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People demonstrate to protest against the imprisonment of eight former members of the Catalan government, at Sant Jaume square in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

The police vans emerged from the underground car park with blue lights flashing, and sped away into the Madrid dusk. Inside were nine former Catalan m(...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is not a demagogue. He has to do nothing more in this campaign than what he has already been doing – quietly, rationally and peacefully making the case for secession. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Late on Friday October 27th, Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan government, having declared Catalan independence, made his way from the Palau(...)

Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont in Brussels, Belgium. His lawyer has already said his client will fight extradition without seeking political asylum.

A Spanish judge has issued an international arrest warrant for Catalonia’s deposed president a day after she jailed eight members of the region’s sepa(...)

 Dismissed Catalan cabinet members  arrive at Spain’s high court   after being summoned to testify on charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. Photograph:  Reuters/ Susana Vera

First the Catalan parliament, then the Spanish government, now the judiciary. In the last few days, each of these institutions has used the most drast(...)

A man holds an Estelada (Catalan separatist flag) during a gathering in support of the jailed members of the dismissed Catalan cabinet in  Barcelona on Thursday night. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

There were demonstrations across Catalonia on Thursday night after a Spanish judge ordered eight members of the deposed government of Catalonia to be (...)

Mayor of Sabadell Maties Serracant: 'We know we’re not yet in a Catalan republic.' Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

At the top of the impressive façade of Sabadell town hall, above a pair of stone gargoyles, two flags are flying: the green-and-yellow of the city’s b(...)

Carles Puigdemont: ousted Catalan leader said he fled Spain for fear he and his government wouldn’t get a fair trial. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Carles Puigdemont’s public appearances in recent weeks have been a litany of enigmatic and often confusing statements which have compounded the brinkm(...)

 The Irish Travel Agents Association has urged Irish tourists to exercise caution when travelling in Catalonia. File photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has urged Irish tourists to exercise caution when travelling in Catalonia, following Spanish prime minister(...)

Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona on  October 29th. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

“Don’t be ashamed of loving Spain, be ashamed of hating it,” read one banner that was being brandished at Sunday’s massive demonstration in Barcelona (...)

A protester holds a sign reading ‘Being Catalan is a pride, being Spanish is an honour’ as others wave Spanish and Catalan Senyera flags during a pro-unity demonstration in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to voice their support for Spain’s territorial unity, after the first measu(...)

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