The English Edition of EL PAÍS has had a bumper year in 2018, attracting more readers than ever before in its nearly 20-year history. The diversity of the stories that have attracted most attention over the last 12 months reflects the diversity of our readers, who these days are mostly to be found in the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom – in that order. Honorable mentions too for our friends in Canada, India, Germany, Australia, Mexico and Ireland, whose numbers have also swelled.
As the year draws to a close, here is the first in a two-part rundown of our most-read articles. Thanks to all of you for reading – our team wishes you very happy holidays.
An article written by the paper’s chief travel writer raised the ire of Spaniards online, but left English Edition editor Simon Hunter somewhat conflicted.
Besides writing prize-winning fiction, the Nobel Laureate has fought tirelessly for civil liberties. With his new book, ‘The Call of the Tribe,’ he promotes liberal thought and pays tribute to seven authors who embrace it. Sunday magazine EL PAÍS SEMANAL spoke to him about liberalism, intellectual blindness and the dangers facing democracy today.
After a year spent living in Switzerland, Princess Cristina’s husband, Iñaki Urdangarin, was facing a three-year prison sentence for his role in the Noós corruption scandal. He is currently the only male inmate at the Brieva women’s penitentiary in Ávila province.
“The beauty pageant is for women who are born women,” said Valeria Morales alluding to Seville model Ángela Ponce who, despite a torrent of online abuse, went on to participate in the December event and was paid a special tribute by organizers and the audience.
As a wider range of beers than ever becomes available, quality is improving. Here are Spain’s top 10, found in most supermarkets. ¡Salud!
Spain enjoys plenty of hours of sun, yet apartments and houses are often completely shut off to natural light. Why is this?
The murder of a child in Spain’s Almería province captured worldwide attention. The story took an even more tragic turn when his father’s girlfriend was discovered with the boy’s body in the trunk of her car. This was the most-read story of the many that we ran on this case.
Stories about the UK’s exit from the European Union always attract the interest of our readers, and this article – which explained how the number of British people officially living in the country has dropped from 397,892 to 240,785 in the past five years – was no exception.
This story, originally published in July 2016, explains how scopolamine – a well-known drug in Colombia – is now being used in robberies and sexual assault in Spain.
An analysis of social networks reveals how Kremlin-backed media outlets boosted xenophobic discourse.