French president Emmanuel Macron speaking in Frankfurt.  Mr Macron said  EU engagement with Catalonia would set a dangerous precedent. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron has sided with the Spanish government in its dispute with the Catalan independence movement, condemning what he call(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  is applauded after  addressing the region’s parliament in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The Spanish cabinet has met to work out its response to an announcement from the head of the wealthy Catalonia region that he was proceeding with a de(...)

Pro-independence supporters react as they watch Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on broadcast screens outside the Catalan parliament. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont issued a declaration of independence on Tuesday, but said it should not come into immediate effect in order to all(...)

Josep Luis Trapero, chief of the Catalan police Mossos d’Esquadra. Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

On the morning of October 3rd, the day of a Catalan general strike, crowds gathered outside the Barcelona headquarters of the Spanish national police.(...)

A group of pro-union supporters demonstrate in a square in Sabadell, Calatonia, on Friday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

A flurry of movement of major businesses out of Catalonia appears to have sown doubts within the region’s separatist government about plans to issue (...)

Spain’s  Gerard Pique exercises next to Jordi Alba and head coach Julen Lopetegui during a training session in Las Rozas, near Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Thiago Alcantara was saddened by Spain fans abusing Gerard Pique at an open training session on Monday night, but said the Barcelona defender was unaf(...)

FC Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu during a news conference at Camp Nou stadium. Photograph: Reuters

Catalan La Liga sides Barcelona, Espanyol and Girona have decided to join the general strike in Catalonia on Tuesday. The strike, called by more than(...)

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(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange   in New York . Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

World stock markets climbed on Monday, lifted by optimism over the outlook for corporate earnings and US president Donald Trump’s tax reform plan, wh(...)

People hold Catalan pro-independence  flags as they raise  protest in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government will not recognise the outcome of the referendum on Catalan independence. Speaking to reporters in Du(...)