Catalan election

Embattled Spanish PM defends decision to call snap Catalan election

Mariano Rajoy offers dialogue with new regional government “within law” and rules out early general elections

CRISIS IN CATALONIA

Spain’s parties struggle to find a common stance against Catalonia challenge

Parliamentary groups have different views on how to deal with a unilateral declaration of independence

Referendum in Catalonia

Spain’s Constitutional Court puts another Catalan referendum law on hold

Spanish PM tells aides to remain cool in the face of one Spain’s biggest crises since end of Franco regime

MEDIA COVERAGE OF POLITICS

Spain’s Podemos party accused of intimidating journalists

A dozen reporters file a complaint with the Madrid Press Association, citing online harassment

CORRUPTION

Spain falls to worst position in perceptions of corruption index

“We are joining countries that have come close to systemic graft,” warn authors of report

TAXES

Spanish government eyes tax hike on tobacco, alcohol and diesel fuel

Proposals backed by emerging center-right group Ciudadanos to avoid income tax increase

SAUDI ARABIA

Spain’s parties split over royal visit to Saudi Arabia

Key warship-building contract at stake, but opposition wants King Felipe to talk human rights

SPANISH POLITICS
Refugee crisis

“They treated us like terrorists,” claims freed Spanish aid worker

Three Seville firefighters helping refugees in Greece charged with human trafficking

SPANISH ELECTIONS