POLITICS

Spanish king calls political leaders for talks as deadline for new elections looms

The consultations with Felipe VI will determine whether the Socialist Party’s Pedro Sánchez has enough support in Congress to be voted back in as prime minister

POLITICS

After long wait, Spanish PM is ready for talks to form new government

Pedro Sánchez will meet with opposition leaders after being asked by King Felipe VI to submit to an investiture vote

POLITICS

Spanish PM plays waiting game ahead of bid for a second term

In a fractured post-election scenario, Pedro Sánchez is keeping his Socialist Party’s options open until all groups have made their positions clear

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Former Spanish King Juan Carlos I to retire from public life

The father of current monarch Felipe VI, who is aged 81, has informed his son via a letter that he will no longer be making official appearances

Mexico-Spain relations

Mexico’s demand for an apology creates political stir in Spain

The Socialist Party, Ciudadanos, Popular Party and Vox have criticized the move from López Obrador, but the left-wing Unidas Podemos group has defended the Mexican president

POLITICS

Podemos chief grilled in Senate over Venezuela financing links

During an ill-tempered session led by a Popular Party senator, Pablo Iglesias denied any irregularities but admitted he “didn’t agree with some things I said in the past”

THE SPANISH CONSTITUTION

Spain observes 40th anniversary of Constitution amid growing division

Officials make a special show of unity as the country grapples with the Catalan secession drive and political fragmentation

SPAIN’S ROYAL FAMILY

Spain’s Princess Leonor turns 13 and takes one step closer to the Crown

The heir to the Spanish throne made her first public speech on Wednesday, reciting an article of the Constitution on the day of her birthday

politics

In face-to-face meeting, Spain’s PM and PP leader fail to bridge gap over Catalonia

Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Casado sat down for nearly three hours to discuss matters of national concern

POLITICS

Spain takes step closer to euthanasia law as Congress agrees to debate bill

If the legislation makes it through parliament, by 2020 terminal patients could request aid from healthcare system to end their lives

POLITICAL CRISIS IN SPAIN

Pedro Sánchez becomes the new prime minister of Spain

The leader of the Spanish Socialists will govern the country in a minority after winning a no-confidence motion against Mariano Rajoy with the support of separatist and populist parties

SPANISH POLITICS

No-confidence motion against Spanish prime minister gathers momentum

Mariano Rajoy calls the Socialists “Torquemadas” because of their “inquisitorial approach”

spanish politics

Spanish Congress to debate no-confidence vote against PM this week

Session in parliament will start Thursday, but it is unclear how Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez will secure enough support to get Mariano Rajoy voted out

Drug abuse

New law in Spain will see parents of underage drinkers fined

Report from the Mixed Committee on Drug Problems will serve as the basis for future regulations covering alcohol, and has now been passed on to the Spanish Health Ministry

HOUSING

Express squatter eviction project divides politicians in Spain

Two Catalan parties clash over reform that leftists see as benefiting banks and “vulture funds”

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Catalan government misused €1.9 million in funds, says Civil Guard report

Investigating judge asks Finance Minister Cristóbal Montoro to explain statements to the contrary

DISINFORMATION

Spanish Socialists propose measures to curb online fake news

If amendment prospers, Spain will be first country with comprehensive law regulating digital rights

AP-6 crisis

Spanish government under heavy fire over Christmas freeway chaos

Socialists call for resignation of traffic chief after 3,000 cars stranded in snowstorm on AP-6

Traffic

Spanish government blames toll road operator for Christmas freeway chaos

Opposition criticizes lack of planning and calls for ministers to answer questions in Congress

SPANISH ROYALS

The legacy of Spain’s Juan Carlos I

As he turns 80, Felipe VI’s father can look back on memories of a reign that ushered in a period of democracy and economic prosperity

Catalan independence referendum

King Felipe VI makes rare address to the nation as Catalan crisis deepens

During the speech, the monarch sent a message of “calm, confidence and hope” to the population

Referendum in Catalonia

Catalan public prosecutor orders police to take control of polling stations

Referendum preparations continue, but regional officials are now suggesting a period of talks before secession occurs

Referendum in Catalonia

Podemos and Basque radical left protest Catalonia referendum raids

Pablo Iglesias and Arnaldo Otegi urge people to demonstrate on streets after arrests on Wednesday

ROYAL STATE VISIT TO THE UK

British queen honors King Felipe and Letizia with a banquet at Buckingham palace

Elizabeth II pays tribute to the “great strengths” of the UK’s bilateral relationship with Spain

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Spain’s King Felipe calls for Gibraltar “dialogue” during parliament speech

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia begin three-day state trip to the United Kingdom, the first of its kind for 30 years

Spanish royals

Spanish royal visit to UK will highlight expat issues and economic ties

Felipe VI and Letizia seek to allay the fears of large community of Spaniards living in Britain

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Spain’s King Felipe to address parliament during upcoming UK visit

The monarch will also hold a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at 10 Downing Street