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Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona on  October 29th. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

“Don’t be ashamed of loving Spain, be ashamed of hating it,” read one banner that was being brandished at Sunday’s massive demonstration in Barcelona (...)

A man holds a dummy ballot before participating in a symbolic vote organised two days before a banned independence referendum in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia. Photograph: Reuters/Rafael Marchante

The referendum on independence planned by the nationalist Catalan government for this Sunday is the culmination of decades, some would say centuries, (...)

Dolores Agenjo: “There is a fear, a fear of being identified, of being on a blacklist.”

Dolores Agenjo takes out her phone and hurriedly swipes through it. Eager to make a point, the retired head teacher finds the message she was looking (...)

Close shave: Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy at the 2017 Spanish national budget debate. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has survived his first major test as leader of a minority government by narrowly overcoming an opposition challen(...)

 Carles Puigdemont,  president of Catalonia, and his vice-president, Oriol Junqueras (left), at a  ceremony in Barcelona to make official their commitment to hold a referendum on independence. Photograph: Toni Albir

Catalan nationalist politicians and activists have gathered in Barcelona to back a declaration underlining their commitment to a referendum on indepen(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: court appearance is not expected to probe any direct wrongdoing on his part, but instead possibly reveal evidence against other Popular Party members. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

A wave of corruption cases affecting Spain’s governing party is dominating the political agenda just six months after the formation of a new administr(...)

Gustavo de Arístegui: resigned as Spanish ambassador to India after allegations emerged about his business activities

Investigators in Madrid allege that two Spanish politicians used an Irish company as a front to receive bribery payments worth millions of euro. Gust(...)

Workmen dismantle the Onesimo Redondo monument in Valladolid in February 2016, in line with a law that decrees the disappearance of all symbols of dictator Franco. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/ Getty Images

The street names of Basque cities are at the centre of a political row over historical memory that has encompassed the Franco dictatorship, a Stalinis(...)

Former Caja Madrid bank and IMF chief Rodrigo Rato arrives at the National Court headquarters in San Fernando de Henares. Photograph: Fernando Villar/EPA

A trio of senior Bank of Spain officials have resigned after they were named as targets of an investigation into the central lender’s role in the coun(...)

Mayor of Berga Montse Venturós (right)  leaves the courthouse in Berga after her arrest. Photograph:  Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The mayor of a town in Catalonia has been arrested and questioned after defying electoral regulations and hanging a separatist flag from a municipal (...)

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