Jailed Catalan  leaders (from left) Jordi Sanchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva photographed in Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain, on Saturday. Photograph: Omnium Cultural handout via AFP

Four of the Catalan leaders facing trial over last year’s failed push for regional independence have gone on a hunger strike, claiming they are being(...)

Catalan National Assembly president Jordi Sánchez, who is under investigation for sedition and rebellion, arriving  at a court in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

A plan by pro-independence parties to make a jailed independence activist the new Catalan president is staunchly opposed by the Spanish government, wh(...)

Catalan separatist flags are held up as fireworks go off in Sant Jaume Square in front of the Catalan regional government headquarters during celebratrions after the Catalan regional parliament declared independence from Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Spanish government has this evening dissolved Catalonia’s cabinet after the region voted earlier today for independence from Madrid, prime ministe(...)

A demonstrator holds up an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a gathering in Barcelona. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

The Spanish government on Saturday takes its first steps towards introducing direct rule in Catalonia, and as part of that initiative is considering c(...)

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

A dispute over the actions of the judiciary has deepened Spain’s constitutional crisis, after the leaders of two civic independence organisations were(...)

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 holds a dummy ballot before participating in a symbolic vote organised two days before a banned independence referendum in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

The referendum on independence planned by the nationalist Catalan government for this Sunday is the culmination of decades, some would say centuries, (...)

Protesters shout slogans and wave Catalan separatist flags outside the high court in Barcelona. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum on independence from Spain on October 1st had been undermined by the arrest o(...)

People wave “Esteladas” (pro-independence Catalan flags) in Barcelona on the national day of Catalonia, the “Diada”, on September 11th. Photograph:  Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described it as “the most important political development in the West this year, by far” and it has already throw(...)

Thousands of people carry a giant Catalan independence flag and a banner reading ‘Referendum is Democracy’, in Barcelona,  Spain. Photograph: Roser Vilallonga/ Catalan National Assembly/EPA

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans filled the streets of Barcelona on Monday to assert their right to stage an illegal independence referendum, despite(...)

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