Sunday’s election to the autonomous parliament of Catalonia, in the midst of a crisis that threatens the stability and the very shape of the Spanish s(...)

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(...)

Nationalists had used the regional election as a plebiscite on independence. 0:41

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

A woman with an “Estelada” (Catalan pro-independece flag) tied to her wrist waits to cast her ballot in  the regional election at a polling station in Badalona. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images. 0:41

Catalans began voting on Sunday in an election that may determine whether the region pushes ahead with its campaign to break away from Spain and creat(...)

While the conservative government highlighted that Spain’s unemployment had dropped by 360,000 over the last 12 months, many observers have cast in doubt prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s assertion that the macroeconomic recovery is reaching ordinary Spaniards.  Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

“Pensioner offers €5,000 to the company that will employ his out-of-work son, who is qualified, responsible, hard-working, and has a good professional(...)

Regional premier Artur Mas intends to begin a unilateral secession from Spain if pro-independence parties gain more than half the seats in the Catalan election. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

With less than a month until Catalonia votes in an election which nationalists hope will see their region start the process of breaking away from Spai(...)

Refugees should be distributed across the European Union according to member states’ ability to receive them, as part of a strategy to cope with Europ(...)

The labour market in Germany stands in stark contrast to the job situation in southern European countries such as Greece and Spain, which have unemployment rates of around 25 per cent and 22 per cent respectively

German unemployment fell more than expected in August, with the jobless rate holding steady at a record low, offering reassurance that consumer spendi(...)

Spain’s King Felipe with Catalan governor Artur Mas after his arrival for their meeting at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid last month. Photograph: Andrea Comas/ Reuters

It was an awkward photo opportunity: King Felipe VI posing next to the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, ahead of their hour-long meeting at t(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy greets people at the non-profit Tomillo foundation in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain created more than 400,000 jobs in the second quarter, bringing the unemployment rate down to its lowest level since 2011. However, the oppositio(...)