Pablo Iglesias

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Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez and Unidas Podemos (Together We Can) leader Pablo Iglesias: the two are planning to form a governing coalition. Photograph: Sergio Perez

Spain’s Socialists have signed an agreement to form a governing coalition with the leftist Podemos party, in the hope of ending the country’s six-mont(...)

Spain’s incumbent prime minister and Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez in Madrid after winning Sunday’s election with 120 seats – three fewer than in the last election in April.  Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Spain’s Socialists have vowed to move quickly to form a new leftist government in the wake of the weekend general election, apparently ruling out a gr(...)

Demonstrators participate in a sit-in in Barcelona on Wednesday during a demonstration called by the local Republic Defence Committees. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government is under pressure from opposition parties to introduce direct rule in Catalonia, as the region saw a third consecutive day of d(...)

Portuguese prime minister and Socialist leader  António Costa during a campaign rally at Carlos Lopes pavilion in Lisbon. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Across the street from the Socialist headquarters in central Lisbon, an opposition party has hung an election campaign poster with a provocative messa(...)

 Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez:  After five months without a government, Spain faces prospect of a  snap general election. Photograph: EPA/Emilio Naranjo

After five months without a government in place and with the country’s left at loggerheads, Spain is facing the prospect of a snap general election. (...)

The Spanish acting prime minister and secretary general of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sanchez, with deputy secretary general Adriana Lastra, in Madrid, on Monday. Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

After months of political stalemate in Spain, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez believes he can avert a fourth general election in as many years by formi(...)

A poster by Salvatore Benintende of Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias (L) kissing Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sanchez (R) in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep LAGO/AFP/Getty Images

Future historians may wonder how two Spanish parties, purporting to share similar values, missed a unique opportunity to form a stable coalition gover(...)

Spanish caretaker prime minister Pedro Sánchez in parliament on Thursday. “There were never policy problems stopping an agreement,” he said. Photograph: Oscar Del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

Spain faces continued political uncertainty and the prospect of a fourth general election in four years after Socialist Pedro Sánchez failed to win a (...)

Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez: main obstacle to a deal has been Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias’s insistence on a ministerial post. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez

The outcome of a parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday to decide the formation of a new Spanish government remains uncertain, as Socialist leader P(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez (left)  with Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias. To be sworn in again as prime minister Mr Sanchez will need Podemos  support. Photograph: Getty

zThe failure of Spain’s main political parties to reach governing agreements has created a deadlock at a national level and in the Madrid region, rais(...)

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