Popular Party candidate Pablo Casado greets a group of supporters during his visit to Pamplona, Spain, during the electoral campaign. Photograph: Inaki Porto/EPA

Earlier this year, while addressing members of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Pablo Casado made headlines when he broached the issue of abortion(...)

Esperanza Aguirre: The former mayor of Madrid tweeted on Monday that “with Islam”, Spain “would not be free”. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

A senior politician has unleashed a fierce debate about Spain’s relationship with its Islamic past and drawn accusations of racism after celebrating t(...)

Spain’s King Felipe signs a decree to dissolve parliament and call new elections during a meeting with parliamentary speaker Patxi Lopez at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid. Photograph: Courtesy of Casa de S.M. el Rey/Handout via Reuters

King Felipe has dissolved Spain’s parliament and called fresh elections for June, after four months of political limbo during which parties failed to (...)

Manuela Carmena, the retired judge who last month took Madrid’s municipal election by storm and is expected to be confirmed as the city’s mayor today. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

She looked like just any other woman in her 70s, reading a book on the Madrid subway. But a closer look at the photograph showed it was indeed Manu(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

Spaniards protest against corruption after 51 people are arrested as part of an investigation involving local government contracts. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy apologised to Spaniards yesterday after a massive police sting against an alleged corruption ring left his conservativ(...)

People  protested outside the People’s Party (PP) headquarters in Madrid on Thursday demanding Mariano Rajoy resign or at least give explanations. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Pressure is mounting on Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy to appear before congress to answer questions about allegations of corruption in his Par(...)

Former president of Caja Madrid Miguel Blesa is the first top financier detained in Spain since the financial crisis began. Photograph:  Reuters/Sergio Perez

Spanish judges this week sent the strongest signal yet that they intend to crack down on former executives at bailed-out banks by putting the e(...)