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(...)

Podemos  leader Pablo Iglesias (centre) at an election campaign rally in the Basque Country with party candidate Pilar Zabala (in white, on his left). Photograph: Miguel Tona/EPA

It is raining in Bilbao as politicians from the Podemos party prepare for a campaign event on the banks of the Nervión river ahead of tomorrow’s Basqu(...)

Basque Nationalist Party  parliamentary spokesman Aitor Esteban and Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy  talk during a meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Ballesteros/EPA

Nearly two weeks after repeated elections which it was hoped would end six months of political stalemate, Spain looks no closer to having a new govern(...)