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    UK will grapple with the unsolved problem of greater autonomy

    You can almost hear the sighs of relief, not just in London but in Washington and throughout the US, over the resounding...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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....

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. December 29, 2013

    Eta recognises ‘suffering and harm’ caused by separatist violence

    Eta, the militant Basque separatist organisation, has recognised the “suffering and harm” inflicted on all sides during its...

  25. December 15, 2013

    Spain’s next crisis

    Last week, parties representing nearly two-thirds of Catalonia’s parliament called a referendum on independence, tilting...

  26. December 12, 2013

    Catalan leaders set date for vote on independence

    Catalan political leaders unveiled plans on Thursday to test public support for the creation of a breakaway state. The move...

  27. December 3, 2013

    Darling under Tory fire over Scottish campaign

    Alistair Darling has been dubbed “comatose” by senior Conservatives, amid signs of growing frustration in Downing Street...

  28. November 27, 2013

    Catalans look to Scots to lead the way towards independence

    Catalan nationalists looked with envy to Glasgow this week, where Scottish leaders unveiled a 667-page blueprint detailing...

  29. October 21, 2013

    European Court of Human Rights rules Spain must free Eta prisoner

    Spain could be forced to release dozens of prisoners belonging to the Basque separatist organisation Eta after the European...

  30. October 17, 2013

    Crisis looms as Catalan disenchantment with Spain deepens

    Just over a month ago, hundreds of thousands of Catalans joined hands to form a human chain stretching across the region. It...

  31. September 12, 2013

    Catalan question

    Catalans on Wednesday turned out in vast numbers to lay claim to their rights as a nation. Last year, commemorating their...

  32. September 11, 2013

    Catalans form human chain in independence protest

    Hundreds of thousands of Catalans joined hands on Wednesday to form a human chain stretching from the French border to the...

  33. January 30, 2013

    Catalonia requests €9bn from rescue fund

    Catalonia has requested more than €9bn in aid from a regional fund set up by the Spanish government, in a fresh sign of the...

  34. January 15, 2013

    FT interview: Mariano Rajoy

    In his first year in office, Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, has at times resembled a latter-day Saint Sebastian....

  35. January 13, 2013

    It does not really matter if Britain leaves

    Should the UK remain at the heart of Europe? If you believe that this is where the UK is actually located, then the answer...

  36. December 10, 2012

    Barroso warns Scotland on EU status

    An independent Scotland would have to apply to join the EU and negotiate its terms of entry with other member states, José...

  37. December 7, 2012

    Madrid reignites Catalan fury

    Plans by Spain’s central government to introduce more Spanish into Catalonia’s schools have reignited the debate over...

  38. November 26, 2012

    Mas vows to go ahead with referendum

    The president of Catalonia vowed to push ahead with a vote on independence after a regional election delivered a clear...

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