Rodrigo Rato

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Protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration  in Madrid against the government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as Spain braced itself (...)

 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(...)

Rodrigo Rato leaving  the High Court in Madrid after questioning in 2014 Photograph: Reuters

Former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato should stand trial over his role almost six years ago in the ill-fated listing of Bankia, a Span(...)

Former Bankia chairman Rodrigo Rato (left) and former Caja Madrid chairman Miguel Blesa, who were convicted, along with more than 60 executives, of a €12.5 million  personal expenses scam. Photograph:  Chema Moya/Reuters

In April 2015, many Spaniards sensed something was shifting as they watched the television news. An ashen-faced Rodrigo Rato was being escorted out of(...)

Rodrigo Rato (left) next to former Caja Madrid chairman Miguel Blesa during the trial of more than 60 executives and former board members accused of illegally spending €12 million. Photograph: Reuters

The former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for misusing corporate credit cards wh(...)

Princess Cristina and her husband Inaki Urdangarin arrive at a makeshift courtroom in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Monday. The couple deny any wrongdoing. Photograph: Emilio Morenatti/AP

Spain’s Princess Cristina appeared in court on Monday on charges of tax fraud, the first member of the royal family to stand in the dock, as a lengthy(...)

Clay “caganer” (defecator) figures of Albert Rivera, Mariano Rajoy, Pedro Sanchez and Pablo Iglesias at the Santa Llucia market in Barcelona. “Caganers” are believed to bring good luck. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

In the week leading up to the most open and arguably most significant elections their country has had in more than three decades, Spaniards’ attention(...)

Rodrigo Rato  leaving  his office in April after being charged with fraud. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

In Spain, new political forces have been challenging the scandal-plagued traditional parties and promising to fight corruption. But another new arriv(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

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