Catalonia president set to relaunch bid for independence from Spain

Catalonia’s separatist leader Quim Torra is set to relaunch the region’s bid to split from Spain, shooting down an offer from the government in Madrid to hold a referendum which would offer greater autonomy but not independence. Torra, who was sworn in as the region’s president in May, plans to

EU inaction over Mediterranean migrants is criminal

The extraordinary support we have received from European civil society since we were first refused a port of safety for the 630 people who were stranded on the Aquarius shows that citizens are wiser than their leaders (Report, 13 June). By showing their attachment to human life and dignity first,

Barcelona calls for extra state aid to help settle Aquarius arrivals

Barcelona city council has said more state aid will be needed to help settle refugees and migrants as the Catalan capital prepares to take in 100 people from the rescue ship Aquarius. Ignasi Calbó, the co-ordinator of the Barcelona City of Refugees programme, said that Pedro Sánchez’s new Socialist government needed to back

Spain to exhume Franco’s remains and turn site into place of ‘reconciliation’

Spain’s new Socialist government is determined to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a vast mausoleum near Madrid and turn it into a place of “reconciliation” for a country still coming to terms with the dictator’s legacy. “There already exists an agreement in parliament, what we are going to do as

Protests erupt after detention of Catalan independence activist charged with ‘terrorism’

Thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets of Spain to protest against the detention of a female Catalan independence activist on charges of “terrorism” and “rebellion.” Outraged by the arrests, thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona and other smaller towns. It is believed that the detainee

China to make it rain over area 3 times the size of Spain

Since 2013 China has been creating 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year. The country is now embarking on its biggest rainmaking project ever. In terms of the plan, announced this month, Chinese authorities intend to force rainfall and snow over 1.6 million sq km (620,000 sq miles), an

Study finds conspiracy theories aren’t all spread by tinfoil-hat-wearing crazies

An exhaustive new study has shed light on how conspiracy theories spread online and who actually believes them. As conspiracy theories seem more widespread than ever, a team of Australian researchers tried to unravel why the often outlandish beliefs gain widespread appeal. The researchers forensically examined every entry on the

Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany

Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany, according to the former Catalan president’s lawyer. An arrest warrant had been issued for Puigdemont in Finland after the former president visited the country for talks with lawmakers. He was returning to Belgium, where he lives in self-imposed exile, when he was detained

Spanish job applicant told women can’t ‘handle the pace’ of top PR role

ASpanish PR firm has drawn outrage for allegedly rejecting a female applicant on the basis that the role “needed a man who could handle the pace” of working with large companies. Carla Forcada, a 25-year-old PR executive from Barcelona, applied for the post of account executive with Impulsa Comunicación and

IN PICS: Snow and ice turns Spain into winter wonderland

A cold front bringing snow and ice across much of northern, central and even southern Spain has led to the closure of dozens of roads and weather warnings across 34 provinces. Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport closed two of its four runways on Monday afternoon because of snow and ice