Catalan independence leaders Jordi Cuixart (left) and Jordi Sanchez    arrive on Monday at the high court in Madrid, which ordered their detention. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

Spain has moved closer to imposing central rule over Catalonia to thwart its independence push as Madrid’s high court signalled a hardening line by ja(...)

A woman walks past a pro-independence graffiti in a street in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph:  Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

The Spanish government has dismissed an invitation to negotiate with the president of Catalonia, moving a step closer to suspending the region’s auton(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (second left) takes part in a floral tribute in Barcelona on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the death of former Catalan regional president Lluís Companys, who was executed by Franco’s forces in 1940. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is expected to clarify his recent secessionist declaration on Monday, with the threat of a drastic response by the(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in parliament on Wednesday. “If Puigdemont respects legality then a period of illegality and uncertainty will come to an end,” he said. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has called on the Catalan president to clarify whether or not he issued a declaration of independence earlier thi(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  is applauded after  addressing the region’s parliament in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The Spanish cabinet has met to work out its response to an announcement from the head of the wealthy Catalonia region that he was proceeding with a de(...)

Pro-independence supporters react as they watch Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on broadcast screens outside the Catalan parliament. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont issued a declaration of independence on Tuesday, but said it should not come into immediate effect in order to all(...)

Pro-independence supporters  watch on broadcast screens outside the Catalan parliament as regional president Carles Puigdemont outlines his government’s response to  the referendum result  of  October 10th. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Normally a picturesque hub for tourists and joggers, Barcelona’s Ciutadella Park, where the Catalan parliament is located, was empty yesterday morning(...)

A man wearing a Spanish flag gives “free hugs” in central Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Tensions between Barcelona and Madrid showed little sign of slackening ahead of a widely anticipated appearance in the northeastern region’s parliamen(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: many believe he will make “a symbolic statement” rather than a full independence declaration. Photograph: AFP/ Getty Images

Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont will address his region’s parliament on Tuesday with many supporters hoping he will issue a unilateral declara(...)

A group of pro-union supporters demonstrate in a square in Sabadell, Calatonia, on Friday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

A flurry of movement of major businesses out of Catalonia appears to have sown doubts within the region’s separatist government about plans to issue (...)