Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont attends a meeting in Brussels on Monday with representatives of pro-independence parties. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Pro-independence parties are attempting to negotiate a deal to ensure the investiture of a new Catalan president, with Carles Puigdemont determined to(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Spanish and Catalonian pro-independence flags hang from balconies in Badalona, Catalonia, a day before the Catalonian regional elections on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Catalans vote on Thursday in an election that could either bolster or sweep aside the region’s ambitions of breaking away from Spain, after a deeply p(...)

Paul Bekaert, the lawyer acting for  former  Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, speaks to media outside  a Belgian court in Brussels today. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The lawyer acting for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has said the court hearing for his client and four secessionist allies on whether they s(...)

 Former Catalan regional parliament speaker Carme Forcadell, with other members of the Catalan parliament, was ordered to appear in court under alleged charges of rebellion and sedition. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain’s state prosecutor on Thursday requested that the Supreme Court remand in custody four former members of Catalonia’s parliament who are being in(...)

Supporters of  Catalan independence  during a  hearing regarding  dismissed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, outside the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Catalonia’s former leader Carles Puigdemont was spared custody on Monday, when a Brussels court ruled he could remain at liberty in Belgium until it (...)

Catalan rally: demonstrators in Barcelona hold banners reading “Freedom for the Political Prisoners. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

A Belgian judge will have to decide by early on Monday morning whether to free the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four ministerial colleagues on(...)

People demonstrate to protest against the imprisonment of eight former members of the Catalan government, at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The police vans emerged from the underground car park with blue lights flashing, and sped away into the Madrid dusk. Inside were nine former Catalan m(...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is not a demagogue. He has to do nothing more in this campaign than what he has already been doing – quietly, rationally and peacefully making the case for secession. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Late on Friday October 27th, Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan government, having declared Catalan independence, made his way from the Palau(...)

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