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

Pedro Sánchez: won 49 per cent of the votes cast by 130,000 party members in the Spanish Socialist Party leadership contest. Photograph: Reuters/Javier Barbancho

Sánchez, until recently a relative unknown, vows to unseat conservative government

General Francisco Franco (second from right) and his wife Doña Carmen Polo are saluted at a reception at Burgos. Photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

The parador in León does not advertise the fact that, during the civil war, it was a concentration camp for leftist Republicans

Outgoing leader Alfredo Pérez: one of many senior PSOE figures who have held posts within the party since the early years of Spain’s democratic era. Photograph: Reuters/Andrea Comas

The two leading candidates, Madina and Sánchez, offer generational change

“Those with deposits have reason to have every confidence in the security that Banco Espírito Santo offers their savings,” Portuguese prime minister  Pedro Passos Coelho said yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

Trading in Banco Espírito Santo shares suspended after fall of 17% on Thursday

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