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The Spanish high court is investigating the credit cards, which were given out by Caja Madrid savings bank and Bankia, the lender that absorbed it in 2010, and they were not registered in official accounts.

Revelations related to how 82 executives and board members of a Spanish bank were given credit cards to spend freely on personal items and without (...)

Mariano Rajoy: said a lack of consensus forced withdrawal of the abortion law reform. Photograph: Chema Moya/EPA

The Spanish government has shelved a controversial reform which sought to give the country one of the strictest abortion laws in Europe.The Popular P(...)

Vitoria in northern Spain, pictured earlier in August at the start of its annual festival.  Photograph: Adrian Ruiz de Hierro/EPA

The mayor of a town in northern Spain has been accused of racism and even of aping Hitler, after he claimed that immigrants are sponging off the stat(...)

Relatives of imprisoned members of ETA  take part in a march in Bilbao last year demanding the transfer of prisoners to the Basque country. The placard reads: “Basque prisoners in the Basque country.” Photograph: Getty Images

As Julen Mendoza, the quietly spoken mayor of Errenteria, points out the red-brick former factory in the town’s centre, his pride is barely perceptibl(...)

 Former   president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol: was found to be hiding a secret fortune he had harboured money from his father’s inheritance in tax havens for 34 years. Photograph: EPA/David Borrat

The revelation that the self-styled godfather of Catalan nationalism, Jordi Pujol, hid a fortune in tax havens for decades has thrown the region’s g(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy: called Miguel Arias Cañete “far and away the best candidate”

The issue of sexism is dominating the run-in to Spain’s European elections after the country’s conservative candidate said he had underperformed in a(...)

The economic crisis, which has seen Spain suffer two recessions and brought it to the brink of requesting a full sovereign bailout, has dented the country’s pro-Europe sentiment. Photograph: AP Photo/Andres Kudacki

As one of the EU’s most enthusiastic members over the last quarter century, Spain should have plenty at stake going into the European elections. But t(...)

A demonstration in favour of Catalan independence in 2010. A recent opinion poll suggested 60 per cent of people in the region favour a split from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

Crimea’s secession from Ukraine has inevitably drawn comparisons with other territories seeking to break away from the state that governs them.(...)

People waiting for a train on the platform 2 of Atocha railway station read newspapers on March 11th, 2005, with front pages commemorating the victims of the 2004 Madrid train bombing. Photograph:  Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Araceli Cambronero caught a commuter train from a suburb of Madrid into the city on March 11th, 2004, as she did every weekday morning. But her rou(...)

A pro-choice protest in Neptuno Square, Madrid, earlier this month. A recent poll showed that 80 per cent of Spaniards oppose the planned reform. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Sitting behind her desk in the Isadora abortion clinic that she heads, Empar Pineda could be mistaken for just another medical professional. Sh(...)

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