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    1. September 26, 2016

      Spain’s socialists at war over political stalemate

      Spain’s Socialist party descended into open conflict on Monday, amid growing criticism of party leader Pedro Sánchez...

    2. September 26, 2016

      Regional poll losses pile pressure on Spanish socialists

      Spain’s Socialist party is facing mounting pressure to reverse course and let conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy...

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    1. September 22, 2016

      Basque voters revel in new kind of politics

      Campaign events with Iñigo Urkullu are low-voltage affairs. The president of the Basque country speaks calmly and...

    2. September 14, 2016

      Spanish economy minister under fire over World Bank nominee

      The Spanish government is struggling to shake off a political scandal that centres on the botched appointment of a...

    3. September 2, 2016

      Rajoy fails again to form government

      Mariano Rajoy has failed in his attempt to secure another term as prime minister of Spain, dashing hopes of an end to...

    4. August 28, 2016

      Spain’s political deadlock has gone on far too long

      Spain has held two general elections in six months, and it may yet hold a third vote before the year is out. It has...

    5. July 22, 2016

      Madrid steps closer to banishing Franco tributes

      Spain’s long-running and often fractious campaign to banish memorials and tributes to the Franco dictatorship has taken...

    6. July 13, 2016

      Mariano Rajoy scrambles for support to cement Spanish premiership

      Watching Spanish politics right now is rather like watching a romantic movie with the sound turned off: you know...

    7. July 12, 2016

      Spain’s long wait for a latter-day Marshall

      Guadalix de la Sierra is a place of no particular distinction in the foothills of the mountain range north of Madrid....

    8. June 27, 2016

      Spain’s opportunity to forge a new consensus

      In at least one European capital, mainstream politicians are pushing back against the populists. Spain’s second general...

    9. June 27, 2016

      Rajoy beats odds in Spain’s election but coalition challenge looms

      It was the night the political establishment struck back. Sunday’s general election in Spain delivered a surprisingly...

    10. June 27, 2016

      Spanish election: Rajoy’s opponents underestimated him

      Helmut Kohl, the former German chancellor, used to chuckle that he had built an entire political career out of his...

    11. June 27, 2016

      Five key takeaways from the Spanish elections

      Spain went to the polls on Sunday, six months after its last general election. The ballot offered voters the chance to...

    12. June 26, 2016

      Rajoy confounds expectations to emerge as winner in Spain poll

      Mariano Rajoy emerged as the clear winner of Spain’s general election on Sunday night, after his conservative Popular...

    13. June 26, 2016

      Brexit: Haunted Europe

      Weeks before Britain’s vote to leave the EU, Europe’s centre-right political party leaders gathered in Luxembourg to...

    14. June 23, 2016

      Spain faces another fragmented result in repeat election

      Spanish voters go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament. Polls suggest the result will be yet another...

    15. June 22, 2016

      Spanish government rocked by leaked recordings

      Four days ahead of a general election, the Spanish government has been rocked by a leak of recordings in which the...

    16. June 21, 2016

      Spain PM Mariano Rajoy faces post-election leadership test

      Everyone knows that Mariano Rajoy can survive defeat. The question after Sunday will be: can he survive victory? With...

    17. June 19, 2016

      Marxist economist makes bid for power in Spain

      The most popular politician in Spain is a 30-year-old Marxist economist who wants to abolish the monarchy and believes...

    18. June 14, 2016

      Spain’s once mighty socialists succumb to populist rage

      It is hard not to feel some sympathy for Pedro Sánchez these days. The leader of Spain’s Socialist party is busy...

    19. June 12, 2016

      Spain’s far-right seeks to break beyond political fringe

      In a half-deserted building near the centre of Madrid, dozens of people clutch their empty trolleys and patiently wait...

    20. June 9, 2016

      Spain’s once-mighty Socialists set to be eclipsed by far-left

      The Spanish left is heading for a wrenching realignment at this month’s repeat general election, with a closely watched...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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”...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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