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A new Spanish legislature began yesterday, the most fragmented of the country’s modern era and one that could be short-lived if it fails to see a new(...)

Children reacting during the ‘Three Kings’ parade in Madrid on Tuesday. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

For some, Christmas in Madrid this year was an updated version of an age-old tradition, incorporating the values of equality and tolerance. But for ot(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: Looking for support from other parties to form a conservative government. Photograph: Sergio Barrenechea/EPA

Nearly two weeks after an inconclusive general election, the governing conservatives’ difficulty in forming a new administration means the pressure is(...)

Voters break the mould in Spain

Enda Kenny and Fine Gael may perhaps take some comfort from the “victory” of European ally Mariano Rajoy in Sunday’s Spanish elections. Although he lo(...)

Spanish prime minister and Popular Party (PP) leader Mariano Rajoy casts his vote. Photograph: AFP Photo

A new era of pacts and possible instability has begun in Spain after the country’s general election redrew the political map in dramatic fashion. Wit(...)

Podemos (We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias casts his vote in Madrid. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

The governing Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy was celebrating victory in Spain’s general election yesterday as it held off the challenge of its s(...)

At a rally in Madrid, Albert Rivera compared himself to Barack Obama, saying: “A lot of people told him he couldn’t govern the US, but in 2008 hope defeated fear.” Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

In a recent opinion piece in El País newspaper in which he presented his vision for the country, Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) leader Albert Rivera expresse(...)

Clay “caganer” (defecator) figures of Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias at the Santa Llucia market in Barcelona. “Caganers” are believed to bring good luck. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

In the week leading up to the most open and arguably most significant elections their country has had in more than three decades, Spaniards’ attention(...)

  Podemos leader  Pablo Iglesias gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Palma de Mallorca. Photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

As Pablo Iglesias sought to discredit one of his rivals in Monday’s election campaign debate, the Podemos leader’s grasp of English failed him. Attack(...)

 Spanish vice prime minister Soraya Saez de Santamaria: not only is she on posters across Spain, but in the media she is seemingly omnipresent. Photograph:  Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is everywhere. The deputy prime minister’s face is on thousands of election campaign posters for her governing Popular Part(...)

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