Clay “caganer” (defecator) figures of Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias at the Santa Llucia market in Barcelona. “Caganers” are believed to bring good luck. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

In the week leading up to the most open and arguably most significant elections their country has had in more than three decades, Spaniards’ attention(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy leaves the parliament in Madrid yesterday after a session about alleged corruption. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy made a defiant appearance before Congress yesterday, telling fellow lawmakers he would not resign over the corrup(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaking during a  session at Madrid’s Senate today. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy acknowledged today he made a mistake in his handling of a major corruption scandal but vigorously denied he or ot(...)

A woman holds a placard depicting Mariano Rajoy that reads “Wanted, serious con artist” during a protest calling for the Spanish prime minister  to step down due to his implication in a corruption scandal, at Madrid’s landmark Puerta del Sol. Photograph: Reuters/Juan Medina

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy today faces a long-awaited parliamentary questioning about the corruption scandal that has rocked his conservativ(...)

Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, gestures whilst speaking during a news conference at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid today. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg.

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy today said he would appear before parliament to face questions over a corruption scandal, relenting to pressure (...)

People  protested outside the People’s Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid on Thursday demanding Mariano Rajoy resign or at least give explanations. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Pressure is mounting on Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy to appear before congress to answer questions about allegations of corruption in his Par(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Photograph: Reuters

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy rejected calls today for his resignation over a ruling party financing scandal and said he would not allow the ma(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy.

A corruption scandal that has been plaguing Spain’s governing Partido Popular (PP) for months has intensified, with new revelations prompting calls fo(...)

El Mundo has published copies of handwritten ledger entries which they say show Spanish politicians, including prime minister Mariano Rajoy, received payments from an illicit slush fund.  Javier Barbancho/Reuters

Spain’s El Mundo newspaper has delivered to the High Court what it said were original handwritten ledger entries showing payments from an illicit slus(...)