Francisco Franco

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Ciudadanos party leader Albert Rivera poses with his motorbike before leaving the party’s headquarters for Herrera de Duero to attend a rally, in Valladolid, Spain. Photograph: JJ Guillen

Spaniards will vote in a general election this Sunday amid a political stalemate, renewed turmoil in Catalonia and fears of a surge by the far right. (...)

 Spanish dictator General Franco  inaugurates a number of new rooms in an army museum, on  March 11th, 1946. File photograph: Keystone/Getty Images

To reach the Valley of the Fallen, you drive up a steep, winding road through a pine forest 60km northwest of Madrid. It’s an idyllic spot, offering a(...)

Relatives carry the coffin bearing the remains of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco at the Valley of the Fallen mausoleum near El Escorial, Spain, on Thursday. Photograph: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AP

After months of delays and legal obstacles, the body of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco has been exhumed from his controversial mausoleum. On Thurs(...)

Since his death in 1975, Franco’s body has lain at the Valley of the Fallen, a huge monument he built following his 1939 victory in the civil war. Photograph:  Oscar Del Pozo/AFP via Getty Images

It has taken four decades of democracy, political perseverance, a tortuous legal process and a war of words with the Vatican, but on Thursday the rema(...)

Protesters demonstrate in Brussels after Spain’s supreme court sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jasper Jacobs/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

In the sombre, carefully gardened surroundings of Montjuïc cemetery, on a hill above Barcelona, Josep Camarasa cuts an unusual figure. Dressed in jean(...)

 Catalan pro-independence protesters gather at the Plaza d’Espanya on the eve of the expected announcement of the sentence in the trial against imprisoned Catalan political leaders. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia

Spain’s supreme court is due to issue its verdict on the most politically charged legal case the country has seen in modern times, against 12 Catalan (...)

The border crossing between Spain and Gibraltar.

Twice a day thousands of people rush over the Spanish frontier under the shadow of the rock of Gibraltar: cleaners, architects, office staff for onlin(...)

People shout outside the supreme court in Madrid last week as the court gave the green light for the Spanish government to remove the remains of Francisco Franco from a grandiose state mausoleum. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Opening a grave is always a troubling act. When the grave in question holds the remains of a dictator, still remembered warmly by a section of the pop(...)

 The Valley of the Fallen in Madrid, Spain, where Franco is currently buried. Photograph: Angel Diaz/EPA

Spain’s supreme court has declared lawful a plan by the Socialist government to exhume the remains of the dictator Francisco Franco from his mausoleum(...)

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(...)

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