Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

Empty seats: Barcelona played Las Palmas at  Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea

By midday Spanish time yesterday, everyone following the images from Catalonia could see that the violence of the Spanish police in attempting to supp(...)

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Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe. A number of residents find they can earn five times as much a year by renting their apartment to platforms such as Airbnb as opposed to charging €1,000 a month in rent to the local population. Photograph: Getty Images

The children on the tour bus thought they were being attacked by Isis and started crying. Men clad in black masks held up the bus outside the Camp Nou(...)

In 1998 transgender singer Dana International won the competition for Israel with her song ‘Diva’. Photograph: Peter Bischoff/Getty Images

Ukraine might be barred from the Eurovision if they proceed to ban Russian competitor Yulia Samoylova from performing. They’re doing so because she en(...)

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Are you a saver or a spender? My uncle Arthur preached that saving was both presumptuous and unimaginative. Firstly, believing you would be around t(...)

The new nostalgia from M&S: Ruby 5 light cluster, €169; ruby table lamp, €53; Hayward side table, €339; round lace place mat (of 2) €21; Marigold tumbler (of 4) €35; Pippa floral bed linen, €67 per set.

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Five years ago today the Basque group Eta declared a “definitive cessation” of its armed campaign for Basque independence which had cost more than 800(...)

The Soviet Union were victorious in the 1960 European Nations’ Cup - but their victory was aided by Spain’s boycott. Photograph: Getty

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Javier Marías at his home in Madrid. “I love Swift, Wilde and Heaney.” Photograph: Francis Tsang/Getty Images

The year 1980 was an exhilarating time to be alive in Spain. General Francisco Franco had died five years earlier, in November 1975. There followed a(...)