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June 25, 2019
How the streets of Barcelona have become a refuge for unaccompanied migrants

How the streets of Barcelona have become a refuge for unaccompanied migrants

In a tucked-away corner of the Sant Pau del Camp gardens, in the heart of Barcelona’s El Raval neighborhood, a group of young immigrants are sitting on the grass chatting. One of them is sniffing glue from a bag. For some time now, this park has been their home. Located not far from a regional...

The day that Trump ignored Spain in mission to stop an Iranian oil tanker

The day that Trump ignored Spain in mission to stop an Iranian oil tanker

Ten days ago, the Iranian foreign minister summoned the Spanish ambassador in Tehran, Eduardo López Busquets, to complain about the capture of the Grace 1 oil tanker, which was carrying 2.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum, on July 4 in the Gibraltar Straits – contested waters off the south of...

Madrid LGBT activists: “We teach the workshops that Vox wants to ban”

Madrid LGBT activists: “We teach the workshops that Vox wants to ban”

“Ms Monasterio, we teach the workshops that you want to ban.”Seguir leyendo.

Spanish police detain man with half a kilo of cocaine under his wig

Spanish police detain man with half a kilo of cocaine under his wig

Spain’s National Police detained a man at the end of July in Barcelona’s El Prat airport with half a kilo of cocaine hidden under his hairpiece. Despite the suspect’s best efforts to pass through customs unnoticed, he was visibly nervous, prompting the suspicions of the authorities. The size of the...

Acting Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez says deal with Podemos is dead in water

Acting Spanish PM Pedro Sánchez says deal with Podemos is dead in water

With a week to go before Spain’s acting prime minister submits to a congressional vote to confirm his reappointment, the bid looks increasingly doomed to fail.Seguir leyendo.

Eighty years later, book of children’s drawings prefaced by Aldous Huxley sees the light in Spain

Eighty years later, book of children’s drawings prefaced by Aldous Huxley sees the light in Spain

An airplane is a strange artifact. Especially for a child. And even more so if that child is going through a war. On the one hand, it looks like a toy zooming across the sky. On the other, it is a monster that hurls killer bombs out of its metal belly.Seguir leyendo.

Spain turns its back on coal, as use of the fossil fuel falls to historic lows

Spain turns its back on coal, as use of the fossil fuel falls to historic lows

It is not raining, there is less wind and the reservoirs are drying up. Summer is not a good time of year for renewables, and so the chimneys in the coal-fueled power stations of Spain should be belching out smoke right now as usual. And yet the use of this highly contaminating fossil fuel has hit...

A team for Europe that does not excite

A team for Europe that does not excite

Since we are in July, in pre-season and hence the time of new signings, it might be appropriate to use a soccer comparison to analyze the team recently selected by the heads of state and government that form the European Council, which in this case could be considered the governing board of a...

El Roto

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, July 16, 2019

Toni Nadal: Wimbledon abuses its authority

Toni Nadal: Wimbledon abuses its authority

The fact that Wimbledon defines its own rules and submits players to arbitrariness with its own seeding system is a long-standing issue. So we aren’t surprised by the controversy of the current season.Seguir leyendo.

Rising crime rate in Barcelona prompts return of citizen patrols

Rising crime rate in Barcelona prompts return of citizen patrols

With crime rates on the rise in Barcelona, some residents are taking the initiative and resorting to techniques of the past, which are now being made more effective thanks to modern technology.Seguir leyendo.

Spanish Congress receives a million signatures in favor of euthanasia

Spanish Congress receives a million signatures in favor of euthanasia

Spain still has no government in sight as politicians struggle to hammer out power-sharing deals in the wake of the April 28 election. But in the meantime, citizens have decided to send a message to their political leaders. On Friday, Congress is to be presented with one million signatures...

