Pro-referendum demonstrators brandish their ballots during a demonstration outside Barcelona’s university. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators calling for Catalan independence gathered in hundreds of towns across the region yesterday following the Madrid government’s actions las(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (left) with his predecessor Artur Mas following the conclusion of Mr Mas’s trial for organising an informal independence referendum in 2014. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

After several years of steadily increasing tensions between Madrid and Catalonia, in recent weeks the relationship has become particularly strained. (...)

Catalan parliament president Carme Forcadell  greets people  as she leaves Catalonia’s Superior Court of Justice in Barcelona on December 16th, 2016. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The Catalan parliamentary speaker, Carme Forcadell, has appeared in court on Friday accused of overstepping her powers and defying the judiciary by al(...)

People hold Catalan separatist flags during the  Diada celebration  in Barcelona: the current drive for independence began in 2012, when Madrid refused to discuss increased economic autonomy for the northeastern region. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans will take to the streets on Sunday to mark their annual national day and demand independence from Spain. Although (...)

Members of the President of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont after his budget speech at the parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on June 8, 2016. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia have defied the Spanish judiciary by formally approving a blueprint for secession in a move which, in theory, fo(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: Vowed  to thwart Catalan independence. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to do everything in his power to thwart Catalan separatist parties, who Tuesday formalised their intent(...)

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(...)

A Catalan flag flutters above Barcelona’s Mercat de Born. Today’s Diada, or Catalan national day, marks the anniversary of city’s  defeat of 1714 during the War of Succession. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

In the Born Cultural Centre, history is presented as a violent drama whose heroes and villains are painted in broad strokes. A huge, glass-ceilinged h(...)

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