Spain’s King Felipe signs a decree to dissolve parliament and call new elections during a meeting with parliamentary speaker Patxi Lopez at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Photograph: Courtesy of Casa de S.M. el Rey/Handout via Reuters

King Felipe has dissolved Spain’s parliament and called fresh elections for June, after four months of political limbo during which parties failed to (...)

Socialist members of the Spanish parliament applaud leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and candidate for prime minister Pedro Sanchez   in Madrid. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

After the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels ended last night, reporters asked Spanish acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy if he intended to contact Pedro(...)

 Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy: He rejected King Felipe’s invitation to try to form a government, on the grounds that he knew he would lose the congressional confidence vote. Photograph: Diego Crespo/Prime minister’s office/

Asunción Martín’s trinkets and ornaments shop is tucked away in one of the quieter streets in Madrid’s Salamanca district, far from the hustle and bus(...)

Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez (left) announcing a potential coalition agreement with Albert Rivera of Ciudadano. Photograph: Reuters/Juan Medina

Spain’s Socialists have signed an agreement with the liberal Ciudadanos party which they hope will lay the foundations for a “progressive, reformist” (...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin arrive at a makeshift courtroom in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Monday. The couple deny any wrongdoing. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Spain’s Princess Cristina appeared in court on Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first member of the royal family to stand in the dock, as a lengthy(...)

Spain’s Princess Cristina of Spain and her husband Iñaki Urdangarin, who go on trial on Monday on tax fraud charges, pictured in June 2010. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s Princess Cristina, the younger sister of King Felipe, goes on trial on Monday on tax fraud charges in a case that has rocked the monarchy and (...)

Spain’s King Felipe with Catalan governor Artur Mas after his arrival for their meeting at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid last month. Photograph: Andrea Comas/ Reuters

It was an awkward photo opportunity: King Felipe VI posing next to the regional premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, ahead of their hour-long meeting at t(...)