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Podemos (We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias casts his vote in Madrid. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

The governing Popular Party (PP) of Mariano Rajoy was celebrating victory in Spain’s general election yesterday as it held off the challenge of its s(...)

At a rally in Madrid, Albert Rivera compared himself to Barack Obama, saying: “A lot of people told him he couldn’t govern the US, but in 2008 hope defeated fear.” Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

In a recent opinion piece in El País newspaper in which he presented his vision for the country, Ciudadanos (“Citizens”) leader Albert Rivera expresse(...)

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(...)

A waiter and a patron chat as they look at a television debate between  Spain’s prime minister  Mariano Rajoy  and opposition leader Pedro Sanchez during  at a restaurant in Madrid on Monday. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Voters in Spain will decide in a general election on Sunday whether to hand another term to the centre-right Popular Party and its leader Mariano Rajo(...)

Willie Walsh warned that a new runway at Heathrow would lead to a doubling of passenger charges to pay for the extension

Aer Lingus owner IAG has threatened to abandon Heathrow in favour of a move to Dublin or Madrid in protest over a possible expansion of the airport. (...)

  Podemos leader  Pablo Iglesias gestures as he delivers a speech during a campaign meeting in Palma de Mallorca. Photograph: Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images

As Pablo Iglesias sought to discredit one of his rivals in Monday’s election campaign debate, the Podemos leader’s grasp of English failed him. Attack(...)

President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa before a meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Lisbon: the President’s State visit comes at an interesting time politically. Photograph: Inacio Rosa/EPA

Positioned majestically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of Europe’s oldest and most westerly cities. The temperate climate and soft (...)

 Spanish vice prime minister Soraya Saez de Santamaria: not only is she on posters across Spain, but in the media she is seemingly omnipresent. Photograph:  Juan Carlos Hidalgo/EPA

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría is everywhere. The deputy prime minister’s face is on thousands of election campaign posters for her governing Popular Part(...)

A handout picture released  by the Colombian culture ministry shows the remains of the Spanish galleon San Jose, sunk off the Caribbean coast of Cartagena. The ship was sunk by British warships in 1708. Photograph: AFP/Culture ministry

The discovery of the “holy grail of shipwrecks” off the coast of Colombia this week has provoked a three-cornered fight over ownership of the gold, em(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy: he is underlining his economic credentials as he seeks re-election. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

The campaign for Spain’s general election begins on Friday, with four parties vying for victory on December 20th in the most open contest of the count(...)

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