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(...)

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

It was meant to be a pioneering feat of engineering and an international showcase for Spain’s mastery of high-speed rail infrastructure. But less than(...)

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

Up to 100,000 Spaniards turned out in Madrid on Saturday in support of Podemos, the anti-austerity party that hopes to emulate its Greek counterpart(...)

 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

COSTS Transport to a lively nocturnal location A taxi from home, just outside central Madrid, into the city centre costs €10. On the underground (...)

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

In February 2013, thousands of workers of the Spanish airline Iberia gathered outside its headquarters in Madrid to protest against plans to cut compa(...)

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

The discovery of a centuries-old coffin beneath the floor of a Madrid convent has led experts to believe that their search for the remains of Miguel d(...)