Mariano Rajoy

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Protesters chant at a group of Spanish National Police during a Catalan pro-independence strike of university students on October 26th, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

The Spanish senate is today expected to approve a highly contentious motion allowing the government to take control of Catalonia’s devolved administra(...)

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s president, applauds during a demonstration against the Spanish government and the imprisonment of separatist leaders, in Barcelona on Saturday.  Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

The Spanish government’s plan to introduce direct rule in Catalonia is under scrutiny, with the region’s current administration warning that civil ser(...)

Pep Guardiola lamented a ‘sad day for democracy’ after the Spanish prime minister declared Catalonia would be stripped of its political autonomy. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has lamented “a really sad day for democracy,” after the Spanish prime minister declared Catalonia would be stri(...)

 People wave Catalan independence flags after listening to a  statement by Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is considering declaring independence or calling elections as a response to the Spanish government’s decision (...)

Thousands of people protest in Barcelona: the demonstrators were demanding the release of imprisoned seperatist leaders Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Cuixart. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

If proof was needed that Spain’s Catalan crisis had transcended the political sphere and become one of Europe’s most eagerly followed issues, this was(...)

The events since the controversial independence referendum organised by the Catalan regional government on October 1st bear all the hallmarks of a chr(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy  during a parliamentary session in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph:  Juan Medina/Reuters

A little more than two weeks after the Catalan independence referendum, which plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in 40 years, the Madrid go(...)

Thousands of people protest in downtown Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independ(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at the parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia’s leader on Wednesday to “act sensibly” and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by (...)

 Austrian People’s Party chairman Sebastian Kurz arrives to deliver a statement  at the Hofburg in Vienna. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

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