SPANISH POLITICS

Spain’s Congress chooses new speaker, but no government in sight

Ana Pastor of the Popular Party beat out the Socialist candidate Patxi López in a run-off vote

POST-ELECTION NEGOTIATIONS

Felipe González asks Socialists not to obstruct a PP government “if necessary”

Former statesman asks parties to act responsibly to avoid a third election, and acting PM Mariano Rajoy agrees that an executive must be formed quickly

SPANISH ELECTIONS

The PP has won the election, but who will help it into government?

Sunday outcome means the Spanish right is stronger and the left weaker, but Mariano Rajoy still needs to reach elusive deals

SPANISH ELECTIONS

PP picks up new seats in election re-run win, while PSOE hangs on in second

Podemos fails to capitalize on its agreement with United Left and falls far short of overtaking the Socialists. But uncertainty remains on the possible formation of a government

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Seven-way debate offers little hope of viable post-election government

Televised event pits Podemos and regional parties against PP, Socialists and Ciudadanos over the issue of Catalan independence

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Four-way debate suggests little change to Spain’s post-election landscape

Podemos continues to reach out to Socialists, while acting prime minister Rajoy repeats call for government of national unity

SPANISH POLITICS

Spanish king signs decree calling fresh election for June 26

The new campaign race will start on June 10, with polls forecasting a similarly fragmented political scenario

POLITICS

King set to call fresh general elections on Tuesday

Spaniards likely to return to the polls in June six months after inconclusive result in December

SPANISH POLITICS

Acting government boycotts Congress to avoid criticism from other parties

Popular Party administration argues that it is not accountable to congressional oversight since inconclusive elections

THE PANAMA PAPERS

Minister “does not know” why his name shows up in Panama Papers

Opposition wants José Manuel Soria to resign after he is found on offshore company documents

POLITICS

Spanish Congress moves to take “contemptuous” government to court

Two-thirds of the chamber vote in favor and accuse acting executive of disrespecting democracy

POLITICS

Standoff between Spanish government and Congress intensifies

Second minister refuses to address house committee; opposition schedules a question time certain to be ignored

POLITICS

PM performs U-turn and agrees to report on EU meetings in Congress

Spain’s caretaker government has been refusing to submit to oversight by deputies

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Parties enter final stage of governing negotiations in weakened state

Time elapsed since the election, exhaustion and internal crises mark last stretch of talks

POLITICS

Congress to take government to court after minister’s committee no-show

Acting defense chief fails to turn up for hearing to explain his recent actions

Spanish politics

House speaker warns of “serious conflict” with acting government

Congress could take executive before Constitutional Court for refusing to submit to oversight

REFUGEE CRISIS

Majority of Spanish Congress against EU refugee deal signed by acting PM

This is the first time that the lower house has opposed a European agreement

POST-ELECTION PACTS

King decides not to call new meetings with Spain’s political chiefs

Decision comes after Pedro Sánchez’s failure to win investiture vote last week in Congress

INVESTITURE DEBATE

Sánchez calls for support to pull Spain out of current political impasse

PSOE leader uses investiture speech to encourage parties to vote for “government of change”

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Session to vote in new Spanish prime minister to begin March 2

Socialist chief announces that he hopes to have closed negotiations by this date

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Corruption and territorial policy: the key obstacles to cross-party deals

Podemos comes up with new proposal for Socialists after a week stuck on the sidelines

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Session to name Spain’s next PM may take place in early March

Incumbent Rajoy preparing grand coalition offer to present to Socialist chief Sánchez

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Podemos deputies to be moved from “nosebleed section” of Congress

Presiding committee backs proposal to bring anti-austerity party down from top rows

Post-Election Pacts

Socialists refuse to bow to Podemos’ demands over negotiations

Party leader Pablo Iglesias wants Pedro Sánchez to exclude Ciudadanos from talks

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Podemos objects after being sent to “nosebleed section” in Congress

Seating plan will see anti-austerity group have to step back from front line of chamber

POST-ELECTION PACTS

Podemos and Socialists overcome key difference blocking governing deal

Anti-austerity party agrees to have just one parliamentary group in Congress

NEW ERA IN SPANISH POLITICS

Clash between Socialists and Podemos marks the start of new political era

Row over congressional representation makes it harder to envisage leftist alliance in Spain