Wildfires ravage the Catalonia region of Spain | AFP

Firefighters keep working to control a wildfire in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia that has so far affected more than 6.500 hectares (16,000 acres). AEREAL IMAGES of the burnt area

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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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Spain’s Socialist leader Sanchez claims election victory

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists won snap elections Sunday without the necessary majority to govern solo in a fragmented political landscape marked by the far-right’s entry into parliament. The results raise the spectre of another period of instability for Spain, with Sanchez depending on alliances with hostile rivals in an environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bid in 2017.

Spain: Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera votes in snap elections

Spain’s centre-right Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera casts his vote near Barcelona, in snap elections marked by a resurgence of the far-right. Opinion polls give outgoing socialist premier Pedro Sanchez a win but without the necessary majority to govern alone, meaning he will have to seek alliances in a political environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bid. IMAGES

Spain: Polls open in election marked by far-right resurgence

Polls open in Spain for uncertain snap elections marked by a resurgence of the far-right after more than four decades on the outer margins of politics. Opinion polls give outgoing socialist premier Pedro Sanchez a win but without the necessary majority to govern alone, meaning he will have to seek alliances in a political environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bid. IMAGES

Spain: Socialist PM and poll favourite Sanchez casts ballot

Spain’s socialist PM Pedro Sanchez casts his vote in snap elections marked by a resurgence of the far-right after more than four decades on the outer margins of politics. Opinion polls give outgoing Sanchez a win but without the necessary majority to govern alone, meaning he will have to seek alliances in a political environment that has soured since Catalonia’s failed secession bid. 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.

Former Spanish PM Rajoy arrives to testify in separatist trial

Spain’s former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, in power when Catalonia’s executive tried to secede, arrives at the Spanish Supreme Court in Madrid to testify in the trial of separatist leaders in a highly sensitive hearing just months before elections. IMAGES of Rajoy’s arrival at the Madrid Supreme Court