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    1. December 14, 2014

      Catalonia’s independence bid is harming property market, says CEO

      One of Spain’s largest property companies has warned that Catalonia’s bid for independence is beginning to affect real...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Italy’s new political star: Northern League leader Matteo Salvini

      A youthful Italian politician is making waves by promising to upend the status quo. It is not Matteo Renzi, the prime...

    1. November 26, 2014

      Madrid says fresh Catalan independence push is ‘step to nowhere’

      The political stand-off between the Spanish government and leaders in the region of Catalonia has hardened further, after...

    2. November 12, 2014

      Mariano Rajoy greets Catalan independence poll with a shrug

      Three days after more than 2.3m Catalans took part in an informal poll to test the Spanish region’s appetite for...

    3. November 10, 2014

      Unity of Catalan independence campaign faces political test

      The voting in Catalonia is over. Now watch the political scheming begin. Almost one in three Catalans – 2.3m according to...

    4. November 6, 2014

      Catalan leader relishes fight over independence vote

      The leader of Catalonia’s grass-roots independence movement has no doubt that voters will have their say on the Spanish...

    5. November 5, 2014

      Rajoy must go if Spain is to confront the threats it faces

      A stable two-party political system has been among Spain’s greatest strengths in the post-Franco era. But since 2008 the...

    6. November 4, 2014

      Catalans to defy Spanish court on regional vote

      The Catalan government has vowed to press ahead with a planned regional vote on Sunday to test popular support for...

    7. The World

      October 16, 2014

      Spain gets some breathing space over Catalonia

      It was an interesting week to visit Spain. On Tuesday, I interviewed Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, on stage at...

    8. October 15, 2014

      Catalans have as much in common with the Spanish as with each other

      nationalists love their ideals of exalted uniformity. They love to enact them, in their highly subsidised mass rallies. And...

    9. October 14, 2014

      Catalan leader calls off independence referendum

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, has called off his government´s controversial plan to hold an independence referendum on...

    10. October 13, 2014

      Doubts emerge over Catalan independence vote

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, seemed on the verge of calling off a controversial independence referendum planned for...

    11. October 8, 2014

      Flemish separatists hold sway in new Belgian government

      Ten years ago, the New Flemish Alliance, a nationalist party that urges the gradual independence of Belgium’s Dutch-speaking...

    12. October 5, 2014

      Spain must steer away from a collision course

      The tug of war between Barcelona and Madrid about how or whether Catalonia fits into the Spanish state has reached a climax...

    13. September 29, 2014

      Madrid calls on court to block Catalan referendum

      Madrid has called on Spain’s constitutional court to strike down a planned independence referendum in the region of...

    14. September 25, 2014

      Catalan leader to sign decree calling independence referendum

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, will on Saturday sign a decree calling an independence referendum in the Spanish region,...

    15. September 19, 2014

      Catalans remain defiant after Scottish vote

      The Catalan independence movement sought to shrug off the result of the Scottish referendum, and vowed to press ahead with...

    16. September 17, 2014

      Spain calls Scottish independence a ‘torpedo’ against Europe

      The Spanish government on Wednesday launched its most outspoken attack yet on Scotland’s bid for independence, describing...

    17. September 17, 2014

      Madrid is determined to prevent ‘secession contagion’

      They are too polite to say so directly, even in private. But Spanish officials find it hard to disguise their baffled...

    18. September 17, 2014

      Fact and friction in Catalonia’s quest for independence

      I’m in a Scottish-themed bar in Barcelona, staring at the tartan-patterned chairs, listening to an old Phil Collins tune and...

    19. September 14, 2014

      Catalan activists look to Scottish campaign as an object lesson

      It hangs from thousands of balconies overlooking the great avenues of Barcelona. It flutters outside millionaires’ beach...

    20. September 12, 2014

      Italy’s Northern League looks to Scotland vote for separation push

      Italy’s anti-immigrant, anti-euro Northern League party is seizing on the Scottish vote for independence as an opportunity...

    21. September 10, 2014

      Catalonia: Another country

      Lluís Ballús knows perfectly well that Berga, a small town in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees, is still part of Spain....

    22. September 9, 2014

      Mas looks to Scottish referendum as a springboard for Catalonia

      A Yes vote in the Scottish referendum would boost Catalonia’s own independence campaign by paving the way towards...

    23. July 30, 2014

      Spain and Catalonia fail to narrow divide over breakaway quest

      The leaders of Spain and Catalonia launched a last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to halt an escalating confrontation over the...

    24. July 27, 2014

      Funds scandal hits Catalan independence campaign

      Catalonia’s independence campaign has suffered a setback after a leading figure of Catalan nationalism admitted keeping...

    25. May 27, 2014

      European poll highlights regional rift in Spain

      In legal terms, Catalan leaders have yet to work out how they can hold a referendum on independence from Spain. In electoral...

    26. May 5, 2014

      Time to tackle the Catalonia crisis

      Spain is starting to emerge from the crisis that has blighted the country, with recent data showing the economy growing at...

    27. April 23, 2014

      Catalonia to forge ahead with referendum on independence

      Catalonia’s president has vowed to press ahead with a fiercely contentious referendum on independence from Spain, warning...

    28. April 8, 2014

      MPs to stoke tensions with refusal of Catalan referendum request

      The Spanish parliament has delivered the clearest signal yet that it will not tolerate any move by Catalonia towards...

    29. March 26, 2014

      Catalan leader Artur Mas vows to press ahead with referendum

      The president of Catalonia vowed to press ahead with an independence referendum in defiance of a court ruling warning that...

    30. March 25, 2014

      Legal blow to Catalan vote

      Spain’s constitutional court has dealt a blow to the Catalan push for independence with a ruling that has nullified the...

    31. March 24, 2014

      Who has the right to self-determination?

      Independence referendums are all the rage. After Crimea’s internationally condemned plebiscite on leaving Ukraine and...

    32. March 18, 2014

      Catalan business takes a nervous look at independence

      So much noise on the streets, so much silence in the boardrooms. For the past few years, Catalan politics has been shaken by...

    33. March 6, 2014

      Spain and Britain need not fear the F-word

      It is probably not accidental that the two EU countries facing the most imminent challenge from separatists within their...

    34. March 4, 2014

      Eta needs Spain’s help to put its arms beyond use

      We in the UK know how hard the issue of decommissioning terrorist weapons can be. It bedevilled the Northern Ireland peace...

    35. February 21, 2014

      Basque militants agree to decommission weapons but not to disband

      Eta, the militant Basque separatist organisation, revealed on Friday that it had agreed to decommission some of its cache of...

    36. February 18, 2014

      Europe cannot afford to give in to the separatists

      The centenary of the first world war serves as a reminder of an ugly truth. As François Mitterrand put it in his last speech...

    37. February 2, 2014

      Spain promises non-interference on Scotland

      Spain has no intention of interfering in Scotland’s push for independence and is willing to consider an eventual Scottish...

    38. January 16, 2014

      Catalonia heads for clash with Spain on independence

      Catalonia is set for a clash with Madrid after its regional parliament voted to seek permission from the Spanish government...

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