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Catalan pro-independence supporters take part in a demonstration under the motto “Let’s overturn the regime”, in Barcelona,  Spain, on Friday.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

“Perhaps it wasn’t worth coming, just to approve some minor measures,” said the Catalan government’s spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, as she disdainfully app(...)

Stocking filler? Clay ‘caganer’  figures representing Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin on sale in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters

Image of the week: Nativity interlopers “All I want for Christmas is a clay figure of Vladimir Putin with his arse hanging out” is not quite the lyri(...)

Jailed Catalan  leaders (from left) Jordi Sanchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva photographed in Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain, on Saturday. Photograph: Omnium Cultural handout via AFP

Four of the Catalan leaders facing trial over last year’s failed push for regional independence have gone on a hunger strike, claiming they are being(...)

Spain’s far-right Vox party leader Santiago Abascal delivers a speech next to regional candidate Francisco Serrano as they celebrate results after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Spain’s Socialists have suffered a setback in regional elections in the country’s south, the first electoral test for prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s p(...)

Bernard Loughlin was the first director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig, Co Monaghan

The founding director of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for creative artists has died suddenly following an accident on Friday at his home in the Catalan P(...)

Protestors wave Catalan separatist flags following a demonstration on the first anniversary of Catalonia’s banned independence referendum in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Enrique Calvo/Reuters

A year ago this week, Catalan nationalist parties held an independence referendum that the Spanish courts had declared illegal. The right-wing Partido(...)

Elon Musk has been one of Silicon Valley’s most brash and ambitious entrepreneurs, helping to found several influential technology companies

Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,(...)

Spanish minister for territorial policy Meritxell Batet at the Moncloa palace in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s Socialist Party has only been in power for two months, but Meritxell Batet, minister for territorial policy, believes there is reason for opti(...)

 The new leader of the Spanish conservative Popular Party, Pablo Casado, reacts after being elected to the position  at the party’s national congress, in Madrid. Photograph: ZIPI/EPA

The new leader of Spain’s main opposition Popular Party (PP) promises a return to traditional conservative values for the party and to oppose attempts(...)

Spanish politician Pablo Casado acknowledges delegates after being chosen as the next leader of Spain’s Popular Party at the end of a party meeting in Madrid. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s conservatives took a swing to the right on Saturday, less than two months after being ousted from office, as they elected a traditionalist to(...)

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