Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

An unemployed computer engineer  makes bracelets to sell on a street corner in Madrid in  2012.

When the global downturn took hold in 2008, Spain was coming to the end of a decade-long boom which had left it brimming with confidence. The prime mi(...)

Beekeepers protesting  in front of the parliament in Lisbon. So far Portugal has not had the kind of social unrest seen 
that
by 
its troubled neighbours such as 
Spain and Greece
 have seen
. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

When Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho makes his annual tax declaration this year, he could be in for a shock. At least that’s the (...)

Spanish riot police attempt to prevent anti-eviction activists from approaching the house of Spanish parliament chairman Jesús Posada during a protest in Madrid. Photograph:Juan Medina/Reuters

Yesterday, the conservative premier of the Madrid region, Ignacio González, handed over the keys of a new flat to a man who ha(...)

European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn presented the report. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has warned that Spain needs to accelerate its reform programme and said the country’s recession could extend into 2014.(...)

Spanish newspaper El Pais published photographs of Galician premier Alberto Núñez Feijóo, taken in 1995 and 1996, with Marcial Dorado Baúlde, who is serving a 14-year jail sentence for drug trafficking. Photograph: Reuters

A senior Spanish politician is fending off calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he once had a close relationship with a notorio(...)

Metro workers at a rally in Madrid to protest against salary cuts. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

An IOC delegation has spent four days in the Spanish capital this week, evaluating the city’s bid to host the 2020 games. And while Madr(...)