Spain

Spain has turned an internal dispute into an international incident

1 October 2017 19:14

How do you make the world sympathise with lawbreakers and subversives? Act the way the Spanish government has over the…

Sadness and dismay: how Spain views the Catalan independence vote

1 October 2017 10:23

In Barcelona civilians have been giving red carnations to policemen (a symbolic echo of the 1974 revolution in Portugal) but…

Catalonia’s fight for independence is turning nasty

22 August 2017 12:00

As if the issue of Catalonian secession wasn’t fraught enough, some of its most committed advocates are now arguing that the…

The historical backdrop to Spain’s terror troubles

18 August 2017 18:44

Why was Spain targeted by terrorists? asked the Guardian on Friday, a question that is also being posed by other…

Spain faces up to Europe’s new terror threat

18 August 2017 8:44

In the early hours of this morning, as police in Barcelona continued to piece together the terrible events on Las Ramblas…

Catalonia’s quest for independence takes another surreal turn

2 August 2017 17:54

In Spain, the fight over Catalonian independence has just taken a surreal new turn. Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont – a…

Spain’s lost generation

2 July 2017 10:30

Spain’s recent economic expansion means little to young Spaniards. Many are angry with the country’s tirelessly corrupt politicians, and are…

Can Anglo-Spanish relations survive Brexit?

4 April 2017 11:44

As the events of the last few days show, the increasingly toxic issue of Gibraltar means the UK’s Article 50 talks with Spain might become more…

What the papers say: the Gibraltar row heats up

4 April 2017 8:47

Theresa May says the way to deal with the row over Gibraltar is ‘jaw-jaw’ rather than war. And there is…

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…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…