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    2. June 13, 2016

      Belgium looks to football to ‘save country’

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    1. May 20, 2016

      Catalan flag allowed at Spanish Cup final after ban lifted

      Spain’s official ban on displaying the Catalan independence flag during Sunday’s football cup final was lifted by...

    2. February 10, 2016

      Spain: Political stalemate in Madrid

      His face gave nothing away but the king had every reason to feel weary of the visitors arriving at the Zarzuela palace...

    3. January 25, 2016

      Catalonia seeks foreign support for breakaway from Spain

      The new Catalan government will press ahead with its plan to form a breakaway state from Spain over the next 18 months,...

    4. January 11, 2016

      Puigdemont provides new twist in Catalonia’s separatist drama

      Denmark has Borgen. The US has House of Cards. And Spain has the Catalan campaign for independence, an engrossing feast...

    5. January 10, 2016

      Catalonia elects Puigdemont as leader amid wider Madrid divisions

      The Catalan parliament voted in a new regional president on Sunday, as part of a last-minute deal that is expected to...

    6. December 27, 2015

      Deadlock over new Catalonia government

      Catalonia’s volatile political scene was plunged even deeper into disarray on Sunday when the region’s independence...

    7. December 2, 2015

      Spanish court strikes down Catalan independence move

      Spain’s constitutional court has struck down the pro-independence resolution that was adopted by the regional...

    8. November 24, 2015

      Catalan leaders angry at Madrid’s tightened financial control

      The Catalan government accused Spain on Tuesday of committing an act of “institutional aggression” by moving to tighten...

    9. November 12, 2015

      Mariano Rajoy gains convenient helping hand from Catalans

      Mariano Rajoy wore a sober suit and a solemn face when he appeared before the media on Wednesday. He had come to...

    10. November 11, 2015

      The folly of Catalonia’s rush to independence

      Just as it faces a watershed general election next month, Spain is being convulsed by a vote in Catalonia’s parliament...

    11. November 11, 2015

      Spanish PM accuses Catalan leaders of breaking national unity

      Spain’s government has struck back at the latest Catalan bid to form a breakaway state, issuing both a legal challenge...

    12. November 10, 2015

      Fringe CUP party emerges to drive Catalan independence

      Less than two months ago, the Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) was a little-known far-left party in Catalonia that...

    13. November 9, 2015

      How the Catalonia vote will ramp up tensions with Madrid

      The regional parliament in Catalonia on Monday passed a controversial resolution calling for the first concrete steps...

    14. October 15, 2015

      Politics tempers Spain’s economic hope

      Spain finds itself today in a strange state of suspension. In political terms, the country is still struggling to make...

    15. October 15, 2015

      Catalan election has solved little on secession

      The election night party outside Barcelona’s El Born Centre Cultural on September 27 was euphoric — at least on the...

    16. October 1, 2015

      Demographic shift, not politics, will settle the Catalan debate

      Catalan voters were this week asked to determine the political destiny of their region. Their answer, alas, has led to...

    17. October 1, 2015

      Catalonia’s election leaves Spain with a constitutional crisis

      Sunday’s regional election results in Catalonia show that its citizens are pretty evenly divided between separation...

    18. September 28, 2015

      Catalonia needs to step back from the brink

      Spanish politics have long been troubled by the demand from Catalonia’s secessionist leaders for their region to become...

    19. September 28, 2015

      Catalan vote gives solace to both sides of independence debate

      For the crowds that partied in the centre of Barcelona on Sunday night, the result was beyond doubt: the Catalan...

    20. September 28, 2015

      Five takeaways from the Catalan elections

      Pro-independence parties emerged with a majority of seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia but they fell...

    21. September 27, 2015

      Independence parties win in Catalonia but fall short of overall victory

      Catalonia’s independence movement won a historic but incomplete election victory on Sunday night, securing a majority...

    22. September 27, 2015

      Catalans vote in key test of separatist sentiment

      Catalan voters went to the polls on Sunday in a regional election widely seen as a critical test of the electorate’s...

    23. September 25, 2015

      Madrid warns Catalonia independence would be own goal for Barça

      Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia has prompted months of anguished debate about identity, history and the...

    24. September 24, 2015

      Will Catalonia vote for independence?

      What is so special about the Catalan election this Sunday? On the face of it, the Spanish region of Catalonia is simply...

    25. September 22, 2015

      Barcelona battleground holds key to Catalan result

      Jordi Sànchez remembers the last time Barcelona was filled with Spanish flags. It was the summer of 2010, and Spain´s...

    26. September 20, 2015

      Spain and the Catalans must avoid a collision

      One of the biggest tensions in Spanish politics is the demand by a growing number of Catalans for independence from...

    27. September 17, 2015

      Spain strives to soothe fears over Catalonia

      International investors have no reason to fret about a possible break-up of Spain, the country’s economy minister has...

    28. September 11, 2015

      Hundreds of thousands of supporters gather for Catalan independence rally

      Catalonia’s independence movement gathered for another show of strength on Friday with a mass rally in support of a...

    29. September 10, 2015

      Pro-independence Catalan parties poised to win narrow victory

      The Catalan pro-independence camp is poised to win a narrow victory in this month’s regional election, a closely...

    30. September 8, 2015

      Catalan president steps up breakaway plan

      Catalan leaders will take their campaign for independence from Spain to a new level, with a plan to establish the...

    31. August 31, 2015

      Catalans in fresh surge for independence from Spain

      For politicians in Spain, the month of September means the return of a peculiar seasonal phenomenon: a surge in...

    32. July 20, 2015

      Barcelona football legend to stand in Catalan poll

      When voters in Catalonia go to the polls in September, one name on the list of candidates pushing for independence from...

    33. July 19, 2015

      Catalan pro-independence leaders form joint platform

      For much of this year, the campaign for Catalan independence has appeared to be stuck in a rut. Absorbed by internal...

    34. January 15, 2015

      Spain braced for political upheaval as Catalonia calls election

      Spain is bracing itself for a year of political upheaval and fierce campaigning, after the president of Catalonia...

    35. January 14, 2015

      Catalans raise stakes on secession with early polls

      Catalonia will hold an early election on September 27 in a bid to inject fresh momentum into the region’s campaign for...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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,...

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