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(...)

The “March for Women” in Vigo, Spain this week. Thousands attended the march ahead of International Women’s Week calling for gender equality. Photograph: Salvador Sas/EPA

In Spain’s fraught and fractured political arena there are few issues capable of uniting left and right – and feminism isn’t one of them. On Thursda(...)

Web companies have been scrambling to develop ways to comply with the EU general data protection regulation, which comes into effect in May. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Google has received 2.4 million requests over the past three years to delete search-engine results under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rules, highl(...)

Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe remains optimistic about Central Bank Governor, Philip Lane’s chance of landing the European Central Bank (EC(...)

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