The Valle de los Caidos monument to the Francoist combatants who died during the Spanish civil war and Franco’s final resting place, just outside Madrid. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

When Manuel Boehm, a young German student, emerges from the basilica at El Valle de los Caídos, he has no doubts about the ideology of the authoritar(...)

Podemos party leader and candidate Teresa Rodríguez  after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville, southern Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On Sunday night, when the results of the Andalusia regional elections started to emerge, most Spaniards were more likely to be following the soccer ma(...)

Andalusia’s regional government president and Socialist Party candidate Susana Díaz at an election campaign rally in Alcala de Guadaira on March 17th. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Susana Díaz steps off the Socialist Party’s campaign bus in Ubrique oozing confidence. Striding through this small, whitewashed town in the mountains(...)

Banco Madrid kept the doors of its branches closed on Monday as it emerged the lender had ceased all financial operations and requested a creditors’ meeting. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

The future of Spanish lender Banco Madrid is in the balance after it filed for bankruptcy following a deposit run sparked by a money-laundering inv(...)

Juan Salazar and Jose Salazar of Los Chunguitos, who feature in an episode of  Los Gipsy Kings. Photograph: Europa Press/Europa Press via Getty Images

An overprotective husband watches his wife take a one-on-one swimming lesson and testily warns the young male teacher not to get too close to her in t(...)

Spainish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “We’re not responsible for the frustration of the Greek radical left, which promised what it could not deliver, as has been made clear.” Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

They used to be fellow members of the group of highly indebted European nations known disparagingly as the “Pigs”. But a political fault line has open(...)

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

The Spanish economy’s growth accelerated at the end of last year on the back of increased consumer demand, lending credence to the government’s cla(...)

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

Podemos, the new anti-austerity party that is leading Spanish polls, has hit back at accusations that one of its leaders engaged in tax fraud, stemmin(...)

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

Spain’s government has presented a new abortion Bill just months after its previous attempt to reform the law sparked a political storm. However, alt(...)

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

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, a new anti-austerity party which is leading opinion polls, has said he is determined to win Spain’s upcoming ge(...)