German, French and Spanish flags in a field in the southeastern French village of Le Vernet, the closest to the site where the German Airbus A320 went down. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish police will pursue the writers of online comments that mocked the death of Catalan passengers on the downed Germanwings flight from Barcelona(...)

Wreckage and debris on the French Alps after the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525. Photograph: EPA/Thomas Koehler 0:38

Flags were flying at half-mast in Spain and Germany after 150 people were killed when a Germanwings flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf crashed yest(...)

Podemos party leader and candidate Teresa Rodríguez  after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville, southern Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On Sunday night, when the results of the Andalusia regional elections started to emerge, most Spaniards were more likely to be following the soccer ma(...)

Andalusia’s regional government president and Socialist Party candidate Susana Díaz at an election campaign rally in Alcala de Guadaira on March 17th. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Susana Díaz steps off the Socialist Party’s campaign bus in Ubrique oozing confidence. Striding through this small, whitewashed town in the mountains(...)

Manchester City’s  Yaya Toure shows his frustration during the loss to  Barcelona on Wednesday. Toure is among those who maybe be sold during the summer. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

This could be the summer of the great Manchester City revolution. Not since Sheikh Mansour became owner in 2008 will there have been as seismic a sha(...)

Pushing for change: Catalonia’s independence movement, like Ireland’s, sprang from a cultural renaissance. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

A notable feature of life in Barcelona for an outsider is the pervasiveness of Catalan. In bars, at bus stops and everywhere else you hear this strang(...)

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 (...)