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Protestors wave Catalan separatist flags following a demonstration on the first anniversary of Catalonia’s banned independence referendum in Barcelona, on Monday. Photograph: Enrique Calvo/Reuters

A year ago this week, Catalan nationalist parties held an independence referendum that the Spanish courts had declared illegal. The right-wing Partido(...)

 Pablo Casado acknowledges delegates after being elected leader of Spain’s Popular Party in Madrid on July 21st. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Casado, the new leader of Spain’s centre-right opposition, has been hit by a growing scandal over how he obtained a masters degree in law, which(...)

Spanish minister for territorial policy Meritxell Batet at the Moncloa palace in Madrid. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s Socialist Party has only been in power for two months, but Meritxell Batet, minister for territorial policy, believes there is reason for opti(...)

 The new leader of the Spanish conservative Popular Party, Pablo Casado, reacts after being elected to the position  at the party’s national congress, in Madrid. Photograph: ZIPI/EPA

The new leader of Spain’s main opposition Popular Party (PP) promises a return to traditional conservative values for the party and to oppose attempts(...)

Spanish politician Pablo Casado acknowledges delegates after being chosen as the next leader of Spain’s Popular Party at the end of a party meeting in Madrid. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s conservatives took a swing to the right on Saturday, less than two months after being ousted from office, as they elected a traditionalist to(...)

 Popular Party leadership candidate  Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Pablo Cuadra/Getty Images

It’s mid-morning in El Mirón and the main square is empty, except for a large stork, which glides overhead to its nest on top of the church nearby. Th(...)

Astronaut Pedro Duque: said  he wished his mother was still alive to see his appointment. Photograph:  Luis Tejido/EPA

Spain’s new prime minister has appointed an astronaut as his science minister in a cabinet dominated by women. Pedro Sánchez announced on Wednesday t(...)

Last Friday, minority prime minister Mariano Rajoy had been ignominiously ousted in a no-confidence vote proposed by the Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sánchez (above), despite the latter’s having only 84 seats in a 350 seat parliament. Photograph: Angel  Navarrete/Bloomberg

After a week that suddenly turned the shape of Spanish politics inside out, changes continue at a speed that suggests that we are witnessing the end o(...)

Likely new foreign minister Josep Borrell has been outspoken on Spain’s territorial issue. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The first cabinet appointments of Spain’s new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, suggest that the Catalan crisis and gender parity will be priorities for (...)

Newly appointed Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte: his comments ended a four-day recovery in Italian bond prices. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy’s government bonds sold off on Tuesday, facing renewed pressure after the new prime minister Guiseppe Conte promised to bring radical change as (...)

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