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

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(...)

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 (...)

 Austrian People’s Party chairman Sebastian Kurz arrives to deliver a statement  at the Hofburg in Vienna. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

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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(...)

Men gather cattle during a forest fire in Vieira de Leiria, Marinha Grande, Portugal on Monday. Photograph:  Ricardo Graca/EPA

Late season wildfires that broke out over the weekend in Portugal have killed at least 35 people, including a one-month-old baby, making 2017 the dead(...)

A woman walks past a pro-independence graffiti in a street in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph:  Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Spanish government has dismissed an invitation to negotiate with the president of Catalonia, moving a step closer to suspending the region’s auton(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (second left) takes part in a floral tribute in Barcelona on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the death of former Catalan regional president Lluís Companys, who was executed by Franco’s forces in 1940. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is expected to clarify his recent secessionist declaration on Monday, with the threat of a drastic response by the(...)

Football fans hold Catalan flags  before FC Barcelona’s match with Girona at the Estadi Montilivi. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On the pitch, good – nine wins in nine league and Champions League games this season – off it, troubling for FC Barcelona. It is entering uncharted wa(...)