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A total of 139 Socialist delegates voted in favour of the motion to abstain – and support Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy – while 96 voted against. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s Socialist Party will help conservative Mariano Rajoy form a government in an upcoming investiture vote, signalling the end of 10 months of un(...)

Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont  during a confidence vote session at the Catalan parliament in Barcelona on Thursday. Photograph:  Albert Gea/Reuters

The nationalist premier of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, has won a parliamentary confidence vote, the result of which is expected to keep on track a p(...)

Galicia’s premier  Alberto Núñez Feijóo (PP) arrives at Popular Party  headquarters in Santiago de Compostela following his  victory in a regional election at the weekend. Photograph: Lavandeira Jr/EPA

After two years of political upheaval and fragmentation, on Sunday Spain saw something like a return to stability. Regional elections in Galicia and t(...)

Podemos  leader Pablo Iglesias (centre) at an election campaign rally in the Basque Country with party candidate Pilar Zabala (in white, on his left). Photograph: Miguel Tona/EPA

It is raining in Bilbao as politicians from the Podemos party prepare for a campaign event on the banks of the Nervión river ahead of tomorrow’s Basqu(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy could find his position bolstered by regional elections in Galicia and the Basque country. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

As the possibility looms of a third Spanish general election in a year due to an unprecedented political stalemate, there is a feeling that a solution(...)

Former Spanish industry minister José Manuel Soria, whose proposed appointment to a  post at the World Bank has sparked outrage. Photograph: Pedro Armestre/AFP/Getty Images

The proposed appointment of a disgraced Spanish former minister to a lucrative post at the World Bank has sparked outrage and threatens to hinder acti(...)

Spain’s acting prime minister and People’s Party leader Mariano Rajoy reacts during an investiture debate at parliament in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to fail in his bid to form a new government on Friday, extending an eight-month political stal(...)

Rajoy today – but Spain’s  acting prime minister could be gone if he fails to get enough votes to form  a new government  next week. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

The conservative Popular Party (PP) and the liberal Ciudadanos are working around the clock to hammer out an agreement that will give Mariano Rajoy a (...)

Members of the President of the Catalan government Carles Puigdemont after his budget speech at the parliament of Catalonia in Barcelona on June 8, 2016. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP/Getty

Pro-independence parties in Catalonia have defied the Spanish judiciary by formally approving a blueprint for secession in a move which, in theory, fo(...)

Basque Nationalist Party  parliamentary spokesman Aitor Esteban and Spain’s acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy  talk during a meeting at La Moncloa Palace in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph: Ballesteros/EPA

Nearly two weeks after repeated elections which it was hoped would end six months of political stalemate, Spain looks no closer to having a new govern(...)

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