POLITICS

Galicia, Basque Country to hold early regional elections in April

The vote will take place ahead of polls that have been announced in Catalonia, but that are yet to get an official date

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

PM, Catalan premier agree to meet to lay out groundwork for Catalonia talks

A day after being sworn back into office, Pedro Sánchez calls Quim Torra and states that he has “the sincere will to try to sort out the political conflict” in the northeastern Spanish region

Spanish politics

In gridlocked Spain, caretaker PM explores an unlikely Plan B

Pedro Sánchez is meeting with leaders of right-of-center parties to determine their willingness to endorse him if his deal with a Catalan separatist party ultimately fails

SPANISH GENERAL ELECTIONS

Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera quits after election debacle

The center-right party fell from 57 seats in Congress to just 10 at Sunday’s vote, with the conservative Popular Party and far-right Vox making major gains

Spanish elections

New election, new strategy: Spain’s center-right parties change their message

Ciudadanos is now open to deals after shunning the Socialist Party for months, while the Popular Party is focusing on the economy ahead of the November 10 repeat vote

POLITICS

Citizen concern over state of Spanish politics at highest since 1985

According to the latest Centre for Sociological Research poll, 40% of voters would cast a ballot for the Socialist Party at a fresh election, with support for left-wing Unidas Podemos falling

POLITICS

Spain’s Ciudadanos party faces internal crisis over shift to the right

Three top officials have resigned in protest over the group’s dealings with the far-right Vox and refusal to support the Socialists

INTERVIEW

Manuel Valls: “With Vox you end up getting your hands dirty, and to some extent, your soul”

After breaking with Ciudadanos, the former French prime minister speaks to EL PAÍS about why he believes the center-right party has betrayed its liberal and progressive values

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Ciudadanos rules out talks with far-right party Vox to form governments

The center-right group’s executive committee wants to avoid a repeat of the situation in Andalusia, and says it is open to “exceptional” deals with the Socialist Party

SPANISH ELECTIONS

After election victory, Spain’s PM exerts newfound leverage over the opposition

Poor showing of left-wing Podemos puts a damper on its plans for coalition government, while center-right Ciudadanos is now more open to deals with the PSOE

SPANISH ELECTIONS

The day that women took over Spanish Congress

The parliament that emerged from the recent election reflects the highest gender parity in the entire EU. Some of the female deputies who were sworn in yesterday discuss what this means for Spain

POLITICS

Podemos attacks Zara owner’s €320 million healthcare donation

The anti-austerity party argues that the public health system should be funded by taxes and not from private contributions from business moguls such as Amancio Ortega

Spanish election

Post-election Spain: “Agreeing to agree” is the only certainty so far

Acting PM Pedro Sánchez met with the leaders of Ciudadanos and Podemos on Tuesday in a bid to forge governing alliances following the general election of April 28

Elections in Spain

With elections looming, Spanish poll shows 60% of undecided voters are female

Four million women have yet to decide who to vote for in April and May, and parties are scrambling to attract their attention

PROTESTS IN COLÓN

Right-wing parties attract tens of thousands to protest against Spanish PM

The conservative Popular Party, center-right Ciudadanos and far-right Vox called the demonstration in response to Pedro Sánchez’s handling of the Catalan independence drive

SPANISH POLITICS

Opposition calls for street protests to “throw out” Prime Minister Sánchez

The calls from the Popular Party and Ciudadanos came after it emerged that a “rapporteur” will be present at talks between Madrid and Catalan political parties

Catalonia

Prime minister goes to Strasbourg to defend Spanish democracy and law

Pedro Sánchez will meet with the head of the European Court of Human Rights and give a speech to respond to Catalan separatists’ arguments that there are political prisoners in Spain

POLITICS

Spain’s center-right mulls deal with Vox to gain control of Andalusia

Socialist Party suffers an unexpected setback as it stands to get ousted after 36 years in power

CATALAN POLITICS

Former French PM Manuel Valls set to run for mayor of Barcelona

Ciudadanos has backed the nomination, which is due to be confirmed on Tuesday in the Catalan capital

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Cameraman assaulted at protest against pro-Catalan independence symbols

The journalist was punched in the head while filming the demonstration, which was called to support a woman who was allegedly attacked for taking down yellow ribbons

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Ciudadanos leaders remove yellow ribbons in Catalan town

Party chiefs Albert Rivera and Inés Arrimadas made the symbolic gesture in front of reporters on Wednesday in Alella (Barcelona), to jeers and whistles from local residents

Catalan politics

Pressure builds on PM to take stand against independence symbols in Catalonia

Ciudadanos and the PP have called on Pedro Sánchez to ban yellow ribbons from public spaces as tensions rise in the region

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Spanish Cabinet approves decree to exhume Franco’s remains

A modification of the Historical Memory Law will legally safeguard the exhumation of the former dictator, before the initiative is put to a historic vote in Congress

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE

Ciudadanos calls for fresh suspension of Catalan powers after comments by premier

Party wants Socialist government to use Article 155 to take action against Quim Torra, after he vows his government will “attack” the “unjust Spanish state”

Spanish politics

New Spanish PM seeks to send firm message with Cabinet picks

Pedro Sánchez counters claims about a weak government with Socialist lineup that includes several women and a non-separatist Catalan

PROFILE

New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez: the unexpected survivor

The leader of the Socialist Party has recovered from many political setbacks over the last few years to become the new head of the government

SPANISH POLITICS

No-confidence motion against Spanish prime minister gathers momentum

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