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Madrid's Plaza Mayor to get a cultural makeover
Madrid's new council are planning a makeover for the city's Plaza Mayor. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Madrid's Plaza Mayor to get a cultural makeover

Madrid's famous main square is to get a makeover, with the city's new left-wing council planning to replace its markets with a host of cultural offerings. READ  

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Spanish royals complete first state visit to Mexico
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia are on their first state visit to the Americas this week. Photo: Hector Guerrero/AFP

Spanish royals complete first state visit to Mexico

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia are in Mexico, on their first state visit to the Americas since he came to the throne just over a year ago. READ  

Spain is home to quarter of new European citizens
A man holding a Spanish passport. Photo: Rodrigo Arangua / AFP.

Spain is home to quarter of new European citizens

One in four foreigners granted citizenship within the European Union lives in Spain, new figures show, more than in any other member state. READ  

Madrid International Film Festival 2015: the guide
A documentary about Lee Scratch Perry promises to be one of the highlights. Photo: visionofparadise.de

Madrid International Film Festival 2015: the guide

The Madrid International Film Festival returns this week with a programme of independent films from Europe, America, Australia and beyond. READ  

Optimistic PM raises Spain's growth forecast
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives at a summit in Brussels in June. Photo: Thierry Charlier / AFP

Optimistic PM raises Spain's growth forecast

Spain's conservative government has raised its economic growth forecast for this year to 3.3 percent and to 3 percent in 2016, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday. READ  

King Felipe VI launches Spanish proficiency test
There are 21 million people learning Spanish worldwide. Photo: AFP

King Felipe VI launches Spanish proficiency test

Spain’s King Felipe VI announced this week that at long last a globally recognized Spanish language certificate had been developed to test the proficiency across all Spanish speaking countries. READ  

Spain's unemployment drops for fifth month
Unemployed workers wait outside a government job centre in Madrid. Photo: Dani Pozo / AFP

Spain's unemployment drops for fifth month

The number of registered unemployed fell in Spain for the fifth straight month in June, although the drop was less than forecast. READ  

Barcelona's new mayor imposes curb on tourism
Tourist accommodation licenses will be suspended for one year. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Barcelona's new mayor imposes curb on tourism

Barcelona’s new mayor, Ada Colau, has suspended licenses for tourist accommodation in Barcelona while City Hall conducts an "in-depth analysis" of the sector. READ  

Tenerife timeshare crook shot dead at Essex home
A photo of John Palmer released by Spanish police. Photo: Spanish Interior Ministry

Tenerife timeshare crook shot dead at Essex home

Notorious gangster John "Goldfinger" Palmer, who made millions ripping off Brits in a Tenerife timeshare fraud, was shot dead outside his home last week. READ  

UEFA probes  Barça over independence flags
Catalans displayed the Estelada flag at the Camp Nou stadium. Photo: Lluis Gene / AFP

UEFA probes Barça over independence flags

UEFA has opened a disciplinary proceeding against Barcelona over the use of pro-Catalan independence flags during the Champions League final win against Juventus last month. READ  

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Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
Photo: Tinnyaw/Flickr

Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

Summer is officially here and the mercury is rising - for those of you who can't get to a beach, The Local offers you our tips on keeping cool in the city. READ  

My Spanish Career
'Valencia is the perfect place to live and work'
Stephanie Schulz settled in Valencia four years ago. Photo: Agustin Millan

'Valencia is the perfect place to live and work'

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local meets Stephanie Schulz, a German living in Valencia where she gives guided tours of the city. READ  

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In pics: King Felipe's first year on the throne
King Felipe celebrates one year on the Spanish throne on June 19th. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

In pics: King Felipe's first year on the throne

As King Felipe celebrates one year on the Spanish throne, The Local takes a look at what he has been up to during his first 12 months as Spanish monarch. READ  

Six Spanish streets you have to walk down
Passeig del Born in Barcelona. Photo: 1997 / Wikimedia Commons.

Six Spanish streets you have to walk down

To mark World Sauntering Day on Friday (yes, that is a real day), The Local counts down six of the loveliest streets to stroll down in Spain. READ  

Women shaping Spain: The top 100
Top from left: Queen Letizia, Ana Botin, Mireia Belmonte. Bottom from left: Ada Colau, Amaya Valdemoro, Sister Lucia Caram. Photo: AFP and Wikimedia Commons.

Women shaping Spain: The top 100

Ada Colau, the new left-wing mayor of Barcelona has stormed into the latest list of Spain's most influential women and she is in good company; the Queen, a nun and an Olympian also make the list. READ  

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Feelng cooler? Another heatwave starts Friday
A man does push-ups while cooling off by a fountain in Seville. Photo: Cristina Quicler/AFP

Feelng cooler? Another heatwave starts Friday

Hot winds blowing in from Africa will cause another heatwave across Spain from Friday, which is set to last for at least nine days and extend to the rest of Europe. READ  

Ryanair takes on Spain’s air traffic controllers
Ryanair have launched a campaign to keep skies open. Photo: Philippe Huguen / AFP

