The basilica at the Valley of the Fallen in San Lorenzo del Escorial near Madrid, where Francisco Franco is buried. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty

A Spanish government plan to exhume Francisco Franco from his mausoleum is threatening to backfire dramatically due to efforts by the late dictator’s (...)

Trump said: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackle the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his his most famous policies and building (...)

African migrants climb the border fence between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta on Thursday morning. Photograph: Faro TV 	via Reuters

About 800 people have tried to enter Europe by storming a border fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, according t(...)

Migrants sit on the deck of the Italian navy ship Orione as the ship enters the port of Valencia. Photograph: Pau Barren/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland must raise its “humanitarian voice” and call for an urgent solution to European political dispute around asylum procedures and the resettlemen(...)

 Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) with his cabinet after their first  meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid. The cabinet has the highest number of female ministers in the country’s history with 11 women and six  men. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

At its first cabinet meeting, Spain’s new female-dominated government has lifted direct control of Catalonia’s finances and promised to engage in dia(...)

Likely new foreign minister Josep Borrell has been outspoken on Spain’s territorial issue. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The first cabinet appointments of Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, suggest that the Catalan crisis and gender parity will be priorities for (...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy gives a speech two days before a no-confidence motion against his government. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

When Mariano Rajoy addresses parliament on Thursday to defend himself against a no-confidence motion, it won’t be the first time in his nearly seven-y(...)

Newly elected Catalan regional leader Quim Torra outside the Estremera prison near Madrid where he visited Jordi Turull, Josep Rull and  other pro-independence politicians who are jailed there. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The Catalan independence movement is entrenched in a fresh stand-off with Madrid, after the new president of the north-eastern region named several ja(...)

JxCat party spokeswoman Elsa Artadi  and party members:  to avert an election, pro-independence parties may propose a less controversial candidate for president such as Ms Artadi.  Photograph: Toni Albir/EPA

The Spanish government has vowed to block a reform approved by Catalan pro-independence parties which seeks to allow exiled former regional president (...)

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: the final decision on whether to extradite him from Germany to Spain will be taken by the higher regional court in Kiel. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will spend Easter in a northern German prison – and possibly much longer – as courts there decide how to ac(...)

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