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# catalonia - Friday 27 October, 2017

Spain has dissolved the Catalan parliament, removed its leader, and called an election for late December

Earlier, the Catalan parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a new republic.

Catalonia crisis: Spain poised to impose direct rule on the region today

The Spanish Senate will meet at 8am Irish time to vote to depose Catalonia’s government.

# catalonia - Thursday 26 October, 2017

Catalan leader cancels - then re-arranges - speech, says he won't call elections to ease crisis

Carles Puigdemont said there were no “guarantees” in place “to justify calling elections today”.

# catalonia - Sunday 22 October, 2017

Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain but tourism is falling amid images of unrest

A quarter of all visitors to Spain go to Catalonia.

450,000 protest in Barcelona as Catalan leader claims Spanish government is 'acting like Franco'

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was scathing in his condemnation of the Spanish government’s decision to strip him and his administration of their autonomy.

# catalonia - Saturday 21 October, 2017

Spain's government has stripped Catalonia of its 'autonomous powers'

The move had been widely expected in the wake of Catalonia’s recent disputed vote for independence.

# catalonia - Thursday 19 October, 2017

Spain headed for a showdown as Rajoy set to suspend Catalan autonomy

Madrid appeared to offer the separatists a potential last-minute way out in the form of fresh regional elections.

Opinion: 'We Catalans supported the Irish struggle from 1880 onwards'

All Catalans ask our international counterparts who called for dialogue, to call for the same from the Spanish government, writes Albert Royo-Mariné.

# catalonia - Wednesday 18 October, 2017

Spain to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless leader abandons independence push

If Catalonia does not provide a satisfactory response by 8am tomorrow, direct rule could be imposed.

# catalonia - Tuesday 17 October, 2017

Pictures: Tens of thousands protest through streets of Barcelona

Around 200,000 people took part, a spokesman for Barcelona’s municipal police said.

# catalonia - Monday 16 October, 2017

Spain gives Catalonia deadline of 9am Thursday to make up mind on independence

The Prime Minister of Spain is said to be prepared to take the “nuclear option” and suspend the Catalan regional government.

# catalonia - Saturday 14 October, 2017

From The42 Barcelona met with wash of Spanish flags in Madrid Tension

Barcelona met with wash of Spanish flags in Madrid

The game is Barca’s first trip to the Spanish capital since an independence referendum.

Poll: Do you support Catalan independence?

What do you think?

The future of Catalonia: How did we get here and what happens next?

The restive Spanish region is facing a huge week.

# catalonia - Wednesday 11 October, 2017

Spain gives Catalonian leader five days to clarify if he is declaring independence

Spain has sought clarification on the suspended declaration by the Catalan leader.

# catalonia - Tuesday 10 October, 2017

Catalonia asserts right to statehood but suspends declaration of independence for 'a few weeks'

Regional President Carles Puigdemont said today that Catalans had voted for independence.

Catalan president may declare region independent in defiance of Spain

All eyes will be on Carles Puigdemont’s speech later today.

# catalonia - Monday 9 October, 2017

Catalan leader says he must 'apply the law' after independence referendum

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is required by law to announce independence by tomorrow evening.

# catalonia - Sunday 8 October, 2017

Thousands take to the streets of Barcelona campaigning against independence

Today, thousands of supporters of Spanish unity took to the streets of Barcelona.

# catalonia - Saturday 7 October, 2017

'Rajoy, you wuss. Defend the nation': Thousands protest in Madrid for Spanish unity

Madrid’s central Colon Square was transformed into a sea of Spanish flags today.

# catalonia - Friday 6 October, 2017

'We are profoundly sorry': Spanish government apologises for Catalan referendum violence

Spanish police have been criticised for violent scenes during Sunday’s referendum.

Catalan police chief appears in court over sedition investigation as tensions rise in Spain

Tensions have been rising since the Catalan leader said it could declare independence after a meeting on Monday.

# catalonia - Thursday 5 October, 2017

Spain court orders Catalan independence session suspended

The Catalan leader had said it could declare independence after a meeting on Monday.

# catalonia - Wednesday 4 October, 2017

Catalan leader says region will declare independence 'in a matter of days'

Angry protesters rallied outside Catalan hotels where state security forces were lodged yesterday.

# catalonia - Tuesday 3 October, 2017

Spain's King Felipe VI declares Catalan vote illegal and warns against unrest

Spanish police have been criticised for violent scenes during Sunday’s referendum.

FC Barcelona, tourist sites and universities all expected to join Catalonia general strike today

The strike is to condemn police violence at a banned weekend referendum on independence.

Government minister Halligan says Ireland needs to call in Spanish ambassador to condemn police violence

A new poll, meanwhile, suggests that most Irish people think that Catalans should be allowed to pursue independence from Spain.

Why was Spain's response to the Catalan referendum so extreme?

Authorities said that 844 people and 33 police were injured in clashes over the weekend.

# catalonia - Monday 2 October, 2017

Sinn Féin councillor climbs City Hall with Catalonia flag at Dublin demo

Councillor Chris Andrews told that it was a “spur of the moment” thing.

Taoiseach says Ireland will not recognise result of Catalan referendum

Leo Varadkar told reporters today he was “distressed” by the scenes of violence.

Poll: Should the Irish government criticise the intervention of Spanish police in Catalonia's referendum? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Irish government criticise the intervention of Spanish police in Catalonia's referendum?

The aggressive intervention of the Spanish police in the weekend’s referendum has been criticised by many European leaders.

Catalan leader says region has won right to independence after 90% vote Yes in chaotic referendum

The controversial referendum saw violent scenes as Spanish police attempted to prevent the poll from taking place.

# catalonia - Sunday 1 October, 2017

Catalan government says 465 injured in clashes with Spanish police

Spain’s central government is staunchly against the region’s independence vote, which has been ruled unconstitutional by the courts.

# catalonia - Saturday 30 September, 2017

Spanish police seal off 1,300 polling stations in Catalonia

Irish travellers have been urged to exercise caution ahead of tomorrow’s Catalonia vote.

# catalonia - Friday 29 September, 2017

Catalonia referendum: Tractors roll in and buildings occupied to support independence vote

Authorities in Madrid have instructed police to ensure no votes are cast in Sunday’s vote.

# catalonia - Thursday 21 September, 2017

Catalan crisis: Madrid's crackdown on the independence referendum may have worked

Authorities seized nearly 10 million ballot papers destined for the vote.

# catalonia - Wednesday 20 September, 2017

Catalan crisis: 'State of emergency' as Madrid cracks down on referendum by rounding up officials

Madrid is trying to prevent a 1 October plebiscite being held.

# catalonia - Saturday 16 September, 2017

'We will not be intimidated': 700 Catalan mayors support holding independence vote

The mayors have all been threatened with arrest.

# catalonia - Monday 11 September, 2017

Pictures: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans turn out to say 'Goodbye Spain' ahead of vote

Some 400,000 people marched through central Barcelona today.