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Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: Although he now cuts an isolated and weak figure, the fragmented nature of Spanish politics could yet save him. Photograph: Reuters

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to face a parliamentary no-confidence vote in the coming weeks after a court found his Popular Party(...)

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(...)

Speaker of the Catalan parliament, Roger Torrent, watches as new Catalan president Quim Torra takes the oath of office at the regional government’s headquarters in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Spanish unionist parties are at loggerheads over how to manage the Catalan territorial crisis after outspoken separatist Quim Torra took the oath of o(...)

Newly elected Catalonia regional president Quim Torra in the Catalan parliament on Monday. Photograph:   Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

A new president of Catalonia, Joaquim “Quim” Torra, has been voted in, ending months of political stalemate and legal wrangles over the formation of t(...)

Ian Gibson: ‘I didn’t want to die without revising the book, it was a moral obligation’

Ian Gibson has spent the last four decades living and working in Spain, so it’s rather ironic that as he sits down in a bar in central Madrid with The(...)

Joaquim “Quim” Torra:  the candidate proposed by former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to head the regional Catalan government. Photograph: Luis Felipe Castilleja/Reuters

Catalonia’s parliament is due to meet on Saturday to debate the candidacy of Joaquim “Quim” Torra as the region’s new president. If he receives enough(...)

MujeresRtve: one of La 1’s newscasters in black on Friday

Throughout the news bulletin on TVE La 1, the Spanish public-service television channel, last Friday almost all the journalists who appeared on screen(...)

 President of Madrid’s regional government  Cristina Cifuentes resigns on Wednesday at a press conference in Madrid, Spain.  Photograph: Emilio Naranjo/EPA

The president of the Madrid region, Cristina Cifuentes, has resigned after a month of scandal culminated in the release of video footage apparently sh(...)

Spanish customs officers and police unload a shipment of cocaine from a vessel called Riptide at the port of Vigo, northwestern Spain, in June  2013. File photograph: Miguel Riopa/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish TV series Fariña has captivated viewers and raised the bar for national television with its depiction of drug dealers on the Atlantic coas(...)

 People march in Barcelona calling for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders who are in prison or have fled the country. Photograph: AFP

More than 300,000 people are estimated to have taken to the streets of Barcelona to call for the return of the 16 Catalan leaders who are in prison or(...)

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