Catalan leader Artur Mas said staging of the referendum itself had been a triumph that Spain should let Catalonia emulate. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The Spanish government yesterday warmly welcomed Scotland’s decision not to secede from the UK, just hours before the northeastern region of Catalonia(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Wales earlier this month. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

European Union and Nato officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted (...)

Catalunya’s separatist supporters wave ‘Esteladas’ (Catalan separatist flags) supporting Scotland’s independence during FC Barcelona’s Champions League soccer match against Apoel Nicosia at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona this week. Photograph: Albert Gea

Spanish political leaders hailed Scotland’s rejection of independence, a vote that dealt a blow to separatists in Spain’s own northeastern region of C(...)

Two supporters from the ‘Yes’ Campaign walk through  Edinburgh after the bid to win independence was defeated. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

The decision by the Scottish electorate to remain as part of the United Kingdom will be received with relief in Brussels and many European capitals. T(...)

A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

The auction was held just days before the vote on Scottish independence, which is being keenly followed in Catalonia

Spain sold €5 billion of short-term debt today at higher yields than a month ago, days ahead of a vote on Scottish independence that has unsettled (...)

 Demonstrators march during a pro-independence demonstration as part of the celebrations of the National Day of Catalonia in Barcelona yesterday Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans filled the streets of Barcelona yesterday, forming a massive human “V” across the city, and calling on the Spanish g(...)

Relatives of imprisoned members of ETA  take part in a march in Bilbao last year demanding the transfer of prisoners to the Basque country. The placard reads: “Basque prisoners in the Basque country.” Photograph: Getty Images

As Julen Mendoza, the quietly spoken mayor of Errenteria, points out the red-brick former factory in the town’s centre, his pride is barely perceptibl(...)

Health workers carry the body of a man suspected of dying from Ebola, and left in the street, in the Liberian capital Monrovia yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh

The World Health Organisation yesterday endorsed the use of untested drugs to combat the Ebola virus, just hours after a Spanish priest who had bee(...)