The Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near Madrid, where the remains of dictator Francisco Franco have lain in  since his death in 1975. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Spain took another step towards dealing with the legacy of the civil war on Friday when the government approved the exhumation of the remains of the d(...)

The Valley of the Fallen: a monument to the Francoist combatants who died during the Spanish civil war and Franco’s final resting place just outside Madrid. File photograph: Philippe Desmazes/Getty Images

Spain’s prime minister Pedro Sanchez has said he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator General Francisco Franco from a controversial mausol(...)

General Francisco Franco in a 1960s photograph. On winning the Spanish civil war  in 1939, he became dictator until his death of natural causes in 1975. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Plans by supporters of Spain’s late dictator Francisco Franco to offer guided tours that seek to whitewash his legacy have provoked outrage. General (...)

 El Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen): the bodies of brothers Manuel and Antonio Ramiro Lapeña Altabás lie here.  Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

For the first time ever, a court has authorised the exhumation of bodies of Spanish republicans from a mass grave at the Valley of the Fallen, the res(...)