¿Qué tal Angela?
Chancellor Angela Merkel met her Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy at the G20 summit in Hamburg last July. Germany is closely monitoring Spain's economic recovery after years of financial crisis, but is less interested in the constitutional crisis that risks engulfing the country. Source:
When they go low...
Members of the Catalan group “Xics de Granollers” built a traditional human tower against the backdrop of Berlin's iconic TV Tower, ahead of Catalonia's first independence referendum in 2014. The Spanish region has its own language and a distinct cultural identity. Source:
I Want my Dinero Back
Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalan government, pictured here at the European Parliament in Brussels, wants his wealthy region in northeastern Spain to become an independent nation. Many Catalans are aggrieved that Spain has refused them greater powers, in particular over taxes. This deadlock has boosted support for independence. Source:
Scoring for Sovereignty
In Germany, Bayern Munich former coach Pep Guardiola is probably one of the best-known natives of Catalonia. Yet despite his popularity, his attempts to raise awareness for Catalonia's push for statehood, as here in Berlin in 2014, have mostly fallen flat. The banner reads: "Catalonia want to vote." Source:
Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades, wearing a gray jumper, discusses Catalonia's push for statehood with fellow Catalan Daniel Motiño, to her right, and some 50 rapt Berliners, at a local office of The Left party in the working-class Neukölln neighborhood. Source:
Show Your Colors
As the standoff between Madrid and Barcelona comes to a head, Catalans demonstrate for their right to vote and become "a new state in Europe," as pictured here at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate a few days before the contentious referendum. Source:
Facebook/Delegation of Catalonia in Germany
On October 1, the day of the referendum, many around Europe were shocked at the violence unfolding in Barcelona as police tried to stop Catalans from voting. Hundreds of people took part in a demonstration in central Berlin to show solidarity. Source: