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Riot squad chief in Madrid fired over failures at Dignity March protests

Anabel Díez Madrid

Poor coordination contributed to injury count of over 100, head of National Police tells Congress


Drop November vote and we can talk, Rajoy tells Catalan nationalists

Prime Minister unveils Popular Party policy guidelines for European elections in a Senate address

Socialists resign in Girona over party line on referendum

Agencies Girona 1

Members of the PSC claim that citizens “don’t know who to vote for in terms of a leftist party” in Catalonia


Brazilian star Neymar (center) is presented at Barcelona. / GETTY

Barça can sign players, says Fifa

Jordi Quixano Barcelona

Soccer governing body puts transfer ban on hold, taking into account “complexity” of case against club


Economy will grow an average 1.5% in next two years, says De Guindos

El País Madrid 1

Minister also expects “relatively significant” job creation in 2014 and 2015


Despite its origins as a mosque, the Córdoba Mezquita is registered in the Catholic Church's name. / Andrés Campos

Taking back Córdoba Mezquita from Church makes no sense, argues justice minister

El País Madrid

Institution registered World Heritage Site in its name in 2006 using Francoist law expanded under conservative Popular Party


Easter results point to recovery in domestic tourism

El País Madrid

Accommodation occupancy rates up to 75.7%, seven points above the same period last year, says Minister José Manuel Soria


Spain violated rights treaty by expelling Sahrawis, rules ECHR

Interior Ministry decided that asylum requests filed in 2012 by 30 refugees had no merits


Bárcenas: PP superiors were aware treasurers were handing out cash

Former Popular Party moneyman reveals further details about illegal financing. Slush fund was used to pay for Rajoy's dress suits, he tells judge



Father tries to smuggle daughter into Spain inside suitcase

El País Madrid

Civil Guard arrest man after attempt foiled at port in Tarifa


More foreigners are leaving Spain than ever, new figures reveal

El País Madrid

Flash update from National Statistics Institute shows drop in registered population


15 new official suspects named in Andalusia layoff fund inquiry

Former Popular Party deputy for Jaén among those mentioned in Judge Alaya’s latest writ

regional politics

PNV announces new strategy for independent Basque nation

Pedro Gorospe Bilbao

Regional leader Iñigo Urkulla calls for “dialogue, agreement and ratification” with Spain, but rules out making any unilateral declarations of independence

road safety

Traffic backs up during the Easter weekend on the highway between Irún and France. / Javier Etxezarreta (EFE)

Easter vacation traffic deaths up from last year

A total of 32 people lost their lives on Spanish roads between April 11 and midnight Sunday

Fifteen killed on roads during first weekend of Easter vacation

El País Madrid

Figure already represents more than half the total number of deaths during entire holiday in 2013

The aftermath of a traffic accident in Pontevedra in 2013. / SXENICK (EFE)

Spain’s roads currently in worst condition since 1985

Spending of €6.2 billion on repairs is required, but budget shows more cuts

social networks

Prosecutor to investigate Twitter feed over disabilities jokes

Ramón Muñoz Madrid

@HumorrNegro account, which has 164,000 followers, will also be probed for inciting racial hatred

air accident

Remains of crashed rescue chopper found off Fuerteventura

Bodies of four crew members located inside cabin, which is 2,362 meters below the surface

“Operation Altarpiece” ensnares Galician Church in corruption case

José Precedo Santiago de Compostela

Police uncover ring that awarded subsidies for church restoration in exchange for hiring specific companies

Andalusia chief demands ministry check facts over fraud claims

Jesús Duva / Lourdes Lucio Madrid / Seville

Allegations of a multi-million-euro training-course scam are an “abuse against Andalusia,” claims education commissioner

Police probe allegations of multi-million-euro fraud in Málaga

Subsidies from Andalusian regional government may have been used to pay for courses that were never held

royal family

The Air Force Airbus A310 that carries members of the Spanish royal family. / ALBERTO MARTÍN (EFE)

Fifth mechanical fault in six months sees king’s plane delayed

El País Madrid

Engineers manage to repair fuel valve on Juan Carlos’ A-310 to get him to soccer final in time

David Cameron and his children in Lanzarote earlier this week. / Javier Fuentes (EFE)

David Cameron’s Canary Island break

Txema Santana Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

British PM opts for rural tourism in Lanzarote during Easter vacation

Girl kept as slave for nine years in Argentina by followers of pagan cult

Alejandro Rebossio Buenos Aires

Victim found wasting away in a garage, surviving on the leftovers of a well-fed monkey

