Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

We have a shrieker at the next table. I’d like to ask her to use her indoor voice. “She went to the bathroom and everything got quiet,” the friend (...)

Rodrigo Rato (left), former People’s Party minister and former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is lead by police as they leave his residence after an inspection in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief and Spanish politican Rodrigo Rato has been detained on fraud and money laundering charges, Spanish media hav(...)

Antonio Maria Rouco, former archbishop of Madrid:  living in a luxury €1.7m apartment in central Madrid, paid for by the Catholic Church. Photograph:   Quim Llenas/Cover/Getty Images

When Antonio María Rouco ended his long tenure as archbishop of Madrid last summer, it was widely assumed that for the first time in decades, he would(...)

Jeb Bush: though he is more apt to do his homework, he’s unformed on foreign policy, like his brother – except that his brother was elected before 9/11. Photograph: Jabin Botsford/New York Times

James Baker can take credit for two presidencies and one vice-presidency in the Bush family. So it’s a tad ungracious for a Bush to take Baker to task(...)

Áine Byrne from Dublin and Gerard Gunning from Roscommon are both 25 and have been in London for almost three years. He is a menswear print designer and Byrne is studying for a master’s in textile design. Photograph: Kim Cunningham

Irish photographer Kim Cunningham’s latest project, photographs of the new London Irish – creative young Irish people who’ve moved to the British c(...)

German, French and Spanish flags in a field in the southeastern French village of Le Vernet, the closest to the site where the German Airbus A320 went down. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish police will pursue the writers of online comments that mocked the death of Catalan passengers on the downed Germanwings flight from Barcelona(...)

Neither the old guard nor the new wave of Spanish politics has cause for complacency after last Sunday’s elections to the autonomous government of And(...)

Gendarmerie and French mountain rescue teams arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Photograph: by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images

July 17th, 2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashes near Grabove in eastern Ukraine. The 298 people on board were killed on the flight from Amsterd(...)

Financial centre: Dublin still plays host to a huge funds industry, with the value of Irish-domiciled funds put at €1.3 trillion. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin’s standing as a global financial hub enjoyed something of a bounce in the latest Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The city jumped 18 pla(...)