What Happened: The Spanish government has authorized the transfer of six secessionist leaders from prisons in Madrid to prisons in Catalonia, El Pais reported July 3.
Why It Matters: While symbolic, Madrid's decision to transfer secessionist leaders to Catalonia shows its new strategy to reduce frictions between the region and Spain's central government.
Background: Spanish authorities arrested a number of politicians who were involved in last year's Catalonian independence referendum, which the government in Madrid declared illegal.
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