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June 25, 2019
Spain’s High Court opens investigation into Russian spying unit in Catalonia

Spain’s High Court opens investigation into Russian spying unit in Catalonia

Spain’s High Court, the Audiencia Nacional, has opened an investigation into the alleged activities of a group linked with the Russian intelligence service during the 2017 Catalan breakaway bid, three sources have confirmed to EL PAÍS. The sealed investigation, opened by Judge Manuel...

Amnesty International calls for release of two Catalan separatist leaders

Amnesty International calls for release of two Catalan separatist leaders

Human rights NGO Amnesty International this week released a detailed report on the judgement handed down by Spain’s Supreme Court last month that convicted the leaders of the failed 2017 secession bid in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia.Seguir leyendo.

Could the Thirty Meter Telescope be built in Spain’s Canary Islands?

Could the Thirty Meter Telescope be built in Spain’s Canary Islands?

The city hall of Puntagorda, a small municipality on La Palma in Spain’s Canary Islands, opened the door on Tuesday to the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). All the paperwork to build the pioneering 18-story tall €1.2 billion-scientific installation in Puntagorda is now in order. It...

Brussels urges Spain to form “stable government” to deal with high debt

Brussels urges Spain to form “stable government” to deal with high debt

The European Commission on Wednesday urged Spain to “form a stable government” that is able to come up with a budget plan that complies with EU rules.Seguir leyendo.

Two “La Manada” members get extra jail time for filming gang rape

Two “La Manada” members get extra jail time for filming gang rape

A court in the northern Spanish region of Navarre on Wednesday sentenced two members of the so-called “La Manada,” or “Wolf Pack,” to three years and three months in prison for filming the gang rape of an 18-year-old woman at the 2016 Running of the Bulls fiestas in Pamplona.Seguir leyendo.

Meet the Spanish deafblind man who has invented a new sign language

Meet the Spanish deafblind man who has invented a new sign language

An illness left Sergio Romero deaf, and with mobility and sensation problems, when he was five years old. At age 29, a back injury left him a paraplegic, and when he was 33, he lost his sight after suffering from pneumonia. But none of this has dampened his zest for life. Together with his carer,...

Five of Spain’s most captivating castles

Five of Spain’s most captivating castles

Spain is home to many castles, but these five are particularly special. They are located in areas of great natural beauty, and immediately take you back to a bygone era.Seguir leyendo.

A new waiting game in Spain

A new waiting game in Spain

On Tuesday, the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Unidas Podemos surprised Spain by striking a deal that they had been unable to reach after the elections in April. The first question the agreement raises is just that: if it was possible to sign an agreement in just a few hours, why were six months spent...

Is Venezuela becoming the Libya of the Caribbean?

Is Venezuela becoming the Libya of the Caribbean?

In 2011 Libya cracked into a thousand pieces. With United Nations authorization, a broad coalition attacked Libya, a mob murdered Muammar Gaddafi, his bloodthirsty regime collapsed, and the country fragmented. Eventually, two governments were formed, one based in Tripoli and another in Tobruk. Each...

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El Roto

El Roto cartoon, November 19, 2019

The great transformation: the Green New Deal for Spain, part II

The great transformation: the Green New Deal for Spain, part II

This is the second part of an article from Jeremy Rifkin about the “green new deal.” Click here to read the first part in English.Seguir leyendo.

Spain’s Socialists try to contain fallout from ERE corruption case ruling

Spain’s Socialists try to contain fallout from ERE corruption case ruling

The ongoing efforts by Spain’s caretaker prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, to form a government following his inconclusive victory at the November 10 election could be further complicated by the political fallout from a sweeping corruption case affecting his Socialist Party (PSOE).Seguir leyendo.

Sweeping corruption probe in southern Spain delivers first convictions

Sweeping corruption probe in southern Spain delivers first convictions

A court in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia has found two former regional premiers guilty of corruption-related crimes in a far-reaching scandal involving the Socialist Party (PSOE) that is known as the “ERE case.”Seguir leyendo.

