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Catalan premier Artur Mas casts his vote  in Barcelona on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Catalan nationalists celebrated last night as pro-independence parties won a regional election which was treated as a plebiscite on secession from Spa(...)

Nationalists had used the regional election as a plebiscite on independence.

Pro-independence parties have won Catalonia’s regional election, giving them, they believe, a mandate to begin the process of breaking away from Spain(...)

A woman with an “Estelada” (Catalan pro-independece flag) tied to her wrist waits to cast her ballot in  the regional election at a polling station in Badalona. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images.

Catalans began voting on Sunday in an election that may determine whether the region pushes ahead with its campaign to break away from Spain and creat(...)

The argument between party leaders Alfred Bosch of ERC (right) and Alberto Fernandez Diaz of PPC (second right) over the  unofficial flag of the Catalonian independent movement and the  Spanish flag   ended when deputy mayor  Gerardo Pisarelo (fourth left) took the flags away. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

As Barcelona celebrated the La Mercè festival on Thursday, everything was going smoothly until a scuffle broke out on the balcony of the city hall.(...)

Perils of protest: Not only does Catalonia risk leaving the euro, it could could also see FC Barcelona barred from playing in the Spanish league. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia would be excluded from the European Union if it broke away from Spain, according to opponents of the region’s independence drive. They also (...)

A giant leap for Catalan’s? “El Llibre de les Meravelles” (or “The Book of Marvels”) has been published just as the attention of Spain, and much of Europe, is focused on Catalonia ahead of its regional election on September 27th

The results of the Eurovision song contest are up on a screen and Catalonia, with 290 points, is the clear winner. Spain, with only two points, is (...)

The Catalan flag on the facade of the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona during a ceremony to mark national day. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

September 11th is a date Roger Molinas has come to dread. It is when Catalans mark their national day, the Diada, and traditionally it has been an ann(...)

Regional premier Artur Mas intends to begin a unilateral secession from Spain if pro-independence parties gain more than half the seats in the Catalan election. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

With less than a month until Catalonia votes in an election which nationalists hope will see their region start the process of breaking away from Spai(...)

Spain’s King Felipe with Catalan governor Artur Mas after his arrival for their meeting at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid last month. Photograph: Andrea Comas/ Reuters

It was an awkward photo opportunity: King Felipe VI posing next to the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, ahead of their hour-long meeting at t(...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas first proposed the idea of a cross-party pro-independence ticket for the September election. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

As Catalan regional elections loom this autumn, there is a possibility many of the candidates running for office will not be politicians. This is a st(...)

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