Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
Despite the inevitable transition costs for both sides, there may also be some benefits to a split.
After threatening to declare independence, Carles Puigdemont has stepped back from the brink. But that has caused confusion.
The European Union is quick to condemn countries like Venezuela and Turkey when they engage in anti-democratic tactics. So why is it so silent on Spain's treatment of the Catalan?
The potential for more violence is clear unless the two sides can be brought to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
Decentralisation, advanced training, civilian control, feminisation, unionisation and cultural change: the Spanish police are not a remnant of the Franco years
Why did the Spanish state forcefully quash Catalonia’s referendum for independence? It is rooted in the country’s nearly 40-year dictatorship and its transition to democracy.
Despite the passionate for which they are usually fought, independence movements are rarely successful and their outcomes less than hoped for.
Here are the EU's options.
Both regions have held independence referendums that have returned overwhelming "yes" votes. But without international support, the road ahead will be a tough one.
The referendum that wasn't a referendum can't have a winner.
When you put together the efforts of the Spanish authorities to curb media coverage of the Catalan referendum, you have a deeply worrying picture.
The Madrid government is doing everything it can to stop the planned October 1 referendum from happening.
Catalonia and Kurdistan are both holding referendums on independence this year. But is it that simple to break free?
The Catalans have no trouble telling their story of oppression through culture. The Scots find it trickier.
Madrid may hold the key to Scotland's future – for several reasons.
October 16 is traditionally a day in which the Spanish nation is celebrated. But questions are being asked about what that nation is these days.
Catalonia's pro-independence parties now have the chance to assemble a parliamentary majority, but they'll have to overcome their own differences first.
Denied a chance to hold a referendum, the pro-independence movement are calling the region's parliamentary elections a plebiscite.
The language survived against the odds and is now a central part of Catalan identity.