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(...)

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 (...)

Spain’s King Felipe with Catalan governor Artur Mas after his arrival for their meeting at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid last month. Photograph: Andrea Comas/ Reuters

It was an awkward photo opportunity: King Felipe VI posing next to the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, ahead of their hour-long meeting at t(...)

A Catalan flag flutters above Barcelona’s Mercat de Born. Today’s Diada, or Catalan national day, marks the anniversary of city’s  defeat of 1714 during the War of Succession. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

In the Born Cultural Centre, history is presented as a violent drama whose heroes and villains are painted in broad strokes. A huge, glass-ceilinged h(...)

Demonstrators march during The National Day of Catalonia yesterday in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images.

Catalans demanding independence from Spain linked arms across their region yesterday in a “human chain” which they hope will advance their ambition of(...)

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