A demonstrator waves a pro-independence Catalan Estelada flag tand The Black Flag of Catalonia during a protest  in Barcelona.  Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Protesters and police clashed late on Tuesday in Barcelona during rallies against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders. The tense confront(...)

People react to the verdict outside Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, where Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras was jailed. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images.

Spain’s supreme court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan independence leaders to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a f(...)

Taxi drivers protest in Barcelona at what they claim is a failure by authorities to regulate the activities of digital ride-sharing companies. Photograph: EPA

A taxi drivers’ strike has caused major disruption in Madrid and Barcelona and cast doubt on the efforts of ride-sharing firms such as Uber to consoli(...)

The events since the controversial independence referendum organised by the Catalan regional government on October 1st bear all the hallmarks of a chr(...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, gives a press conference in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Catalonia’s leader Carles Puigdemont said on Monday he was not looking for a “traumatic” split from Spain but rather a “new understanding”. He was sp(...)

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(...)

A file image of  a bouncy castle. Police in Spain are investigating an incident in which one child died after a bouncy castle reportedly blew away. Image: Getty

A six-year-old girl has died and six other children have been injured after an inflatable bouncy castle came free and flew into the air, hurling the c(...)

Daniel Defoe’s other island
  • Europe
  • April 21, 2014, 02:00

The Spanish parliament voted earlier this month against a request by the Catalan regional government to hold a referendum on independence. The(...)

Spain’s Prince Felipe (right) toasts with Catalan president Artur Mas after an inauguration ceremony at the new headquarters of fashion and fragrance company Puig in Hospitalet de Llobregat, near Barcelona, on Monday. Spain’s parliament is to vote tomorrow on a petition from the Catalan parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s independence. Photograph: Toni Albir/Reuters

Spain’s Congress is tomorrow expected to reject a plan by the region of Catalonia to stage a referendum on independence, a decision that is li(...)

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