Catalonia

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…

It’s no surprise Spain has already blocked Nicola Sturgeon’s half-baked Brexit plan

22 December 2016 15:37

It should come as no surprise that the Spanish government has so swiftly rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal of a bespoke Brexit…

As Catalonia turns up the heat, Madrid’s politicians are ever more divided

17 January 2016 17:48

Almost a month on from an unprecedentedly divisive general election, Spain seems further away from forming a new government than…

Spain’s hunger for political change may be just what Catalonia needs

27 October 2015 14:54

Some unjustified assumptions inform the Spanish government’s anti-Catalonian rhetoric: that it will be in power long enough to prevent Catalonia leaving Spain; that…

I’ve finally found a point for St George’s Day

23 April 2014 16:52

We (the English that is) share our patron saint’s day with the Catalans. On Sant Jordi’s day Barcelona fills up with…

Free Catalonia!

26 November 2012 9:29

OMG to Catalonia! (Geddit?; I’m quite proud of that. Pathetic, I know). A congenial centre-right and far left alliance in…