The crisis in Catalonia is accelerating so fast that it is going to be very hard to avoid a collision that could be perilous for both Spanish and Cata(...)

Pro-referendum demonstrators brandish their ballots during a demonstration outside Barcelona’s university. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds of towns across the region yesterday following the Madrid government’s actions las(...)

Students gather at the historical headquarters of the University of Barcelona during a pro-referendum demonstration. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government informed the authorities in Catalonia on Friday that it was deploying police reinforcements to the northeastern region to boos(...)

Protesters gather in front of Spanish policemen outside the headquarters of the CUP in Barcelona on Wednesday. Photograph: Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

The Catalan government has vowed to push ahead with an October 1st referendum on independence after police raided several of its premises on Wednesday(...)

People pay tribute on Friday, outside the Liceu theatre in Barcelona, to victims of Thursday’s attack. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

It’s a cliche, simply because it’s important truth, that one’s first thoughts about a terrorist act should always be with the victims, to make some ef(...)

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. A number of residents find they can earn five times as much a year by renting their apartment to platforms such as Airbnb as opposed to charging €1,000 a month in rent to the local population. Photograph: Getty Images

The children on the tour bus thought they were being attacked by Isis and started crying. Men clad in black masks held up the bus outside the Camp Nou(...)

A Catalonia independence supporter holds up a Catalan Estelada flag, with the date for the proposed independence referendum, in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

The nationalist government of Catalonia has announced that the referendum on independence from Spain it wants to hold will take place on October 1st, (...)

 Carles Puigdemont,  president of Catalonia, and his vice-president, Oriol Junqueras (left), at a  ceremony in Barcelona to make official their commitment to hold a referendum on independence. Photograph: Toni Albir

Catalan nationalist politicians and activists have gathered in Barcelona to back a declaration underlining their commitment to a referendum on indepen(...)

General secretary of Citizens Inés Arrimadas: “There is nothing more anti-Catalan than wanting to take Catalonia out of Spain.” Photograph: Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The frontline political career of Inés Arrimadas is only five years old, but at the age of 35, she has become the leader of the opposition in Cataloni(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (left) with his predecessor Artur Mas following the conclusion of Mr Mas’s trial for organising an informal independence referendum in 2014. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

After several years of steadily increasing tensions between Madrid and Catalonia, in recent weeks the relationship has become particularly strained. (...)

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