Shares in CaixaBank and Bankia rose sharply on Friday after the two Spanish lenders confirmed they were in talks about a potential merger. Photograph: Lluis Gene / AFP via Getty Images

Shares in CaixaBank and Bankia rose sharply on Friday after the two Spanish lenders confirmed they were in talks about a potential merger, a tie-up th(...)

 Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias (aged 37 - left) and United Left’s Alberto Garzón (30 - right)  gesture in front of   crowds during an event with supporters  in Madrid, Spain,  May 9th, 2016. The two  have a preliminary agreement to form a coalition for taking part in another general election next month. File photograph: EPA

In a recent electoral video, acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy stares into the camera and drily says: “I know this might be tiresome for a lot of pe(...)

 El Valle de los Caidos (Valley of the Fallen): the bodies of brothers Manuel and Antonio Ramiro Lapeña Altabás lie here.  Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

For the first time ever, a court has authorised the exhumation of bodies of Spanish republicans from a mass grave at the Valley of the Fallen, the res(...)