Catalan ex-leader Puigdemont allowed to run in EU poll

THIERRY ROGE / BELGA / AFP

The former leader of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont can run as a candidate for election to the European Parliament later this month - according to a court ruling in Madrid.

It comes after Spain's central election commission tried to block Puigdemont and two other Catalan politicians - Toni Comín and Clara Ponsatí - from running in EU elections. 

The commission agreed because all three did not reside in Spain their names couldn't be on the ballot paper - but the latest ruling overturns this decision.

Briohny Williams has more from Brussels: 

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