Likely new foreign minister Josep Borrell has been outspoken on Spain’s territorial issue. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The first cabinet appointments of Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, suggest that the Catalan crisis and gender parity will be priorities for (...)

Spain’s new leader  Pedro Sánchez (left) shakes hands with deposed prime minister Mariano Rajoy  after Mr Sánchez won no-confidence motion in the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Friday. Photograph:  Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty Images

The seven-year tenure of Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy came to an abrupt end on Friday as he lost a parliamentary confidence vote led by Social(...)

Girls skate next to a graffiti reading in Basque “ETA, the people with you” in the Spanish Basque village of Hernani. The militant separatist group announced its dissolution earlier this month. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Within a week of the disbandment in early May of the separatist terrorist group Eta, the Basque Country’s parliament started debating proposals for a (...)

Speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, watches as new Catalan president Quim Torra takes the oath of office at the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Spanish unionist parties are at loggerheads over how to manage the Catalan territorial crisis after outspoken separatist Quim Torra took the oath of o(...)

Newly elected Catalonia regional president Quim Torra in the Catalan parliament on Monday. Photograph:   Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

A new president of Catalonia, Joaquim “Quim” Torra, has been voted in, ending months of political stalemate and legal wrangles over the formation of t(...)

Joaquim “Quim” Torra:  the candidate proposed by former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to head the regional Catalan government. Photograph: Luis Felipe Castilleja/Reuters

Catalonia’s parliament is due to meet on Saturday to debate the candidacy of Joaquim “Quim” Torra as the region’s new president. If he receives enough(...)

JxCat party spokeswoman Elsa Artadi  and party members:  to avert an election, pro-independence parties may propose a less controversial candidate for president such as Ms Artadi.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

The Spanish government has vowed to block a reform approved by Catalan pro-independence parties which seeks to allow exiled former regional president (...)

 People march in Barcelona calling for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders who are in prison or have fled the country. Photograph: AFP

More than 300,000 people are estimated to have taken to the streets of Barcelona to call for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders who are in prison or(...)

Activists put up a placard asking for the release of jailed separatist leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart and reading “freedom to political prisoners”. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s judiciary has rejected a fourth consecutive attempt by pro-independence parties to get their favoured candidate voted in as president of Cata(...)

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont leaves prison in Neumuenster, Germany on Friday after posting bail. Photograph: Jens Schlueter/EPA

To cheers of “Freedom! Freedom!”, Catalan’s ex-president Carles Puigdemont was released from a northern German prison on Friday after 10 days in custo(...)

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