Mariano Rajoy

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Luis de Guindos: Spain will not confirm the minister as its candidate for the ECB job unless it is sure of a win.   Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

There has been much talk in Government and banking circles about the decision by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to nominate Philip Lane, the gov(...)

People wearing masks depicting ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont attend a demonstration on January 30th in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty

Disagreement over Carles Puigdemont’s plan to defy the Spanish judiciary and be sworn in as Catalonia’s president has split the independence movement (...)

Carles Puigdemont: Madrid fears the politician may sneak across the border with France “in a helicopter, in a boat or in the boot of a car”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Catalonia’s parliament is due to debate on Tuesday the candidacy of Carles Puigdemont as the region’s president, but uncertainty surrounding his sched(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: under pressure. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

A series of revelations linking Spain’s governing Popular Party (PP) to alleged bribes and under-the-counter payments are putting prime minister Maria(...)

Former Catalan president  Carles Puigdemont poses for photographs with students as he leaves the University of Copenhagen after attending a debate on Monday. Photograph:  Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s supreme court has rejected the state prosecutor’s request to issue an international arrest warrant against Carles Puigdemont after the ousted (...)

The Palau de la Música Catalana concert venue in Barcelona, which was used as a front for false invoicing in a scam involving the party. Photograph: JTB/UIG via Getty Images

The nationalist party that has governed Catalonia for most of Spain’s modern democratic era has been found guilty of receiving millions of euro in bri(...)

Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont, who is in exile in Belgium. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

A plan by Carles Puigdemont to be sworn in as Catalan president while remaining in exile in Belgium has sparked a constitutional debate and underlines(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “I will not accept that anyone puts himself above the Spanish constitution and law,” Mr Rajoy said. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain’s prime minister warned Catalan leaders not to restart their campaign for secession after pro-independence parties scored a victory in the regio(...)

Axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: has hinted at a less strident approach to independence in the future. Photograph: Thierry Roge/AFP/Getty Images

Thursday’s Catalan election will go down as one of the lowest points of Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy’s six years in power. His decision in la(...)

Carles Puigdemont,  dismissed president of Catalonia, reacts while viewing the results in Catalonia’s regional election in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Pro-independence parties held off the challenge of unionists in a tightly fought Catalan election yesterday, securing a majority in the regional parli(...)

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