Catalan separatist leader holds mass rally in Perpignan | AFP

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain over a failed 2017 independence bid, draws vast crowds of supporters to a rally in southern France near the Catalan border. It is the first time the former Catalan president has ventured so close to the Spanish frontier since he fled to Brussels to escape prosecution following the failed secession bid that sparked Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. IMAGES

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Spanish PM Sanchez meets Catalan separatist president Quim Torra | AFP

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez meets Catalan President Joaquim Torra to discuss ways of resolving the separatist conflict. The talks come just days after Torra said the wealthy northeastern Spanish region would hold a snap election this year following a major dispute between its two ruling parties, Together for Catalonia (JxC) and the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC), both staunchly pro-independence. IMAGES

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Spanish ministers arrive to attend first cabinet meeting | AFP

Spanish ministers arrive at the Moncloa Palace to attend the first cabinet meeting of the new coalition government. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s new government takes office facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists. IMAGES

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Spain’s Sanchez makes Catalan dialogue top priority | AFP

Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, seeking a leftist political alliance to resume office as prime minister, makes dialogue in restive Catalonia an “absolute priority” as he addresses the Spanish congress. Having failed to land a majority in November’s repeat general election although his Socialists won the most seats, Sanchez faces opposition from right-wing parties ready to call out any sign of a willingness to “sell out” Spain to Catalan separatists.

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Police clash with Catalan protesters outside Camp Nou stadium during Clasico | AFP

Masked protesters set bins on fire and throw rocks and glass bottles at police who respond with foam bullets in a street near Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium as Barcelona and Real Madrid faced off Wednesday in the first Clasico of the season.

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Pro-independence protesters gather in front of Camp Nou ahead of Clasico in Barcelona | AFP

Protesters gather in front of FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium ahead of their La Liga game against Real Madrid, answering a call from pro-independence movement Tsunami Democratic to use the most famous football match in the world to advance claims for Catalan independence. IMAGES

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Puigdemont arrives at Brussels court in extradition hearing | AFP

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont arrives at the Law Courts of Brussels as the Belgian court examines Spain’s new arrest warrant for the former separatist leader. IMAGES Puigdemont arriving at Brussels Court House

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Catalan separatist Clara Ponsati arrives for extradition hearing in Scotland | AFP

Catalan separatist politician Clara Ponsati, wanted by Spain for alleged sedition, arrives at an Edinburgh police station to be detained for a bail hearing as part of extradition proceedings that could see her deported to Spain to face trial. IMAGES

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Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway | AFP

Catalan separatists block traffic on a highway linking Spain and France, in a protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms. IMAGES

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Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway | AFP

Catalan separatist activists block traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms. IMAGES

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Catalan separatists block Spain-France highway | AFP

Catalan separatist activists block traffic on a motorway linking Spain and France, in a fresh protest against the sentencing last month of nine of their leaders to lengthy jail terms. IMAGES

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Spain’s far-right Vox party leader Santiago Abascal holds final campaign rally ahead of poll | AFP

Spain’s far-right Vox party leader Santiago Abascal attends a final campaign rally ahead of Sunday’s election in which his far-right party looks set to make big gains, fuelled by its tough opposition to Catalan independence. IMAGES

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Separatists protest in Barcelona as Spain’s king visits | AFP

Several thousand Catalan protesters gather in Barcelona seeking to disrupt a visit by King Felipe VI as the country barrels towards another election under the shadow of the separatist crisis.

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Barcelona: Fresh pro-independence demonstration against jailing of Catalan separatist leaders | AFP

Pro-independence demonstrators gather in Barcelona. Catalonia has been gripped by unrest since the controversial Supreme Court verdict on October 14 which unleashed a week of huge demonstrations that quickly turned violent, with angry protesters clashing with riot police. IMAGES

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Catalonia: Pro-independence protest in front of Spanish government delegation in Barcelona | AFP

Dozens of pro-independence protesters gather in front of the Spanish government delegation in Barcelona as Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the opposition leader visit Barcelona to meet police struggling with Catalan separatist violence. Nearly 600 people have been injured in clashes with police in protests every day since they erupted in the region after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in jail for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid.

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Ciudadanos hold rally outside Catalonia’s regional government | AFP

The centre-right pro-union Ciudadanos party, which was born out of opposition to Catalan separatism, holds a rally in front of Catalonia’s regional government headquarters in Barcelona run under the slogan: “That’s enough! Justice and coexistence”.

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