Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s president, applauds during a demonstration against the Spanish government and the imprisonment of separatist leaders, in Barcelona on Saturday.  Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

The Spanish government’s plan to introduce direct rule in Catalonia is under scrutiny, with the region’s current administration warning that civil ser(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni arrives to cast his electronic vote for Lombardy’s autonomy referendum at a polling station in Lozza near Varese, northern Italy, on Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly on Sunday for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at(...)

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s president, participates in a demonstration on Saturday against the Spanish government and the imprisonment of separatist leaders. Photograph: Bloomberg

The political division that Spain’s territorial crisis has created was all too visible on the front pages of the newspapers on Sunday. The main head(...)

 People wave Catalan independence flags after listening to a  statement by Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is considering declaring independence or calling elections as a response to the Spanish government’s decision (...)

Thousands of people protest in Barcelona: the demonstrators were demanding the release of imprisoned seperatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

If proof was needed that Spain’s Catalan crisis had transcended the political sphere and become one of Europe’s most eagerly followed issues, this was(...)

A demonstrator holds up an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a gathering in Barcelona. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

The Spanish government on Saturday takes its first steps towards introducing direct rule in Catalonia, and as part of that initiative is considering c(...)

The events since the controversial independence referendum organised by the Catalan regional government on October 1st bear all the hallmarks of a chr(...)

Bank of Ireland, currently the subject of an enforcement investigation by the Central Bank alongside KBC, dropped by 1.93 per cent to €6.649 on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The ongoing tracker mortgage controversy appeared to spook Irish investors on Thursday as the Iseq ended in negative territory. Its European peers, (...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy  during a parliamentary session in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph:  Juan Medina/Reuters

A little more than two weeks after the Catalan independence referendum, which plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in 40 years, the Madrid go(...)

Thousands of people protest in downtown Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independ(...)