The unfinished dome of the cathedral being built by former Trappist monk Justo Gallego  , in Mejorada del Campo, Spain. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Justo Gallego is sitting in a backroom of the cathedral he has been building for the last half century. Dressed in a blue boiler suit, he is perche(...)

Manuela Carmena: her honeymoon period as Madrid’s new mayor lasted just a few hours. Photograph: AFP Photo/Gerard Julien

The honeymoon period for Madrid’s new mayor, Manuela Carmena, lasted only a few hours. Ms Carmena (71), who took office on Saturday as the head of th(...)

Manuela Carmena, the retired judge who last month took Madrid’s municipal election by storm and is expected to be confirmed as the city’s mayor today. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

She looked like just any other woman in her 70s, reading a book on the Madrid subway. But a closer look at the photograph showed it was indeed Manu(...)

 Former  Spanish prime minister Felipe Gonzalez speaks to journalists after a meeting  Lilian Tintori (right)  and other  wives of Venezuelan imprisoned opposition leaders, and  members of the opposition alliance  in Caracas, on Monday. Photograph: Miguel Gutierrez/EPA

Former Spanish prime minister Felipe González has made a short visit to Venezuela to offer support to two jailed politicians in a move which has he(...)

A 39-year-old Spanish woman called Lupe says her life was put in serious danger by Ireland’s abortion legislation 2:37

A 39-year-old Spanish woman called Lupe says her life was put in serious danger by Ireland’s abortion legislation. In an interview with Spanish daily (...)

Supporters of Barcelona wave Catalan independentist flags “Estelada” during the   King’s Cup final at the Camp Nou stadium: the anti-Spanish message was widely anticipated by authorities. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

After months of relative calm, the issue of Catalonia’s bid for independence from Spain has been thrust back into the spotlight in recent days, in gre(...)

The two wounds on “Skull 17”, as it is known, were sustained on the forehead, above the left eye, and were extremely close to each other.  Photograph: Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films/Reuters

Scientists in Spain say that a prehistoric skull contains evidence that our ancestors were committing murder nearly half a million years ago. Research(...)

Ada Colau at a press conference to evaluate Sunday’s election results in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

Wiping tears from her eyes, Ada Colau, who is almost certain to be the new mayor of Barcelona, summed up her triumph in the city’s election as she add(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)