Demonstrators march during a pro-independence demonstration as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia in Barcelona yesterday Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Day marked 300th anniversary of loss of sovereignty to Spain

A Catalan flag flutters above Barcelona’s Mercat de Born. Today’s Diada, or Catalan national day, marks the anniversary of city’s  defeat of 1714 during the War of Succession. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

The Spanish state has deemed a type of ‘referendum’ to be illegal

A file picture of Ana Patricia Botin, new boss at the bank. Photograph: EPA

Ana Patricia Botin was approved as the new boss of bank

A protester holds up a sign reading ‘Out with binge tourism’ at a demonstration in Barcelona. Photograph: EPA/Marta Perez

Residents in parts of city angry over noisy tourists and offensive behaviour

Catalan president Artur Mas. Newspapers El País and El Mundo reported yesterday that Mr Mas and his Convergència i Unió coalition could delay the Catalan independence referendum if the Spanish constitutional court rules it illegal, as is widely expected. Photograph: Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

Fear that turnout could be adversely affected if court, as expected, rules vote is illegal

Vitoria in northern Spain, pictured earlier in August at the start of its annual festival.  Photograph: Adrian Ruiz de Hierro/EPA

Javier Maroto accused of stirring up tensions by saying North Africans abuse system

Relatives of imprisoned members of ETA  take part in a march in Bilbao last year demanding the transfer of prisoners to the Basque country. The placard reads: “Basque prisoners in the Basque country.” Photograph: Getty Images

Violence has ended but reconciliation still a long way off

 Former   president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol: was found to be hiding a secret fortune he had harboured money from his father’s inheritance in tax havens for 34 years. Photograph: EPA/David Borrat

Former regional president Jordi Pujol admits to hiding inheritance in tax havens

Demonstrators with the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly hold a giant banner with an image of US president Barack Obama at Plana square in Badalona, near Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Alarm at lack of political discussion between sides on Catalan question

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