Catalan president Artur Mas. Newspapers El País and El Mundo reported yesterday that Mr Mas and his Convergència i Unió coalition could delay the Catalan independence referendum if the Spanish constitutional court rules it illegal, as is widely expected. Photograph: Reuters/Gustau Nacarino

The Catalan government is considering suspending a referendum on independence from Spain, which it had been planning to hold this autumn, if author(...)

 Former   president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol: was found to be hiding a secret fortune he had harboured money from his father’s inheritance in tax havens for 34 years. Photograph: EPA/David Borrat

The revelation that the self-styled godfather of Catalan nationalism, Jordi Pujol, hid a fortune in tax havens for decades has thrown the region’s g(...)

Catalonia’s regional president Artur Mas (right) and Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, before their meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

Spain’s prime minister and the secession-minded leader of Catalonia have begun talks amid a bitter dispute over the wealthy northeastern region’s p(...)

Demonstrators with the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly hold a giant banner with an image of US president Barack Obama at Plana square in Badalona, near Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

With a contentious Catalan referendum on independence from Spain slated to take place in less than four months, pressure is building on the region’(...)

Raimon: “I’m not pro-independence because I’ve never really thought about it”. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

For half a century the musician Raimon has been a symbol of rebellion, his passionate songs evoking the freedom of the open road and the glory of defy(...)

Catalan separatist flags seen hung beside a banner from a balcony in Barcelona yesterday. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Spain’s Congress yesterday rejected Catalonia’s plan to stage a referendum on independence, w(...)

Spain’s Prince Felipe (right) toasts with Catalan president Artur Mas after an inauguration ceremony at the new headquarters of fashion and fragrance company Puig in Hospitalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona, on Monday. Spain’s parliament is to vote tomorrow on a petition from the Catalan parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s independence. Photograph: Toni Albir/Reuters

Spain’s Congress is tomorrow expected to reject a plan by the region of Catalonia to stage a referendum on independence, a decision that is li(...)

A demonstration in favour of Catalan independence in 2010. A recent opinion poll suggested 60 per cent of people in the region favour a split from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Crimea’s secession from Ukraine has inevitably drawn comparisons with other territories seeking to break away from the state that governs them.(...)

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas, with other regional party leaders, speaks during a news conference on Thursday announcing the date for a referendum on Catalan independence referendum. Photograph: Reuters

The leaders of Catalan pro- independence parties have agreed on the content and date of a referendum they plan to hold next year on breaking away from(...)

The president of Catalonia, Artur Mas, at a  celebratory event in Barcelona for the National Day of Catalonia on September 11th. Thousands of Catalans celebrating the “Diada Nacional” held demostrations to demand the right to hold a self-determination referendum next year. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The Catalan regional parliament has approved a motion calling for a referendum on independence from Spain, despite staunch resistance to the plan in M(...)