Mariano Rajoy

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Astronaut Pedro Duque: said  he wished his mother was still alive to see his appointment. Photograph:  Luis Tejido/EPA

Spain’s new prime minister has appointed an astronaut as his science minister in a cabinet dominated by women. Pedro Sánchez announced on Wednesday t(...)

Last Friday, minority prime minister Mariano Rajoy had been ignominiously ousted in a no-confidence vote proposed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sánchez (above), despite the latter’s having only 84 seats in a 350 seat parliament. Photograph: Angel  Navarrete/Bloomberg

After a week that suddenly turned the shape of Spanish politics inside out, changes continue at a speed that suggests that we are witnessing the end o(...)

Likely new foreign minister Josep Borrell has been outspoken on Spain’s territorial issue. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The first cabinet appointments of Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, suggest that the Catalan crisis and gender parity will be priorities for (...)

Newly appointed Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte: his comments ended a four-day recovery in Italian bond prices. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy’s government bonds sold off on Tuesday, facing renewed pressure after the new prime minister Guiseppe Conte promised to bring radical change as (...)

Spain’s new prime minister Pedro Sánchez, King Felipe VI  and former prime minister Mariano Rajoy pose during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace  in Madrid. Photograph: Emilio Naranjo - Pool/Getty Images

Pedro Sánchez has been sworn in as Spain’s prime minister, a day after the Socialist leader successfully ousted predecessor Mariano Rajoy, who lost a (...)

Pedro Sánchez acknowledges applause in the Spanish parliament after winning his vote of no confidence in prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

A week ago, after Pedro Sánchez announced he was presenting a motion of no-confidence against Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy, few believed it wo(...)

US stocks rose after the latest monthly jobs report pointed to strength in the world’s largest economy. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European shares breathed a sigh of relief on Friday, with Italian stocks supported after a deal to form a coalition government there ended three month(...)

Ousted Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gestures during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain.

European shares enjoyed a reprieve on Friday, waving aside lingering political questions, after Italy’s populist parties scraped together a new govern(...)

Spain’s new leader  Pedro Sánchez (left) shakes hands with deposed prime minister Mariano Rajoy  after Mr Sánchez won no-confidence motion in the Spanish parliament in Madrid on Friday. Photograph:  Pierre-Philippe Marcou/Getty Images

The seven-year tenure of Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy came to an abrupt end on Friday as he lost a parliamentary confidence vote led by Social(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a motion of no confidence debate at parliament in Madrid on Thursday. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Reuters

The political career of Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy appeared to be over on Thursday as support for a no-confidence motion against him gathere(...)

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