""This standoff shows how Europe has lost its moral compass in the Mediterranean""
Head of MSF Emergency Desk
""People have continued to come and die in this tense kind of limbo where the EU itself cannot reach a united policy""
World news editor, The Daily Beast
""When we put our foot on the pedal, we go all the way""
Russian national coach
""All the hard work of actually negotiating the details, all of that has been pushed until later""
International Crisis Group
""It is the mark of great people to treat trifles as trifles and important matters as important.""
""What is amazing is that whatever issues they are having at home, whatever is missing from their lives or causes them pain, our school is theirs""
Winner, Global Teacher Prize
"#MSF is concerned that again politics are being placed above people’s lives. The priority must be the importance of the well being & safety of the people on board."
French international medical assistance NGO
""The ocean is a horrible, horrible place for anything manmade. The engineering has been a challenge.""
Winner European Entrepreneur of the Year
The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy has called for calm and said the rule of law would be restored in Catalonia, after the region declared independence from Spain.
Spanish PM Rajoy fires government of Catalonia
When it comes to the Kurds of northern Iraq, the West has chosen realpolitik over moral consistency, writes Shlomo Avineri
Kurdistan government offers to put independence vote results on hold to enable talks with Baghdad
Reactions differ in the wake of referenda on more autonomy in two northern Italian regions.
Voters in Lombardy and Veneto back greater autonomy from Rome but deny being like Catalonia
The two northern regions have been staging non-binding referendums on Sunday.
Lombardy and Veneto are asking for a bigger share of the tax take and spending powers in twin votes on autonomy from Rome.
Voters in the wealthy Italian regions will head to the polls on October 22
Catalan leader calls for dialogue in response to the Spanish prime minister's deadline, under threat of the region's autonomy being suspended.
Separatist Catalans hope Carles Puigdemont will follow the Slovenian independence model
A group of anti-independence demonstrators in the Catalonian capital Barcelona clashed with police on Wednesday, Spain's national day.
Exclusive interview with a Catalan police officer reveals tensions within the regional force over independence
In a symbolic gesture Catalan MPs signed a docucument declaring independence
Gustavo Gomez says political divides within his family have grown so deep that his wife and children have asked him to move out of their home.
Some of Spain's largest companies are moving their headquarters away from Catalonia in the wake of the independance referendum
Many Catalans seek lives eleswhere, and for those living in Madrid there's a change in the atmosphere
A local history teacher, who favours remaining part of Spain, gives his views on the difficulties surrounding the independence referendum.
A glance at what is fuelling the drive for independence in Spain's north-east corner.