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June 25, 2019
Gabriel Cruz trial: “The only true thing she said is that she killed the child”

Gabriel Cruz trial: “The only true thing she said is that she killed the child”

Inside a 15-square-meter room in Almería’s provincial courthouse, seven women and two men on Wednesday began to deliberate on the future of Ana Julia Quezada, the self-confessed killer of an eight-year-old child named Gabriel Cruz.Seguir leyendo.

Spain headed for fourth election in four years, as parties fail to do deals

Spain headed for fourth election in four years, as parties fail to do deals

Spain is closer than ever to its fourth general election in as many years, after its political parties failed to reach a governing deal in the wake of the inconclusive April 28 polls. Despite months of negotiations, no agreement has been reached between the Socialist Party (PSOE), which won most...

Number of Britons registered in Spain jumps 10% amid Brexit uncertainty

Number of Britons registered in Spain jumps 10% amid Brexit uncertainty

The majority of Britons who decide to move countries head for Spain – indeed the British community has not stopped growing since registers were first established.Seguir leyendo.

How abstention could affect the results of a repeat general election

How abstention could affect the results of a repeat general election

The abstention rate is likely to be a deciding factor in the results of a repeat Spanish election. If Spain does head to the polls on November 10, as is expected, the outcome of the vote may be less fractured if there is a significantly lower voter turnout. Some experts argue that this will hurt...

Body of Dutch man missing in floods found, bringing total victims to seven

Body of Dutch man missing in floods found, bringing total victims to seven

A seventh victim of the extreme weather conditions that battered parts of Spain last week was located today in Alicante province. Early indications suggest that the body is that of a 66-year-old man of Dutch origin who disappeared on Sunday in the municipality of Dolores after being swept away by...

Spanish economy failing to meet growth forecasts

Spanish economy failing to meet growth forecasts

The Spanish economy is losing momentum sooner and more intensely than expected, according to new figures released by the National Statistics Institute (INE).Seguir leyendo.

Meet the most sought-after young men in Madrid

Meet the most sought-after young men in Madrid

Between the two of them they have more than four million followers on Instagram, and they didn’t need to buy any of them. Omar Ayuso and Arón Piper owe this to Élite (or, Elite), the Netflix-produced series that has become a global phenomenon, and whose second season was released on the streaming...

Spain: Consummated irresponsibility

Spain: Consummated irresponsibility

The parliamentary groups and leaders who have participated in the talks with Spanish head of state King Felipe VI this week will have a very hard time explaining to citizens the fact that they allowed five months to elapse without managing to close a deal to form a government in all that...

El Roto

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, September 18, 2019

Draghi and the big guns

Draghi and the big guns

Despite some internal resistance, the European Central Bank this week approved what most likely will be the last package of euro-zone stimulus measures that is headed by the institution’s president, Mario Draghi. These measures are basically defined by negative interest rates, a return to the...

Jury shown reconstruction of Gabriel Cruz murder on day four of trial

Jury shown reconstruction of Gabriel Cruz murder on day four of trial

The jury in the Gabriel Cruz murder case were yesterday shown a reconstruction of the crime on day four of the trial of his self-confessed killer, Ana Julia Quezada.Seguir leyendo.

Killer of Spanish eight-year-old: “Calm down Ana, you’re not going to jail”

Killer of Spanish eight-year-old: “Calm down Ana, you’re not going to jail”

“Calm down Ana, you’re not going to jail.”Seguir leyendo.

Killer of Spanish eight-year-old: “I just wanted him to shut up”

Killer of Spanish eight-year-old: “I just wanted him to shut up”

“Did you kill the son of your partner?”Seguir leyendo.

Spanish child Gabriel Cruz clung to life for up to 90 minutes, says lawyer at trial

Spanish child Gabriel Cruz clung to life for up to 90 minutes, says lawyer at trial

Gabriel Cruz, an eight-year-old child who was killed in southern Spain in February of last year, clung to life for 45 to 90 minutes after his alleged murderer struck him, said the family’s lawyer at the trial that began Monday in Almería.Seguir leyendo.

