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(...)

The recently-discovered “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” is presented at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Piroschka van de Wouw

A priceless painting by the 16th century Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch – best known for his nightmarish depictions of hell – has been discovered in st(...)

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 (...)

Children reacting during the ‘Three Kings’ parade in Madrid on Tuesday. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

For some, Christmas in Madrid this year was an updated version of an age-old tradition, incorporating the values of equality and tolerance. But for ot(...)

You won’t forget Maurice O’Connor (Sample Answer) in a hurry. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Saint Sister It seems like only a wet day since Derry’s Morgan MacIntyre decided she had enough of the singer-songwriter trip she was on and joined f(...)

Juan Olmedilla with his wife, Lupe; and their children, Juan (2) and Ana (6 months) at their home in Athlone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Juan Olmedilla Arregui: arrived from Spain, 2011 When Juan Olmedilla Arregui told his wife, Lupe Alvarez de Toledo, that he would have to retur(...)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane with  Cristiano Ronaldo during a Real Madrid training session at the Valdebebas training ground. Photograph: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has admitted that the pressure is already on to win an 11th European Cup as he faced the press for the first time since taking over fr(...)

Rafa Benítez expressed gratitude to everyone he worked with at Bernabéu. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Rafael Benítez has expressed his gratitude for having the opportunity to manage Real Madrid and wished his successor Zinedine Zidane well. The former(...)

Real Madrid’s new coach Zinedine Zidane arrives with Real Madrid’s president Florentino Pérez before a statement at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 4, 2016.  Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane has become the manager of Real Madrid after the club’s president, Florentino Pérez, announced the sacking of Rafael Benítez at the Ber(...)