Catalan vote

Spain's top court has officially ruled that Catalonia's disputed independence referendum was illegal because a regional law that backed it was against Spain's constitution.

2 Catalan pro-independence leaders held in jail for sedition probe

A Spanish judge has ordered two leaders of Catalonia's pro-independence movement jailed while they are investigated on possible charges of sedition.

Latest: Spain brands Catalonia's response as inadequate and imposes Thursday deadline

Catalonia's leader has called for dialogue with Spain and a meeting with the country's prime minister, complying with a Monday deadline to respond to a request from the central government to state explicitly whether he had declared independence.

Deadline looms for Catalonia's leader to clarify if he has declared independence

Catalonia's leader has until 9am Irish time to announce whether he really has declared independence or not.

Thousands turn out in Madrid and Barcelona shouting 'I am Spanish' to celebrate Spain's national day

Thousands of Catalans who want their region to remain in Spain marked the country's national day today, marching through Barcelona waving both Spanish and Catalan flags and shouting "I am Spanish".

European Union’s existential crisis: Catalonia could be EU’s tipping point

LAST year’s Brexit vote in the UK provoked a mixture of shock and awe in Brussels but, as soon as they had picked themselves up off their marble floors, leading EU politicians, bureaucrats and policy makers were quick to announce that the community of nations still had a glorious future, remaining strong, resolute, economically powerful and united.

Pound losing ground to Euro as Catalan independence momentarily stalls

The pound lost ground against a stronger euro as investor jitters around Catalan independence momentarily eased.

Spanish govt threaten direct rule as they impose deadline for clarification from Catalan leaders

Update - 5.43pm: The Spanish government has given Catalan leaders a Monday deadline to clarify whether independence has been declared, an official said.

Spanish PM: Nobody should be proud of Catalonia's referendum or the image it gave

Spain's prime minister has described this month's referendum in Catalonia as part of a strategy "to impose independence that few want and is good for nobody".

Opposition backs Spanish government's drive to reform autonomy laws

Spain's two main parties have agreed to renegotiate laws governing autonomy amid Catalonia's independence bid, Madrid's opposition leader said.

Spain's PM asks Catalan leader for clarity and hints at intervention

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy has formally asked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to clarify whether independence has been declared, saying that is needed before he can decide what steps to take.

Spanish cabinet holds urgent talks on Catalonia crisis

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is due to address the national parliament later in the day, chaired the closed-doors meeting at the government's headquarters in the Moncloa Palace, on the outskirts of Madrid.

Madrid rebukes Catalonia leader after signing of 'independence declaration'

Spain's deputy prime minister has rebuked the Catalonia regional president after lawmakers in the region signed a document they said was a declaration of independence.

Security tight ahead of key Catalan parliamentary address

Police were guarding public buildings and closing off a park surrounding the regional Catalan parliament in Barcelona where a declaration of independence on Tuesday evening is likely to be met with a harsh response from Spanish central authorities.

LATEST: Nobel laureates call for mediation between Spain and Catalonia

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy warned that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to any such attempt.

Spain vows to 'restore law' if Catalan leaders declare independence

The Spanish government will act if Catalan separatist leaders go ahead and declare independence on Tuesday as they have promised, Spain's deputy prime minister has said.

Thousands rally in Barcelona to protest push for Catalan independence

Thousands of people were rallying today in central Barcelona to protest against the Catalan government's push for secession from the rest of Spain.

Thousands call for talks between Spanish and Catalan leaders

Thousands of people have rallied in Madrid and Barcelona in a last-ditch call for Spanish and Catalan leaders to stave off a national crisis amid Catalonia's imminent threat to secede from the rest of Spain.

Update: Catalonia's readiness for statehood questioned as Spain makes it easier for companies to move base

Spain's government has approved a decree making it easier for companies to move their official base out of Catalonia.

More violence feared as Spain's constitutional court tries to block Catalonia's independence

Spain's Constitutional Court has ordered Catalonia's parliament to suspend a planned session next week during which separatist lawmakers wanted to declare independence.

Catalonia's president considers date for independence declaration

Catalonia's regional government is considering when it will declare independence from Spain in the wake of a disputed referendum which triggered Spain's worst national crisis in decades.

Gerard Pique says he won't quit Spain despite jeers at training

Gerard Pique insists he will not bring his Spain career to a premature end despite facing criticism from fans following Catalonia's independence referendum.

Spanish court to quiz Catalan police officers in sedition probe

Spain's National Court is to question two senior officers from Catalonia's regional police force and the leaders of two pro-Catalan independence civic groups who have been placed under investigation for sedition.

Latest: Spanish King criticises Catalan authorities over independence vote

Latest: The Catalan authorities have deliberately bent the law with their "irresponsible conduct", Spain's King Felipe VI has said.

Readers blog: The day the Madrid regime killed Spain

Peaceful young women — just wanting to vote — are dragged and thrown on the ground by black-uniformed, heavily-armed Madrid police, the Guardia Civil inherited from Franco.

Catalan leader urges mediation with Spain after poll violence

Catalan separatists called for international mediation with the Spanish government.

Barcelona president defends decision to play Las Palmas game behind closed doors

Barcelona could have faced a six-point penalty had they opted not to play the game, which they won 3-0.

Barcelona to join Catalonian strike tomorrow: club will be closed and players won't train

FC Barcelona will join a strike tomorrow to protest against violence caused by an independence referendum in Catalonia.

Varadkar: Irish Government will not recognise result of Catalan independence referendum

The Irish Government will not recognise the result of the Catalan independence referendum.

Gerard Pique ready to stand down from international duty if his stance on Catalonia an issue

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique says he is ready to stand down from Spain duty if he is deemed a "problem" by national team coach Julen Lopetegui or the Spanish Football Federation as a result of his support for Catalan independence.

Latest: Catalonia government to meet to plan independence declaration

Latest: Catalonia's government is to hold a Cabinet meeting to discuss the next steps in its plan to declare independence from Spain following a disputed referendum which was marred by violence.

Preliminary results in Catalonia 'show 90% in favour of independence'

Preliminary results in Catalonia show 90% in favour of independence in a vote opposed by Spain, a Catalan official said.