Migrant rescue ship activists receive Catalan medal of honour | AFP

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola awards the Catalonian Parliament’s Gold Medal, its highest award, to migrant rescue ship captain Carola Rackete and Proactiva Open Arms founder Oscar Camps. IMAGES

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Protest at European Parliament in support of elected Catalans | AFP

A demonstration in support of the three Catalan separatists elected at the end of May to the European Parliament but who will not be able to take up their seats has taken place in Strasbourg as the new parliament holds its first session. IMAGES

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Catalonia’s separatist leader Quim Torra arrives at Spanish Supreme Court | AFP

Catalonia’s separatist leader Quim Torra arrives at the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid for the final hearings in the trial of 12 Catalan leaders charged over an independence bid. IMAGES

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Final day of Catalan separatist leaders’ trial begins | AFP

The last day of the high-stakes trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders over their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid begins in Madrid after four months of hearings. IMAGES

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Catalan separatist leaders arrive for trial at Spain’s Supreme Court | AFP

The high-stakes trial of 12 Catalan separatist leaders over their role in Catalonia’s failed 2017 independence bid is due to wrap up after four months of hearings. IMAGES

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Catalan separatists on trial take seats in parliament

Four Catalan separatist leaders who won election to the Spanish parliament last month were temporarily released from jail to be sworn in as lawmakers. But the men, who are on trial for their role in an October 2017 Catalonian secession attempt, could see their mandates quickly suspended by the assembly because of their legal situation.

Spain: Partido Popular leader Pablo Casado votes in Madrid

Elected the youngest ever leader of Spain’s conservative Partido Popular (PP) party in July, 38-year-old Pablo Casado casts his vote in Madrid, in a general election marked by a resurgence of the far-right. Casado — who has waged an aggressive campaign against outgoing PM Sanchez, accusing him of betraying Spain for talking with Catalan separatists — could become the youngest Spanish Prime Minister in history. IMAGES

Ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont to run for EU polls

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who led a failed attempt to break Catalonia from Spain in 2017, will present himself for the European Parliament elections in May in order to “bring the voice of Catalonia which wants to be independent” to European institutions.