Catalan regional president Quim Torra at the courthouse in Barcelona, on Monday, ahead of his trial  over refusing to remove separatist symbols from public buildings during the parliamentary election campaign. Photograph:  Andreu Dalmau/AFP via Getty Images

Amnesty International has called on Spain’s judiciary to release two of the Catalan independence leaders given jail sentences last month, after deemin(...)

Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera poses with his motorbike before leaving the party’s headquarters for Herrera de Duero to attend a rally, in Valladolid, Spain. Photograph: JJ Guillen

Spaniards will vote in a general election this Sunday amid a political stalemate, renewed turmoil in Catalonia and fears of a surge by the far right. (...)

Demonstrators hold a picture of jailed Catalan separatist Jordi Cuixart and wave Catalan pro-independence Estelada flags during a protest against the trial of former Catalan separatist leaders in Barcelona. Photograph:  Pau Barrena / AFP

Jordi Cuixart, one of nine Catalan leaders recently given lengthy jail terms for sedition, says his imprisonment will help his region gain independenc(...)

A sit-down protest outside Catalan government headquarters after a weekend of unrest. Photograph: Toni Albir

Relations between the Spanish and Catalan governments appear to have hit a new low in the wake of the tumultuous events in Barcelona last week. The S(...)

Fires burn in Barcelona following an evening of rioting  over the jail sentences given to separatist politicians. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images.

Catalonia’s pro-independence regional chief Quim Torra has called for talks with Spain’s central government following five days of unrest triggered by(...)

Demonstrators participate in a sit-in in Barcelona on Wednesday during a demonstration called by the local Republic Defence Committees. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government is under pressure from opposition parties to introduce direct rule in Catalonia, as the region saw a third consecutive day of d(...)

Carme  Forcadell, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament, who has been jailed for over 11 years for sedition, casts her ballot in the Catalan regional election on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

On Monday, Spain’s supreme court announced its verdict in the landmark trial of 12 Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public(...)

Catalan regional president Quim Torra  attends a rally organised by the pro-independence party JxCat outside the Lledoners prison in Barcelona. Photograph:  Susanna Saez

Exactly two years ago, Spain’s territorial crisis, which had been smouldering for over half a decade, suddenly ignited. The touch-paper was a referen(...)

Supporters of Catalan independence protest outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday  at the fact that three elected Catalan MEPs were not allowed to take their seats for its inaugural session. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Catalan nationalists have made a new call for Madrid to negotiate the holding of a referendum on independence for their region, amid frustrated attemp(...)

Portraits of Catalan separatists leaders:   the case is widely seen as the most important, and politically charged,  in Spain’s modern era. Photograph: Luis  Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-independence activists plan to assemble giant TV screens in town squares across Catalonia so that locals can follow events taking place sever(...)

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