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A man raises a Puigdemont mask during a protest in front of Germany’s Consulate in Barcelona after former president Carles Puigdemont was detained in Germany. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

The arrest of the former Catalan first minister, Carles Puigdemont, in Germany is yet another twist in the protracted and toxic stalemate between the (...)

The Catalan separatist flag lies on the ground as protesters shout slogans during demonstrations after the detention of former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Photograph: Angel Garcia/ Bloomberg

Nobody could have anticipated the manner in which Spain’s justice system would finally catch up with Carles Puigdemont: after five months of self-impo(...)

Catalan politician Jordi Turull returns to the supreme court during a break in proceedings as part of an investigation into Catalonia’s banned bid for independence in Madrid on Friday. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spain’s supreme court has remanded in custody five Catalan politicians, including the candidate for president of the region, Jordi Turull, for their a(...)

Jordi Turull, from Carles Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia (JxCat) coalition,  is expected to be the presidential candidate. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Three months after a tightly fought regional election, Catalonia has taken a step closer to voting in a new secessionist president, following the wit(...)

The “March for Women” in Vigo, Spain this week. Thousands attended the march ahead of International Women’s Week calling for gender equality. Photograph: Salvador Sas/EPA

In Spain’s fraught and fractured political arena there are few issues capable of uniting left and right – and feminism isn’t one of them. On Thursda(...)

Marta Sanchez, one of Spain’s best-known singers, sang the national anthem using her own lyrics. Photograph:  Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images

A pop star’s new version of the Spanish national anthem has sharply divided opinion and unwittingly highlighted a battle for dominance of the country(...)

Luis de Guindos: Spain will not confirm the minister as its candidate for the ECB job unless it is sure of a win.   Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

There has been much talk in Government and banking circles about the decision by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to nominate Philip Lane, the gov(...)

People wearing masks depicting ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont attend a demonstration on January 30th in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

Disagreement over Carles Puigdemont’s plan to defy the Spanish judiciary and be sworn in as Catalonia’s president has split the independence movement (...)

Carles Puigdemont: Madrid fears the politician may sneak across the border with France “in a helicopter, in a boat or in the boot of a car”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Catalonia’s parliament is due to debate on Tuesday the candidacy of Carles Puigdemont as the region’s president, but uncertainty surrounding his sched(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: under pressure. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

A series of revelations linking Spain’s governing Popular Party (PP) to alleged bribes and under-the-counter payments are putting prime minister Maria(...)

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