The ERE and Gürtel corruption cases: differences and similarities

The ERE and Gürtel corruption cases: differences and similarities

In recent years, Spain’s Popular Party (PP) has been defending itself from accusations of corruption related to the so-called “Gürtel case” with an accusation of its own: the Socialist Party (PSOE)’s involvement in the “ERE case.” A frequent line used against the Socialists is that “they stole a...

“I’m not racist; I vote for Vox because you have to sort your own country out first”

“I’m not racist; I vote for Vox because you have to sort your own country out first”

Big stone houses, little stone houses, villas, semi-detached homes with pools, massive property after massive property... And then there’s Javier Merino’s bar. Thirty-five kilometers from the center of Madrid, south of the satellite town of Fuenlabrada, the 10,178 people living in Griñón voted...

Vox deputy offering ultrasounds outside Madrid abortion clinics

Vox deputy offering ultrasounds outside Madrid abortion clinics

A member of the Spanish far-right group Vox has been performing ultrasounds on pregnant women outside abortion clinics in Madrid. Gádor Joya, a pediatrician and a deputy in the Madrid regional assembly, says she has been providing the free service – dubbed the “Life Ambulance Project” – from a van...

Spain’s PM has a governing deal; now he needs to sell it to Congress

Spain’s PM has a governing deal; now he needs to sell it to Congress

The caretaker prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party (PSOE), is racing to secure his return to office after winning the repeat general election on Sunday but failing to secure a parliamentary majority.Seguir leyendo.

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

The conservative Popular Party (PP) was left without having won a single seat in the Basque Country at Sunday’s repeat general election. But after the final count of votes, including those of so-called “absent residents,” it turns out they won in the province of Bizkaia, bringing their new total in...

As protests continue in Catalonia, the public’s patience starts to wane

As protests continue in Catalonia, the public’s patience starts to wane

Ever since October 14, the day when Spain’s Supreme Court handed down convictions against leaders of the 2017 Catalan secession attempt, residents of the northeastern region have been living with periodic roadblocks, street protests, public transit disruptions, clashes between demonstrators and the...

In court, Catalan premier admits disobeying order to remove separatist symbols

In court, Catalan premier admits disobeying order to remove separatist symbols

Catalan premier Quim Torra was on trial for disobedience on Monday over his refusal to take down politically charged signs from public buildings during the campaign leading up to the municipal and European elections of May 26.Seguir leyendo.

New survey sees percentage of Catalans against independence rise

New survey sees percentage of Catalans against independence rise

Support for independence in Catalonia continues to fall, while the distance between those in favor and those against secession from Spain is growing. That’s according to the latest survey from the regional government’s official CEO research center, which shows that 41.9% of Catalan citizens are in...

Scottish court releases Catalan separatist Clara Ponsatí on bail

Scottish court releases Catalan separatist Clara Ponsatí on bail

A court in Scotland has released Catalan separatist Clara Ponsatí on bail and allowed her to keep her passport, according to her lawyer.Seguir leyendo.

Nineteen arrested as police clear Catalan protesters from French border

Nineteen arrested as police clear Catalan protesters from French border

Nineteen people were arrested on Tuesday morning – 18 by the French authorities and one by the Catalan regional police, the Mossos d’Esquadra – as they were participating in a roadblock of the AP-7 highway near La Jonquera, a busy border crossing between Spain and France.Seguir leyendo.

Who are the young people protesting in Barcelona?

Who are the young people protesting in Barcelona?

Since October 14, when the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to prison for sedition, Catalonia – especially Barcelona – has seen an escalating wave of protests, with demonstrators torching more than 1,000 trash containers, destroying street furniture and throwing rocks...

¿Qué? podcast, S03E8: Spain’s general election and the PSOE-Podemos deal

¿Qué? podcast, S03E8: Spain’s general election and the PSOE-Podemos deal

This week we discuss the outcome of Sunday’s repeat Spanish election, as well as the surprise deal announced less than 48 hours after the poll that the PSOE and Unidas Podemos would be forming a coalition government.Seguir leyendo.

