Catalan president Quim Torra asks for the floor during a plenary session at the parliament of Catalonia on Monday, in Barcelona. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP via Getty Images

Catalonia’s parliament has accepted a judicial ruling stripping the region’s president, Quim Torra, of his seat in a move that has divided the indepen(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on Tuesday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Spain ended 10 months of caretaker governments, punctuated by two inconclusive elections, with parliament’s confirmation of Pedro Sánchez as prime min(...)

Spain’s economy minister Nadia Calviño: “We are not afraid of dialogue, we are not afraid of engagement.” Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain’s acting Socialist government is pursuing a “moderate and proportionate” approach to the ongoing crisis in Catalonia, amid extremist behaviour f(...)

A sit-down protest outside Catalan government headquarters after a weekend of unrest. Photograph: Toni Albir

Relations between the Spanish and Catalan governments appear to have hit a new low in the wake of the tumultuous events in Barcelona last week. The S(...)

A protester holds a Catalan pro-independence “estelada” flag during a sit-in protest  in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP

We live in baffling, distressing and very frightening times. The real and present dangers we face – chronic and deepening inequality, climate and bio(...)

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 holding Estelada pro Catalonia independence flags shout slogans during a protest in front of the Spanish embassy in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP

The Spanish supreme court imposed long sentences – nine to 13 years in prison – on nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement last Monday. The (...)

Carme  Forcadell, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament, who has been jailed for over 11 years for sedition, casts her ballot in the Catalan regional election on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

On Monday, Spain’s supreme court announced its verdict in the landmark trial of 12 Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public(...)

 Catalan pro-independence protesters gather at the Plaza d’Espanya on the eve of the expected announcement of the sentence in the trial against imprisoned Catalan political leaders. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia

Spain’s supreme court is due to issue its verdict on the most politically charged legal case the country has seen in modern times, against 12 Catalan (...)

People shout outside the supreme court in Madrid last week as the court gave the green light for the Spanish government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Opening a grave is always a troubling act. When the grave in question holds the remains of a dictator, still remembered warmly by a section of the pop(...)

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