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secession and independence movements

Catalan Leaders Accuse Madrid of Killing Chance of Talks

Catalan Leaders Accuse Madrid of Killing Chance of Talks

Demonstrators in Barcelona on Tuesday protested the detention of top figures of the Catalan independence movement.
Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

Iraqi Forces Retake All Oil Fields in Disputed Areas as Kurds Retreat

Iraqi security forces on the northern edge of Kirkuk as people returned to the city on Tuesday.
Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight

Spain Sets Stage to Take Control of Catalonia in Independence Fight

Carles Puigdemont, the leader of Catalonia, has requested mediation over his region’s status in Spain.
Barcelona: A Global City in the Eye of a Separatist Storm

Barcelona: A Global City in the Eye of a Separatist Storm

The flag of the Catalan independence movement on display in Barcelona, Spain. In many ways, the issue of Catalonia’s independence is more complex for residents of Barcelona than for those in other
Spain’s Opposition Backs Effort to Suspend Catalan Autonomy

Spain’s Opposition Backs Effort to Suspend Catalan Autonomy

A demonstrator with a Catalan flag during a protest in front of the Spanish central government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Thursday.
Article 155: The ‘Nuclear Option’ That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia

Article 155: The ‘Nuclear Option’ That Could Let Spain Seize Catalonia

A Catalan flag reflected in a window in Barcelona.
Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis

Spain Will Remove Catalonia Leader, Escalating Secession Crisis

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that fresh regional elections would take place in Catalonia within six months.
Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

Iraqi Forces Overpower Kurds, but Public Relations Battle Rages

The flag of the Kurdish autonomous region was taken down in Kirkuk last week as Iraqi forces gained control of the city.
Italian Regions of Lombardy and Veneto Vote for More Autonomy

Italian Regions of Lombardy and Veneto Vote for More Autonomy

President Roberto Maroni, the president of the Lombardy region of Italy, in Milan on Sunday. Mr. Maroni said that more than 95 percent of Lombardy voters had cast ballots for more autonomy.
News Analysis: In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’

News Analysis: In Catalonia Crisis, Shared Blame for ‘a Difficult and Undesirable Situation’

Carles Puigdemont, center, in blue blazer and glasses, the leader of Catalonia, at a demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday.
Llivia Journal: This Catalan Town Has Already Broken From Spain, Physically at Least

Llivia Journal: This Catalan Town Has Already Broken From Spain, Physically at Least

Catalan flags hanging from the municipal building in Llivia, a Spanish enclave within France that is connected to Spain by a narrow road.
Enmity Between Baghdad and Kurds Erupts in Deadly Clashes

Enmity Between Baghdad and Kurds Erupts in Deadly Clashes

Kurdish security forces withdrawing from a checkpoint in Altun Kupri, on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq, the Kurdish regional capital, last week.
Spain Looks to Seize Catalonia Radio and TV as Crisis Mounts

Spain Looks to Seize Catalonia Radio and TV as Crisis Mounts

The Catalan journalist Mònica Terribas, center, in the studios of Catalunya Radio in Barcelona. A group of right-wing protesters accused Ms. Terribas of leading Catalans toward independence the way a
Spain Looks to Seize Catalonia Radio and TV as Crisis Mounts

Spain Looks to Seize Catalonia Radio and TV as Crisis Mounts

The Catalan journalist Mònica Terribas, center, in the studios of Catalunya Radio in Barcelona. A group of right-wing protesters accused Ms. Terribas of leading Catalans toward independence the way a
Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

Spain Dismisses Catalonia Government After Region Declares Independence

Independence supporters gathered outside the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.
Catalonia’s Independence Showdown With Spain, in Photographs

Catalonia’s Independence Showdown With Spain, in Photographs

Independence supporters gathered outside the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona, Spain, on Friday.
As a Republic Struggles to Be Born, Barcelona Holds Its Breath

As a Republic Struggles to Be Born, Barcelona Holds Its Breath

Independence supporters outside the Catalan government building on Friday in Barcelona, Spain.
As Catalonia Crisis Deepens, Many Basques Wary of New Independence Bid

As Catalonia Crisis Deepens, Many Basques Wary of New Independence Bid

A demonstration in support of the Catalan independence referendum, in Bilbao, Spain, last month.
Catalonia’s Ousted Leader Calls for Peaceful Defiance

Catalonia’s Ousted Leader Calls for Peaceful Defiance

Demonstrators gathered in central Madrid on Saturday to protest Catalonia’s unilateral declaration of independence.
Spain Is a Collection of Glued Regions. Or Maybe Not So Glued.

Spain Is a Collection of Glued Regions. Or Maybe Not So Glued.

Independence supporters outside the Catalan government building on Friday in Barcelona.