How the term “mena” hurts unaccompanied migrant minors in Spain

How the term “mena” hurts unaccompanied migrant minors in Spain

The term “mena,” an acronym for menor extranjero no acompañado or unaccompanied foreign minor, is being increasingly used in public speeches and political rhetoric in Spain.Seguir leyendo.

Eighty-kilo passenger limit takes a weight off the shoulders of Mijas’s donkeys

Eighty-kilo passenger limit takes a weight off the shoulders of Mijas’s donkeys

Camarón is an 11-year-old donkey, weighing just over 300 kilos and with a shiny black-and-white coat. Every day he gets a good brush, is dressed with saddle bags and woolen garments and goes out to work with his colleagues: Torete, Farruco, Molinero and Pajarito. A team of 69 donkeys makes up the...

Spanish king defends democracy and human rights on state visit to Cuba

Spanish king defends democracy and human rights on state visit to Cuba

Spain’s King Felipe VI made a plea in support of democracy and human rights during a speech on Wednesday in front of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. After stating that change cannot be forced from the outside, in allusion to US pressure for regime change, the king insisted that “human rights are...

Spain continues to have one of the worst levels of English in Europe

Spain continues to have one of the worst levels of English in Europe

Spaniards do not have a good level of English. In fact, surveys from the European Union’s statistical office, Eurostat, and a report from the foreign language company, Education First, place Spain close to the bottom of the ladder compared to the rest of Europe when it comes to English...

Evo Morales ready to return to “pacify Bolivia, not as a candidate”

Evo Morales ready to return to “pacify Bolivia, not as a candidate”

Evo Morales, 60, has only been in Mexico for 24 hours – he landed there on Tuesday after the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador granted him political asylum on humanitarian grounds – and already his agenda is packed.Seguir leyendo.

The US trail of the man whose security firm spied on Julian Assange

The US trail of the man whose security firm spied on Julian Assange

What was David Morales, owner of UC Global S. L., the Spanish company that spied on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange during his stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, doing in Alexandria, Virginia?Seguir leyendo.

Inside Toledo’s Visigothic city

Inside Toledo’s Visigothic city

The work of a hundred scientists, historians and archaeologists from universities and research centers in Spain, the United Kingdom and Germany, is shedding new light on the archaeological site known as Los Hitos, in the central Spanish province of Toledo. What began a century ago as a quarry from...

The US mercenary pilot who shot down planes in Spain for $1,000

The US mercenary pilot who shot down planes in Spain for $1,000

The Polikarpov I-15 flying the colors of the Republican flag was unable to deal with the relentless machine-gun attack by the German Messerschmitt Bf 109s fighting on General Francisco Franco’s side during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939).Seguir leyendo.

Scientists burdened by legal uncertainty and lack of funding

Scientists burdened by legal uncertainty and lack of funding

Representatives from Spain’s most competitive research centers have come out to criticize the inaction of the government, eight months after the Socialist Party (PSOE) administration presented the urgent action it was going to take in order to remedy a situation of paralysis in the science...

Spanish economy feels the effects of a prolonged stalemate

Spanish economy feels the effects of a prolonged stalemate

The government that emerges from Spain’s parliamentary election on Sunday – if one is formed at all – will have an increasingly complicated situation to deal with on many fronts, including the economic one.Seguir leyendo.

Why China is set to pig out on Spanish ham

Why China is set to pig out on Spanish ham

Translator Sun Ruiheng, 23, has been a fan of Spanish jamón since she first sampled it in a restaurant. “The menu described it as raw and I asked for it because I like uncooked food,” she says. “I was surprised. It was much tastier than I had imagined. Now I try to eat it whenever I can – six or...

Gulf between the EU’s rich and poor continues to widen despite recovery

Gulf between the EU’s rich and poor continues to widen despite recovery

In 2017, the difference in GDP per capita (at purchasing power parity) between Europe’s richest region, West London, and Spain’s poorest, Extremadura, was €168,700. That’s 41% more than it was in 2007.Seguir leyendo.

Which Spanish products will be affected by Trump’s new tariffs?

Which Spanish products will be affected by Trump’s new tariffs?

