Catalan pro-independence protesters gather at the Plaza d’Espanya on the eve of the expected announcement of the sentence in the trial against imprisoned Catalan political leaders. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia

Spain’s supreme court is due to issue its verdict on the most politically charged legal case the country has seen in modern times, against 12 Catalan (...)

Portraits of Catalan separatists leaders:   the case is widely seen as the most important, and politically charged,  in Spain’s modern era. Photograph: Luis  Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Pro-independence activists plan to assemble giant TV screens in town squares across Catalonia so that locals can follow events taking place sever(...)

Catalonia’s former vice-president and elected member of parliament Oriol Junqueras: in jail since autumn 2017. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty

Spain has issued a formal complaint to the United Nations about a human rights delegation that published a report calling for the immediate release of(...)

Jailed Catalan politician Oriol Junqueras takes the oath as a deputy during the first session of parliament following a general election in Madrid. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Pool via Reuters

The presence of five imprisoned Catalan politicians dominated the opening of the new legislature in Spain yesterday amid tense scenes in parliament. (...)

 Imprisoned Jordi Sanchez, MP-elect for Catalan party Junts per Catalunya, beside party spokeswoman Laura Borràs at the Spanish parliament on Monday. Photograph:  JJ Guillen/EPA

Five Catalan political leaders who are on trial for rebellion are scheduled to attend the Spanish parliament on Tuesday for the inauguration of the ne(...)

 Video-grab of defendant Oriol Junqueras, former Catalan regional deputy president, testifying in a   case against 12 Catalan pro-independence politicians involved in the illegal referendum in 2017. Photograph: Spanish Supreme Court’s Institute

Catalonia’s former vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, gave an impassioned defence of his region’s independence cause and attacked the legal case against(...)

Jailed catalan separatists leaders Jordi Sànchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva inside Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, 50km from Barcelona. Photograph:  Omnium Cultural/AFP)

A highly anticipated court case begins in Spain on Tuesday, as 12 Catalan leaders face trial for their alleged role in their region’s failed bid for i(...)

Protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration  in Madrid against the government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as Spain braced itself (...)

Pictures of jailed Catalan pro-independence leaders are held up during a demonstration in Barcelona, on Friday, in support of 12 pro-independence leaders that were transferred from Barcelona to Madrid ahead of the start of their trial. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s foreign ministry announced this week it was preparing to launch a campaign that would explain to the world, with total transparency, the detai(...)

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(...)

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