Ryanair takes on Spain’s air traffic controllers

Budget airline Ryanair has called on members of the public across Europe to back its new campaign to stop air traffic controllers going on strike, ahead of partial stoppages called by Spain’s air traffic controllers during two weekends in July. READ  

The ultimate guide to Madrid's Gay Pride 2015
Europe's biggest LGBT pride event will take place in Madrid from July 1st - July 5th. Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP

The ultimate guide to Madrid's Gay Pride 2015

From drag-queen stiletto racing to Rick Astley, this year's Madrid pride promises to be better than ever. The Local takes a look at the highlights. READ  

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The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law
Spaniards have been protesting as the country's new "gag law" comes into force. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

The ten most repressive points of Spain's gag law

Its many detractors complain that the new "gag law" introduced today harks back to the repressive days of the Franco regime. Here are a list of its most controversial points. READ  

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How 'Spanish plume' set off a heatwave in the UK
A man relaxes in a deck chair in central London. Photo: Bed Stansall / AFP

How 'Spanish plume' set off a heatwave in the UK

A heatwave has hit the UK, largely due to a flow of very warm air from southern Europe, and in particular the Iberian peninsula. Meteorologist Peter Inness explains the weather phenomenon. READ  

Man drunk in charge of a bike fined €1,000 in Spain
A cyclist has been fined €1,000 for being over the alcohol limit in Spain. Photo: knehcsg/Flickr

Man drunk in charge of a bike fined €1,000 in Spain

A man in northern Spain has been fined €1000 ($1,110) for cycling under the influence of alcohol. READ  

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Hay 'spontaneously combusts' in heatwave
A photo of Cantabrian cattle. Photo: Javier Mediavilla Ezquibela / Wikimedia Commons.

Hay 'spontaneously combusts' in heatwave

The heatwave spreading across Spain and western Europe almost claimed some cattle victims when hay stored inside a barn full of cows spontaneously combusted in the heat. READ  

John Noakes 'recovering well' after missing ordeal
John Noakes with Shep during his Blue Peter days. Photo: BBC archive

John Noakes 'recovering well' after missing ordeal

The Blue Peter legend who was missing for ten hours yesterday on one of the hottest days of the year is said to be recovering well at his home after being found by police in a storm drain. READ  

Ibiza opens exclusive whimsical dining club
The men behind former "best restaurant in the world" ElBulli have opened a new venture in Ibiza. Photo: Jamie Reina/AFP

Ibiza opens exclusive whimsical dining club

Ibiza has a new place to see and be seen, a venue that promises to be the 2015 celebrity hang out of the White Island. And of course it comes with a price tag: €100 just to visit the terrace. READ  

Spain's 'gag law' brought into force amid protests
Demonstrators with gags protest against the new law in Madrid. Photo Dani Pozo / AFP

Spain's 'gag law' brought into force amid protests

The controversial public security law comes into force on Wednesday amid fears that it will limit freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest. READ  

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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class
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Teacher kills rabbits in front of class

Outraged parents and students from Horn, Lower Austria have called for a secondary school teacher to be sacked after he killed two rabbits in front of his class as part of a biology lesson. READ  

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated
Bathers swimming in the Rhine River in Basel, expected to be one of the hottest places in the country. Photo: Basel Tourismus

Worst Swiss heatwave since 2003 anticipated

Switzerland is preparing for the most intense heatwave in almost 12 years with weather experts predicting high temperatures above 35C for the first eight to ten days of July. READ  

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes
Photo: DPA

Refugee host school bans revealing clothes

A school in Bavaria has sent a letter home to parents warning them not to let their daughters wear revealing blouses or short skirts, because emergency accommodation for refugees has been set up next to the gym. READ  

Danish theme park rejects racism charge
The "Hottentot Carousel" at Djurs Sommerland. Photo: Everyday Racism Project DK

Danish theme park rejects racism charge

A 20-year-old attraction in Djurs Sommerland suddenly became a hot topic this week after a group accused it of being racist and many others rushed to defend it. READ  

French air traffic controllers set for strike
One union cancels a strike, another says it will go ahead. Photo: AFP

French air traffic controllers set for strike

There's both good news and bad news for travellers in France after plans by an air traffic controllers union to hold a strike on Tuesday and Wednesday were scrapped, only for another union to insist a walkout later in the week will go ahead. READ  

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel
An Italian ambulance. Photo: Davide Oliva

'Hero' ambulance driver has heart attack at wheel

An ambulance driver in Lazio has been hailed a hero after safely transporting an elderly woman to hospital while himself suffering a heart attack at the wheel. READ  

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender
John Jeanette Solstad Remo, one of Norway's foremost transgender rights campaigners. Photo: Amnesty International

Norway to let 7-yr-olds change gender

Children as young as seven would be allowed to change their legal gender under a bill proposed by Norway’s government on Thursday, bringing it one of the lowest ages for transgender rights anywhere in the world. READ  

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Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland
Visby, Gotland. Photo: Rodrigo Rivas/Imagebank Sweden

Nine exciting activities to do on Sweden's Gotland

Gotland is in the national spotlight each summer during Sweden's annual politics forum, Almedalen. But here's why it is also one of the nation's favourite tourist spots. READ  

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