Just as the international community is trying to halt the military occupation of Ukraine, Spain is moving towards recognition of a previous illicit conquest.
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Catalonia's jailed independence leaders are to be released, in the first step towards possible reconciliation. Nationalist leaders – and their voters – are not happy.
A new refugee crisis erupts as a move in a diplomatic battle between Spain and Morocco.
A snap election yields a big win for Madrid's centre-right government, while Scotland's nationalists are seeking a mandate for another bid for independence.
Catalonia's pro-independence parties win a majority without having to rely on the distortions in the electoral system. A general swing to the left also opens up other possibilities.
In a rather counter-intuitive result of Brexit, Gibraltar is set for greater integration with Spain and the rest of the European Union.
The Spanish courts take a hand again on the Catalan issue, making compromise less likely and adding to the woes of the embattled prime minister.
Spain and Austria are both getting new governments this week, after negotiations produced two very different coalitions.
Spain's left and centre parties pay a heavy price for their failure to co-operate after the last election.