Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin arrive at a makeshift courtroom in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Monday. The couple deny any wrongdoing. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Spain’s Princess Cristina appeared in court on Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first member of the royal family to stand in the dock, as a lengthy(...)

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(...)

Rodrigo Rato  leaving  his office in April after being charged with fraud. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

In Spain, new political forces have been challenging the scandal-plagued traditional parties and promising to fight corruption. But another new arriv(...)

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(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

Rodrigo Rato (left), former People’s Party minister and former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, is lead by police as they leave his residence after an inspection in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief and Spanish politican Rodrigo Rato has been detained on fraud and money laundering charges, Spanish media hav(...)

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. (...)

Four bankers found guilty of financial crimes. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Six years after the start of an economic crisis that left Spain on the verge of collapse, the country has finally seen bankers sentenced for financial(...)

A high-profile ally of Partido X is Tarso Genro, a former minister in the government of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and now governor of the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Photograph: Miguel Rojo/AFP/Getty Images)

They accuse the political system of being undemocratic and corrupt. They endorse free public transport and a Nuremburg-style trial for the country’s b(...)

Former Labour spin doctor Damian McBride is fitted with a microphone for a television interview on Brighton’s seafront during the Labour Party’s annual conference in the town last week. Photograph:  Chris Ison/PA Wire

Sitting in a London hotel, Damian McBride has just returned from the British Labour Party’s annual conference in Brighton, one dominated in part by Po(...)