People hold estelada  separatist flags, on Catalonia day “Diada” in central Barcelona. The ban on the flag at Sunday’s final announced  this week by Mariano Rajoy’s caretaker government provoked strong reaction in Catalonia and even divisions within his own party. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

A judge has overturned a decision by the Spanish government to ban Barcelona football fans from carrying pro-Catalan independence flags at this Sunda(...)

Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) and Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spain’s inability to form a new government since an inconclusive general election in December, leading King Felipe VI to call new elections in the com(...)

 People gather for aJunts pel Sí (Together for the Yes)  rally in Barcelona on September 25th, 2015. Photograph:  Alex Caparros/Getty Images

It has been a tough couple of weeks for Catalonia’s independence movement. On February 10th, Jordi Pujol, the region’s former premier who is widely re(...)

Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during his investiture at the Catalunya parliament in Barcelona on Sunday evening. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Nationalists in Catalonia appear to have kept alive a plan to break away from Spain by 2017 after reaching a last-ditch agreement on who should lead t(...)

Artur Mas leaves a press conference at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona on Saturday after announcing his resignation as Catalonia’s acting president. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan govern(...)

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