Spainish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “We’re not responsible for the frustration of the Greek radical left, which promised what it could not deliver, as has been made clear.” Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

They used to be fellow members of the group of highly indebted European nations known disparagingly as the “Pigs”. But a political fault line has open(...)

Warring parties in Spain

The annual State of the Nation debate in Spain, which concluded yesterday, is usually a robust affair. And the claims made, especially by the prime mi(...)

Shoppers  in central Madrid: Spain’s economy grew  throughout 2014,  outstripping most forecasts. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

The Spanish economy’s growth accelerated at the end of last year on the back of increased consumer demand, lending credence to the government’s cla(...)

The government of Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, which faces an election towards the end of the year, predicts Spain will grow by at least 2 per cent this year. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

The collapse in oil prices has helped to push the euro zone deeper into deflation, strengthening the case for the European Central Bank’s landmark de(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a speech at the Spain Global Tourism Forum held in Madrid. Photograph: EPA/BALLESTEROS

Spain’s economy expanded at its fastest pace in seven years in the fourth quarter, defying the threat of deflation as lower prices helped boost domest(...)

Women look at clothes in a store in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain. Spanish consumer prices  fell 1.5 per cent in January from a year earlier, the most since 1997. (Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters)

Spain’s economy expanded at its fastest pace in seven years in the fourth quarter, defying the threat of deflation as lower prices helped boost domes(...)

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos, has become a close ally of Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Aris Messinisaris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Of all the photo-ops in Greece during the country’s recent general election campaign, it may have been the one that sent the most shivers down the spi(...)

Jobseekers line up at an employment office in Madrid, Spain. Spanish unemployment increased to 23.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014.  Photo: Bloomberg

Spanish unemployment unexpectedly rose in the fourth quarter, indicating the economic recovery isn’t strong enough yet for jobs growth to keep pace wi(...)

Catalan premier Artur Mas, of the nationalist Convergence and Union  coalition, has brought forward the next election of the region’s parliament to September 27th. Photograph: David Ramos/Bloomberg

Separatists in Catalonia have welcomed the decision by the region’s leader to stage early elections in September, which they believe will be a majo(...)

Catalonian regional government president, Artur Mas, addresses the media during a press conference held in Barcelona,  where he announce that elections in Catalonia. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Catalan president Artur Mas has called for early regional elections in September, asking voters to cast their ballots on independence from Spain for (...)