Left-wing party Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: Warned he would demand a referendum on independence for Catalonia in return for his party’s support. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s political impasse deepened on Monday as the governing Popular Party’s chances of forming a new government appeared to narrow further after inc(...)

Spanish prime minister and Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy casts his vote. Photograph: AFP Photo

A new era of pacts and possible instability has begun in Spain after the country’s general election redrew the political map in dramatic fashion. Wit(...)

Podemos (We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias casts his vote in Madrid. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

The governing Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy was celebrating victory in Spain’s general election yesterday as it held off the challenge of its s(...)

At a rally in Madrid, Albert Rivera compared himself to Barack Obama, saying: “A lot of people told him he couldn’t govern the US, but in 2008 hope defeated fear.” Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

In a recent opinion piece in El País newspaper in which he presented his vision for the country, Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) leader Albert Rivera expresse(...)

Clay “caganer” (defecator) figures of Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias at the Santa Llucia market in Barcelona. “Caganers” are believed to bring good luck. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

In the week leading up to the most open and arguably most significant elections their country has had in more than three decades, Spaniards’ attention(...)

Navalcarnero’s ‘Calvary Roundabout’, which cost the town hall €212,000 but failed to prove a magnet for tourists. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

It has to be the most eccentric roundabout in Spain. On the edge of the town of Navalcarnero, 30km southwest of Madrid, it contains a life-sized Jesus(...)

  Podemos leader  Pablo Iglesias gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Palma de Mallorca. Photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

As Pablo Iglesias sought to discredit one of his rivals in Monday’s election campaign debate, the Podemos leader’s grasp of English failed him. Attack(...)

 Spanish vice prime minister Soraya Saez de Santamaria: not only is she on posters across Spain, but in the media she is seemingly omnipresent. Photograph:  Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is everywhere. The deputy prime minister’s face is on thousands of election campaign posters for her governing Popular Part(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: he is underlining his economic credentials as he seeks re-election. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The campaign for Spain’s general election begins on Friday, with four parties vying for victory on December 20th in the most open contest of the count(...)

Demonstrators show Francoism victims during a march in Madrid. If the Pamplona proposal is passed it would be the first time  a local authority in Spain has sought  legal proceedings in connection with abuses  under the Franco regime. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

The northern Spanish city of Pamplona is expected, on Friday, to approve a motion calling for a criminal investigation into human rights abuses(...)