“You’re monkeys” | Video captures racist incident on a train in northern Spain

“You’re monkeys” | Video captures racist incident on a train in northern Spain

A Spanish association fighting against racism has shared a video recorded on July 1 on a train in Bilbao, in which a woman is seen insulting two young men with descriptions such as “fucking Africans,” “shitty Moors” and “monkeys,” among other epithets.Seguir leyendo.

First of Spain’s confirmed “stolen babies” finds family through DNA bank

First of Spain’s confirmed “stolen babies” finds family through DNA bank

The first woman to be recognized by the Spanish courts as one of the country’s so-called “stolen babies” revealed today that she has managed to locate her biological family after 32 years of searching. Thanks to a DNA database in the United States, Inés Madrigal has been put in touch with a second...

Manuela Carmena: “They will do a U-turn on Madrid Central”

Manuela Carmena: “They will do a U-turn on Madrid Central”

The “mansion” owned by Manuela Carmena, if you believe the rumor mills, is in reality a small house in a middle-class neighborhood of Madrid, complete with a little garden, just big enough for her hydrangeas and azaleas.Seguir leyendo.

On judge’s orders, Madrid Central low-emissions scheme back in action

On judge’s orders, Madrid Central low-emissions scheme back in action

Fines for entering the Madrid Central low-emissions zone were reactivated at midnight on Sunday, after a judge overturned a decision by the new city council to suspend the scheme.Seguir leyendo.

Victim in Manresa gang-rape case testifies in court

Victim in Manresa gang-rape case testifies in court

The phrase “It’s not abuse, it’s rape” is painted in purple letters on a path leading to an abandoned factory in Torre d’en Vinyes, a small town in Manresa in Barcelona province. Six men aged between 19 and 26, and another 39-year-old man, are accused of gang raping a 14-year-old teen inside this...

Brussels calls on Madrid, Barcelona to do more to combat air pollution

Brussels calls on Madrid, Barcelona to do more to combat air pollution

The European Commission has warned Spain it may face disciplinary action if it does not introduce tougher measures to reduce air pollution. According to sources from the European Union, environmental inspectors are keeping Spain “in the waiting room” while they decide whether to take the country to...

Spain’s acting PM wants constitutional change to prevent new stalemates

Spain’s acting PM wants constitutional change to prevent new stalemates

Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party (PSOE), wants to change the Constitution to prevent situations of deadlock like the one currently affecting Spanish politics. Although the country held a general election on April 28, Sánchez – who won the most votes but fell shy...

Catalan premier to face trial over refusal to take down yellow ribbons

Catalan premier to face trial over refusal to take down yellow ribbons

Catalonia’s regional high court, the TSCJ, has decided to put Catalan premier Quim Torra on trial for disobedience over his refusal to remove politically charged symbols from public buildings during the campaign race for the municipal and European elections of May 26.Seguir leyendo.

Citizen concern over state of Spanish politics at highest since 1985

Citizen concern over state of Spanish politics at highest since 1985

Politicians and political parties are considered one of the biggest problems facing Spain, according to the June survey from the Centre for Sociological Research (CIS). The poll found that politicians rank behind only unemployment on the list of Spaniards’ concerns. Almost a third of those...

Vox sends out personal insults to Ciudadanos chief via Twitter

Vox sends out personal insults to Ciudadanos chief via Twitter

The tensions surrounding the ongoing negotiations in the Madrid and Murcia regions to choose a new premier, and the pressure on far-right party Vox to support the candidates chosen by the conservative Popular Party (PP), exploded on Wednesday on social media, with one tweet that even contained...

‘Benvinguts’ to London’s ‘House of Catalonia’

‘Benvinguts’ to London’s ‘House of Catalonia’

Cities reinvent their own image over the years, concealing or revealing themselves as required. In 1900, for example, one of the few surviving Tudor-style buildings left in the City of London emerged from under several layers of whitewash and wood paneling.Seguir leyendo.

