10 facts on Catalan President and pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont

10 facts on Catalan President and pro-independence leader Carles Puigdemont

The face of the pro independence campaign, Catalan regional President is one of the key figures in the upcoming plebiscite in the north-eastern region of Spain. Here are 10 facts to know about the separatist leader.

Tourists warned to be careful in Catalonia this weekend

Tourists warned to be careful in Catalonia this weekend

Several European countries urged their nationals in Catalonia to exercise caution ahead of the slated weekend independence referendum that has been banned by Madrid.

Spain heads for showdown over Catalan independence referendum

Spain heads for showdown over Catalan independence referendum

Spain is on tenterhooks as the crisis between Catalan separatist leaders and the central government reaches fever-pitch ahead of an independence referendum banned by Madrid on Sunday.

Spain says Swedish-Turkish writer will not be extradited to Turkey

Spain says Swedish-Turkish writer will not be extradited to Turkey

Swedish author and journalist Hamza Yalcin will not be extradited to Turkey, following a decision made by the government in Spain, where he was being held, on Friday afternoon.

Veteran David Villa dropped from Spain squad following unlikely comeback

Veteran David Villa dropped from Spain squad following unlikely comeback

In-form pair Jose Callejon of Napoli and Valencia's Rodrigo Moreno were both welcomed back into the 25-man squad however.

Catalan government says over 2,300 polling stations are ready for referendum

Catalan government says over 2,300 polling stations are ready for referendum

More than 2,300 polling stations are ready for the Catalan independence referendum slated for Sunday but banned by Madrid, the regional separatist government said Friday.

‘Oppressive climate’ for media freedom in Catalonia ahead of referendum: report

‘Oppressive climate’ for media freedom in Catalonia ahead of referendum: report

"Both parties need to understand that the best sign of the democracy they say they are defending is a free press."

VOICES: What Catalans really think about the vote for independence

VOICES: What Catalans really think about the vote for independence

As Catalonia prepares to go to the polls on Sunday in a referendum blocked by Spain, The Local spoke to some young people in Barcelona about what it means to be Catalan, whether they support independence from Spain and how they view the vote on October 1st.

Spanish curbs on Catalan referendum  ‘appear to violate fundamental rights’: UN experts

Spanish curbs on Catalan referendum ‘appear to violate fundamental rights’: UN experts

'The measures we are witnessing are worrying because they appear to violate fundamental individual rights, cutting off public information and the possibility of debate at a critical moment for Spain's democracy.'

Millions of ballots seized by police ahead of Catalan vote

Millions of ballots seized by police ahead of Catalan vote

Police on Thursday seized more than six million ballots and envelopes and 100 ballot boxes in a Catalan town, in the latest bid to block a banned independence referendum, a police source said.

Analysis: Could Madrid do more to convince Catalans?

Analysis: Could Madrid do more to convince Catalans?

Analysts say the government has not poured effort into convincing Catalans.