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(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy  during a parliamentary session in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph:  Juan Medina/Reuters

A little more than two weeks after the Catalan independence referendum, which plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in 40 years, the Madrid go(...)

Rodrigo Rato leaving  the High Court in Madrid after questioning in 2014 Photograph: Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato should stand trial over his role almost six years ago in the ill-fated listing of Bankia, a Span(...)

 Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s acting Prime Minister of the caretaker government, casts his vote for the Spanish general election   in Madrid. Spanish voters went back to the polls   after the last election in December failed to produce a government.  Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty

Spain’s traditional parties defied the polls to hold off the challenge of new political forces as the governing Popular Party (PP) made gains in the (...)

Artur Mas leaves a press conference at the Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona on Saturday after announcing his resignation as Catalonia’s acting president. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

Catalonia’s acting head Artur Mas said on Saturday he would step down in order to clear the way for the formation of a pro-independence Catalan govern(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy: “There is a majority of Spaniards who have expressed their backing for fundamental issues, such as defending Spanish unity. The [outcome] that would best match the will of the majority would be a government with broad support [from parties].” Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday renewed his overtures to political rivals after an inconclusive election, urging them to back a(...)

Spanish incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference after the national executive meeting of the Popular Party in Madrid on December 21st, 2015. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday his centre-right People’s Party (PP) would talk to like-minded rivals in a bid to form a governmen(...)

Spain’s prime minister and Popular Party candidate Mariano Rajoy holds his ballot before casting his vote in Spain’s general election in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The conservative People’s Party (PP) of prime minister Mariano Rajoy has won the most seats in Spain’s general election, exit polls suggest, although (...)

People celebrate the results of leftist parties at the townhall square after the Spanish regional and local elections in Valencia, Spain early on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Heino Kalis

Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished prime minister Mariano Rajoy for (...)

Pablo Casado, the ruling People’s Party’s campaign chief, talks to reporters after the regional and municipal elections in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) suffered significant losses in regional elections on Sunday, with Spaniards punishing prime minister Mariano Rajoy (...)

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