Acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) and Catalan president Carles Puigdemont  at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Spain’s inability to form a new government since an inconclusive general election in December, leading King Felipe VI to call new elections in the com(...)

It is indicative of the uncertain and rapidly changing state of European politics that post-election paralysis is becoming commonplace. Many establish(...)

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left-wing party Podemos, during a debate at the Spanish parliament in Madrid. Photograph: AFP Photo/Pierre-Philippe Marcou

On Monday night, as one of the most important encounters of his political career loomed, Pablo Iglesias was pounding a pair of kettle drums live on te(...)

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(...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

 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” (...)

David Cameron speaks to journalists as he arrives for a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Talks in Brussels on the future of the UK within the EU continued throughout Thursday night into Friday, with British prime minister David Cameron lea(...)

Spain remains without a new government two months after an inconclusive general election. Its plight has been been cited by senior Fine Gael politicia(...)

British Prime Minister David Cameron: Pablo Bustinduy, head of foreign affairs at Podemos, said EU leaders should not  sacrifice workers’ benefits to help Mr Cameron dodge  ‘Brexit’. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Podemos, the anti-austerity party seeking to forge a coalition government in Spain, said European Union leaders shouldn’t sacrifice workers’ benefits (...)