Spain votes in six days, an election seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Rajoy's management of the financial crisis. Polls show his conservative Popular Party is out in front. But two protest parties have gained support in recent times.
The anthem is one of the few in the world that normally has no lyrics. Spaniards often hum, or stand silent when it is played. A lyricized version by singer Marta Sanchez has been praised by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
The Five Star protest party is riding high in the polls ahead of next week's election in Italy. Their anti-establishment, anti-immigrant message is resonating with frustrated Italians. Megan Williams reports from Rome.
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy has said he is willing to talk with Catalonia's new government after an electoral upset by separatists. Whether he is willing to meet with ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont is less clear.
Catalonia's parliamentary speaker has postponed a vote on Carles Puigdemont's re-election, prompting anger from allies of the fugitive former president. Supporters scuffled with police in front of the parliament.
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