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The Catalan people have spoken. Will the Spanish government listen? | Artur Mas

The case for Catalonia’s independence is now overwhelming, thanks to the regional election results. Madrid must accept that this ‘problem’ won’t just disappear<p>On 27 September Catalonia’s voters went to the polls and with a record 77.4% turnout gave a win in every single electoral district to the …

'Nothing to celebrate': leftists in Spain lash out at Columbus Day celebrations

Barcelona mayor joins other leftist officials in decrying holiday that honours Columbus’s arrival in the New World: ‘Shame that a nation celebrates genocide’<p>As King Felipe presided over a military parade to celebrate Spain’s National Day, several of the country’s new crop of leftist mayors took aim …

Spain’s invisible drug problem

While narcotics use is no longer seen as a danger, experts say it’s become overly accepted<p>Spanish police last year seized 120 percent more …

Shepherds march thousands of sheep through Madrid's streets - video

Shepherds herd thousands of sheep through Madrid on Sunday as they migrate their livestock to grazing land in the south of Spain for winter. The annual festival, named 'Trashumancia', has been an important ritual for Spain's shepherds, and for the welfare of their flocks, since the 13th century. …

Swords and superfans – Game of Thrones invades Osuna

Four months ago, few in this postcard-pretty little town had even heard of Game of Thrones. But these days, as the stars of the blockbuster television series mingle within Osuna’s whitewashed walls, it’s all anyone is talking about.<p>“It’s hard to find the right words to describe how much hope and …

From the archive, 7 November 1975: Crown Prince Juan Carlos steers Spain towards democracy

As General Franco lingers on his deathbed, Prince Juan Carlos is preparing to put his political future at risk.<p>Recent soundings in Madrid have convinced Britain and other EEC countries that - in spite of opposition from the military - the Prince is going to attempt the creation of a liberal, …

Catalonia: ‘The more the state stops us, the more we will push for freedom’

The debate began on this quiet, leafy campus more than a month ago. In late September, when Spain’s constitutional court agreed to hear the central government’s challenge against Sunday’s referendum on independence in Catalonia, resulting in the automatic suspension of campaigning, some at the …

Catalonia’s independence vote – illegal, and hopefully irresistible

On Sunday I woke up in the 19,000-strong town of Banyoles, in north-east Catalonia. Banyoles has long been festooned with pro-independence <i>estelades</i> – the Catalan flag invented in 1907 in imitation of newly independent Cuba’s – in expectation of the non-binding consultation on independence that was …

Angry Canary Islanders brace for an unwanted guest - the oil industry

Oil,Oil and gas companies,Spain,Europe,World news,Commodities,Business,Oil,Energy,Fossil fuels,Environment,Energy industry,Oil spills<p>Madrid and Repsol have pushed through deepwater drilling and fracking licences to recover a hoped-for 2.2bn barrels of oil despite massive local opposition<p>In most …

The Guardian view on Spain’s mishandling of the referendum movement in Catalonia

Did Britain, by agreeing that Scots had the right to leave the United Kingdom, pursue a wiser course than Spain, where the government has laid down that a formal vote on Catalan independence is unconstitutional and that Sunday’s informal poll has no legal significance? The answer must be yes. Yet …

Catalan independence poll: what happens next?

Over 2.3 million Catalans took part in a symbolic independence poll on Sunday. The poll, watered down after exhaustive legal wrangling with the Spanish government, was not an formal vote, but pro-independence supporters hope that it will increase the pressure on Spain’s government to allow one.<p>The …

The people of Catalonia have voted. Let democracy take its course

On Sunday, 2,305,290 people voted at 1,317 polling stations across Catalonia, in addition to 13,573 Catalans who voted worldwide. This was a similar turnout to May’s European elections. A cross-party international delegation of observers, which included members of different European and national …

Viva Podemos: the left shows it can adapt and thrive in a crisis

It’s almost a political cliche. If a country is battered by economic disaster, its ever poorer citizens will turn in droves to the crude xenophobia of the populist right. A lack of secure jobs and affordable homes, plummeting living standards: Johnny Foreigner proves an all-too-convenient …

Archaeologists hope to uncover playwright García Lorca’s resting place

Spanish authorities are revisiting one of the country’s great mysteries, with the excavation of a mass grave believed to be contain the remains of Federico García Lorca, the executed playwright and poet.<p>For the next 10 days, a team of archaeologists will home in on 300 sq metres in the hills …

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise detained in Spain

The Greenpeace protest ship Arctic Sunrise has been taken into custody by the Spanish government in waters off the Canary Islands, just months after it was released by the Russian government.<p>Spain’s Ministry of public works and transportation detained the vessel on Tuesday night pending an …

New search for Lorca’s grave begins

Andalusian government says its only aim is to mark burial sites, not exhume bodies<p>Five years after the Andalusian government unsuccessfully searched …

Repsol begins searching for oil off Canary Islands coast

Firm says “extreme” safety measures are in place for work to find crude 3km below sea<p>Spanish oil firm Repsol has begun its controversial search for …

Scotland and Catalonia are straws in the wind for the whole of Europe

Last week, the Catalan parliament outlawed homophobia, imposing tough criminal penalties for hate speech and hate crime against lesbians and gay men. MPs in the regional chamber burst into applause – but it was about more than celebration: the cheers were aimed squarely at the conservative …

Syria Jihadists Pledge to Retake Spain, 'The Land of Our Ancestors'

Syria-based Jihadists have vowed to retake Spain - "the land of our ancestors" - in a video shot in Castilian Spanish that emerged on YouTube from a …

Are Europeans Giving Up on Europe?

Countries like Italy and Spain are turning away from the world, with grave consequences for the European project.<p>The collective mood of a nation mired in a prolonged economic recession shows many of the symptoms of clinical depression: despair, fatalism, an inability to make decisions, lack of …