EU Brexit negotiators are taking a tough stance on aviation that would dramatically restrict UK airline operating rights unless Britain follows the bl(...)

Irish Border checkpoint: Spanish minister Jorge Toledo supports the call by the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier for London to propose solutions to avoid a hard Irish Border before a key summit of EU leaders in mid-December. File photograph:   Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Securing guarantees on what happens to the Irish Border before Brexit talks move to future EU-UK arrangements was “not only reasonable but needed”, Sp(...)

The jerseys the Spanish national soccer team will be using at the 2018 Fifa  World Cup in Russia. Photograph: EPA

Few areas of Spanish life have been immune to the country’s ongoing territorial crisis and now even the national football team has been tainted. On M(...)

People demonstrate to protest against the imprisonment of eight former members of the Catalan government, at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The police vans emerged from the underground car park with blue lights flashing, and sped away into the Madrid dusk. Inside were nine former Catalan m(...)

 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(...)

 Dismissed Catalan cabinet members  arrive at Spain’s high court   after being summoned to testify on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Photograph:  Reuters/ Susana Vera

First the Catalan parliament, then the Spanish government, now the judiciary. In the last few days, each of these institutions has used the most drast(...)

A man holds an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a gathering in support of the jailed members of the dismissed Catalan cabinet in  Barcelona on Thursday night. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

There were demonstrations across Catalonia on Thursday night after a Spanish judge ordered eight members of the deposed government of Catalonia to be (...)

An independence supporter outside the Palau Catalan Regional Government Building in Barcelona earlier this week. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

The policy committee for Dublin City Council has recommended that the Catalan flag be flown over Dublin City Hall for a month-long period. Councillor(...)

The relatively muted response so far from the Catalan nationalist leadership to direct rule is puzzling, especially in the wake of declaring themselves ‘independent’. Pro-union Catalans, with their huge demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday (above), actually appear better organised. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

An article Guy Hedgecoe in the Weekend edition of this newspaper described how three members of the same Catalan family hold very different views on t(...)

Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona on  October 29th. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

“Don’t be ashamed of loving Spain, be ashamed of hating it,” read one banner that was being brandished at Sunday’s massive demonstration in Barcelona (...)

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