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(...)

An armoured car drives along the street in Brussels, Belgium. The city has  witnessed the biggest presence of armed forces since the second World War  Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

A deep sense of anxiety pervaded the streets of Brussels this week as the city was put on lockdown following warnings of a “serious and imminent” terr(...)

Dublin City University was named in 46th place in the QS Top 50 Under 50 list. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin City University has secured a position in a league table of the top 50 young universities in the world. The QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks colleges e(...)

Perez on Benitez: “We are convinced that we have a great squad that will give much happiness to a fanbase that deserves everything. Rafael Benitez is the chosen one to bring success to this squad.”

Real Madrid have given under-fire coach Rafael Benitez a vote of confidence and said he will remain in charge of the team. Club president Florentino P(...)

‘Marca’ accused Rafa Benítez of playing his cards so close to his chest that in the end even he couldn’t see what was on them. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo

The day after a massive Real Madrid defeat is always the best time to consult the pro-Real Madrid Spanish press. “The Bernabéu demands heads” was the (...)

An undated picture of General Francisco Franco riding his horse. Towards the end of his regime, Franco had started to open the country up to tourism and international trade, but in many ways Spain’s economy was still lagging behind its European neighbours. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The sun is going down over the Valley of the Fallen, the huge mausoleum north of Madrid where the dictator Francisco Franco is buried and the last vis(...)

 Spanish general Francisco Franco in the 1960s:  the dying Franco became the butt of jokes before his death in 1975. Photograph: AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Solemn music on state radio and television early on that chilly morning of Thursday November 20th, 1975, told Spaniards that Gen Francisco Franco, fas(...)

The republican mausoleum bearing the blotted inscription ‘Honor a los caidos’ (Honor to the fallen) in Belchite, Aragon. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty

Spain will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Francisco Franco today. With the country still divided over the legacy of the dictator, activiti(...)

The tomb of  Spanish dictator Francisco Franco in the Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen) near Madrid. Photogrph: Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images

There was only one headline story on the front page of Spanish newspapers, day after day, in the late autumn of 1975. Every Monday morning, walking d(...)

A military police soldier patrols the Brussels Midi train station  in Brussels. Belgium’s national security level has been raised to three following the terrorist attacks on Paris. Photograph: Dirk Waem/AFP/Getty Images

Almost a week after the deadliest terrorist attack on EU soil since the Madrid bombings in 2004, EU justice ministers have been summoned to Brussels t(...)