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Spanish prime minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez casts his vote inside a polling station during Spain’s general election in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outskirts of Madrid, Sunday, April 28th, 2019. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists remain the largest party but fell short of a majority in elections held on Sunday night. Neither t(...)

Popular Party candidate Pablo Casado greets a group of supporters during his visit to Pamplona, Spain, during the electoral campaign. Photograph: Inaki Porto/EPA

Earlier this year, while addressing members of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Pablo Casado made headlines when he broached the issue of abortion(...)

Spanish prime minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez delivers a speech during an election rally in Alicante, Spain on April 20th. Photograph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA

Spain is rightly proud of its historic and dramatic Holy Week processions which have deep significance for the country’s Catholic faithful and are pas(...)

Catalan independence leaders  at the start of their trial at the supreme court in Madrid on February 12th. Photograph: Emilio Naranjo/Reuters

Forty-one French senators have denounced what they describe as the “repression” of Catalan politicians by the Spanish judiciary and they have called f(...)

People attend the ‘Put it to the People’ march in TLondon, Britain, 23 March 2019. Hundreds of thousands of people take part in the protest calling for a referendum on the final Brexit deal. EPA/NEIL HALL

The largest pro-EU demonstration in history took place last Saturday. Ironically, this display of Europhilia happened in a country that is about to le(...)

Catalan regional president Quim Torra smiles surrounded by yellow ribbons  during a plenary session at the Catalan Parliament, in Barcelona. Photograph:  EPA/ Alejandro Garcia

A new front has opened up in the conflict between the government of Catalonia and the Spanish state, after the region’s president, Quim Torra, faced l(...)

A video-grab  of the speaker of the Catalan regional parliament, Roger Torrent, as he testified  at the supreme court in Madrid in the so-called “process” trial against 12 Catalan separatists leaders. Photograph: EPA

The police’s handling of an outlawed referendum and the behaviour of pro-independence demonstrators have come under scrutiny during the trial of 12 Ca(...)

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale shrugs off teammate Lucas Vazquez after scoring in their LaLiga win over Levante on Sunday. Photo: Jose Jordan/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo was notorious during his time at Real Madrid for not congratulating his teammates when they scored. Gareth Bale – who was signed by (...)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls election after parliament voted down his government’s budget. Photograh:  Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has called an early general election for April 28th, setting the stage for a divisive vote that could tilt the c(...)

Pedro Sanchez, Spain’s prime minister, applauds to Maria Jesus Montero Cuadrado, Spain’s treasury minister, in parliament in Madrid on Tuesday. Sanchez’s budget plans are threatening to unravel amid reports that he’s considering calling a snap election for April. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

Like many crises in today’s Europe, Spain’s acute political woes derive from the failure of traditional conservative and centre-left parties to protec(...)

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