Pablo Iglesias

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Podemos Party leader Pablo Iglesias and acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez. Together the two Socialist  parties are still short of a majority. Photograph: JuanJo Martin/EPA

Spain’s Socialists are hoping to break an eight-month political stalemate by forming the country’s first coalition government of modern times. Howeve(...)

Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez and Unidas Podemos (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias: the two are planning to form a governing coalition. Photograph: Sergio Perez

Spain’s Socialists have signed an agreement to form a governing coalition with the leftist Podemos party, in the hope of ending the country’s six-mont(...)

Spain’s incumbent prime minister and Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez in Madrid after winning Sunday’s election with 120 seats – three fewer than in the last election in April.  Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Spain’s Socialists have vowed to move quickly to form a new leftist government in the wake of the weekend general election, apparently ruling out a gr(...)

Demonstrators participate in a sit-in in Barcelona on Wednesday during a demonstration called by the local Republic Defence Committees. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government is under pressure from opposition parties to introduce direct rule in Catalonia, as the region saw a third consecutive day of d(...)

Portuguese prime minister and Socialist leader  António Costa during a campaign rally at Carlos Lopes pavilion in Lisbon. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Across the street from the Socialist headquarters in central Lisbon, an opposition party has hung an election campaign poster with a provocative messa(...)

 Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez:  After five months without a government, Spain faces prospect of a  snap general election. Photograph: EPA/Emilio Naranjo

After five months without a government in place and with the country’s left at loggerheads, Spain is facing the prospect of a snap general election. (...)

The Spanish acting prime minister and secretary general of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sanchez, with deputy secretary general Adriana Lastra, in Madrid, on Monday. Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

After months of political stalemate in Spain, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez believes he can avert a fourth general election in as many years by formi(...)

A poster by Salvatore Benintende of Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias (L) kissing Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez (R) in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Future historians may wonder how two Spanish parties, purporting to share similar values, missed a unique opportunity to form a stable coalition gover(...)

Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sánchez in parliament on Thursday. “There were never policy problems stopping an agreement,” he said. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Spain faces continued political uncertainty and the prospect of a fourth general election in four years after Socialist Pedro Sánchez failed to win a (...)

Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez: main obstacle to a deal has been Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias’s insistence on a ministerial post. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez

The outcome of a parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday to decide the formation of a new Spanish government remains uncertain, as Socialist leader P(...)

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