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Catalan regional president Quim Torra smiles surrounded by yellow ribbons  during a plenary session at the Catalan Parliament, in Barcelona. Photograph:  EPA/ Alejandro Garcia

A new front has opened up in the conflict between the government of Catalonia and the Spanish state, after the region’s president, Quim Torra, faced l(...)

A video-grab  of the speaker of the Catalan regional parliament, Roger Torrent, as he testified  at the supreme court in Madrid in the so-called “process” trial against 12 Catalan separatists leaders. Photograph: EPA

The police’s handling of an outlawed referendum and the behaviour of pro-independence demonstrators have come under scrutiny during the trial of 12 Ca(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez delivers an institutional statement after an extraordinary cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Madrid, on Friday. Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

Pedro Sánchez’s government has been the weakest in modern Spanish history, his Socialist Party’s 84 seats in congress reflecting the fragmented nature(...)

 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(...)

Catalan pro-independence supporters take part in a demonstration under the motto “Let’s overturn the regime”, in Barcelona,  Spain, on Friday.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

“Perhaps it wasn’t worth coming, just to approve some minor measures,” said the Catalan government’s spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, as she disdainfully app(...)

Riot police clash with supporters of Catalan independence during a protest in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

A visit by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez to Barcelona on Friday sparked street demonstrations by pro-independence activists and drew stinging r(...)

The Casa Llotja de Mar building in  Barcelona, where Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez is due to gather his cabinet on Friday. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Earlier this week, the words “Go home Pedro” were sprayed in English on the outside of the Casa Llotja de Mar building in central Barcelona and a Cata(...)

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(...)

Catalan president Quim Torra: accused of invoking a civil conflict that caused dozens of deaths. Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

‘ Catalan president Quim Torra has been accused of wanting to spark a violent conflict with Spain after calling on his region’s people to emulate Slov(...)

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(...)

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