Catalonia

Carles Puigdemont’s arrest flares tensions in Catalonia

27 March 2018 15:09

Remember the Catalonia issue? Up until a couple of days ago, you would have been forgiven for supposing it had…

The stage is set for the Spanish government’s worst nightmare

22 December 2017 11:24

It’ll be a tense Christmas in the Spanish’s PM’s household this year. Yesterday, in an election called by Mariano Rajoy…

Catalonia braces itself for another independence fight

2 December 2017 10:00

Two months on, the outcome of the messy sequence of events triggered by Catalonia’s independence referendum remains unclear: neither side has…

Carles Puigdemont’s descent into mockery is complete

2 November 2017 15:04

It was the question that many journalists were asking: what had become of Mrs Puigdemont and the two little Puigdemonts?…

Catalonia’s ‘silent majority’ does not want independence from Spain

29 October 2017 8:22

Barcelona I was roaring through central Barcelona on the back of a motorcycle, in the midst of a pack of…

European press on Catalonia: “Suddenly, Brexit doesn’t seem so bad”

28 October 2017 13:01

“Look on the bright side…Brexit no longer seems so serious” Chappatte in Le Temps, Switzerland The events in Catalonia dominate…

Will Britain back Madrid for the sake of Brexit?

27 October 2017 17:57

Theresa May’s official spokesperson has just issued a statement on Catalonia’s declaration of independence that will please Madrid. It makes…

The Catalan crisis has exposed what the EU really stands for

27 October 2017 17:19

The Catalan Parliament has voted for a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain. President Carles Puigdemont had toyed with taking…

In Spain, the words ‘civil war’ will now be on everyone’s lips

27 October 2017 17:11

It was the option that had long been threatened, but few people imagined that the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, would…

Catalonia’s quest for independence should serve as a warning to the EU

27 October 2017 17:06

The Spanish Senate has just triggered Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution to impose direct rule over Catalonia. The decision,…

The damage is done in Catalonia. Now it’s time to restore the rule of law

27 October 2017 16:23

If you have seen images from earlier today when the rump Catalan parliament – vacated by the non-separatist MPs, about…

Catalonia’s crisis deepens further

27 October 2017 16:03

The Catalan crisis deepens by the day. This afternoon, the region’s parliament backed a declaration of independence from Spain. Here…

Catalonia deserves independence as much as any other state

12 October 2017 11:14

Few, if any, commentators have seen fit to discuss the wider issue and the underlying morality from first principles. The…

The conservative case against Catalonia’s separatist narrative

9 October 2017 11:00

Daniel Hannan has written, compellingly and eloquently as usual, about the constitutional crisis taking place in my country, Spain. In…

The Spectator Podcast: Fear and loathing

5 October 2017 17:39

On this week’s episode, we discuss the tragic events in Las Vegas and wonder if there’s anything we can do,…

Sadness and dismay: how Spain views the Catalan independence vote

1 October 2017 10:23

In Barcelona civilians have been giving red carnations to policemen (a symbolic echo of the 1974 revolution in Portugal) but…

The Catalonian independence battle is one of rising hostility

21 September 2017 12:01

As the Catalonian independence battle continues to escalate ahead of the proposed October 1st referendum, Mariano Rajoy’s government is going…

Catalonia’s fight for independence is turning nasty

22 August 2017 12:00

As if the issue of Catalonian secession wasn’t fraught enough, some of its most committed advocates are now arguing that the…

Catalonia’s quest for independence takes another surreal turn

2 August 2017 17:54

In Spain, the fight over Catalonian independence has just taken a surreal new turn. Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont – a…

Can Brexit inspire Catalan independence?

16 February 2017 12:57

The increasingly radical Catalonian independence project has been dealt its latest blow this week: on Tuesday, Spain’s constitutional court ruled that…