# politics

Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP
Spanish caretaker prime minister, social […]

Spanish PM turns left in coalition with Podemos

Spain's new coalition between PM Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and hard-left Podemos wants to raise taxes for the rich, roll back a reform of labour market laws and raise salaries
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in west Belfast on December 8, 2017 erected by Republican Party Sinn Fein calling for a special status for Northern Ireland with respect to Brexit and no hard borders in Ireland. Photo: Paul Faith / AFP
A pedestrian walks past a billboard in w […]

‘Brexit election’ raises hopes and fears in Northern Ireland

PM Boris Johnson's crushing election victory gives Britain a chance to move past years of Brexit gridlock -- especially in Northern Ireland, where social and political divides run deep
Britain's main opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn talks to students at Lancaster University on November 15, 2019 regarding the party's plans to deliver free full fibre broadband if they win the general election. Photo: Peter Byrne / Pool
Britain's main opposition Labour party l […]

Youth vote an unpredictable factor in UK election

Young voters are the most europhile and left-wing in Britain, yet also the least likely to vote, representing an unknown factor in Thursday's battle for Downing Street
Women hold a giant banner reading "Careful, sexist violence kills" during a demonstration to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Madrid on November 25, 2019. Photo: Oscar Del Pozo / AFP
Women hold a giant banner reading "Caref […]

Far right challenges Spain’s fight against gender violence

Two decades ago Ana Orantes gripped Spain when she recounted during a prime-time television interview the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband for 40 years