Artur Mas

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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(...)

The whirlwind unleashed by Brexit within Britain’s increasingly dysfunctional family of nations has stirred things up in the even more fractious Spani(...)

Spain: ETA’s disarmament

The announcement that the Basque terrorist group Eta will finally put its arms beyond use, more than six years after it declared a unilateral “permane(...)

Former premier of Catalonia Artur Mas gives a press conference  yesterday. “We don’t regret a thing. We are democrats and we are proud of having given the people a voice,” he said. Photograph: Luis Genelluis/Getty Images

A Barcelona court has barred the former premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, from elected office for two years for staging a referendum on independence in(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (left) with his predecessor Artur Mas following the conclusion of Mr Mas’s trial for organising an informal independence referendum in 2014. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

After several years of steadily increasing tensions between Madrid and Catalonia, in recent weeks the relationship has become particularly strained. (...)

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