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Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “I will not accept that anyone puts himself above the Spanish constitution and law,” Mr Rajoy said. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain’s prime minister warned Catalan leaders not to restart their campaign for secession after pro-independence parties scored a victory in the regio(...)

Laura Sancho (18) voting for the first time in her life, casts Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont’s proxy vote at a polling station in Sant Cugat del Valles on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Catalans flocked to the polls on Thursday for an election that could strip pro-independence parties of absolute control of the region’s parliament, th(...)

Catalonia: Pluralism in retreat

The Catalans have long been justly proud of their vibrant and plural political culture. It has been capable of combining canny pragmatism and visionar(...)

 Candidate for the centre-right party Ciudadanos Inés Arrimadas: has become the leading unionist figure in the northeastern region and  polls suggest her party is a contender to win Thursday’s election.Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

At the end of Catalonia’s last election campaign, in 2015, a group of journalists who had been following Inés Arrimadas over the previous weeks presen(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy delivers a speech during a visit to the Freixenet winery in Barcelona last Wednesday. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On October 27th, as his government took the unprecedented move of introducing direct rule in Catalonia, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: (...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont taking part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia, in Brussels on  December 7th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The deposed president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has seen his tough pro-independence rhetoric rewarded in the polls as a key election for the re(...)

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont takes part in a pro-independence rally for Catalonia in Brussels on Thursday. Yves Herman/Reuters

Nearly 50,000 people marched through the EU quarter of Brussels on Thursday in support of Catalan independence and the region’s deposed president, who(...)

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont appears on a giant screen during an event held by his political platform Junts per Catalunya to mark the start of the campaign for the Catalan regional election, in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP

Spain’s supreme court has withdrawn an international order for the arrest of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont due to concerns that he might (...)

Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) party members unveil campaign posters featuring Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont and arrested Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president Jordi Sanchez during a meeting to present the posters for the December 21st regional elections in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It has seemed increasingly unlikely, since the Madrid government imposed direct rule on Catalonia a month ago, that Catalan independence leaders ever (...)

Irish Border checkpoint: Spanish minister Jorge Toledo supports the call by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for London to propose solutions to avoid a hard Irish Border before a key summit of EU leaders in mid-December. File photograph:   Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Securing guarantees on what happens to the Irish Border before Brexit talks move to future EU-UK arrangements was “not only reasonable but needed”, Sp(...)

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