A still from Pedro Almodóvar's latest, Julieta. Photo: Manolo Pavó / El Deseo

Great hairdos, love the wallpaper – shame about the movie: Almodóvar’s Julieta reviewed

19 May 2016 15:27

Pedro Almodóvar’s last two films were affronts to his reputation as a director. The Skin I Live In (2011) was…

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos (Photo: Getty)

Was Spain’s ‘new political era’ just a mirage?

9 May 2016 14:20

More than four months on from Spain’s December general election, optimism has given way to fatigue and cynicism among the…

Spanish Prime minister Mariano Rajoy (Photo: Getty)

The Spanish argument for abolishing government

29 April 2016 13:22

On 26 October last year, the Spanish government shut up shop in preparation for a general election. This duly took…

Pablo Iglesias speaks at last week's inaugural meeting of the Spanish Congress (Photo: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty)

As Catalonia turns up the heat, Madrid’s politicians are ever more divided

17 January 2016 17:48

Almost a month on from an unprecedentedly divisive general election, Spain seems further away from forming a new government than…

Spanish government employees demonstrating against cuts in 2012. Image: Getty

Spain has rejected austerity. How does it embrace growth?

23 December 2015 13:34

Spain is a long way from being Greece or Portugal, but in Sunday’s historic general election, Spaniards sent out the…

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Revolutionaries? Podemos belong to the ivory tower, not to the masses

22 December 2015 15:56

If you hear any of your friends refer to the rise of Podemos in Spain as a revolution, please buy them a…

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of Podemos (Photo: Getty)

Spain has just experienced a very modern revolution

21 December 2015 9:10

Graffiti artists have added social commentary to many of the billboard advertisements in Madrid, and election campaign posters are no…

President of Catalonia Artur Mas celebrates as the Catalanist coalition 'Junts Pel Si' (Together for the Yes) claim victory in the regional elections held in Catalonia on September 27, 2015 (Photo: Getty)

Spain’s hunger for political change may be just what Catalonia needs

27 October 2015 14:54

Some unjustified assumptions inform the Spanish government’s anti-Catalonian rhetoric: that it will be in power long enough to prevent Catalonia leaving Spain; that…

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Does anybody still believe that the EU is a benign institution?

6 July 2015 14:59

Ever since Margaret Thatcher U-turned in the dying days of her premiership, there has been a kind of agreement between…

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Why France so worries European policy makers

31 January 2015 20:10

Today’s huge Podemos rally in Madrid is a reminder that Syriza’s victory in Greece has emboldened the anti-austerity left across…


Happy Sunday, Nigel Farage – Barroso snubs Cameron’s migration cap

19 October 2014 13:00

Everyone’s favourite unelected European was doing the broadcasting rounds this morning, popping up on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show to tell…

Gloves and boots used by medical staff, drying in the sun, in Guékédou, Guinea in April 2014. (Photo: Seyllou, AFP/Getty)

Keep calm and address Ebola: a brief history of pandemics at The Spectator

18 October 2014 21:40

Ebola clinics in many parts of West Africa are full, so more and more people are being told to stay…

Excalibur the dog barks from his owners' balcony in Madrid  (Photo: Getty)

One dog down, in Spain’s Ebola panic

8 October 2014 16:17

[UPDATE: The dog is now dead, WSJ reports.] For anyone concerned about Spain’s ability to contain Ebola, after a Spanish…

Spanish fans in Madrid try and fail to suck up their team's defeat. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

World Cup diary – Thank God the reign of Spain is over!

19 June 2014 9:27

It is a wicked thing to revel in someone else’s misery. Trouble is, occasionally it can’t be helped. So –…

Spain v Netherlands: Group B - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

World Cup diary – Spain humiliated

14 June 2014 8:53

You see – that’s the trouble. You write off the World Cup for moral reasons because of FIFA sleaze (and…


Scotland and the EU: Mariano Rajoy should just jog on.

28 November 2013 10:47

It’s bad enough being lectured by politicians from Edinburgh or even London. That, I suppose, is to be expected however.…

Eurozone Debt Crisis - General Imagery

Perfidious Brussels

16 October 2013 17:25

The European Commission, having done nothing about recent Spanish sabre rattling over the self-determination of Gibraltar, has launched a full…

Labour Party Conference Focuses On Economy

Thank God Peter Hain never held high office

7 August 2013 7:54

Peter Hain, I see, has suggested that we come to a negotiated settlement with the Spanish government over Gibraltar, in…

A general view of the 18th green on the Alcadeisa Golf Club

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…

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David Cameron makes the case for reform in Europe

8 April 2013 8:55

Germany has elections on the way, Spain is just about holding a lid on its economic crisis while keeping a…

Protesters hold placards reading 'Rajoy thief, resign'. Picture: Getty Images

Cheat sheet: the new Spanish corruption scandal

1 February 2013 17:25

An unemployment rate of 26 per cent (and 56 per cent for young people); an economy that contracted by 0.7…

Following yesterday's election, separatists now control the Catalan parliament. Image: Getty

Free Catalonia!

26 November 2012 9:29

OMG to Catalonia! (Geddit?; I’m quite proud of that. Pathetic, I know). A congenial centre-right and far left alliance in…

Anti-austerity protesters in Madrid. Picture: Getty.

Spain draws closer to a bailout

28 September 2012 16:44

The results of stress tests on Spanish banks will be revealed at 5pm, and the rumour on the trading floor…

Javier Marías is bound to win the Nobel Prize for Literature at some point, so it’s best to make sure that you’ve something to say when he does. Image: Getty

An introduction to Javier Marías

13 September 2012 12:31

The fundamental purpose of the literary critic is to incentivise his audience to read books of which he approves. He…

England, UK . 7.7.2012. London . David Lomon, 93, one the last surviving British veterans of the Spanish Civil War unveils a plaque honouring the volunteers from the British Isles

General Franco’s British foes

29 August 2012 15:02

David Lomon was one of the lucky ones. While fighting in Aragon in south-west Spain in the spring of 1938,…