Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during his investiture at the Catalunya parliament in Barcelona on Sunday evening. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Nationalists in Catalonia appear to have kept alive a plan to break away from Spain by 2017 after reaching a last-ditch agreement on who should lead t(...)

Artur Mas leaves a press conference at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona on Saturday after announcing his resignation as Catalonia’s acting president. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan govern(...)

 CUP leader Antonio Banos arriving at a meeting of the party’s  political council today, which decided not to support the re-election of Catalonian regional government acting president Artur Mas. Photograph:  Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalan far-left party CUP said today it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas for another term as leader, forcing a fresh round of local e(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: Looking for support from other parties to form a conservative government. Photograph: Sergio Barrenechea/EPA

Nearly two weeks after an inconclusive general election, the governing conservatives’ difficulty in forming a new administration means the pressure is(...)

  CUP assembly debates  whether to support  the investiture of Catalonian acting president Artur Mas. Photograph: EPA/Alberto Estevez

The future of Catalonia’s push for independence is on a knife-edge after a highly anticipated internal vote yesterday by the separatist Popular Unity(...)

Acting President of Catalonia Artur Mas. Opponents say many Catalans do not want independence.  Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Tensions within the Catalan separatist movement have created doubts over its willingness to break unilaterally from Spain, just days after the appro(...)

The independence initiative has deeply divided the Catalan parliament, which passed a motion declaring the start of the secession process. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The parliament of Catalonia has approved a resolution declaring the beginning of the region’s secession from Spain, despite staunch opposition from th(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy is meeting the leaders of the  Ciudadanos and Podemos parties on Friday as he tries to build an alliance against Catalan secession.  Photograph: Juan Medina

Spain’s main national parties are scrambling to offer a political response to the crisis triggered by a Catalan plan to declare independence. Prime m(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: Vowed  to thwart Catalan independence. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to thwart Catalan separatist parties, who Tuesday formalised their intent(...)

Catalan president Artur Mas thanks followers as he leaves the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

An appearance in court by the nationalist premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, brought hundreds of pro-independence politicians into the streets of Barcel(...)