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Former Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy testifies during the trial of jailed Catalan separatist leaders at the supreme court in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Spain’s former prime minister Mariano Rajoy defended his handling of the Catalan territorial crisis when he appeared before the country’s supreme cour(...)

 Following the trial of Catalonian leaders on a screen in Barcelona, on Thursday. The trial is being held at the supreme court in Madrid. Photograph: Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

Nearly two weeks into the trial of 12 Catalan independence leaders in Spain’s supreme court, the question of whether defendants employed violent metho(...)

Protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration  in Madrid against the government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as Spain braced itself (...)

 Anna Gabriel, a senior figure in the Popular Unity Candidacy party, said she would remain in Switzerland, claiming that the Spanish  judiciary would treat her unfairly. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A leading Catalan pro-independence politician has said she will not return to Spain to face a supreme court summons, claiming that the country’s judic(...)

The Palau de la Música Catalana concert venue in Barcelona, which was used as a front for false invoicing in a scam involving the party. Photograph: JTB/UIG via Getty Images

The nationalist party that has governed Catalonia for most of Spain’s modern democratic era has been found guilty of receiving millions of euro in bri(...)

Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont, who is in exile in Belgium. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

A plan by Carles Puigdemont to be sworn in as Catalan president while remaining in exile in Belgium has sparked a constitutional debate and underlines(...)

 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(...)

Josep Maria Belver (77) wears a shirt with the colors of a separatist flag as he sings the Catalan anthem before a political meeting in favour of the independence referendum outside the University of Barcelona. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On an overcast evening in Can Dragó, a recreational park, locals are gathering for a small rally in favour of Catalan independence, ahead of the refer(...)

A man holds a dummy ballot before participating in a symbolic vote organised two days before a banned independence referendum in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

The referendum on independence planned by the nationalist Catalan government for this Sunday is the culmination of decades, some would say centuries, (...)

People hold Catalan separatist flags on Catalonia day “Diada” in central Barcelona in 2014. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Nationalists in Catalonia have insisted there is still time for them to negotiate with the Spanish government, just hours after unveiling a so-called(...)

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