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  1. June 23, 2014

    Crisis of trust as economic downturn in Spain ends

    When Spaniards speak about “the crisis” these days, it is no longer clear which crisis they are referring to. Until...

  2. FT Photo Diary

    June 19, 2014

    The newly crowned King Felipe VI

    Andres Kudack/AP Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor arrive at the Parliament in Madrid....

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  1. Investing in Spain

    As its bankers find renewed confidence, the property market stirs and large constructi...
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  1. June 18, 2014

    Spain’s new king Felipe VI sworn in

    Spain prepares for day of ceremony Spain’s new monarch Felipe VI has been sworn in as head of state in parliament having...

  2. June 13, 2014

    If I were the King of Spain

    When I heard of the abdication of King Juan Carlos, I couldn’t help thinking that I’d make a brilliant king of Spain....

  3. June 9, 2014

    King’s abdication boosts Spanish support for monarchy

    The abdication of King Juan Carlos has bolstered public support for the monarchy in Spain, with polls showing that both the...

  4. June 4, 2014

    Abdication is the king’s final gift to a grateful Spain

    King Juan Carlos was a remarkable monarch, indispensable to Spain’s transition to democracy. The king – who has abdicated...

  5. June 3, 2014

    Juan Carlos abdication gives Spain’s Republicans a brief chance

    For Spanish Republicans, the abdication of King Juan Carlos is more than just a moment to savour and celebrate. It is a rare...

  6. Business Blog

    June 2, 2014

    Abdication: for kings and corporate dynasts, it's all about timing

    Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Photo: Reuters A couple of royal handovers and a papal resignation and suddenly abdication –...

  7. The World

    June 2, 2014

    Juan Carlos and the end of Spain's transition to democracy

    The abdication of King Juan Carlos of Spain, in favour of his son, Felipe, Prince of Asturias, has been on the cards for...

  8. Business Blog

    June 2, 2014

    Abdication: for kings or corporate dynasties it's all about the timing

    Spanish Crown Prince Felipe Photo: Reuters A couple of royal handovers and a papal resignation and suddenly abdication –...

  9. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2014

    Crown contagion

    Pope Benedict XVI (sovereign of the Vatican City State) – 2013 Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 2013 King Albert of the...

  10. June 2, 2014

    Spain’s King Juan Carlos abdicates after nearly four decades on throne

    King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates King Juan Carlos is to abdicate from the Spanish throne, ending a four-decade reign that...

  11. April 4, 2014

    King’s heroic role in Spain’s transition to democracy questioned

    Spain’s embattled royal house has been drawn into a new controversy, with the publication of a book claiming that King Juan...

  12. February 8, 2014

    Spain: Princess Cristina de Borbón y Grecia testifies in corruption case

    The royal family in Spain suffered a day of anguish and humiliation on Saturday, as the king’s younger daughter appeared in...

  13. February 3, 2014

    Spanish royals disclose their salaries to disenchanted public

    Spain’s royal family on Monday unveiled the salaries and expenses of all its senior members, the latest in a series of moves...

  14. January 10, 2014

    Juan Carlos: Spanish monarch struggling to revive a tarnished crown

    The King of Spain could not have wished for a better occasion, or more loyal company, to mark his return to public life on...

  15. January 9, 2014

    A scandal for a king is no menace to Spanish democracy

    For most of his reign, Juan Carlos of Spain enjoyed a position that was enviable even for a king. Having dismantled the...

  16. January 7, 2014

    Spain’s Princess Cristina named as suspect in corruption probe

    Spain’s royal family suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday after the king’s younger daughter was named as a formal suspect in a...

  17. July 26, 2013

    Vive la déférence

    Following the repeal of a 19th-century law by France’s parliament this week, the country’s citizens can for the first time...

  18. May 24, 2013

    Spain’s Princess Cristina in tax and money laundering probe

    The younger daughter of the king of Spain is facing an investigation into possible tax fraud and money laundering, the...

  19. April 12, 2013

    Satirists stoke surge of Spanish anger

    It is getting close to midnight, the pizza cartons are empty and the red wine has just run out. Undaunted, the small band of...

  20. April 3, 2013

    Spanish princess is suspect in fraud case

    A judge has formally named the King of Spain’s youngest daughter as a suspect in a high-profile fraud investigation, dealing...

  21. January 31, 2013

    Rajoy drawn into corruption scandal

    Spain’s prime minister has become embroiled in a growing scandal over secret cash payments to ruling party politicians after...

  22. January 28, 2013

    Chávez calls for Latin American unity

    Hugo Chávez, Venezuela’s cancer-stricken president, broke his seven-week silence at an international summit meeting in Chile...

  23. January 21, 2013

    Party accounts scandal rocks Spanish PM

    Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, has ordered an investigation into his own party’s accounts as he scrambles to...

  24. January 3, 2013

    Spanish royals seek to regain approval

    Spain’s royal family will on Friday night attempt to bounce back from a year of embarrassing setbacks and scandals, with the...

  25. The World

    September 26, 2012

    In the picture: Is Spain unraveling?

    Demonstrators outside the Spanish parliament on Sept 25 clash with police during a protest against spending cuts. Photo:...

  26. September 18, 2012

    Spanish king calls for national unity

    The king of Spain has called for Spaniards to rekindle the national unity shown during the transition from the Franco...

  27. July 17, 2012

    King Juan Carlos to take pay cut

    King Juan Carlos of Spain and his family will take a pay reduction, cutting up to €100,000 off the palace’s €8.3m budget for...

  28. July 6, 2012

    Scents and sensitivities

    Have you ever wondered what omnipotent religious figures smell like? Probably not. Let’s try it this way instead: ever...

  29. April 18, 2012

    Spain’s jumbo challenge

    King Juan Carlos of Spain’s elephant-hunting trip in Botswana quickly became the talk of the town in austerity-hit Madrid....

  30. beyondbrics

    April 16, 2012


    So that’s that then. YPF is, once again, Argentina’s state oil company. According to a flurry of news reports after...

  31. April 15, 2012

    Spanish monarchy faces jumbo crisis

    Public disenchantment with Spain’s rulers deepened at the weekend when it emerged that King Juan Carlos was hunting...

  32. March 4, 2012

    The job: Torcedor supervisor

    I have to smoke Cohiba cigars every day – it’s one of the best parts of my job. I am a torcedor or cigar roller by trade and...

  33. March 4, 2012

    The job: Torcedor supervisor

    I have to smoke Cohiba cigars every day – it’s one of the best parts of my job. I am a torcedor or cigar roller by trade and...

  34. March 2, 2012

    Argentina rebuffs Spain in YPF dispute

    Argentina has bluntly told Madrid not to meddle in YPF, its biggest company and former oil monopoly, even though it is...

  35. beyondbrics

    March 1, 2012

    YPF dodges the bullet...for now

    YPF dodged the bullet – for now – as Cristina Fernández, Argentina’s president, defied expectations and announced no...

  36. January 10, 2012

    Spanish groups to sell country’s ‘equity story’

    Business in Spain can often be bitterly personal. Several of the country’s long-running corporate battles feed off intense...

  37. December 30, 2011

    Spain’s king and queen snubbed royal nuptials

    Although the risk of civil disobedience and terrorism were at the forefront of the government’s mind in the lead-up to the...

  38. December 29, 2011

    Spanish duke faces corruption charges

    Iñaki Urdangarin, son-in-law of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, has been charged with misuse of public funds in a corruption case...

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