Air pollution in Madrid’s low-emission zone rises back to pre-fine levels

Air pollution in Madrid’s low-emission zone rises back to pre-fine levels

Nitrogen dioxide levels in the low-emissions zone Madrid Central rose over July and August, according to a new report by environmental group Ecologists in Action that is based on local data.Seguir leyendo.

Man kills ex-wife, her mother and sister in northwestern Spain

Man kills ex-wife, her mother and sister in northwestern Spain

A man has confessed to killing his ex-wife as well as her mother and sister in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia.Seguir leyendo.

Eastern Spain takes stock of worst storm in 140 years

Eastern Spain takes stock of worst storm in 140 years

The worst storm to hit eastern Spain in the last 140 years finally let up on Sunday after wreaking havoc in Valencia, Alicante, Murcia and Almería.Seguir leyendo.

Bad education? Why more class time has not improved academic results in Spain

Bad education? Why more class time has not improved academic results in Spain

A student at a Spanish high school receives 1,045 hours of class time a year – 246 more than a Finnish student (808) – but performs worse on average on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test, according to the report Education at a Glance 2019, from the Organisation for...

On Catalonia Day, separatists vow to keep working for independence

On Catalonia Day, separatists vow to keep working for independence

Supporters of independence observed Catalonia Day, known locally as the Diada, with a march that organizers meant as a show of force ahead of the upcoming verdict following the trial of secessionist leaders at Spain’s Supreme Court.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

Spain’s King Felipe VI has summoned political leaders to a last round of consultations to determine a prime ministerial candidate ahead of a possible investiture vote, according to a press release from La Zarzuela royal palace. The meetings, which will take place on September 16 and 17, will be the...

Romanian parents “under suspicion” after baby accidentally takes ecstasy

Romanian parents “under suspicion” after baby accidentally takes ecstasy

They had been cooped up inside the house all day, and the baby was getting restless. It was also getting hot inside the narrow two-story home. Dee, the mother, decided to get some fresh air in the park across the street. At first she and her child sat down on the sand under the slide, making the...

The Tax Agency insider who helped defraud foreign sports players of €6.3m

The Tax Agency insider who helped defraud foreign sports players of €6.3m

A Madrid court and the public prosecutor for financial crimes have busted a criminal organization that was defrauding foreign soccer and basketball players at Spanish clubs of potential income tax refunds.Seguir leyendo.

Number of super-rich in Spain grows 74% since reintroduction of wealth tax

Number of super-rich in Spain grows 74% since reintroduction of wealth tax

Spain’s super-rich population has grown 74% since wealth tax was reintroduced in 2011, in the middle of the economic recession.Seguir leyendo.

Spain sees fall in July tourist visits for second year running

Spain sees fall in July tourist visits for second year running

Competition from cheaper vacation destinations than Spain is clear to see in tourism figures for July. According to data from Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE), a total of 9.9 million foreign tourists came to the country in that month, which represents a 1.3% fall on the same period in...

Spaniard “horrified” after causing 130 flight cancellations at Munich airport

Spaniard “horrified” after causing 130 flight cancellations at Munich airport

Some mistakes may seem innocuous yet they can carry a high price. A young man from Spain on Tuesday involuntarily triggered a security alert at Munich airport after walking through the wrong door on his way to catch a Madrid flight, said federal police in Germany.Seguir leyendo.

The Spaniards in the United Kingdom left adrift by the threat of a no-deal Brexit

The Spaniards in the United Kingdom left adrift by the threat of a no-deal Brexit

Brexit is a recurring nightmare for many of the 3.5 million EU nationals living in the United Kingdom and who, for the first time, do not feel so welcome in the country. When Britain voted to leave the European Union in the 2016 referendum, most EU residents in the UK were unprepared for the result...

