Catalonia

Three backers of Catalonia's independence have sought to secure release from jail for their role in the region's push to break from Spain which triggered the country's worst political crisis in decades.

Catalan separatists agree deal to re-elect Carles Puigdemont

Catalonia's main separatist parties have agreed to re-elect fugitive Carles Puigdemont as president of the region later this month.

Spain pulls police reinforcements back from Catalonia

Thousands of police reinforcements who were deployed to Catalonia in the run-up to an attempted referendum on the region's independence from Spain in October are being withdrawn.

Spain must understand wish of the Catalan people, says Guardiola

Pep Guardiola will wait to "see what happens" following reports he has been named in a Spanish police investigation into the Catalonia independence crisis.

Catalonia vote weighs on markets

World markets gave a muted reception to the passage of US tax cuts, while bonds steadied having been spooked by the expected blowout in government debt needed to fund the giveaways.

Separatists claim victory in crucial Catalonia election

The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has claimed victory for the separatist bloc in the regional election.

Latest: Separatists claim victory in crucial Catalonia regional election

Latest: The party of ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has claimed victory for the separatist bloc in the regional election.

Catalans vote in regional parliament elections

Voters in Catalonia are facing a momentous choice as they go to the polls in elections for their regional parliament.

Catalonia’s divided residents head to the polls again

Voters are returning to the polls in Catalonia on Thursday in a regional election called by the Spanish government as a way out of the area’s political crisis.

Campaigning ends ahead of secession-dominated Catalan election

Political parties for and against Catalonia’s independence from Spain are making a final effort to convince voters as campaigning for a regional election ends.

Campaigning ends ahead of secession-dominated Catalan election

Political parties for and against Catalonia's independence from Spain are making a final effort to convince voters as campaigning for a regional election comes to an end.

Catalan martyrs to be sung for some time yet

Thursday’s regional elections in Catalonia provide another test of separatist sentiment after Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s removal of the Catalan government. Barry Kitchener reports from Barcelona as 5.3m people decide whether or not to go to the polls.

Thousands of pro-independence Catalans rally in Brussels

Tens of thousands of people from Catalonia are rallying in Brussels to complain about what they see as the European Union’s failure to help them following a failed independence referendum in the Spanish region.

Theresa May backs Spanish PM over handling of Catalonia crisis

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed support for the way her Spanish counterpart is handling the crisis in Catalonia.

Spanish judge withdraws arrest warrant for former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont

A Spanish judge has withdrawn the European arrest warrants for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four members of his former cabinet who were fighting extradition from Belgium.

Campaigning begins in Catalan in election as four separatists kept in jail

Campaigning has begun in the regional elections called by Spain's government seeking to quash the Catalan independence movement - with some candidates either in jail or out of the country to avoid arrest.

Ousted Catalan vice-president remains in custody as regional poll approaches

A Spanish judge has ordered that four prominent members of the Catalan independence movement should remain in custody, including the vice-president of the ousted regional government.

Extradition ruling concerning ousted Catalan leader expected on December 14

Catalonia's ousted president Carles Puigdemont and four of his separatist allies should learn whether they can be extradited from Belgium to Spain on December 14, lawyers have said.

Judge frees six Catalan separatists as four face Brussels extradition hearing

A Spanish judge has ordered the release of six Catalan politicians but upheld the jailing of two separatist activists and two other prominent members of the regional government ousted more than a month ago amid an unprecedented independence bid.

Latest: Spanish supreme court will rule on Monday on release bid by Catalan separatists

A Spanish Supreme Court judge will decide on Monday if two Catalan pro-independence activists and eight former members of the separatist regional cabinet ousted over a month ago should be released from custody.

Spanish judge to review jailing orders against Catalan politicians

A Supreme Court judge in Spain is to review jailing orders against eight former members of the ousted Catalan government and two pro-independence activists.

Fugitive Catalan leader launches election campaign from Belgium

The fugitive leader of Catalonia's separatist movement has launched his campaign for the upcoming Catalan elections from Belgium, where he is awaiting extradition.

Jailed Catalan ex-ministers file new appeals for release

The eight jailed members of the ousted Catalan government have filed fresh appeals for release before the National Court.

Leaders of Spain and Belgium meet Catalonia crisis

The prime ministers of Spain and Belgium have held talks over their testy bilateral relations as ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four secessionist allies prepare for an extradition court appearance in Brussels.

Jailed Catalan group leader to run in December election

The jailed leader of the main grassroots group pushing for Catalonia to become independent from Spain has resigned his post and will run as a candidate in the December 21 regional election.

Spanish PM not worried by Catalonia vote foreign tampering fears

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said he is confident his government can handle any possible foreign tampering of upcoming elections in Catalonia amid a secession bid by the prosperous region.

Spanish PM urges Catalans to vote separatists out of office

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has urged Catalans to oust separatists from their regional parliament in the early election he has called for next month.

Carles Puigdemont on his treatment by Spain: 'This is abuse'

The ousted president of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, claims Spain has disregarded democracy.

Catalan legislators giving evidence in separatist rebellion probe

Six Catalan legislators are giving evidence before a Spanish judge over claims that they ignored Constitutional Court orders and allowed an independence vote in Catalonia's regional parliament.