Melilla’s temporary stay centre for immigrants. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

It is 7.30am in the Beni Enzar district of Melilla, a Spanish city on north African soil that is perched between the Mediterranean coast and Morocc(...)

 Bullfighting students practice their cape work at the Marcial Lalanda bullfighting school on  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Getty

Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards have lodged their opposition to plans by the conservative government to introduce a two-year bullfighting course(...)

Catalan president Artur Mas thanks followers as he leaves the Superior Court of Catalonia in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

An appearance in court by the nationalist premier of Catalonia, Artur Mas, brought hundreds of pro-independence politicians into the streets of Barcel(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, is summoned to court. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Although a court summons issued to Artur Mas, the leader of Catalonia’s independence drive, could see him barred from office or even go to jail, it ap(...)

The argument between party leaders Alfred Bosch of ERC (right) and Alberto Fernandez Diaz of PPC (second right) over the  unofficial flag of the Catalonian independent movement and the  Spanish flag   ended when deputy mayor  Gerardo Pisarelo (fourth left) took the flags away. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

As Barcelona celebrated the La Mercè festival on Thursday, everything was going smoothly until a scuffle broke out on the balcony of the city hall.(...)

Perils of protest: Not only does Catalonia risk leaving the euro, it could could also see FC Barcelona barred from playing in the Spanish league. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Catalonia would be excluded from the European Union if it broke away from Spain, according to opponents of the region’s independence drive. They also (...)

Regional premier Artur Mas intends to begin a unilateral secession from Spain if pro-independence parties gain more than half the seats in the Catalan election. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

With less than a month until Catalonia votes in an election which nationalists hope will see their region start the process of breaking away from Spai(...)

An apparent screenshot from a video published by an Islamic State group  allegedly shows smoke billowing from the Baal Shamin temple in Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State militants published photographs yesterday purporting to show the destruction of a Roman-era temple in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias embraces Panayota Maniou, a member of the Syriza delegation to the European Parliament, during a demonstration in Madrid in support of Greece. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

José Ignacio Ripoll (54), an architect, has been following the Greek crisis from Madrid over the past few months and he doesn’t like what he sees. “I(...)