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Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Popular Party candidate Pablo Casado greets a group of supporters during his visit to Pamplona, Spain, during the electoral campaign. Photograph: Inaki Porto/EPA

Earlier this year, while addressing members of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Pablo Casado made headlines when he broached the issue of abortion(...)

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(...)

Riot police clash with supporters of Catalan independence during a protest in Barcelona on Friday. Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

A visit by Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez to Barcelona on Friday sparked street demonstrations by pro-independence activists and drew stinging r(...)

 Pablo Casado acknowledges delegates after being elected leader of Spain’s Popular Party in Madrid on July 21st. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Casado, the new leader of Spain’s centre-right opposition, has been hit by a growing scandal over how he obtained a masters degree in law, which(...)

 The new leader of the Spanish conservative Popular Party, Pablo Casado, reacts after being elected to the position  at the party’s national congress, in Madrid. Photograph: ZIPI/EPA

The new leader of Spain’s main opposition Popular Party (PP) promises a return to traditional conservative values for the party and to oppose attempts(...)

Spanish politician Pablo Casado acknowledges delegates after being chosen as the next leader of Spain’s Popular Party at the end of a party meeting in Madrid. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s conservatives took a swing to the right on Saturday, less than two months after being ousted from office, as they elected a traditionalist to(...)

 Popular Party leadership candidate  Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images

It’s mid-morning in El Mirón and the main square is empty, except for a large stork, which glides overhead to its nest on top of the church nearby. Th(...)

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(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy during a motion of no confidence debate at parliament in Madrid on Thursday. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Reuters

The political career of Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy appeared to be over on Thursday as support for a no-confidence motion against him gathere(...)

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