Svetlana Alexievich the 2015 Nobel literature winner, waves  after a news conference in Minsk, Belarus, yesterday.  The judges described her work “a monument to suffering and courage.” Photograph: Sergei Grits/AP Photo

It takes courage to see the truth; it takes even more to confront it, describe it and present it against the odds. This year’s Nobel Prize for Literat(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

Catalans gather for the closing rally of the parlimentary elections held last weekend. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Catalan nationalists have been studying Irish history. Frustrated in their attempts to get Madrid’s approval for a legal independence referendum, they(...)

Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, is summoned to court. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Although a court summons issued to Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, could see him barred from office or even go to jail, it ap(...)

“The hottest start up at the web summit was the web summit itself”

So long to the Web Summit, which is leaving Dublin for Lisbon in 2016. The face of the Web Summit, Paddy Cosgrave, is everything Irish people pretend (...)

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Pro-independence parties have won Catalonia’s regional election, giving them, they believe, a mandate to begin the process of breaking away from Spain(...)

People march during a Catalan Pro-Independence demonstration. David Ramos/Getty Images

‘Spain without Catalonia would no longer be Spain,” wrote former Spanish prime minister Felipe González in a passionate if blinkered appeal to the (...)

A worker prepares to fit a wooden arm onto a Christ statue during preparations of the altar where Pope Francis celebrated  Mass in the Plaza of the Revolution,  Havana, on September 17th. Photogaph: Desmond Boylan/AP

You may have seen his photograph, which featured as one of the photos of the day on various news websites last weekend. It was Desmond Boylan’s shot o(...)

The argument between party leaders Alfred Bosch of ERC (right) and Alberto Fernandez Diaz of PPC (second right) over the  unofficial flag of the Catalonian independent movement and the  Spanish flag   ended when deputy mayor  Gerardo Pisarelo (fourth left) took the flags away. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

As Barcelona celebrated the La Mercè festival on Thursday, everything was going smoothly until a scuffle broke out on the balcony of the city hall.(...)

A giant leap for Catalan’s? “El Llibre de les Meravelles” (or “The Book of Marvels”) has been published just as the attention of Spain, and much of Europe, is focused on Catalonia ahead of its regional election on September 27th

The results of the Eurovision song contest are up on a screen and Catalonia, with 290 points, is the clear winner. Spain, with only two points, is (...)