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(...)

 Spain’s  deputy prime minister  Soraya Saenz de Santamaria and  prime minister Mariano Rajoy  in Moncloa Palace following yesterday’s plane crash. Photograph:  Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain decreed three days of mourning for victims of yesterday’s plane crash, in what may be the nation’s worst loss of life in a single incident in ne(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Pro-Independence supporters hold up letters that reads ‘We will be free’ during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou last weekend. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

There’s an important fixture for FC Barcelona this weekend, one even more significant than the club’s away match against Almería in La Liga. On Sunday(...)

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(...)

More than 100,000 people attended the demonstration in Barcelona, according to media reports.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea.

Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona yesterday calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9th referendum on in(...)