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(...)

Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta enters the national anti-corruption prosecutors office  in Bucharest, Romania.  Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP

Romanian prime minister Victor Ponta has been charged with forgery and serving as an accessory to tax evasion and money-laundering, further tarnishing(...)

 Andrej Babis: Greece has ‘gone bankrupt four times in the last 200 years and should do so a fifth time’. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images 1:53

As the escalating Greek crisis continues, one issue that is likely to emerge as a key sticking point in the forthcoming negotiations is the question o(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias embraces Panayota Maniou, a member of the Syriza delegation to the European Parliament, during a demonstration in Madrid in support of Greece. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

José Ignacio Ripoll (54), an architect, has been following the Greek crisis from Madrid over the past few months and he doesn’t like what he sees. “I(...)

Spain’s economy   minister Luis de Guindos says Spain’s economy  is in good shape. Photgraph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Spain is one of the countries where the Greek crisis is being most keenly followed, due to its own economic characteristics which in the past have mad(...)

Dublin heavyweight CRH ended the day down 0.44 per cent at €25.62

European shares fell yesterday, with the Spanish and Greek stock markets hit by concerns about Greece’s debt problems and a poor local election resul(...)