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Manuela Carmena, the retired judge who last month took Madrid’s municipal election by storm and is expected to be confirmed as the city’s mayor today. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

She looked like just any other woman in her 70s, reading a book on the Madrid subway. But a closer look at the photograph showed it was indeed Manu(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

The Guinness Book of Records had rejected the Vitoria bid, due to the fact the tortilla had been put together in what it described as “portions precooked the previous day, like a puzzle”. Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty

When the mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, commissioned a platoon of chefs to cook the world’s largest Spanish omelette last year, he expected it to (...)

 Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: “In these elections there aren’t many options, there are basically two: to leave things as they are or to change. We believe things can change.” Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

With Spain holding local elections in less than three weeks, political party Podemos has unveiled a policy manifesto which sees it reach out to cent(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

Podemos party leader and candidate Teresa Rodríguez  after the Andalusian regional elections, in Seville, southern Spain, on Sunday.  Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

On Sunday night, when the results of the Andalusia regional elections started to emerge, most Spaniards were more likely to be following the soccer ma(...)

Andalusia’s regional government president and Socialist Party candidate Susana Díaz at an election campaign rally in Alcala de Guadaira on March 17th. Photograph: Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters

Susana Díaz steps off the Socialist Party’s campaign bus in Ubrique oozing confidence. Striding through this small, whitewashed town in the mountains(...)

Shoppers  in central Madrid: Spain’s economy grew  throughout 2014,  outstripping most forecasts. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

The Spanish economy’s growth accelerated at the end of last year on the back of increased consumer demand, lending credence to the government’s cla(...)

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: aims to roll back austerity Spain has been implementing for the last five years. PIerre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos, a new anti-austerity party which is leading opinion polls, has said he is determined to win Spain’s upcoming ge(...)

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