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Spanish king praises unity on visit to Catalonia after vote

Barcelona - Spain's King Felipe VI praised the merits of unity in his first speech in Catalonia since the wealthy northwest region held a symbolic vote on independence.

In Catalonia, Spain PM 'won't allow' challenge to country's unity

Barcelona - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in Catalonia Saturday that he would not allow any challenge to national unity, on his first visit to the region since its symbolic vote on independence.

Spanish PM dismisses latest Catalan independence moves

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday called plans by the Catalan government to hold early elections as part of a push to gain independence from Spain "a step to nowhere".

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region wants early polls on independence

Barcelona - The head of the regional Catalan government, Artur Mas, said Tuesday he wants to hold early elections in the wealthy region centred in independence from the rest of Spain.

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors said Wednesday they will take legal action against Catalan president Artur Mas after he went ahead with a symbolic independence referendum in defiance of a court injunction.

Catalan self-rule camp smaller than it looks: analysts

Barcelona - Although nearly two million people voted 'Yes' in Catalonia's symbolic ballot on independence, analysts say nationalists will struggle for a majority in their drive to break away from Spain.

Catalonia weighs early election after symbolic independence vote

Barcelona - The head of the Catalan government held talks with other senior politicians on Thursday on whether to hold early elections in the Spanish region after a symbolic weekend independence vote.

Spain brands Catalan breakaway vote a failure

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded the Catalonia region's symbolic vote on independence a failure and rejected its call for a full referendum on breaking away from Spain.

Spain rejects Catalan self-determination after vote

Madrid - Spain's government Tuesday rejected Catalonia's calls for self-determination after more than two million people took part in a symbolic vote on independence for the region.

Catalan independence opponents uneasy after vote

Badalona - Luis Guevara hoped politicians in Catalonia would turn their focus to the economy after Sunday's symbolic independence referendum, but now he fears a strong turnout at the poll means more wrangling with the Spanish government.

Catalans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Spain

On Sunday, the Spanish region of Catalonia held its own vote on whether to separate from Spain. The massive vote in favour is seen as a victory for separatists and poses increased difficulties for the Madrid government.

Two million defiant Catalans vote on breakaway from Spain

Barcelona - Two million Catalans turned out Sunday to vote on independence from Spain in a symbolic ballot, defying challenges from the Spanish government.

Catalan leader warns against disrupting independence vote

Barcelona - Catalan leader Artur Mas warned that any move by Spain to disrupt Sunday's symbolic and much-disputed vote on independence in the wealthy region would be "a direct attack on democracy".

'Catalanism' promotes differences from rest of Spain

Madrid - Catalonia has promoted its language and popular culture since the 1980s, cultivating a sense that it is different from the rest of Spain which has now turned to separatism, analysts said.

Spain warns Catalonia against using public money in vote

Barcelona - A senior Spanish government official on Thursday warned the wealthy region of Catalonia that it is banned from using public money to stage a symbolic independence referendum this weekend.

Catalonia vows to vote Sunday, defying Spain

Barcelona - Catalonia's leader vowed Wednesday that a symbolic independence vote banned by the Spanish government will go ahead on November 9, setting up a constitutional conflict unprecedented in post-Franco Spain.

Catalonia vows to vote Sunday, defying Spain

Barcelona - Catalonia's leader vowed Wednesday that a symbolic independence vote banned by the Spanish government will go ahead on November 9, setting up a constitutional conflict unprecedented in post-Franco Spain.

Catalonia presses ahead with independence vote despite court

Barcelona - The government of Spain's wealthy Catalan region put itself on a collision course with Madrid Tuesday by vowing to press ahead with a symbolic independence vote this weekend despite a court-ordered block.

Tense standoff mounts over Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - The Spanish government launched a fresh judicial challenge Friday against plans for a symbolic vote on independence for the Catalonia region, whose leaders promptly vowed their own legal counter-attack.

Catalan parties urge snap election over independence

Barcelona - Opposition parties in Catalonia on Wednesday demanded a snap regional election after pressure from Madrid forced leaders to water down plans for a vote on independence from Spain.

Catalonia leader shifts tack on independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's president Artur Mas said Tuesday a snap election could be held to let the Spanish region vote on independence, watering down plans for a referendum under pressure from authorities in Madrid.

Spain's Catalonia calls off independence referendum

Barcelona - The Catalan government on Monday decided to call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for November 9 which has been fiercely opposed by Madrid.

Catalan government member opens door to delay in independence vote

Barcelona - A top member of the Catalan government on Monday opened the door to a possible delay in a contested referendum, set for November 9, on separation from the rest of Spain.

Thousands march in Barcelona against Catalonia independence

Barcelona - Thousands took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday, Spain's national day, to oppose moves to make their Catalonia region an independent state.

Catalan govt to decide by Oct 15 whether to pursue independence vote

Barcelona - The Catalan government said Monday it will decide by October 15 whether to push ahead with a contested referendum on separation from the rest of Spain called for November 9.

Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday called for calm and dialogue as Catalonia leaders pressed ahead with a vote on independence in defiance of Madrid."The law and dialogue, these are the ways out of the situation in Catalonia...

Catalans defy Spanish court in independence duel

Barcelona - Catalan leaders forged ahead for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain.

Catalans defy Spanish court in independence duel

Barcelona - Catalan leaders forged ahead on Friday for a vote on independence, defying a court challenge by the national government in their bid to redraw the map of Spain.

Catalan leader treads legal tightrope for independence

Madrid - Catalonia's leader Artur Mas is walking a legal tightrope as street protesters and political allies urge him to defy the courts by holding a vote on independence from Spain.

Catalans rally for independence vote

Barcelona - Thousands of Catalans rallied in a rainstorm Tuesday as their leaders battled to defend their bid for a referendum on independence from Spain after a court suspended it.
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During a match between FC Barcerlona and AC Milan at Barcelona's Nou Camp stadium, the "Associació Catalana Pro Senyera més gran del món" unfurled a giant Catalan flag, covering 145,805.24 square feet (13,545.75 m2) setting a world record for the Largest flag flying in a football stadium, according to World Record Academy.
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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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This ad to encourage voting in an upcoming election in Catalonian election has both the left and the right furious.
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La Seu Vella, in Lleida, Spain
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View from Palau Nacional towards Plaça d'Espanya, Barcelona.
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Pope Francis I is the latest victim of the Catalan "caganers" tradition.
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