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“We’ve seen a change of trend, our course has changed,” prime minister Mariano Rajoy  told the Spanish parliament  yesterday. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy hailed the austerity measures and reforms his government has implemented and vowed to thwart Catalan plans(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso infuriated Scottish nationalists when he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that Scotland would have to renegotiate EU membership in the event of a vote for independence. Photograph: PA

The tricky issue of secessionism reared its head in Brussels this week as the debate about Scottish independence intensified. European (...)

Handout photo issued by the BBC of Andrew Marr (left) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso appearing on BBC1’s current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show today. Photograph: PA/BBC

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, furthe(...)

Thousands of people march in protest at a government plan to limit abortions in Madrid today. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of people marched in Spain’s capital today to protest against a government plan to limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions(...)

The win that turned the tide as Munster players including Marcus Horan, David Wallace, Jason Holland and Peter Stringer  celebrate the semi-final success over Toulouse in 2000. Photograph: Bob Edme/AP Photo

There is an element of French rugby that seems to run in Munster’s veins. Since they lost 19-12 away to Castres at Stade Antoine Beguere in the first (...)

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas, with other regional party leaders, speaks during a news conference on Thursday announcing the date for a referendum on Catalan independence referendum. Photograph: Reuters

The leaders of Catalan pro- independence parties have agreed on the content and date of a referendum they plan to hold next year on breaking away from(...)

Nicola Sturgeon (centre) walks past a man draped in a Union flag outside the Scottish parliament in Edinburgh yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Little things tell a lot. Alex Salmond yesterday came to Glasgow to launch the Scottish government’s white paper on independence. And he quickly spoke(...)

 Scottish first minister Alex Salmond presents the White Paper for Scottish independence at the Science Museum, Glasgow, today.  Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An independent Scotland would keep the British pound, the queen and remain in the European Union but have its own defence force and collect its own ta(...)


Before we eat our food, we see it, which is why we strive to make it look as good as possible. But before we see the food, we smell it – and the aroma(...)

Children hoist the Spanish flag  during a flag-honouring ceremony on the eve of the Spain’s National Day. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Spain celebrates its national day today, marking Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492, an historic event that would see the country’s influence(...)

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