Manuela Carmena: her honeymoon period as Madrid’s new mayor lasted just a few hours. Photograph: AFP Photo/Gerard Julien

The honeymoon period for Madrid’s new mayor, Manuela Carmena, lasted only a few hours. Ms Carmena (71), who took office on Saturday as the head of th(...)

Manuela Carmena, the retired judge who last month took Madrid’s municipal election by storm and is expected to be confirmed as the city’s mayor today. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

She looked like just any other woman in her 70s, reading a book on the Madrid subway. But a closer look at the photograph showed it was indeed Manu(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

The study, presented yesterday by Basque premier Iñigo Urkullu, above, claims to be the first of its kind to document human rights abuses by all sides in the northern Spanish region’s territorial dispute. Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

Just over 1,000 people have been killed since 1960 by violence related to Eta’s campaign for an independent Basque Country, with almost 100 of them dy(...)