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Taoiseach Micheál Martin arrives in Brussels on July 17th, 2020, as the leaders of the European Union hold their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan. Photograph: John Thys/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Are we near the end of this seemingly endless crisis yet? The short and dispiriting answer is no, we are not even close to the end. There was definit(...)

Architect Jordi Fauli (second right) explains to the visitors the details of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Catalonia enforced a new lockdown on more than 200,000 people on Saturday, after several new outbreaks of the coronavirus were detected. Residents in(...)

People hold Catalan separatist flags during the  Diada celebration  in Barcelona: the current drive for independence began in 2012, when Madrid refused to discuss increased economic autonomy for the northeastern region. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will take to the streets on Sunday to mark their annual national day and demand independence from Spain. Although (...)