Spain returns to the front lines of European politics

Spain returns to the front lines of European politics

Ten years after dropping out of the front lines of Europe’s institutions, Spain is back in one of the top posts. Acting Foreign Minister Josep Borrell is set to become the new EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, a position he will take up in November.Seguir leyendo.

Spain’s political deadlock leaves €5 billion in regional funding in the air

Spain’s political deadlock leaves €5 billion in regional funding in the air

For months, Spanish regional governments have been struggling to patch their leaky budgets. While they passed their 2019 public accounts based on the central government’s revenue forecast for this year, the numbers are not adding up.Seguir leyendo.

¿Qué? podcast, S02E11: Spain’s political stalemate deepens

¿Qué? podcast, S02E11: Spain’s political stalemate deepens

This week on our podcast, the last of season two, we return to two familiar topics. First up we examine the deepening stalemate in Spanish politics, with no sign of a deal on the horizon between acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias.Seguir leyendo.

Attendees at Spanish metal festival help man in wheelchair crowd surf

Attendees at Spanish metal festival help man in wheelchair crowd surf

The crowd at last weekend’s Resurrection Fest – a heavy-metal festival that is held every summer in the Galician town of Viveiro – gave the rest of the world a lesson in ways to overcome the barriers that can be faced by the disabled.Seguir leyendo.

“The story of Jesús Gil is about how fragile we are as a society”

“The story of Jesús Gil is about how fragile we are as a society”

Question. Can we have forgotten how popular Jesús Gil y Gil became?Seguir leyendo.

Spanish grandmothers break stereotypes in gender-bending photo exhibition

Spanish grandmothers break stereotypes in gender-bending photo exhibition

A group of senior Spanish women are taking on stereotypes of elderly women in a playful photographic exhibition by Ana Amado, a photographer and architect from the northwestern Galicia region.Seguir leyendo.

Spanish producers call for bigger tax breaks for international productions

Spanish producers call for bigger tax breaks for international productions

During the last Cannes Film Market, the business counterpart to the Cannes Film Festival, there were plenty of countries boasting tax breaks for international movie projects. The magazine World of Locations published during the event, also carried a cover paid for by Malta, advertising its 40% tax...

The meteoric rise of Spanish star Rosalía

The meteoric rise of Spanish star Rosalía

She seems to have come out of nowhere to reignite the flamenco flame and set the global music scene alight. But her music goes beyond flamenco, fusing pop, R&B and electronica and cante onda, a type of flamenco vocal style from Andalusia.Seguir leyendo.

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...

Why Spanish is fast becoming Britain’s favorite foreign language

Why Spanish is fast becoming Britain’s favorite foreign language

Spanish has been the favored second language in countries such as the US and Brazil for decades, but it has always been less popular in the United Kingdom. Despite Brexit, its implications of isolation, indifference to other cultures and a general resistance towards learning foreign languages in...

“Let’s hope you kill yourself” – How Spain is failing bullying victims

“Let’s hope you kill yourself” – How Spain is failing bullying victims

Natalia De Agustín, 17, dropped out of high school before completing the recently ended academic year. She says she could no longer take the harassment she has been subjected to for the last nine years, at four different schools in the Madrid region.Seguir leyendo.

How much money do I have to give as a wedding gift in Spain?

How much money do I have to give as a wedding gift in Spain?

When you search for “wedding invitations” on Google, the first results you find are: “Best ways to ask for money on your wedding invitation,” “How to ask for money as a wedding present?”, and “Texts to ask for money as a gift in a wedding invitation.”Seguir leyendo.

Nicholas Negroponte: “Your children and my grandchildren will live to be 150”

Nicholas Negroponte: “Your children and my grandchildren will live to be 150”

Time has proven him right on nearly all counts. Nicholas Negroponte, 75, is in Madrid for Cruce de Caminos, a one-day event to discuss innovation, technology, economics and culture. Negroponte is confident about his vision for the future, which sounds quite bold. Then again, the things he was...