Spain activates 875 public servants in preparation for a “hard Brexit”

Spain activates 875 public servants in preparation for a “hard Brexit”

The Spanish government has activated nearly a thousand public employees in order to deal with the extra work that is expected should the United Kingdom crash out of the European Union without a deal on October 31, a process commonly referred to as a “no-deal Brexit.”Seguir leyendo.

Spain warns 90,000 companies about risk of no-deal Brexit

Spain warns 90,000 companies about risk of no-deal Brexit

Spain’s tax authorities have sent more than 90,000 letters to exporting companies with ties to the United Kingdom to warn them about the adverse effects of a no-deal Brexit, and recommend that businesses take steps to adapt to this possibility.Seguir leyendo.

Madrid calls on regions to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

Madrid calls on regions to prepare for a no-deal Brexit

Gibraltar remains one of the most sensitive issues for Spain in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Spain’s acting foreign minister, Josep Borrell, on Thursday acknowledged that there is concern regarding management of the border separating Spain from the British Overseas Territory, located in the south...

Gibraltar braces itself for Brexit damage as the divorce approaches

Gibraltar braces itself for Brexit damage as the divorce approaches

When a Gibraltarian is queried on the tricky question of sovereignty, the answer is usually prompt and precise: “We are British, not English.”Seguir leyendo.

From the ‘Airbnb scam’ to phishing: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

From the ‘Airbnb scam’ to phishing: how to spot fraud when flat-hunting

In 2013, when she was 25 years old, María Martín-Consuegra found the perfect apartment. “It was a flat in Ronda de Toledo [Madrid] for one person, it was just what I was looking for,” she explains. “The rent was €400. It was a bargain. I thought I’d been really lucky.” But what looked like good...

Toledo’s Visigothic city under threat by real estate development

Toledo’s Visigothic city under threat by real estate development

When King Theudis decided to move the capital of the Visigothic kingdom to Toledo in the middle of the sixth century, he had no idea that modern urban planning laws would try to bury it under concrete.Seguir leyendo.

The Prado all to yourself? For the world’s ultra-wealthy, it’s an option

The Prado all to yourself? For the world’s ultra-wealthy, it’s an option

While some tourists do Madrid on a shoestring, a select few see a side to the city well beyond the reach of the masses.Seguir leyendo.

Reccopolis, the Versailles of Spain’s deserted interior

Reccopolis, the Versailles of Spain’s deserted interior

The problem was that the Spanish historians working at the end of the 19th century knew very little Arabic. They understood Greek and Latin, but almost none of them were working with Muslim sources. It wasn’t until the Spanish archaeologist Juan Catalina García López began asking questions about...

Neymar makes cameo in Netflix hit ‘Money Heist’ after rape case dropped

Neymar makes cameo in Netflix hit ‘Money Heist’ after rape case dropped

The more avid viewers of hit Netflix show Money Heist will no doubt have already watched the third season of the Spanish production, which was released on the streaming platform on July 19.Seguir leyendo.

Life in a Chucky costume in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

Life in a Chucky costume in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

Enrique wakes up every day at 6.30am. He works out at the gym for two hours. At 9am, he arrives, dressed and ready, at his workplace: Puerta del Sol in downtown Madrid, the busiest square in Spain. Hidden behind a tree, he climbs into a Winnie-the-Pooh costume. For the next nine hours, to the...

A global mission to track down microplastics makes a stop in Spain

A global mission to track down microplastics makes a stop in Spain

In 2013, a schooner named Tara carrying a team of explorers and scientists completed a three-year odyssey across the world’s oceans. The expedition conducted the largest ever census of marine plankton: drifting micro-organisms that generate half of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere.Seguir leyendo.

