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(...)

File photograph of the sacked Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras in Madrid, Spain. File photograph: AP Photo/Paul White

Spanish supreme court judges have ruled against allowing ousted Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras out of jail while he is investigated for rebell(...)

Deposed Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras is among several politicians  awaiting trial for promoting secession via an outlawed referendum and an October 27th unilateral Catalan declaration of independence. File photograph: Paul White/AP Photo

Deposed Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras has told magistrates he is “a man of peace” in a bid to persuade them he should be released from prison(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “I will not accept that anyone puts himself above the Spanish constitution and law,” Mr Rajoy said. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain’s prime minister warned Catalan leaders not to restart their campaign for secession after pro-independence parties scored a victory in the regio(...)

Axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: has hinted at a less strident approach to independence in the future. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday’s Catalan election will go down as one of the lowest points of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s six years in power. His decision in la(...)

Carles Puigdemont,  dismissed president of Catalonia, reacts while viewing the results in Catalonia’s regional election in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Pro-independence parties held off the challenge of unionists in a tightly fought Catalan election yesterday, securing a majority in the regional parli(...)

Laura Sancho (18) voting for the first time in her life, casts Catalonia’s former president Carles Puigdemont’s proxy vote at a polling station in Sant Cugat del Valles on Thursday. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Catalans flocked to the polls on Thursday for an election that could strip pro-independence parties of absolute control of the region’s parliament, th(...)

 Spanish and Catalonian pro-independence flags hang from balconies in Badalona, Catalonia, a day before the Catalonian regional elections on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Catalans vote on Thursday in an election that could either bolster or sweep aside the region’s ambitions of breaking away from Spain, after a deeply p(...)

Mossos d’Esquadra (Catalan regional police officers) keep protesters back from the entrance of the Lleida Museum after police entered the museum to take some 40 contested artworks. Photograph:  Albert Salame/Reuters

In recent days, visitors to Lleida Museum will have noticed, among the wealth of sculptures, paintings and ceramics, seven empty shelves. Each had hel(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy delivers a speech during a visit to the Freixenet winery in Barcelona last Wednesday. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

On October 27th, as his government took the unprecedented move of introducing direct rule in Catalonia, Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted: (...)

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