Video: What do tourists in Spain think after seeing their first bullfight?

Video: What do tourists in Spain think after seeing their first bullfight?

Many tourists go to see a bullfight when they visit Spain. Some know exactly what will happen. Others have no idea. Verne spoke to several tourists after they watched a bullfight for the first time during the San Isidro fiestas in Madrid on June 5 and 6.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 Prado’s treasures come to life in a special video production

The Prado’s treasures come to life in a special video production

The boy stares ahead, serious and brooding. You might be forgiven for thinking he was alive, if it wasn’t for the fact that he has been perfectly still ever since 1859, when Víctor Manzano painted this portrait. And then, suddenly, he blinks. It is a split second but you catch it – and this is the...

Spain, the new springboard in Netflix’s bid for world domination

Spain, the new springboard in Netflix’s bid for world domination

Reed Hastings and Francisco Ramos, citizens of the US and Mexico respectively, are the perfect embodiment of Spanglish – the language and cultural hybrid that has been coming together for some years in a laudable bid for world domination. While they themselves have only been a team for a year and a...

Gaudi’s last tenant

Gaudi’s last tenant

There’s a guard who asks where you are going, and a security barrier in front of the door. A Japanese tourist with a giant camera takes photos of you without asking, while around 12 people line up to enter the souvenir shop. The bottleneck of people makes it difficult to walk around the...

María Moreno: the art of deconstructing flamenco

María Moreno: the art of deconstructing flamenco

María Moreno, 33, has illuminated the flamenco dance scene with a light of her own, yet the only thing she notices is the glow of other artists that she herself loves and admires. Anybody else might be feeling overwhelmed by her recent success – best new artist at the 2017 Jerez Festival for Alas...

Spain’s 10 best beaches, according to EL PAÍS readers

Spain’s 10 best beaches, according to EL PAÍS readers

These are the spots that received the most votes by followers of the travel supplement El Viajero in a recent online survey. How many of them do you know?

Ten cool corners of Spain where you can keep your coat on

Ten cool corners of Spain where you can keep your coat on

Desperate to escape the heat? Try the Valle del Roncal in Navarre, the highlands of Cuenca or villages in Cáceres and Huesca

Madrid’s “hottest street”: 72 bars packed into one kilometer

Madrid’s “hottest street”: 72 bars packed into one kilometer

This is the story of a residential street in Madrid that has morphed into a theme park. It is the hottest road in the capital according to Lonely Planet, whose guide to Madrid describes it as “lined with tapas bars and cocktail spots in Madrid’s Chamberí neighborhood, [which] has skyrocketed in...

Ten Spanish cities that will make you fall in love with archaeology

Ten Spanish cities that will make you fall in love with archaeology

Cities are living beings that have witnessed the passing of hundreds or even thousands of years. Over time, their stories have become hidden under layers of concrete and pavement. But archaeologists know how to spot the clues, read them, and explain what these remains could have meant in their...

The 10 most beautiful villages of Asturias, according to EL PAÍS readers

The 10 most beautiful villages of Asturias, according to EL PAÍS readers

From the colorful houses of Cudillero to the medieval palace of Bandujo, Spain’s northwestern region is home to a great variety of picturesque towns

Could this be the last original craftsman of the Toledo sword?

Could this be the last original craftsman of the Toledo sword?

It’s a quiet Thursday morning in the ancient Spanish city of Toledo, and Mariano Zamorano is standing outside of his store looking out across the empty cobblestone street. Behind him, past walls covered with gleaming swords of varying lengths and designs, the faint sound of clanking metal can be...

How to use English to sound more Spanish

How to use English to sound more Spanish

Languages evolve, nabbing words and phrases from other dialects for all sorts of reasons – because that’s just the name of the thing they’re describing (Ketchup), because they sum up the latest home living trend (hygge), or because they serve an essential professional purpose (feedback,...

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