The jerseys the Spanish national soccer team will be using at the 2018 Fifa  World Cup in Russia. Photograph: EPA

Few areas of Spanish life have been immune to the country’s ongoing territorial crisis and now even the national football team has been tainted. On M(...)

A protester holds a sign reading ‘Being Catalan is a pride, being Spanish is an honour’ as others wave Spanish and Catalan Senyera flags during a pro-unity demonstration in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to voice their support for Spain’s territorial unity, after the first measu(...)

Demonstrators from far-right Spanish  groups light flares and chant slogans after marching from Plaza Espanya square  in Barcelona in mid-October. The group marched on Spain’s National Day chanting anti-separatist slogans to protest Catalonia’s push for independence. File photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Throughout most of his life, José Luis Godes never considered himself a Catalan nationalist. A Barcelona bank worker until he took early retirement, h(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at the parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia’s leader on Wednesday to “act sensibly” and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by (...)

Catalan independence leaders Jordi Cuixart (left) and Jordi Sanchez    arrive on Monday at the high court in Madrid, which ordered their detention. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

A dispute over the actions of the judiciary has deepened Spain’s constitutional crisis, after the leaders of two civic independence organisations were(...)

 A Catalan man with his child in his arms argues with a Spanish National riot policemen during clashes outside the Ramon Llull school in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Pepa Mainou was the first person to vote in L’Arenal de Llevant school on Sunday morning. She, like dozens of others, had queued outside the building,(...)

Anti-separatist demonstrators gather and wave Spanish flags during a rally against the Catalonian referendum at Placa Sant Jaume in Barcelona, Spain, on Saturday. Photograph: Geraldine Hope Ghelli/Bloomberg

Thousands of pro-unity demonstrators opposing a banned referendum on Catalan independence from Spain gathered in a Barcelona square on Saturday in a s(...)

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