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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(...)

The general election result was a clear victory for prime minister and Social Democratic party leader Pedro Passos Coelho but the coalition no longer controls parliament. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

“A right-wing government in a left-wing parliament,” was the headline in Jornal de Notícias newspaper following Sunday’s Portuguese general election. (...)

The Ducal Palace of Medina Sidonia in Sanlucar de Barrameda, Cadiz, Andalucia. Luisa Isabel Álvarez de Toledo, the Duchess of Medina Sidonia, was an outspoken campaigner against Franco’s right-wing dictatorship. Photograph:  Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images

A judge has ordered the exhumation of a Spanish aristocrat so a posthumous paternity test can be carried out at the request of a woman who claims t(...)

The remains of a coffin with ‘M.C.’ on it are displayed on a table in the crypt of Madrid’s Las Trinitarias convent. The coffin was found during a search for the remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes. Photograph: Madrid City Hall/Sociedad Aranzadi/Reuters

The discovery of a centuries-old coffin beneath the floor of a Madrid convent has led experts to believe that their search for the remains of Miguel d(...)

Candles are lit by the public at the vigil at Eyre Square in Galway city in October  to mark the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Within the timeframe of the past 70 years, good journalism has never been so important. Events, conflicts, great uncertainty and a deluge of questi(...)

An unemployed computer engineer  makes bracelets to sell on a street corner in Madrid in  2012.

When the global downturn took hold in 2008, Spain was coming to the end of a decade-long boom which had left it brimming with confidence. The prime mi(...)

Beekeepers protesting  in front of the parliament in Lisbon. So far Portugal has not had the kind of social unrest seen 
its troubled neighbours such as 
Spain and Greece
 have seen
. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

When Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho makes his annual tax declaration this year, he could be in for a shock. At least that’s the (...)

Spanish riot police attempt to prevent anti-eviction activists from approaching the house of Spanish parliament chairman Jesús Posada during a protest in Madrid. Photograph:Juan Medina/Reuters

Yesterday, the conservative premier of the Madrid region, Ignacio González, handed over the keys of a new flat to a man who ha(...)

European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn presented the report. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has warned that Spain needs to accelerate its reform programme and said the country’s recession could extend into 2014.(...)

Spanish newspaper El Pais published photographs of Galician premier Alberto Núñez Feijóo, taken in 1995 and 1996, with Marcial Dorado Baúlde, who is serving a 14-year jail sentence for drug trafficking. Photograph: Reuters

A senior Spanish politician is fending off calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he once had a close relationship with a notorio(...)

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