Spanish producers of olive oil, wine, preserves, cured sausages, cheeses and fruit are on high alert after the United States government of President Donald Trump announced its decision to impose tariffs on exports from European Union countries including Spain, starting on October 18. This decision,...

Why does Rosalía cause so much controversy?

Why does Rosalía cause so much controversy?

Spain has produced a number of international musicians, such as Julio Iglesias and his son Enrique, but if Rosalía has a special place among them, it is because she has done so using Spain as her trademark. She doesn’t sing in English, she doesn’t use Swedish producers, she hasn’t had to sing with...

“Spanish feminism’s own history makes it ahead of its time”

“Spanish feminism’s own history makes it ahead of its time”

When Spanish author Nuria Varela wrote her book Feminismo para Principantes (or, Feminism for Beginners), almost nobody was talking about the issue. More than 50,000 copies of the book have been sold since then. And now, 15 years later, amid an unprecedented wave of feminism, Valera has published...

13 magical fall getaways in Asturias

13 magical fall getaways in Asturias

Tourism in inland Asturias is a treat for the spirited adventurer. Not only has a third of Spain’s northwestern region been designated protected parkland, it also boasts a wealth of rural retreats and wonderful food at reasonable prices. Then there’s the hearty welcome; Asturians know how to have a...

Brits in Spain resort to Irish ancestry to stay in the EU after Brexit

Brits in Spain resort to Irish ancestry to stay in the EU after Brexit

On June 23, 2016, Emma O’Sullivan spent the evening in her apartment in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, initially concerned and later shocked by what she was hearing on the BBC: that 52% of her fellow Brits had voted to exit the European Union, leaving her and around 1,300,000 more British...

Spain to maintain Gibraltar veto right in new Brexit deal

Spain to maintain Gibraltar veto right in new Brexit deal

Spain will maintain its veto right over Gibraltar in the new draft Brexit deal announced by the United Kingdom and the European Union on Thursday.Seguir leyendo.

How a no-deal Brexit will affect Britons’ healthcare coverage in Spain

How a no-deal Brexit will affect Britons’ healthcare coverage in Spain

Healthcare coverage for British nationals in Spain will depend on the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, a process commonly known as “Brexit.” If the agreements of November 2018 are respected, everything will stay the same until at least 2021. But if there is a no-deal Brexit,...

Brexit uncertainty drives 64% of Spaniards in the UK to apply for residency

Brexit uncertainty drives 64% of Spaniards in the UK to apply for residency

Uncertainty over the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, a process commonly known as Brexit, is pushing many foreigners in the country – in particular Spaniards – to register as residents.Seguir leyendo.

Spain calls on Brussels to limit Chinese steel imports after Brexit

Spain calls on Brussels to limit Chinese steel imports after Brexit

The caretaker industry, trade and tourism minister, Reyes Maroto, has sent a letter to the European Commission asking for a review of post-Brexit “safeguard measures,” or temporary restrictions on imports, affecting steel products coming into Europe.Seguir leyendo.

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

While Gerard Piqué was helping Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he was also carving himself a new future. The cup was won due to collective effort; the vision was the product of boredom.Seguir leyendo.

The Greta Thunberg generation

The Greta Thunberg generation

On a sunny afternoon in late summer, Roger Pallás, a 22-year-old Catalan student with blond hair and a wiry build, sits behind the wheel of his van on his way to the Costa Brava while he sings: “The people gonna rise like the waters, we’re gonna face this crisis now…” He has been trying to promote...

How Cirque du Soleil turned to the genius of Messi for inspiration

How Cirque du Soleil turned to the genius of Messi for inspiration

A red-and-white ball was the gift that Lionel Messi received on his fourth birthday, on June 24, 1991. A legend was born at that precise moment, as he reportedly proceeded to execute a series of mind-blowing moves with his present. “We froze when we saw all the things he knew how to do, because he...

The Alhambra’s own constant gardener

The Alhambra’s own constant gardener

In the gardens of San Francisco, along the Alhambra’s Calle Real street, there is a fragrance of honey. It lingers among the rose bushes, the cypresses and the palm trees in this corner of Granada’s famous palatial complex.Seguir leyendo.

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