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 (...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

A man holds a Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flag during a demonstration in support of the referendum in Catalonia on Sunday. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Somebody should surely have told the Madrid government last week that using the Guardia Civil to stop Catalans casting ballots was a crass idea – and (...)

15,000 students take part in a protest in Barcelona on Monday against Spanish police forces’ actions during Sunday’s referendum. Photograph: EPA/JUAN CARLOS CARDENAS

The Catalan president Carles Puigdemont has called on the international community to mediate in Spain’s territorial crisis and said he wants Spanish s(...)

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