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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.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9, although leaders of the rich northeastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote.

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

Barcelona - Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9, although leaders of the rich northeastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote.

Catalan leader defies Madrid, calls independence vote

Barcelona - Catalonia's president on Saturday formally called a referendum to decide whether Spain's richest region should be independent, in a defiant move immediately rejected by Madrid as anti-constitutional.

Catalan government to call independence vote 'this week'

Barcelona - Catalonia's nationalist government said Tuesday it will "this week" call a non-binding referendum on independence from Spain on November 9, setting the stage for a showdown with Spain's central government which categorically opposes the vote.

Catalans press independence vote despite Scottish 'No'

Barcelona - The Spanish government on Friday welcomed Scotland's "No" vote on independence, but Catalans determined to break away from Spain pushed ahead defiantly for their own ballot on self-rule.

Spain pressured to negotiate on Catalonia: analysts

Madrid - Spain's leaders refuse to let their country break apart, but as Catalonia's independence drive gathers steam, analysts say Madrid may have to negotiate on a question affecting all of Europe.

Catalans form giant 'V for vote' in independence drive

Barcelona - Catalans fired up by Scotland's independence referendum massed in Barcelona's streets in red and yellow shirts Thursday, forming a giant "V" to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

Herd of goats invades railway station in Terrassa, Spain (Video)

Terrassa - Commuters catching trains in Terrassa, Spain Tuesday got somewhat of a shock when a herd of 17 goats invaded the railway line, seemingly from nowhere. The poor animals were very disorientated and the passengers both shocked and amused.

Catalonia independence vote can't be stopped: Leader

Barcelona - Catalonia's president warned Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and looked to Scotland to smooth the way with its own independence referendum.

Catalan anti-independence enclave clings to Spain

Badalona - Red and yellow Spanish flags fly proudly in the town of Badalona as thousands flock to watch the national basketball team play.

Ice bucket challenge using fire fighting plane goes wrong

Girona - Many people think that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has gone way too far, and they could well be right. A Belgian man, taking part in an Ice Bucket Challenge with a spectacular difference, has been injured and is currently in hospital in Girona, Spain.

Merkel backs Spain opposition to Catalan independence vote

Madrid - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday backed Madrid's opposition to attempts by Spain's economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Ex-Catalan leader hit with corruption lawsuit in Spain

Madrid - A right-wing Spanish public sector union filed a lawsuit Wednesday against an ex-president of the autonomous region of Catalonia, accusing him of graft involving up to 18 million euros ($24 million).

Spanish tax office summons ex-Catalan leader

Madrid - Spain's tax office summoned a former president of the economically powerful and rebellious region of Catalonia for questioning on Friday after he admitted to concealing undeclared money in secret foreign bank accounts.

All-natural, color-changing ice cream is a new Spanish invention

Blanes - Especially in the baking hot summer months, ice cream is a popular treat in Spain. One man has taken the treat to a whole new level, by making it change color as you lick. What's even better is all the ingredients are completely natural.

Spain PM vows to block Catalonia independence vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy repeated on Friday his threat to block attempts by leaders of the economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November.

Catalan leader vows to press head with independence referendum

Madrid - The leader of Spain's economically powerful region of Catalonia vowed Wednesday to press ahead with an independence referendum during talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy who insists the poll is illegal.

Ex-Catalan chief stripped of pension after admitting hiding cash

Madrid - Catalonia's elder statesman, and a leading advocate of its independence from Spain, will be stripped of his pension and privileges after admitting hiding money abroad for more than 30 years, the region's government said Tuesday.

Veteran Catalan leader reveals family kept money abroad

Madrid - A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake".
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Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park)  creation of Antoni Gaudí.
Entrance to Parque Güell (Güell Park), creation of Antoni Gaudí.
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Views of Rasquera
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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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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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Location map showing Catalonia in relation to Spain
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La Seu Vella, in Lleida, 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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