Artur Mas

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More than 100,000 people attended the demonstration in Barcelona, according to media reports.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea.

Tens of thousands of Catalans crowded central Barcelona yesterday calling for early regional elections after plans for a November 9th referendum on in(...)

The objective is the same, to hold a referendum, but in a different way, says the president of Catalonia Artur Mas. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Catalonia has abandoned plans to stage an illegal referendum on independence in November, apparently averting an imminent collision with the Spanish a(...)

Balconies are decorated with “estelada” flags, that symbolises Catalonia’s independence, and a banner encouraging people to vote for a referendum in Catalonia, in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: AP Photo

The nationalist government of Catalonia yesterday appeared to step down from its standoff with Spanish authorities over a planned referendum on inde(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy to try to halt referendum. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The Spanish government has filed appeals at the country’s top court to try and halt the powerful northeastern region of Catalonia from staging an inde(...)

Pro-independence supporters display banners reading “Live free or die”and “We are a nation” in front of the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

The Spanish government will this week begin taking legal action to prevent Catalonia from staging a referendum on independence, after the region’s nat(...)

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas (left) waves to pro-independence supporters near Catalonia’s Republican Left leader Oriol Junqueras, as they leave the Palau de la Generalitat (Government Palace) after signing a decree calling for an independence referendum. Photograph: EPA

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region signed a decree today calling an independence referendum on November 9th, putting him on a collision cours(...)

Catalonian regional president Artur Mas today delivers a speech to supporters at an  event to mark the anniversary of the end of War of the Spanish Succession in Catalonia (1714) at Cardona Castle,  Barcelona, northeastern Spain. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

The president of Spain’s Catalonia region today said he would formally call “in the next days” for a vote on independence from Spain which has been sc(...)

Catalan leader Artur Mas said staging of the referendum itself had been a triumph that Spain should let Catalonia emulate. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The Spanish government yesterday warmly welcomed Scotland’s decision not to secede from the UK, just hours before the northeastern region of Catalonia(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Wales earlier this month. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

European Union and Nato officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland’s clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted (...)

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