Why most recyclable construction waste is being dumped illegally in Spain

Why most recyclable construction waste is being dumped illegally in Spain

For every citizen in the European Union, around a ton of construction waste is generated every year. But in Spain the figure is even higher. According to public documents from the Spanish government, trash from building and demolition work accounts for 40% of all waste, which is between 10 and 15...

“It’s an environmental catastrophe” – The algae threatening Spain’s southern coast

“It’s an environmental catastrophe” – The algae threatening Spain’s southern coast

For more than six months, fishermen in the Strait of Gibraltar have been struggling to catch any fish. They would throw out their trammel nets in the hope of catching salmon, sole, bream and cuttlefish, but instead pull up dozens of kilos of brown-colored algae. It is not your typical algae, it is...

Winter is coming, and so is the ‘Game of Thrones’ official exhibition...

Winter is coming, and so is the ‘Game of Thrones’ official exhibition...

Arya’s dagger, Jon Snow’s fur cloak, the Night King’s ice blade, the scimitars of the Dothraki and the iconic Iron Throne... Spanish fans who have been left wanting more Game of Thrones after the HBO hit series came to an end in June will soon have the opportunity to relive the story first-hand, as...

Why does Rosalía attract so many haters in her home country?

Why does Rosalía attract so many haters in her home country?

There are three things you will find in the bathrooms of music festivals: drugs, bad smells and opinions. After Rosalía’s concert at Primavera Sound in June, the fans of the Barcelona-born singer described her as a “goddess,” while her detractors complained: “she did the same thing in Coachella,”...

Spain picks Almodóvar’s latest movie for consideration at Academy Awards

Spain picks Almodóvar’s latest movie for consideration at Academy Awards

The latest film from acclaimed director Pedro Almodóvar will be representing Spain at the next Academy Awards as a candidate in the Best International Film category. Pain and Glory, which stars long-time Almodóvar collaborators Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz, beat out Alejandro Amenábar’s...

The Hollywood stars who holiday in Spanish villages

The Hollywood stars who holiday in Spanish villages

It is common to see international stars and influential figures traveling to Spain’s most popular tourist destinations – places like Ibiza, Mallorca, Marbella and Barcelona. But there are other Hollywood actors who prefer the charm of a traditional Spanish village to the glitz and glamor of these...

From sidewalk to catwalk: giving Spain’s street vendors a chance to shine

From sidewalk to catwalk: giving Spain’s street vendors a chance to shine

Abdou Touray always wanted to be a model. But that was a difficult goal to achieve in Gambia, a country the 29-year-old fled from in order to escape the regime of dictator Yahya Jammeh. “I left Africa through Libya in 2013. From there I traveled to Italy and then to Switzerland. In 2015, I arrived...

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.

Visiting the Prado Museum with Spanish artist Miquel Barceló

Visiting the Prado Museum with Spanish artist Miquel Barceló

Where should we start? Van der Weyden, for example. I am standing in front of The Descent from the Cross. I often come to look at this painting. One day, after lots of visits, I realized that its intense presence was due to something very concrete – the subjects are enclosed within a very narrow...

The dark side of the Caribbean

The dark side of the Caribbean

THE COCAINE THAT WASHES IN FROM THE SEA The last man you come across in Mexico can be found at the following coordinates: 18º 12’ 9” N and 87º 50’ 36” W. He is almost always there working on his rooftop terrace. His name is Don Luis and his home faces the Caribbean Sea beyond the ubiquitous...

Antarctica: a trip to the heart of global warming

Antarctica: a trip to the heart of global warming

The Antarctic is the only continent in the world without any countries, borders or wars. But it is here, on a windy, lonely ‘island’ twice the size of Australia where 90% of the planet’s ice survives, that scientists are wrestling with the complexities of the impact of climate change on...

The 10 most popular local fiestas in Spain

The 10 most popular local fiestas in Spain

From water fights and medieval processions to Viking funerals and fire-making workshops, take a look at some of the country’s most colorful and curious festivities

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