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 Images

One morning in October of last year, a few minutes before Catholic Mass was due to begin in the Valley of the Fallen, the vast monument where Francisc(...)

Supporters of Spain’s late dictator Francisco Franco give fascist salutes at Madrid’s Plaza de Oriente. Photograph: Paul Hanna

Leftist political parties in Spain are preparing a battery of measures aimed at dismantling the legacy of the dictator Francisco Franco, as controvers(...)