Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks about the recent unofficial Catalonian independence poll  in Madrid yesterday. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Wise conservatives often quote The Leopard, the novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in which a leading aristocratic character comments that it is s(...)

The whirlwind unleashed by Brexit within Britain’s increasingly dysfunctional family of nations has stirred things up in the even more fractious Spani(...)

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(...)

Gibraltar’s chief minister, Fabian Picardo: “Neither the people of the United Kingdom nor the people of Gibraltar are a prey that is on its knees, seeking any generous offer from the people of Spain.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Voters who opposed Brexit last year are often characterised as sore losers – Remoaners, in the sneering parlance of the Brexiteers. But in Gibraltar, (...)

The re-election of Mariano Rajoy as Spanish prime minister by parliament last weekend deserves a qualified welcome. It averts the option of a third in(...)

Many observers had predicted that two autonomous elections late last month might assist Spain’s acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, in his determine(...)

Spain mired in political stasis

The title of the book just published by acting Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos, España Amenazada (‘Endangered Spain’), might be appropriately(...)

Just when it seemed Spanish politicians had locked themselves into a third election within 12 months, to the despair of a weary electorate, one of the(...)

The surprise outcome of Spain’s general election last month, just three days after the Brexit referendum, was the first manifestation of its impact on(...)

Before weary Spanish voters even cast their ballots on June 26th in the second general election in six months, they are learning from opinion polls, a(...)

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