The single biggest party was anti-independence but together, the pro-independence bloc is stronger.
Move by the senate in Madrid came just after the Catalan parliament voted for independence.
Bid for Catalonian independence brings return of a divided Spain.
The Spanish government is dealing with the Catalonian secession movement in entirely the wrong way. But what would getting it right look like?
The potential for more violence is clear unless the two sides can be brought to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
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.
The referendum that wasn't a referendum can't have a winner.
The Madrid government is doing everything it can to stop the planned October 1 referendum from happening.
Spain has specific laws on protecting historical memory, and yet some would rather forget about them altogether.
When is a joke not a joke? When it starts to erode a fundamental human right.
Podemos positioned itself as leading a revolt by the people against the political system. Now, as Spain's third-largest party, it is part of that system and has some difficult decisions to make.
After two elections and months of deadlock, a minority administration has been agreed. But the situation is far from stable.
Labour's leader has a renewed mandate to put his party at the vanguard of the left – but others have walked that road before.
With two votes failing to produce a government, caretaker PM Mariano Rajoy is running out of options.
For many contemporary observers, the Spanish Civil War was seen as very much of a piece with the war against Hitler and Mussolini. But then things changed. Why?
Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.
Spain couldn't form a government after its last election, so it had to try again. And it looks like the radicals are shut out.
As Spain found out at its last election, voting for change is one thing, but achieving it is quite another.
More than two months after the election, Spanish politicians still can't provide the people with the government they demanded.
Parliamentarians have again failed to form a coalition, nearly three months after the election.