Supporters hold up a Catalan independence flag during a conference in Barcelona on Tuesday called  after a symbolic vote on the region’s independence from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

The leader of the Catalan region, Artur Mas, is trying to persuade fellow pro-independence parties to back a plan to hold a plebiscite-style election (...)

A television screen grab of 85-year-old Carmen Martínez  in her neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid. Spanish first division soccer club Rayo Vallecano is to help Ms Martínez, who was evicted on  November 21st from her house in Vallecas, where had lived there for 50 years. Photograph:  EPA/EFE TV

The players and staff of a Spanish football team have stepped in to rescue an 85-year-old woman from homelessness after her flat was repossessed.Carme(...)

A law passed last year by Spain’s government is wooing foreign entrepreneurs by  requiring them to have little more than a government-vetted business plan, health insurance and enough money to support themselves while living in Spain.

Last year, after more than a decade in Silicon Valley, Stacia Carr helped sell the company she was running and went looking for a change of pace. “The(...)

Sspeculation is mounting that the European Central Bank will buy sovereign debt to stimulate the flagging euro-area economy. (Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg)

The yield on Irish government bonds fell to a record low of 1.477 per cent this morning, the lowest level since Bloomberg started collecting the data (...)

People queue to cast their ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Mataro near Barcelona today. Secessionist-minded politicians helped by cultural organisations and thousands of volunteers organised the informal vote in the autonomous community of Catalonia after Spain’s High Court issued an injunction preventing a formal but non-binding referendum. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Defying legal and political objections from Madrid, some 2 million Catalans took part in a straw poll on independence today that the region's governi(...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas (left) with leader of the Pro-Independence political party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya Oriol Junqueras, leaving the Catalan government building in Barcelona, Spain, this week. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

In a recent televised interview, as he talked about his hopes that Catalonia would one day gain independence from Spain, Oriol Junqueras’s eyes turned(...)

A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross into Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla from  Morocco on Wednesday. Photograph: José Palazón/Reuters

Behind them lay the makeshift campgrounds where they had spent months living rough, waiting for the right moment to climb the six-metre, razorwire fen(...)

A health worker takes the temperature of US marines arriving to take part in Operation United Assistance near Monrovia, Liberia, yesterday. Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Macedonian authorities have has said they are checking for the Ebola virus in a British man who died within hours of being admitted to hospital in the(...)

Confirmation of the first case of Ebola transmission outside of West Africa is a cause for concern. While cases of the virus are expected in Europe an(...)

Catalonian regional president Artur Mas today delivers a speech to supporters at an  event to mark the anniversary of the end of War of the Spanish Succession in Catalonia (1714) at Cardona Castle,  Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region today said he would formally call “in the next days” for a vote on independence from Spain which has been sc(...)