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Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: he is underlining his economic credentials as he seeks re-election. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The campaign for Spain’s general election begins on Friday, with four parties vying for victory on December 20th in the most open contest of the count(...)

The republican mausoleum bearing the blotted inscription ‘Honor a los caidos’ (Honor to the fallen) in Belchite, Aragon. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty

Spain will mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Francisco Franco today. With the country still divided over the legacy of the dictator, activiti(...)

The independence initiative has deeply divided the Catalan parliament, which passed a motion declaring the start of the secession process. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The parliament of Catalonia has approved a resolution declaring the beginning of the region’s secession from Spain, despite staunch opposition from th(...)

Melilla’s temporary stay centre for immigrants. Photograph: Guy Hedgecoe

It is 7.30am in the Beni Enzar district of Melilla, a Spanish city on north African soil that is perched between the Mediterranean coast and Morocc(...)

African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

Regional premier Artur Mas intends to begin a unilateral secession from Spain if pro-independence parties gain more than half the seats in the Catalan election. Photograph: Lluis Genelluis/AFP/Getty Images

With less than a month until Catalonia votes in an election which nationalists hope will see their region start the process of breaking away from Spai(...)

The male-dominated domain of bullfighting has frequently faced charges of sexism, but as the northern Spanish city of Santander celebrates its annual (...)

President of Catalonia Artur Mas first proposed the idea of a cross-party pro-independence ticket for the September election. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

As Catalan regional elections loom this autumn, there is a possibility many of the candidates running for office will not be politicians. This is a st(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias embraces Panayota Maniou, a member of the Syriza delegation to the European Parliament, during a demonstration in Madrid in support of Greece. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

José Ignacio Ripoll (54), an architect, has been following the Greek crisis from Madrid over the past few months and he doesn’t like what he sees. “I(...)

Secretary general of the Spanish Socialist Party Pedro Sánchez and his wife, Begoña Fernandez, wave in front of the national flag  during his official presentation in Madrid  as a candidate for the next general election. Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty

When the leader of the opposition Spanish Socialists, Pedro Sánchez, strode on to the stage of a venue in central Madrid last weekend to confirm his c(...)

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