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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(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez during a debate on the government’s budget in parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Opposition parties in Spain are calling for a snap general election after Catalan secessionists joined right-wing parties in rejecting the socialist g(...)

Protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration  in Madrid against the government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as Spain braced itself (...)

Deputy prime minister Carmen Calvo said the pro-independence groups had rejected the proposed framework for talks because they wanted a referendum on independence included on the agenda. Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

The Spanish government accused Catalan pro-independence leaders on Friday of rejecting its attempts to start a dialogue aimed at resolving the separat(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez’s fragile government will need the backing of the two Catalan pro-independence parties in parliament in order to approve the 2019 budget. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Spanish government attempts to facilitate talks with pro-independence Catalan parties have triggered a fierce backlash from the political right and di(...)

Exiled Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont speaking at Trinity College Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Carles Puigdemont, the exiled Catalan separatist leader, has signalled that he could run in European elections in order to pursue the case for indepen(...)

Catalan pro-independence supporters take part in a demonstration under the motto “Let’s overturn the regime”, in Barcelona,  Spain, on Friday.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

“Perhaps it wasn’t worth coming, just to approve some minor measures,” said the Catalan government’s spokeswoman, Elsa Artadi, as she disdainfully app(...)

Stocking filler? Clay ‘caganer’  figures representing Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Vladimir Putin on sale in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Albert Gea / Reuters

Image of the week: Nativity interlopers “All I want for Christmas is a clay figure of Vladimir Putin with his arse hanging out” is not quite the lyri(...)

Jailed Catalan  leaders (from left) Jordi Sanchez, Oriol Junqueras, Jordi Turull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Cuixart, Josep Rull and Raul Romeva photographed in Lledoners jail in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, Spain, on Saturday. Photograph: Omnium Cultural handout via AFP

Four of the Catalan leaders facing trial over last year’s failed push for regional independence have gone on a hunger strike, claiming they are being(...)

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