Protesters demonstrate in Brussels after Spain’s supreme court sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jasper Jacobs/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

In the sombre, carefully gardened surroundings of Montjuïc cemetery, on a hill above Barcelona, Josep Camarasa cuts an unusual figure. Dressed in jean(...)

 Catalan pro-independence protesters gather at the Plaza d’Espanya on the eve of the expected announcement of the sentence in the trial against imprisoned Catalan political leaders. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia

Spain’s supreme court is due to issue its verdict on the most politically charged legal case the country has seen in modern times, against 12 Catalan (...)

Portraits of Catalan separatists leaders:   the case is widely seen as the most important, and politically charged,  in Spain’s modern era. Photograph: Luis  Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-independence activists plan to assemble giant TV screens in town squares across Catalonia so that locals can follow events taking place sever(...)

A municipal worker packs ballot papers for distribution to polling stations in Barcelona. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta

During a televised debate between the candidates for mayor of Barcelona this week, the Socialist Jaume Collboni turned to address one of his rivals, t(...)

Jailed catalan separatists leaders Jordi Sànchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva inside Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, 50km from Barcelona. Photograph:  Omnium Cultural/AFP)

A highly anticipated court case begins in Spain on Tuesday, as 12 Catalan leaders face trial for their alleged role in their region’s failed bid for i(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s fragile government will need the backing of the two Catalan pro-independence parties in parliament in order to approve the 2019 budget. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Spanish government attempts to facilitate talks with pro-independence Catalan parties have triggered a fierce backlash from the political right and di(...)

Pictures of jailed Catalan pro-independence leaders are held up during a demonstration in Barcelona, on Friday, in support of 12 pro-independence leaders that were transferred from Barcelona to Madrid ahead of the start of their trial. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s foreign ministry announced this week it was preparing to launch a campaign that would explain to the world, with total transparency, the detai(...)

The Casa Llotja de Mar building in  Barcelona, where Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez is due to gather his cabinet on Friday. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Earlier this week, the words “Go home Pedro” were sprayed in English on the outside of the Casa Llotja de Mar building in central Barcelona and a Cata(...)

Banner of Josep Rull during a demonstration in July. The Catalan government says Rull has lost 7kg in weight since beginning a hunger strike in prison earlier this month. Photograph: Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In early November 2017, Josep Rull, the former Catalan minister for territory and sustainability, posted the following on his Twitter account: “If you(...)

 A woman holding a placard against the supreme court decision that clients and not banks pay the tax on mortgages. Photograph: Ramon Costa/SOPA Images/LightRocket

It was a scene many Spaniards had dreaded. On November 6th, Arnaldo Otegi, the leading Basque separatist politician who once served jail time for his (...)

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