Search for Spain politics and
    1. February 10, 2016

      Spain: Political stalemate in Madrid

      His face gave nothing away but the king had every reason to feel weary of the visitors arriving at the Zarzuela palace...

    2. February 9, 2016

      Glove puppets make political mischief in Spain

      The work of a radical glove puppet theatre has triggered a bewildering political scandal in Madrid along with a furious...

    Special Reports

    1. Spain

      Spain is experiencing strong growth, but is in a state of suspension in the wake of co...
    Search more Special Reports on this topic.

    1. February 3, 2016

      A political stalemate that Spain can ill-afford

      Spain is in the throes of a prolonged political crisis with few, if any parallels, since the death of Franco....

    2. February 3, 2016

      Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez works on bid to become Spain’s PM

      Spain’s political machinery crunched back into action on Wednesday after six weeks of post-election deadlock, as the...

    3. February 2, 2016

      King of Spain calls on Socialist party to form next government

      The King of Spain has called on the leader of the Socialist party to form the next government, in the first serious...

    4. January 28, 2016

      Spanish unemployment falls to lowest level since 2011

      The Spanish economy created 525,000 jobs last year, helping to lower the country’s unemployment rate to 20.9 per cent —...

    5. January 25, 2016

      Catalonia seeks foreign support for breakaway from Spain

      The new Catalan government will press ahead with its plan to form a breakaway state from Spain over the next 18 months,...

    6. January 22, 2016

      Podemos proposes leftwing coalition to break Spain logjam

      The anti-austerity Podemos party on Friday made an audacious move towards breaking Spain’s post-election political...

    7. January 3, 2016

      Leadership divisions deal a blow to Catalan hopes for independence

      Catalonia is heading for new elections and further months of political uncertainty, after the Spanish region’s two main...

    8. January 1, 2016

      Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists hold key to power in Spain

      It is almost two weeks since Spain held its general election, but for Pedro Sánchez the battle for political survival...

    9. December 22, 2015

      A golden opportunity for reform in Spain

      You would be forgiven for finding the outcome of Spain’s general election puzzling. All parties lost but all claimed...

    10. December 22, 2015

      Spain faces new political era stuck with old parties

      Spanish voters did a strange thing on Sunday: they gave birth to the new, but refused to kill off the old. They...

    11. December 21, 2015

      Eurozone austerity fanning populist flames, says Renzi

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s centre-left prime minister, has warned that German-driven eurozone austerity policies are fanning...

    12. December 21, 2015

      A historic blow to Spain’s two-party establishment

      Spain’s general election has produced the most confused and fragmented result since the country’s return to democracy...

    13. December 21, 2015

      Podemos declares end to Spain’s two-party domination

      Pablo Iglesias, leader of the anti-austerity Podemos party, emerged as the only true winner of Spain’s general election...

    14. December 21, 2015

      Spain tries to form administration in fractured political system

      The stage from which Mariano Rajoy greeted his flag-waving loyalists on Sunday night was covered with a vast canvas...

    15. December 21, 2015

      Spain’s markets rattled by inconclusive election

      Spanish bonds and stocks fell on Monday after a general election that delivered a deeply fragmented parliament and...

    16. December 21, 2015

      Spain’s general election weakens decades of bipartisan hegemony

      Spain’s general election has produced a perfectly hung parliament, something unprecedented in the country’s political...

    17. December 21, 2015

      Spain heads for turmoil after poll yields fragmented parliament

      Spain was heading for political uncertainty on Sunday night, after a general election that produced a deeply fragmented...

    18. The World

      December 17, 2015

      Spain's centrists buck the European trend

      The political headlines in Europe this year have all been about the rise of the political extremes. The National Front...

    19. December 16, 2015

      Frayed loyalties cast Spain’s parties into the great unknown

      All his life, Juan Martínez Alonso has voted for Spain’s centre-right Popular party. This time, however, could be...

    20. December 14, 2015

      Spain: Rajoy plays patient election game

      The first official portrait of Mariano Rajoy hangs in a gloomy room of the provincial government building in...

    21. December 13, 2015

      ‘Politics in a Time of Crisis’, by Pablo Iglesias

      Pablo Iglesias is a master of political communication. The Spanish politician can fire up a live audience of thousands...

    22. December 9, 2015

      Le Pen aside, Europe’s populist parties are floundering

      It may seem tempting, after the far-right National Front’s success in France’s regional elections last weekend, to...

    23. December 8, 2015

      Centrist reformers poised to land late blow in Spanish elections

      In a year of profound political turmoil in Spain, with new movements on the rise and bitter setbacks for the...

    24. December 3, 2015

      Rajoy ahead in polls but short of outright majority

      Spain’s ruling Popular party is on course to win the December 20 general election but will need the support of at least...

    25. December 2, 2015

      Spanish court strikes down Catalan independence move

      Spain’s constitutional court has struck down the pro-independence resolution that was adopted by the regional...

    26. The World

      December 1, 2015

      Spain needs a generational shift in politics

      How is Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s centre-right prime minister, planning to win re-election when voters elect a new...

    27. November 12, 2015

      Mariano Rajoy gains convenient helping hand from Catalans

      Mariano Rajoy wore a sober suit and a solemn face when he appeared before the media on Wednesday. He had come to...

    28. November 11, 2015

      The folly of Catalonia’s rush to independence

      Just as it faces a watershed general election next month, Spain is being convulsed by a vote in Catalonia’s parliament...

    29. November 11, 2015

      Spanish PM accuses Catalan leaders of breaking national unity

      Spain’s government has struck back at the latest Catalan bid to form a breakaway state, issuing both a legal challenge...

    30. October 22, 2015

      Spain: Recovery position

      Sirens wail, the ambulance arrives, a patient is rushed to the operating room. “Prepare the oxygen,” barks the doctor....

    31. October 15, 2015

      Politics tempers Spain’s economic hope

      Spain finds itself today in a strange state of suspension. In political terms, the country is still struggling to make...

    32. October 15, 2015

      Podemos and Ciudadanos are part of Spain’s political landscape

      The day after Spain’s national elections in December, the country’s citizens will almost certainly wake up to a...

    33. October 15, 2015

      No problem has been too large or lethal for Rajoy’s deputy

      It was the first week of September and the situation was starting to spin out of control. Thousands of refugees were...

    34. October 1, 2015

      Catalonia’s election leaves Spain with a constitutional crisis

      Sunday’s regional election results in Catalonia show that its citizens are pretty evenly divided between separation...

    35. September 28, 2015

      Catalonia needs to step back from the brink

      Spanish politics have long been troubled by the demand from Catalonia’s secessionist leaders for their region to become...

    36. September 28, 2015

      Catalan vote gives solace to both sides of independence debate

      For the crowds that partied in the centre of Barcelona on Sunday night, the result was beyond doubt: the Catalan...

    37. September 28, 2015

      Five takeaways from the Catalan elections

      Pro-independence parties emerged with a majority of seats in Sunday’s regional election in Catalonia but they fell...

    38. September 24, 2015

      The bullring, where tradition and modern politics collide

      The bull is exhausted and confused. A man wearing jeans and a cream-coloured shirt has just tried to stick a sword into...

    Search for Spain politics and