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Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: called Miguel Arias Cañete “far and away the best candidate”

The issue of sexism is dominating the run-in to Spain’s European elections after the country’s conservative candidate said he had underperformed in a(...)

The economic crisis, which has seen Spain suffer two recessions and brought it to the brink of requesting a full sovereign bailout, has dented the country’s pro-Europe sentiment. Photograph: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

As one of the EU’s most enthusiastic members over the last quarter century, Spain should have plenty at stake going into the European elections. But t(...)

A demonstration in favour of Catalan independence in 2010. A recent opinion poll suggested 60 per cent of people in the region favour a split from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Crimea’s secession from Ukraine has inevitably drawn comparisons with other territories seeking to break away from the state that governs them.(...)

People waiting for a train on the platform 2 of Atocha railway station read newspapers on March 11th, 2005, with front pages commemorating the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombing. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Araceli Cambronero caught a commuter train from a suburb of Madrid into the city on March 11th, 2004, as she did every weekday morning. But her rou(...)

A pro-choice protest in Neptuno Square, Madrid, earlier this month. A recent poll showed that 80 per cent of Spaniards oppose the planned reform. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Sitting behind her desk in the Isadora abortion clinic that she heads, Empar Pineda could be mistaken for just another medical professional. Sh(...)

Catalonia’s president Artur Mas, with other regional party leaders, speaks during a news conference on Thursday announcing the date for a referendum on Catalan independence referendum. Photograph: Reuters

The leaders of Catalan pro- independence parties have agreed on the content and date of a referendum they plan to hold next year on breaking away from(...)

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