Portuguese president Aníbal Cavaco Silva: described a Socialist-Communist-BE coalition as “a clearly inconsistent alternative” which threatened to undermine the economy. Photograph: Manuel De Almeida/EPA.

An upcoming parliamentary vote is expected to reject the government programme of prime minister-elect Pedro Passos Coelho, extending a political crisi(...)

Armed response: police at the arrest of two suspected Eta members in July. Photograph: Iroz Gaizka/AFP/Getty

It is four years this week since the terrorist group Eta announced the definitive end of its armed campaign for an independent Basque state. After the(...)

Catalan president Artur Mas thanks followers as he leaves the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

An appearance in court by the nationalist premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, brought hundreds of pro-independence politicians into the streets of Barcel(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

Pedro Passos Coelho: ‘We’ve spent four years talking about finances and the economy and now everything is in order we can put the dignity back into politics.’ Photograph: Miguel A Lopes/EPA.

Tomorrow Pedro Passos Coelho will attempt to become the first prime minister of a bailed out euro-zone country to gain re-election. The conservative P(...)

Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, is summoned to court. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Although a court summons issued to Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, could see him barred from office or even go to jail, it ap(...)

Catalonia’s pro-independence party leaders celebrate after the results of the regional election in Barcelona on Sunday night. Photograph: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

“As of today you don’t tell us what to do; as of today we govern ourselves. Long live the Catalan republic!” This was how Antonio Baños, candidate of (...)

Catalan premier Artur Mas casts his vote  in Barcelona on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Catalan nationalists celebrated last night as pro-independence parties won a regional election which was treated as a plebiscite on secession from Spa(...)

Nationalists had used the regional election as a plebiscite on independence.

Pro-independence parties have won Catalonia’s regional election, giving them, they believe, a mandate to begin the process of breaking away from Spain(...)