The Madrid People’s Party’s maverick leader, Isabel Ayuso, successfully presented this regional election as a national plebiscite on his struggling government. Photograph: Javier Soriano/ AFP via Getty Images

The seismic results of Tuesday’s elections to the Madrid region’s powerful autonomous parliament have shaken national politics, and sent ripples abroa(...)

Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC) candidate Salvador Illa (right) and PSC leader Miquel Iceta celebrate their results in the regional elections in Catalonia on Sunday. Photograph: Cristina Diestro/ Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC) / AFP via Getty Images

Last Sunday’s elections to Catalonia’s powerful parliament offer comfort both to Spain’s centre-left coalition government, and also to the Catalan ind(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on Tuesday. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Spain ended 10 months of caretaker governments, punctuated by two inconclusive elections, with parliament’s confirmation of Pedro Sánchez as prime min(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister and Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez reacts to supporters during Spain’s general election at party headquarters in Madrid on Sunday. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE), Pedro Sánchez, won Sunday’s general election, but only in the sense that he secured most seats. This(...)

A protester holds a Catalan pro-independence “estelada” flag during a sit-in protest  in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP

We live in baffling, distressing and very frightening times. The real and present dangers we face – chronic and deepening inequality, climate and bio(...)

A poster by Salvatore Benintende of Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias (L) kissing Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez (R) in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Future historians may wonder how two Spanish parties, purporting to share similar values, missed a unique opportunity to form a stable coalition gover(...)

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(...)

Protestors wave Catalan separatist flags following a demonstration on the first anniversary of Catalonia’s banned independence referendum in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Enrique Calvo/Reuters

A year ago this week, Catalan nationalist parties held an independence referendum that the Spanish courts had declared illegal. The right-wing Partido(...)

Maria Purificacion Lapena, granddaughter of civil war victim Manuel Lapena, poses outside the entrance to the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), the giant mausoleum holding the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and over 30,000 civil war dead from both sides. Photograph: Juan Medina

General Franco, the dictator who governed Spain from his victory in the 1936-39 civil war until his death in 1975, left an oppressive legacy which per(...)

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