CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Catalan separatists accept new election as “plebiscite” on Article 155

Ciudadanos unsuccessful at crafting preliminary deal bringing together unionist parties in the region

Literature

Was Hemingway’s macho posturing merely a front?

New biography exploring author’s sexuality suggests divide between virile figure of novels and reality

Personal leadership

How to find opportunities when you are stuck in a career cul-de-sac

Here are the keys to recognizing you are in a work rut and turning it into a learning experience

Social Media

Chiara Ferragni: from mirror selfies to top influencer

The Italian fashion entrepreneur created an empire from scratch using the social network Instagram

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

As it happened | Puigdemont from Brussels: “I’m not here to request asylum”

Ex-Catalan premier holds press conference, says he will not return to Spain until he has “guarantees”

Catalan crisis

As it happened | Former Catalan premier takes refuge in Brussels

Catch up on our Monday live blog: Carles Puigdemont traveled to Belgium on the day that the state prosecutor announced legal action against him and members of his now-deposed regional government, which declared independence for the region on Friday

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Ousted Catalan premier to explain trip to Brussels at 12.30pm today

Reports suggest that Carles Puigdemont and five of his ex-ministers are in Belgium to seek asylum, something that could trigger a crisis in a coalition of liberals and Flemish nationalists

Cartoons

Ros

Ros cartoon, October 31, 2017

Cartoons

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, October 31, 2017

Crisis in Catalonia

Puigdemont hires Belgian lawyer who defended ETA members

Paul Bekaert has also advised suspects from regions with territorial disputes, including Kurdish terrorist Fehriye Erdal

Editorial

Returning to stability

Catalonia needs to quickly recover in terms of legal security and investments