Mourn: Mourn | Album Review

Teenage kicks like these never go out of fashion. Catalonia band Mourn are very much in thrall to sounds from way back in the day. In some hands, s(...)

Catalan premier Artur Mas, of the nationalist Convergence and Union  coalition, has brought forward the next election of the region’s parliament to September 27th. Photograph: David Ramos/Bloomberg

Separatists in Catalonia have welcomed the decision by the region’s leader to stage early elections in September, which they believe will be a majo(...)

Catalonian regional government president, Artur Mas, addresses the media during a press conference held in Barcelona,  where he announce that elections in Catalonia. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Catalan president Artur Mas has called for early regional elections in September, asking voters to cast their ballots on independence from Spain for (...)

Supporters hold up a Catalan independence flag during a conference in Barcelona on Tuesday called  after a symbolic vote on the region’s independence from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

The leader of the Catalan region, Artur Mas, is trying to persuade fellow pro-independence parties to back a plan to hold a plebiscite-style election (...)

Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper in Sant Joan Despi near Barcelona. Photograph: Reuters

Lionel Messi, hailed by many as the greatest footballer of all time, may leave Spain after continuing to fall foul of the tax authorities, sources (...)

There can be little doubt that the contemptuous attitude taken by Madrid’s political class both to Catalan aspirations for independence – and the unof(...)

Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of the informal poll for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

One of the most enduring images from Sunday’s Catalan independence referendum was that of queuing voters gleefully applauding one of the event’s inter(...)

People queue to cast their ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Mataro near Barcelona today. Secessionist-minded politicians helped by cultural organisations and thousands of volunteers organised the informal vote in the autonomous community of Catalonia after Spain’s High Court issued an injunction preventing a formal but non-binding referendum. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Defying legal and political objections from Madrid, some 2 million Catalans took part in a straw poll on independence today that the region's governi(...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas (left) with leader of the Pro-Independence political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya Oriol Junqueras, leaving the Catalan government building in Barcelona, Spain, this week. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

In a recent televised interview, as he talked about his hopes that Catalonia would one day gain independence from Spain, Oriol Junqueras’s eyes turned(...)

The two playmakers of El Clasico, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi of Barcelona, will be the focus of fans at the Bernabeu. Photograph: Getty Images.

One of the cliches first: a country will come to a standstill tonight. Real Madrid versus Barcelona stops Spain. According to legend, and a fair am(...)