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# Catalonia

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Why was Spain's response to the Catalan referendum so extreme?
Authorities said that 844 people and 33 police were injured in clashes over the weekend.
Sinn Féin councillor climbs City Hall with Catalonia flag at Dublin demo
Councillor Chris Andrews told that it was a “spur of the moment” thing.
Taoiseach says Ireland will not recognise result of Catalan referendum
Leo Varadkar told reporters today he was “distressed” by the scenes of violence.
Poll: Should the Irish government criticise the intervention of Spanish police in Catalonia's referendum?
The aggressive intervention of the Spanish police in the weekend’s referendum has been criticised by many European leaders.
Catalan leader says region has won right to independence after 90% vote Yes in chaotic referendum
The controversial referendum saw violent scenes as Spanish police attempted to prevent the poll from taking place.
Catalan government says 465 injured in clashes with Spanish police
Spain’s central government is staunchly against the region’s independence vote, which has been ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
Spanish police seal off 1,300 polling stations in Catalonia
Irish travellers have been urged to exercise caution ahead of tomorrow’s Catalonia vote.
Catalonia referendum: Tractors roll in and buildings occupied to support independence vote
Authorities in Madrid have instructed police to ensure no votes are cast in Sunday’s vote.
Catalan crisis: Madrid's crackdown on the independence referendum may have worked
Authorities seized nearly 10 million ballot papers destined for the vote.
Catalan crisis: 'State of emergency' as Madrid cracks down on referendum by rounding up officials
Madrid is trying to prevent a 1 October plebiscite being held.
'We will not be intimidated': 700 Catalan mayors support holding independence vote
The mayors have all been threatened with arrest.
Pictures: Hundreds of thousands of Catalans turn out to say 'Goodbye Spain' ahead of vote
Some 400,000 people marched through central Barcelona today.
Catalonia says it will hold a referendum on independence from Spain next month
The Spanish government has pledged to do everything in its power to stop the vote.
'I'm very sad. But I'm trying to be okay for my kids' - Irish survivors of Barcelona attack return home
The Potot family were injured in last week’s terror attack in Catalonia.
'I hope he is innocent': Father of suspected Spain terror attacker speaks out
One of his sons was shot dead during the Cambrils attack.
Las Ramblas victims: A father with his family, a husband on his honeymoon
Over 30 different nationalities were killed or injured in the two attacks, according to various sources
Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain
A referendum is set to be held on 1 October.
Xavi: 'The Catalan national team would be among the best 10 or 15 sides in the world'
The region in the north-east of Spain is set to hold a referendum on independence next September.
Catalonia can't just decide it's an independent country says the UN
Ban Ki-Moon is having none of it.
Is Spain about to fall apart as a country?
A regional election in Catalonia is being treated like a de facto vote on independence by those on the Yes side.
Catalan leaders want voters to "give the finger" to Spain
But Spain says it would hurt their economy.
WATCH: More than one million people hit the streets to demand Catalan independence
There were some astonishing, colour-coded scenes in Barcelona today.
Catalonia has a plan to leave Spain within 2 years
The September vote will act as a “plebiscite”.
Catalonia votes for independence, Spain calls the vote "useless"
Spain said the vote was “fruitless and useless”.
Poll: Should Catalonia vote to break away from Spain?
It’s just a symbolic vote but which way should they go?
Catalonia will vote today on whether to break away from Spain*
*The vote is purely symbolic but the Spanish government will obviously be watching the results closely.
Frozen, Morning Ireland, and the C word: The week in numbers
Plus: How many new cars have been sold in Ireland so far this year?
Catalonia WILL vote on independence this Sunday, but Madrid won't be listening
The vote is set to go ahead in defiances of legal challenges by central Government.
Catalonia leader vows to go ahead with independence vote in new form
Artur Mas was forced to suspended the referendum after the Spanish government challenged its legality.
Spain wants Catalonia's independence vote declared illegal
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he will defend the country’s “sovereignty”.
Catalonia defies Spanish government and makes independence vote official
The region’s drive for independence has been ramped up since Scotland’s attempt.
After Scotland, Catalonia will vote on independence
But Spain isn’t happy.
The Scotland independence vote is firing up Spain's Catalonia
Unlike Scotland, whose referendum was approved by the British government, the Catalan plan faces outright resistance from national leaders.
Spain vows to block vote as Catalan leaders announce date for independence poll
As Catalan political chief Artur Mas unveiled the date and wording of the poll, Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy refused even to countenance a break-up of the nation.
Independence drive falters for Spain's Catalonia
Voters favoured the right the decide on possible independence – but split their ballots between fractious parties.
Spain: Catalan separatist parties win election backing
Parties which back a referendum on Catalonia breaking away from Spain won strong backing in yesterday’s election.
Catalonia votes in poll that could begin independence from Spain
…but Catalan voters could have to wait some time for full independence, with Madrid remaining opposed to the idea.
Barcelona to wear Catalan colours for the first time in club's history
According to reports in a Spanish newspaper, the La Liga side are set for yellow and red striped kit next season.