A man raises a Puigdemont mask during a protest in front of Germany’s Consulate in Barcelona after former president Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

The arrest of the former Catalan first minister, Carles Puigdemont, in Germany is yet another twist in the protracted and toxic stalemate between the (...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is not a demagogue. He has to do nothing more in this campaign than what he has already been doing – quietly, rationally and peacefully making the case for secession. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Late on Friday October 27th, Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan government, having declared Catalan independence, made his way from the Palau(...)

Unionist protestors take part in a demonstration against independence  called by the  far-right  ‘Platform for Catalonia’ party  in front of Barcelona city hall  last month. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Lola Mayenco was one of 2.26 million Catalans who cast their vote in Sunday’s controversial independence referendum. Her ballot paper, however, looked(...)

A man holds a Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flag during a demonstration in support of the referendum in Catalonia on Sunday. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Somebody should surely have told the Madrid government last week that using the Guardia Civil to stop Catalans casting ballots was a crass idea – and (...)

Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags waving during a protest in Barcelona on Monday. Photograph: Pierre Philippe Marcoup/AFP/Getty Images

We spent from 5.30am on Sunday morning at the local library, or biblioteca, less than 100m from my home in Sant Cugat del Vallès, a town of 87,000 jus(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

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(...)

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(...)

  National Day of Catalonia in   Barcelona,  September 11th, 2014: Catalan nationalists say they will declare independence if they win a majority in the referendum, regardless of the level of participation. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

Barcelona was the first city in Spain I ever visited, back in 1973. The great Catalan capital was then resisting the dying clutches of the Franco dic(...)

We may complain about inflexible bureaucracy but that inflexibility can be a necessary barrier to the potential cancer of corruption.

While the public perception may be otherwise, by international standards, Ireland appears to have a pretty low level of corruption. This has been one (...)

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