Mariano Rajoy: so-called transparency portal is the flagship project of  the prime minister’s new transparency law. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

The Spanish government has unveiled an online database detailing wages and CVs of senior public figures, as well as contracts and subsidies approved b(...)

Supporters hold up a Catalan independence flag during a conference in Barcelona on Tuesday called  after a symbolic vote on the region’s independence from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

The leader of the Catalan region, Artur Mas, is trying to persuade fellow pro-independence parties to back a plan to hold a plebiscite-style election (...)

Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of the informal poll for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

One of the most enduring images from Sunday’s Catalan independence referendum was that of queuing voters gleefully applauding one of the event’s inter(...)

Volunteers count ballots after the closing of a polling station yesterday in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images 1:20

Catalans staged a non-binding referendum on independence yesterday, defying the Spanish government, which had sought to block the process. An overwhe(...)

Pro-Independence supporters hold up letters that reads ‘We will be free’ during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou last weekend. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

There’s an important fixture for FC Barcelona this weekend, one even more significant than the club’s away match against Almería in La Liga. On Sunday(...)

Rodrigo Rato leaving the High Court after being questioned by a judge investigating the alleged use of credit cards for personal expenses. Photograph: Sergio Perez

When Rodrigo Rato was nominated as the new managing director of the IMF, in the spring of 2004, it was a crowning moment for the Spanish economy. (...)

Spaniards protest against corruption after 51 people are arrested as part of an investigation involving local government contracts. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy apologised to Spaniards yesterday after a massive police sting against an alleged corruption ring left his conservativ(...)

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy: says Spain’s banking system is in “stupendous” shape. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spanish banks were shown to need no more capital after the stress test. Liberbank, a lender with €45 billion of assets, was shown to have a €32.2 mill(...)

The objective is the same, to hold a referendum, but in a different way, says the president of Catalonia Artur Mas. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Catalonia has abandoned plans to stage an illegal referendum on independence in November, apparently averting an imminent collision with the Spanish a(...)

A woman holds a message titled ‘Be strong Teresa!’ as several people protest in Madrid, Spain, against Ebola infected nurse Teresa Romero’s dog ‘Excalibur’ who was killed following Ms Romero’s Ebola diagnosis. Photograph: Victor Lerena/EPA

Three more people are under observation in a Madrid hospital, boosting the number currently being monitored for Ebola symptoms to 16.A nursing assista(...)