Mariano Rajoy

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The Palau de la Música Catalana concert venue in Barcelona, which was used as a front for false invoicing in a scam involving the party. Photograph: JTB/UIG via Getty Images

The nationalist party that has governed Catalonia for most of Spain’s modern democratic era has been found guilty of receiving millions of euro in bri(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Candidate for the centre-right party Ciudadanos Inés Arrimadas: has become the leading unionist figure in the northeastern region and  polls suggest her party is a contender to win Thursday’s election.Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

At the end of Catalonia’s last election campaign, in 2015, a group of journalists who had been following Inés Arrimadas over the previous weeks presen(...)

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: (...)

A man attends a concert organised by the pro-independence Catalan National Assembly to demand the release of jailed Catalan cabinet members, at Plaza Espanya square in Barcelona  on Sunday. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

The campaign ahead of Catalonia’s December 21st election begins on Tuesday, with the pro-independence movement still bruised by its recent failed atte(...)

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