Two fishermen dead and three missing after boat sinks off Asturias

EP Madrid

Crew of other vessel rescued survivors from the sinking ship


Ex-UDC official and businessman ordered to jail

EFE Barcelona

Government rejects pardons for duo who embezzled EU funds that were destined for a job-training program


One of the young Spaniards who ended up stuck in Germany after being promised a job that never materialized. / Björn Kietzmann

Germany cancels scheme to attract young jobless from abroad

Luis Doncel Berlin

Spaniards made up half of all applicants for The Job of My Life, which offered funding for language studies and help finding work

“I thought the Germans were serious, but now I’m not so sure”

Luis Doncel Berlin

Hundreds could find themselves trapped in Germany without work or money after training scheme is canceled


Judge gives banks deadline to supply information about Bárcenas

Investigating magistrate wants to know where ex-PP treasurer’s €50 million in Switzerland came from

Bárcenas claims former minister gave him access to cash accounts

Ex-PP treasurer tells judge that Francisco Álvarez-Cascos personally oversaw the ruling party’s undeclared slush fund

Jailed ex-PP treasurer loses courtyard privileges

EP Madrid

Luis Bárcenas sanctioned for insubordination during aborted trip to hospital


Five Spanish regions top EU unemployment table

El País Madrid 3

Andalusia, Ceuta, Melilla, the Canary Islands and Extremadura all more than triple the average

universal justice

Judge refuses to shelve Western Sahara, Guantanamo torture probes

Magistrate Pablo Ruz argues that Spain’s international commitments come before legal reforms

Eight more drug-trafficking suspects freed by High Court

María Fabra Madrid

Case involving hashish smugglers shelved by Judge Bermúdez following government reforms

independence drive

Independent Catalonia would be left out of the EU, Brussels insists

Ignacio Fariza Madrid 2

Reminder comes one day after advisory committee said region would likely be allowed to stay

regional politics

Fallout from squatter crisis prompts more talk of early elections

Lourdes Lucio Seville

Opposition conservatives may benefit from sense of “leftist chaos” in Andalusia region, as relationship between Socialists and United Left comes under increasing strain

Seville authorities to inspect eligibility of rehoused squatters

City inspectors will determine whether families at center of housing crisis will be able to keep their new subsidized homes

Crisis over squatters leaves Andalusia coalition damaged

Eleventh hour agreement reached between Socialists and United Left


Monday's march in Madrid in support of a new Republic. / SANTI BURGOS

Supporters of a new Republic call for a change in government

More than 2,000 people march in in central Madrid to demand the monarchy be abolished


Prosecutor demands 26 years for civil guards who “tortured” Britons

Andreu Manresa Palma de Mallorca

Men were arrested following a fight that was started by one of them inside a bar

No ruling in sight from top court on abortion legislation

María Fabra Madrid

Government’s new reform may be put into place before decision made on Socialists’ law

Trade opportunities

King Juan Carlos sits next to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of United Arab Emirates. / ALI HAIDER (EFE)

“Recession is over,” king tells investors in Abu Dhabi

Spanish businessmen fly to United Arab Emirates in hope of seeking new investments

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Elena Poniatowska, chronicler of inequality, accepts Cervantes prize

The 81-year-old Mexican is the fourth woman to receive the prestigious literary lifetime achievement award

Elena Poniatowska greeting King Juan Carlos at the Cervantes award ceremony. / LUIS SEVILLANO


Tío Pepe sign is returned to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol

Popular demand sees iconic 76-year-old sherry ad put back after new building owner had it removed

Online pressure forces travel agency to cancel bullfight holiday package

Ex-Madrid premier Aguirre says those against bullfighting are “anti-Spanish”


Why Spanish travelers prefer trains over planes

High-speed rail overtakes flights as most popular mode of travel

The Spanish regions that are topping the jobless tables

Billy Ehrenberg puts Spain’s unemployment crisis in context


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People at a bookstand in Barcelona. / MASSIMILIANO MINOCRI

A lean year for Sant Jordi

El País Barcelona

Modest book and flower sales expected in Catalonia during annual festive event

‘Ocho apellidos vascos’ becomes most-seen Spanish movie ever

Romantic comedy overtakes national box office figure set by ‘The Others’


Nacho Duato: “Ballet in Spain is like the Sahara desert”

Valencian choreographer who made the Centro Nacional de Danza a world reference to head the Staatsballet


Norman Foster drops plans to create Madrid foundation

Heritage committee vetoes world-famous British architect’s proposals to alter historic mansion


