Mariano Rajoy

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Former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar who has burst into the political spotlight in recent days. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

He prides himself on his prowess as a long distance runner, but even some of José María Aznar’s long-time allies suspect he has overstretched h(...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking in Belfast where he said the Government had  “made it clear we want to bring certainty for women and their medical practitioners where a woman’s life is at risk”. Photograph: PA

The Government will sign off on draft abortion legislation at Cabinet tomorrow, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today. Mr Gilmore added that(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny to travel to Spain today for a meeting with prime minister Mariano Rajoy

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Granada today for a meeting with the Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. Among the issues that will be di(...)

A protester is detained by Spanish riot police during a planned demonstration against the government in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The Spanish government has painted a gloomy picture for the country’s economy and significantly loosened deficit targets it had previously agre(...)

Spain's prime minister Mariano Rajoy waves as he gets into his car after attending the weekly government's control session at the parliament in Madrid. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Spain will unveil new economic plans today that government officials say will tread a fine line between growth and austerity. Prime mini(...)

People wait in a queue to enter a government-run employment office in Madrid today.  Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

More than six million Spaniards were out of work in the first quarter of this year, raising the jobless rate in the euro zone‘s fourth biggest (...)

European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn presented the report. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has warned that Spain needs to accelerate its reform programme and said the country’s recession could extend into 2014.(...)

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and and then US president Ronald Reagan are seen at the  White House in February 1985.  Photograph/The New York Times

US president Barack Obama has led tributes from world leaders to Margaret Thatcher, saying: “The world has lost one of the great champions of (...)

Spanish newspaper El Pais published photographs of Galician premier Alberto Núñez Feijóo, taken in 1995 and 1996, with Marcial Dorado Baúlde, who is serving a 14-year jail sentence for drug trafficking. Photograph: Reuters

A senior Spanish politician is fending off calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he once had a close relationship with a notorio(...)

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