A demonstrator waves a pro-independence Catalan Estelada flag tand The Black Flag of Catalonia during a protest  in Barcelona.  Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Protesters and police clashed late on Tuesday in Barcelona during rallies against the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders. The tense confront(...)

People holding Estelada pro Catalonia independence flags shout slogans during a protest in front of the Spanish embassy in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP

The Spanish supreme court imposed long sentences – nine to 13 years in prison – on nine leaders of the Catalan independence movement last Monday. The (...)

Carme  Forcadell, the former speaker of the Catalan parliament, who has been jailed for over 11 years for sedition, casts her ballot in the Catalan regional election on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP via Getty Images

On Monday, Spain’s supreme court announced its verdict in the landmark trial of 12 Catalan leaders accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public(...)

 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 (...)

People shout outside the supreme court in Madrid last week as the court gave the green light for the Spanish government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Opening a grave is always a troubling act. When the grave in question holds the remains of a dictator, still remembered warmly by a section of the pop(...)

Spanish migrant rescue vessel  Open Arms: anchored off Lampedusa, Italy, with 107 migrants and 19 crew members on board. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane

A boat carrying more than 100 undocumented migrants which has been waiting nearly three weeks to anchor in a European port, has rejected a Spanish off(...)

Two paramedics tend to a migrant woman on board the Open Arms vessel, which is stranded off the Italian island of  Lampedusa. Photograph: Francisco Gentico/EPA

A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, saying the mo(...)

The Panama registered Grace 1 tanker after British Royal Marines from 42 Commando took part in the seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in the Gibraltar Strait. Photograph: Ministry of Defence/RAF/EPA

Gibraltar said on Friday it had obtained an order extending the detention of the Iranian Grace I supertanker by 14 days because there were grounds to (...)

Jose Antonio Urrutikoetxea, also known as Josu Ternera, in Bilbao in 2002. Ternera read the communiqué which formalised Eta’s termination in May 2018. Photograph: Alfredo Aldai/EPA

The former leader of terrorist group Eta known as Josu Ternera has been arrested in France after being on the run since 2002. French and Spanish secu(...)

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(...)

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