Panama Canal workers go on strike over salaries

EFE Panama City

Work stoppage comes after cost-overruns agreement reached

Court orders Santos to reinstate fired Bogota mayor

Former guerrilla was removed from office for violating free-market reforms

Rio shantytown violence spreads to Copacabana

Residents of nearby 'favela' block roads in famous beachside district, forcing shops to close early

Brazil passes far-reaching internet law

Bill establishes rules for providers and guarantees for users

US backs Argentina in ongoing dispute with creditors

Buenos Aires is protected by “sovereign immunity,” says deputy solicitor general

Rio’s ‘favelas’ rail against police occupation violence

Francho Barón Rio de Janeiro

Deaths of bystanders in shantytowns prompt communities to react

Venezuelan students will not abandon demonstrations

EFE / Alfredo Meza Caracas

Protest leaders issue demands for talks

the death of a literary giant

Colombia's President Santos (l) and his Mexican counterpart Peña Nieto (r) next to the urn of the late Nobel laureate. / EDGARD GARRIDO (REUTERS)

Thousands turn out to give “Gabo” a final farewell

Even in death, author Gabriel García Márquez was able to bring world leaders together

The last days of García Márquez

Juan Cruz Mexico City

Author's family fiercely guarded his private life to the end

“Gabo” fans converge at novelist’s homes in Mexico and Colombia

García Márquez will be cremated at a private service

A passion for Fidel

Gabriel García Márquez heard the name of the Cuban leader for the first time in 1955, while in exile alongside a group of Latin American intellectuals

“We arrived in México City as a purple sunset settled”

Pablo de Llano Mexico City

Snippets from the life of Gabriel García Márquez in his adopted country

Planeta Futuro

The unnamed bar where some prostitutes work in Roquetas de Mar. / ÁNGELES LUCAS

No way out for Almería’s prostitutes

Trapped by debts they owe to traffickers, hundreds of women are working in virtual slavery in brothels throughout the province. Their conditions have worsened as the crisis has deepened

Welcome to Planeta Futuro

EL PAÍS is launching a new portal focusing on sustainable global development, with the collaboration of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Child poverty rates on rise

Save the Children report calls on government to take “emergency measures,” with almost a third of Spanish children now at risk

Young refugees find a focus

Displaced Syrian children in Lebanese camps are being given a taste of photography

“We would all rather save lives than sell cars”

Jorge Martínez is the creator of the most successful promotional campaign ever run by a Spanish non-profit

My body, not the state’s

NGOs are campaigning to put sexual and reproductive rights on the agenda for development goal talks. They cite changes to Spain's abortion law as retrograde

Last stop Tangier

Morocco has taken on the role of guarding Europe's southern border, holding back those whose only dream is to make it into Europe by reaching Spanish soil

Missing the big picture

The movements of people who leave their home countries to seek a new life are changing direction, and Europe’s closed-doors policy could be a big mistake

“Everyone steals from you”

Each year thousands of Africans try to cross the Sahara to reach Europe. En route, many die and many just get trapped, unable to go on or get back home


Juan José Navarro, one of the owners of Casa Pepe. / Kike Para

Casa Pepe: a little piece of Franco’s Spain

Forty years after the return to democracy, the memory of military rule lives on in one Andalusia restaurant

Your outfit lacks the proper decorum... Your Honor

New legislation may see court clerks face sanctions for not coming to work in appropriate dress

parliamentary privilege

Italy's Silvio Berlusconi has spent a great deal of time in the country's lower courts. / A BIANCHI (REUTERS)

Who judges Spain’s political class?

More than 10,000 politicians and members of the judiciary can only be tried by higher courts. The time has come to trim that number back, critics say

How a tax raid changed business practices in Badalona’s Chinatown

Wholesalers in the Catalan city may have defrauded the state of €64 million


The National Police's Prevention and Reaction Unit (UPR) out on night patrol. / KIKE PARA

Punishing the pickpockets

Just how serious a problem is street theft in Spain? The courts are now issuing restraining orders to prevent offenders entering specific areas

What price the life of a Bangladeshi worker?

Primark employee Javier Chércoles has set up systems to provide payments to victims of 2013's Rana Plaza disaster



Facts, not words

Venezuela is agonizing one year after President Maduro adopted Hugo Chávez’s nefarious legacy as his own


A world has died

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel García Márquez encouraged Latin Americans to give voice to their dramas and challenges

The latest in European science

Atomium brings together universities, newspapers and businesses to boost the movement of knowledge

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