with the sentence and calls for dialogue and coexistence, as well as ensures that Spain is a democratic state.
The European Council nominates German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission. If confirmed by the European Parliament, she will be the first woman to hold the position. The Council also nominates Charles Michel of Belgium as President of the European Council, Josep Borrell of Spain as High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and Christine Lagarde of France as President of the European Central Bank.