The Scottish Saltire and the nationalist flag of Catalonia are held aloft at a rally in Glasgow

It’s no surprise Spain has already blocked Nicola Sturgeon’s half-baked Brexit plan

22 December 2016 15:37

It should come as no surprise that the Spanish government has so swiftly rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal of a bespoke Brexit…

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

After a tumultuous year, Spanish politics returns to an uneasy status quo

20 December 2016 12:22

It’s been exactly a year ago since Spain held what would turn out to be the first of two general elections in…

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is back in office for a second time

Spain’s political deadlock finally ends

4 November 2016 11:38

After nearly a year of bickering and stalling, Spanish politicians have finally formed their country’s new government. Mariano Rajoy, leader of…

Jeremy Corbyn lets Theresa May off the hook again at PMQs

26 October 2016 13:18

Today’s PMQs could have been a tricky affair for Theresa May. Her decision on Heathrow has seen one Tory MP…

The Spanish left is a defeated force

14 October 2016 14:37

There aren’t many certainties in the maelstrom of Spanish politics at the moment, but there is one: that the left,…

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy

Spain’s political freeze starts to bite

8 September 2016 14:07

The circus of Spanish politics shows no signs of stopping. For now, the country is managing to weather this eight…

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. So what does it do now?

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…