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. (...)

Polls show Catalans are evenly divided on the independence issue. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia has launched a bid to convince the EU of the merits of its plan to stage an independence referendum later this year, amid accusations by Spa(...)

Representatives of Spain’s governing Popular Party hold Spanish flags in the Catalan parliament in Barcelona last year, following a vote to begin the start of a secession process. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Viladecans town hall is a faux-medieval castle. An ochre-coloured building situated in the middle of this small Catalan city, complete with tower, tu(...)

People hold Catalan separatist flags during the  Diada celebration  in Barcelona: the current drive for independence began in 2012, when Madrid refused to discuss increased economic autonomy for the northeastern region. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will take to the streets on Sunday to mark their annual national day and demand independence from Spain. Although (...)

 People gather for aJunts pel Sí (Together for the Yes)  rally in Barcelona on September 25th, 2015. Photograph:  Alex Caparros/Getty Images

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Catalonia’s independence movement. On February 10th, Jordi Pujol, the region’s former premier who is widely re(...)

Artur Mas leaves a press conference at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona on Saturday after announcing his resignation as Catalonia’s acting president. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan govern(...)

Acting President of Catalonia Artur Mas. Opponents say many Catalans do not want independence.  Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Tensions within the Catalan separatist movement have created doubts over its willingness to break unilaterally from Spain, just days after the appro(...)

Catalan president Artur Mas thanks followers as he leaves the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

An appearance in court by the nationalist premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, brought hundreds of pro-independence politicians into the streets of Barcel(...)

People queue to cast their ballots in a symbolic independence vote in Mataro near Barcelona today. Secessionist-minded politicians helped by cultural organisations and thousands of volunteers organised the informal vote in the autonomous community of Catalonia after Spain’s High Court issued an injunction preventing a formal but non-binding referendum. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Defying legal and political objections from Madrid, some 2 million Catalans took part in a straw poll on independence today that the region's governi(...)

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