Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias and Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez arrive for a meeting at the Spanish parliament in Madrid yesterday. Photograph: Andrea Comas

A few days ago, Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, voiced his frustration at the slow pace at which a new government was being formed, over six we(...)

An Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries Zika virus, photographed in a laboratory at the University of El Salvador in San Salvador. Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a blood transfusion. Photograph: Marvin Recinos/AFP/Getty Images

A pregnant woman is among the seven people identified as being infected with the Zika virus in Spain after visiting affected countries. The country’s(...)

Spain’s King Felipe (left) greets acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy before their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Photograph: Andres Ballesteros/Reuters

Pilar Márquez doesn’t usually take much of an interest in her country’s politics, but recently she has not been able to avoid the subject. Nearly six (...)

Under normal circumstances, six weeks after general elections, Spain would have a new government in place today. But the country’s de facto two-party (...)

Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: if the Republican candidate is elected president, the US could lurch towards a weird mixture of unilateralism (kick their asses and ask questions later) and isolationism (withdrawing into a nativist fantasy world with no Mexicans, no Muslims and no international obligations). Photograph: Mark Kauzlarich

Could this be the year of the unthinkable? Let’s be apocalyptic for a moment and consider six things that just might happen this year: 1. The Europea(...)

 Spanish king Felipe VI (left)  with the leader of left-wing  party Podemos, Pablo Iglesia. Photograph: Angel Diaz /AFP/Getty Images

After a month of deadlock in Spain following inconclusive elections, the anti-austerity party Podemos has seized the initiative by proposing the form(...)

Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont delivers a speech during his investiture at the Catalunya parliament in Barcelona on Sunday evening. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

Nationalists in Catalonia appear to have kept alive a plan to break away from Spain by 2017 after reaching a last-ditch agreement on who should lead t(...)

Artur Mas leaves a press conference at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona on Saturday after announcing his resignation as Catalonia’s acting president. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan govern(...)

Little progress has been made towards forming a government in Spain, following last month’s elections. Worse, there is little indication any of the ma(...)

 CUP leader Antonio Banos arriving at a meeting of the party’s  political council today, which decided not to support the re-election of Catalonian regional government acting president Artur Mas. Photograph:  Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalan far-left party CUP said today it would not support acting regional head Artur Mas for another term as leader, forcing a fresh round of local e(...)