Catalonia

Catalonia Threatened With Direct Rule From Spain Amid Row Over Independence

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 19.10.2017 | UK

Spain is to begin the process of taking control of Catalonia’s powers, imposing direct rule on the semi-autonomous region, an official in Madrid sai...

Catalan Independence: Knowing Spain, Knowing Catalonia?

Jethro Shirley-Smith | Posted 18.10.2017 | UK Politics
Jethro Shirley-Smith

For sure there is something sad about breaking up. Certainly, as humans, as social beings, we develop a nostalgia and a fondness for unity - if, of course, both sides are happy in the union. But what if one wants out? Then the relationship is less salubrious. And Carles Puigdemont and Mariano Rajoy may just have to face it, it's time they're through.

The Great Disappointment: Catalonia, Non-Independence, And The Future Of The European Union

Dr Russell Foster | Posted 12.10.2017 | UK Politics
Dr Russell Foster

If Puigdemont does reluctantly declare the independence which he wanted, it will only result in a political situation that is even more bitter, more acrimonious, and more likely to result in civil unrest. Instead of toasting the independence he sought, Puigdemont now finds himself sipping from a poisoned chalice.

Catalan President Signs Declaration Of Independence, But Will Seek Talks With Madrid

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK

The president of Catalonia has signed a document to declare independence from Spain, but the result of a controversial referendum has been put on hold...

Catalonia Signals It Will Declare Independence From Spain Within Days

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 04.10.2017 | UK

Catalonia will declare independence from Spain in a matter of days, the leader of the autonomous region has claimed as the country’s king on Tuesday...

Spain's King Condemns 'Irresponsible Behaviour' Of Catalan Leaders

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 03.10.2017 | UK

Spain’s King Felipe VI accused Catalan independence leaders of shattering democratic principles and dividing society, as thousands took to the stree...

Catalonia Claims Right To Independence After Referendum Sparks Police Violence

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 02.10.2017 | UK

The leader of Catalonia has declared the region has won the right to become an independent state as Spain was plunged into a constitutional crisis ami...

Boris Johnson Faces Blowback After Ducking Condemnation Of Catalonia Police Violence

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK

The UK Government has backed away from condemning the violent scenes that have marked Catalonia’s unofficial independence vote, a position that has ...

Spanish Foreign Minister Blames 'Fake Photos' As He Downplays Catalonia Violence

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK

Spain’s foreign minister has moved to downplay the violence that has marred Catalonia’s unofficial independence vote, claiming the full extent of ...

Firefighters Form Human Chain To Protect Catalans From Police Amid Referendum Violence

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK

Firefighters formed a human chain to protect Catalan voters from police as their violent efforts to prevent the independence referendum drew worldwide...

Hundreds Injured In Catalonia Referendum Violence As Police Try To Stop Voting

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.10.2017 | UK

Hundreds of people have been injured in Catalonia as authorities move to clamp down on attempts to vote - including by firing rubber bullets to disper...

11 Things To Know About Catalonia’s Confusing Vote On Independence

HuffPost | Sara C Nelson | Posted 29.09.2017 | UK

For months now, it has been impossible not to hear the word “Catalonia” on Spanish television and radio or see it in newspapers. Sometimes it seem...

What Is Happening In Catalonia?

Editorial Director, HuffPost Spain | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 23.09.2017 | UK

Recipe for this Autumn’s cocktail: in a glass, mix powerful emotional concepts like rebellion, democracy, disobedience, independence, and “we want...

Barcelona Reels From Terror Attack That Left 13 Dead And Scores Injured

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 17.08.2017 | UK

What we know so far: Incident happened around 5pm local time on Las Ramblas, ​​a busy tourist area Authorities have confirmed there are least 13 p...

Costa Brava Holidays: Sun-Drenched Beaches, Music, Art... And Fantastic Food

David Leigh | Posted 09.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

Many people immediately think of beaches of golden sand, but that is only part of the story. The coastline is immensely varied and while there are several long stretches of sand, the coast gets its name from the rugged stretches of coastline full of small rocky coves.

Bask For All: Part Two

Martyn Sibley | Posted 28.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Martyn Sibley

Welcome back to my musings on the beautiful area of the Basque country in northern Spain. The long wait is finally over to hear all about "the most ac...

See the Best of Gaudí's Iconic Architecture in Barcelona - By Bus

David Leigh | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

There are many reasons you might want to visit Barcelona, but one that continues to top the list is the awe-inspiring architecture of Antoni Gaudí.

Five Languages From Spain You Never Knew Existed

Alice Corr | Posted 28.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Corr

Spain, known as the land of sol, siestas and sangría, is less well known for the diversity of its linguistic heritage. Though most people could probably identify Basque and Catalan as languages spoken in Spain, the Iberian Peninsula is home to a number of minority languages and dialects you've probably never heard of.

Eat Like a King in Barcelona - Without Breaking the Bank

David Leigh | Posted 26.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

When visiting a foreign city it can be all too easy to stick to what you know and Barcelona is no exception. While some people look forward to trying new dishes, many others like to stick to what they already know.

Music Festivals in Barcelona

David Leigh | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
David Leigh

While Barcelona is perhaps most associated with architecture, football and warm weather, as one of the hippest cities in Europe it is also a great destination for live music.

Celebrating St George's Day in Catalonia

David Leigh | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
David Leigh

Although the legend of George and the Dragon is well known, there is strong evidence the man really existed. A Roman soldier who in 303AD was martyred for refusing to denounce his Christian faith, George was canonised in 494AD. Probably of Greek origin, he died in what is now Turkey with the dragon myth emerging later from Beirut.

Six Ways to Plan a Family Holiday in Spain - and Avoid the Crowded Costas

William Gray | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Parents
William Gray

Mainstream media were quick to focus on the proposal that women should have a £3000 budget and a choice of birth places and carers. The Times describes this as women being "handed £3000 by the NHS," a scenario which seems as unlikely as its tone seems dismissive of women's abilities to think straight if presented with such quantities of money.

Long Overdue: Marriage Equality in Northern Ireland

Stephen Donnan | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Donnan

If you're reading this then let me just reassure you that I am not about to rehash the countless valid, tested and proven arguments for marriage equal...

The Aigua Blava Cookbook #1

Linda Duffin | Posted 28.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Linda Duffin

This is a preamble to sharing a series of the recipes we've cooked together over the years. Some of them are Spanish, some specifically Catalonian, others are an English take on Mediterranean ingredients.

Notes From a Housesit: Barcelona, Part Two

Roberta Verdant | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Last week, I fell in love with Barcelona. Some cities just make beautiful sense. Barcelona is one of them. Long, straight Roman roads to follow, squares thronged by palm trees. Great architecture, café culture, the beach.