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    1. April 22, 2015

      Rato probe casts shadow over Rajoy government

      Spain’s centre-right government is battling to contain the fallout from a tax investigation against Rodrigo Rato, the former...

    2. April 17, 2015

      Detention marks new low for ex-IMF chief

      The touch lasted only a few seconds, but it will be seared into the mind of Rodrigo Rato — and of millions of Spaniards —...

    1. April 16, 2015

      Rodrigo Rato released from police detention

      Rodrigo Rato, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was released from police detention in the early hours of...

    2. April 16, 2015

      The reel-life struggles of Spain’s footloose millennials

      Hugo and Braulio are twenty-something Spaniards caught up in their country’s post-recession malaise. Both are determined to...

    3. April 9, 2015

      La Caixa: Spain’s quiet powerhouse

      On the Avenida Diagonal of Barcelona, not far from the Camp Nou football stadium, stand two dark towers. They were built in...

    4. April 7, 2015

      Mariano Rajoy seeks to quell unrest in Spain’s Popular party

      Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday sought to end simmering unrest inside Spain’s ruling Popular party, telling party leaders that the...

    5. March 24, 2015

      Spain’s recovery brings few political dividends for Rajoy

      Andalucia has always been a cursed land for Spain’s ruling Popular party. In more than three decades, it has never managed...

    6. March 23, 2015

      A stumble in the march of Europe’s populists

      When the far left Syriza party won the Greek general election at the start of this year, some assumed its victory heralded...

    7. March 19, 2015

      Impoverished south to test Spain’s political upstarts

      Susana Díaz makes her way slowly through the theatre of Alcalá de Guadaíra, her path blocked at every turn by crowds of...

    8. February 27, 2015

      Business seeks answers from Spain’s Podemos movement

      Spain’s Podemos movement has surged in the polls by denouncing the country´s political and economic elites, spreading alarm...

    9. February 24, 2015

      Rajoy promises jobs and growth as fringe parties gain ground

      Mariano Rajoy has promised financial relief for Spain’s middle classes, more social spending and 500,000 new jobs before the...

    10. February 19, 2015

      Spanish politics: Podemos’ populist surge

      Podemos’ party leadership It was a moment to savour for Pablo Iglesias and his companions. “Remember this day,” one of them...

    11. February 4, 2015

      Greece owes a debt to Spain

      What are Spaniards to make of the news from Greece? A radical leftwing party that barely existed as a political force before...

    12. February 3, 2015

      Spain keeps hawkish eye on Greece as southern solidarity crumbles

      The travel schedule of Greece’s new finance minister says a lot about the state of the eurozone — and the political shifts...

    13. January 30, 2015

      Ties with Syriza could leave Podemos in a bind

      “Syriza! Podemos! Ven-ce-remos!” The three words — the last translating as “we will win” — are likely to be on the lips of...

    14. January 15, 2015

      Spain braced for political upheaval as Catalonia calls election

      Spain is bracing itself for a year of political upheaval and fierce campaigning, after the president of Catalonia called a...

    15. January 14, 2015

      Spain’s politicians keep a nervous watch on the rise of Syriza

      As Greece heads towards a crucial general election later this month, few are watching the campaign more closely — and...

    16. December 28, 2014

      Keep calm in the face of European populism

      Europe faces a busy electoral calendar in 2015. Parliamentary elections are scheduled in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Poland,...

    17. December 21, 2014

      ‘Spaniards ready to give us chance’, says Socialist leader

      When Pedro Sánchez took over the leadership of Spain’s venerable Socialist Workers’ party in July, he appeared to be...

    18. December 12, 2014

      A Spanish exodus to the cities leaves a desert in its wake

      The ghost villages of Spain People have been leaving the village of Motos for as long as Matías López can remember. Five...

    19. December 8, 2014

      Spain’s lauded transition to democracy under fire

      If there is one thing that the Spanish left and right can agree on, it is this: that the country’s transition from...

    20. November 27, 2014

      ‘Spain is not corrupted,’ says Rajoy, after minister quits

      Mariano Rajoy insisted that Spain was not institutionally corrupt on Thursday, amid rising popular anger at scandals that...

    21. November 26, 2014

      Spain’s health minister quits after judge’s comments

      Spain’s health minister resigned on Wednesday, making her the first senior politician from the government of Mariano Rajoy...

    22. November 26, 2014

      Madrid says fresh Catalan independence push is ‘step to nowhere’

      The political stand-off between the Spanish government and leaders in the region of Catalonia has hardened further, after...

    23. November 21, 2014

      Spain’s surging Podemos party rushes to get to the top

      The faculty of political sciences at Complutense University of Madrid makes no secret of its ideological leanings. Its long,...

    24. November 12, 2014

      Mariano Rajoy greets Catalan independence poll with a shrug

      Three days after more than 2.3m Catalans took part in an informal poll to test the Spanish region’s appetite for...

    25. November 9, 2014

      Catalan leaders hope big turnout will send independence signal

      More than 2m Catalans took part in a symbolic vote on the political future of the northern Spanish region on Sunday, in the...

    26. November 5, 2014

      Rajoy must go if Spain is to confront the threats it faces

      A stable two-party political system has been among Spain’s greatest strengths in the post-Franco era. But since 2008 the...

    27. November 4, 2014

      Catalans to defy Spanish court on regional vote

      The Catalan government has vowed to press ahead with a planned regional vote on Sunday to test popular support for...

    28. November 3, 2014

      Leftwing party Podemos surges to lead Spanish polls

      Spain’s established political parties were on Monday scrambling to find an answer to the meteoric rise of Podemos, a...

    29. November 2, 2014

      Sorry does not expunge Spain’s political scandals

      Case by case, Spanish prosecutors are painting a disturbing picture of national and regional political structures riddled...

    30. October 29, 2014

      Spain’s voters are furious but refuse to punish corrupt leaders

      Spain’s political class can find no respite from the attention of prosecutors, and no shelter from the storm of popular...

    31. The World

      October 16, 2014

      Spain gets some breathing space over Catalonia

      It was an interesting week to visit Spain. On Tuesday, I interviewed Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, on stage at...

    32. October 13, 2014

      Spain’s Rajoy follows the fish through shark-infested waters

      There is a simple little chart that is doing the rounds in Moncloa, the government compound outside Madrid. Officials call...

    33. October 10, 2014

      Spain’s Ebola victim becomes subject of political fight

      Teresa Romero has spent the past four days in the silent world of an isolation ward at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital,...

    34. October 5, 2014

      Spain must steer away from a collision course

      The tug of war between Barcelona and Madrid about how or whether Catalonia fits into the Spanish state has reached a climax...

    35. October 2, 2014

      Banks and investors awaken to Catalan independence debate

      The surge in political tensions between Spain and its Catalonia region has fuelled furious debate among the country’s...

    36. September 29, 2014

      Madrid calls on court to block Catalan referendum

      Madrid has called on Spain’s constitutional court to strike down a planned independence referendum in the region of...

    37. September 26, 2014

      Spain raises forecast for economic growth

      The Spanish economy will grow faster than expected, and create as many as 350,000 jobs next year, according to a government...

    38. September 25, 2014

      Catalan leader to sign decree calling independence referendum

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, will on Saturday sign a decree calling an independence referendum in the Spanish region,...

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