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Former Spanish industry minister José Manuel Soria, whose proposed appointment to a  post at the World Bank has sparked outrage. Photograph: Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images

The proposed appointment of a disgraced Spanish former minister to a lucrative post at the World Bank has sparked outrage and threatens to hinder acti(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister and People’s Party leader Mariano Rajoy reacts during an investiture debate at parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to fail in his bid to form a new government on Friday, extending an eight-month political stal(...)

Rajoy today – but Spain’s  acting prime minister could be gone if he fails to get enough votes to form  a new government  next week. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

The conservative Popular Party (PP) and the liberal Ciudadanos are working around the clock to hammer out an agreement that will give Mariano Rajoy a (...)

Members of the President of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont after his budget speech at the parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on June 8, 2016. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia have defied the Spanish judiciary by formally approving a blueprint for secession in a move which, in theory, fo(...)

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(...)

Mariano Rajoy: his conservative Popular Party won the election but fell well short of a majority. Photograph: Julien Warnand/ EPA

Spain’s acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, is planning to form a new government by the end of July, while his defeated rivals take stock of their (...)

Acting Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy (left) acknowledges the applause during the meeting of ruling Popular Party’s executive committee held one day after general elections, in Madrid. Photograph: EPA/Ballesteros

“This hasn’t been, as you know, an easy time, or to put it another way, it’s been a difficult time,” said Spain’s acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy(...)

Pablo Iglesias, leader of the left-wing party Podemos, gestures towards supporters at a meeting ahead of tomorrow’s elections. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Tomorrow, Spaniards will attempt to break an unprecedented political stalemate by voting for the second time in six months, following a polarised and (...)

Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera (centre) walks next to Lilian Tintori, wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, upon his arrival at Simon Bolivar airport in Caracas, Venezuela, on Monday. Photograph: Marco Bello/Reuters

A visit by a Spanish politician to opposition leaders in Venezuela has drawn a hostile response from the Andean nation’s government, as well as highl(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy is planning to implement new austerity measures if he remains in government after a June election, in a bid to avoid a European Commission sanction for failing to control the public deficit.

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy is planning to implement new austerity measures if he remains in government after a June election, in a bi(...)

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