Shoppers  in central Madrid: Spain’s economy grew  throughout 2014,  outstripping most forecasts. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

GDP grew 0.7% in fourth quarter of last year, the biggest quarterly increase since 2008, data shows

Juan Carlos Monedero,  third-in-command of Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, during a press conference in Madrid. Mr Monedero described a controversy over payments he received from from the Venezuelan, Bolivian, Ecuadorian and Nicaraguan governments as a ‘government set up’. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish anti-austerity party defends payment to key member from left-wing governments

Anti-abortion protesters rally in Madrid  last year. Some believe the proposed reforms are too timid. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Main change requires under-18s to have parental consent

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: aims to roll back austerity Spain has been implementing for the last five years. PIerre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Podemos at top of polls, seven points ahead of Popular Party due to 'shift in European politics'

A unit of the new highspeed train built by Spanish manufacturer Talgo is loaded onto a freighter in Barcelona’s port bound for Jeddah City in Saudi Arabia. The Medina-Mecca rail link is plagued by delays, political tensions and technical headaches. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images

Finishing the Medina-Mecca rail link proving to be very problematic for Spanish firms

Podemos supporters at Puerta del Sol square: Saturday’s event was unusual in that it made no specific demands of the government. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Anti-austerity party leader tells crowd, ‘We are going to beat the PP in the elections’

 Tourists and local people meet near Plaza Mayor, the famous central market place which dates back to the 15th century, in Madrid Photograph: EyesWideOpen/Getty Images

Everything starts later here and keeps going later

Looking up: things have improved since Iberia workers protested in Madrid in 2013. photograph: denis doyle/getty images

Spanish airline Iberia looks set to post its first net annual profit in six years

The remains of a coffin with ‘M.C.’ on it are displayed on a table in the crypt of Madrid’s Las Trinitarias convent. The coffin was found during a search for the remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes. Photograph: Madrid City Hall/Sociedad Aranzadi/Reuters

Search for Don Quixote author’s remains led team to coffin under convent floor

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