Pablo Iglesias

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President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont and Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy. File photograph: Sergio Barrenechea/AFP/Getty Image

When Carles Pérez put in a prank call to Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy in January 2016, he did not expect to get through so easily. The present(...)

The jerseys the Spanish national soccer team will be using at the 2018 Fifa  World Cup in Russia. Photograph: EPA

Few areas of Spanish life have been immune to the country’s ongoing territorial crisis and now even the national football team has been tainted. On M(...)

A man wearing a Spanish flag gives “free hugs” in central Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Tensions between Barcelona and Madrid showed little sign of slackening ahead of a widely anticipated appearance in the northeastern region’s parliamen(...)

People wave “Esteladas” (pro-independence Catalan flags) in Barcelona on the national day of Catalonia, the “Diada”, on September 11th. Photograph:  Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has described it as “the most important political development in the West this year, by far” and it has already throw(...)

Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy speaks at a People’s Party event on violence against women after testifying in the Gurtel corruption case in Madrid. Photograph: Paul Hanna

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy was forced to defend his leadership of the conservative Popular Party (PP) and distance himself from its allegedl(...)

The Balearic Bulls law states that animals must not be harmed or killed in the bullring, with matadors only allowed to use a cape and a stick – and not a sword as is customary – to fight the bull. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

The Balearic parliament has approved a law that radically restricts bullfighting practices on the islands, including banning the killing of the bull, (...)

Prime minister Mariano Rajoy,  King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and President of the Congress Ana Pastor,  during Wednesday’s celebration of the  anniversary of Spain’s first democratic elections. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s King Felipe VI has issued a warning to Catalan nationalists that their plan to break away from the rest of the country threatens to generate “(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks about the recent unofficial Catalonian independence poll  in Madrid yesterday. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Wise conservatives often quote The Leopard, the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in which a leading aristocratic character comments that it is s(...)

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy receives a standing ovation from his party colleagues at the end of a  no-confidence motion in parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Emilio Naranjo/EPA

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has comfortably survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote brought against him due to a series of corruption sca(...)

Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias: scored decisive victories. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Spain’s Podemos, won a key members’ vote on Sunday, wresting control of a party that had been thrown into chaos by infighti(...)

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