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    1. May 20, 2016

      Catalan flag allowed at Spanish Cup final after ban lifted

      Spain’s official ban on displaying the Catalan independence flag during Sunday’s football cup final was lifted by...

    2. May 17, 2016

      Invisible Man Mariano Rajoy makes his presence felt

      For much of this year, Mariano Rajoy has been the Invisible Man of Spanish politics, watching and waiting while his...

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    1. Spain

      Spain is experiencing strong growth, but is in a state of suspension in the wake of co...
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    1. May 17, 2016

      Mariano Rajoy risks Brussels showdown with tax-cut vow

      Spain’s Mariano Rajoy is promising a fresh round of tax cuts if he is re-elected prime minister next month, risking a...

    2. May 3, 2016

      Spain calls repeat election for June after months of deadlock

      King Felipe of Spain has dissolved parliament and called a repeat general election, ending 135 days of fruitless talks...

    3. April 26, 2016

      Spain to return to the polls in June after coalition talks fail

      Spain will return to the polls on June 26, after party leaders made clear to the king on Tuesday that there was no...

    4. April 15, 2016

      Spain’s industry minister Soria quits amid Panama Papers fallout

      Spain’s industry minister became the latest casualty of the widening scandal triggered by the Panama Papers data leak...

    5. April 8, 2016

      Podemos to vote on backing a Socialist government in Spain

      Spain’s anti-austerity Podemos party will hold a grass roots referendum next week to determine whether it should back a...

    6. April 3, 2016

      Spain’s economic recovery powers ahead despite political crisis

      The Spanish economy has been a model of defiance so far this year, with a recovery that began two years ago powering...

    7. March 31, 2016

      Spain falls short in battle to close yawning defict

      Spain has veered sharply off course in its long-running effort to reduce the budget deficit, unveiling a 5.2 per cent...

    8. March 29, 2016

      Divisions hurt Podemos’s reputation with Spanish voters

      For thousands of Podemos supporters, the election party in December was a night to remember. Chanting “Yes, we can”...

    9. March 4, 2016

      Sánchez vote leaves Spain in stalemate

      Pedro Sánchez on Friday failed to secure parliamentary backing for his bid to become prime minister of Spain for the...

    10. March 1, 2016

      Basque leader Arnaldo Otegi released after 6 years in Spanish prison

      The long-dormant issue of Basque separatism forced itself back on to Spain’s crowded political agenda on Tuesday, after...

    11. February 24, 2016

      Spain’s Socialists and centrist party sign pact

      Spain’s Socialist party has signed a government pact with the centrist Ciudadanos movement — the first concrete step...

    12. February 23, 2016

      Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez makes gains after poll rout

      Only two months ago, Pedro Sánchez looked like a dead man walking. The head of Spain’s Socialist party had just led his...

    13. February 17, 2016

      Police raid ICBC offices in Madrid as part of money-laundering probe

      Agents of Spain’s national police force raided the Madrid offices of Industrial & Commercial Bank of China as part of...

    14. February 14, 2016

      Yawning budget hole awaits Spain’s new PM

      The name of the next Spanish prime minister will remain unknown for at least several more weeks. The first challenge...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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....

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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 —...

    21. 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,...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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