Banner of Josep Rull during a demonstration in July. The Catalan government says Rull has lost 7kg in weight since beginning a hunger strike in prison earlier this month. Photograph: Xavier Bonilla/NurPhoto via Getty Images

In early November 2017, Josep Rull, the former Catalan minister for territory and sustainability, posted the following on his Twitter account: “If you(...)

Jailed Catalan  leaders (from left) Jordi Sanchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva photographed in Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain, on Saturday. Photograph: Omnium Cultural handout via AFP

Four of the Catalan leaders facing trial over last year’s failed push for regional independence have gone on a hunger strike, claiming they are being(...)

Catalan regional president Quim Torra  who said on Friday that Madrid had “missed an opportunity to take the judicial dimension out of a conflict that is political”. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Spanish prosecutors have called for prison sentences of up to 25 years for those accused of leading last year’s failed Catalan independence bid, amid(...)

Spain’s King Felipe VI with Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalan regional president Quim Torra at a sports opening ceremony in Tarragona, last week. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

The new Spanish government is allowing jailed Catalan independence leaders to be moved to prisons in their home region as part of a strategy aimed at (...)

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(...)

 Anna Gabriel, a senior figure in the Popular Unity Candidacy party, said she would remain in Switzerland, claiming that the Spanish  judiciary would treat her unfairly. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A leading Catalan pro-independence politician has said she will not return to Spain to face a supreme court summons, claiming that the country’s judic(...)

File photograph of the sacked Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras in Madrid, Spain. File photograph: AP Photo/Paul White

Spanish supreme court judges have ruled against allowing ousted Catalan vice-president Oriol Junqueras out of jail while he is investigated for rebell(...)

 Spanish and Catalonian pro-independence flags hang from balconies in Badalona, Catalonia, a day before the Catalonian regional elections on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Catalans vote on Thursday in an election that could either bolster or sweep aside the region’s ambitions of breaking away from Spain, after a deeply p(...)

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(...)

Junts per Catalunya (Together for Catalonia) party members unveil campaign posters featuring Catalonia’s ousted president Carles Puigdemont and arrested Catalan National Assembly (ANC) president Jordi Sanchez during a meeting to present the posters for the December 21st regional elections in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

It has seemed increasingly unlikely, since the Madrid government imposed direct rule on Catalonia a month ago, that Catalan independence leaders ever (...)

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