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'High risk of terror attack' in Spain says Diaz
Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz. Photo: Dani Pozo / AFP

'High risk of terror attack' in Spain says Diaz

Spain is facing its highest level of terror threat since 2004 because of the danger posed by jihadists, said the country’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz on Sunday. READ  

 Barcelona struggles with rising tide of tourists
A group of tourists take pictures next to the Spanish architect Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona. Photo: Quique Garcia

Barcelona struggles with rising tide of tourists

Tourists are vital to Barcelona's economy, but the 27 million people who visit each year have become a headache for the new mayor as she battles to save the iconic Spanish Mediterranean port from becoming a bland theme park. READ  

Animal rights activists protest Spanish bull run
Activists of the PETA and Anima Naturalis pro-animal groups sporting horns during a protest against bullfighting and bull-running. Photo: Ander Gillenea/AFP

Animal rights activists protest Spanish bull run

About one hundred semi-naked animal rights activists covered in fake blood on Saturday protested against the upcoming famous bull run in the Spanish city of Pamplona. READ  

Leftist Spanish parties back 'No' Greek vote
Ahora Madrid (Madrid Now) member Rommy Arce (L) , IU member Alberto Garzon (C) and Podemos member Jaime Pastor, during a press conference in support of Greece in Madrid. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Leftist Spanish parties back 'No' Greek vote

Six Spanish leftist parties and platforms have backed a "No" vote in Sunday's Greek referendum on its bailout terms. READ  

Greece crisis
Varoufakis accuses creditors of 'terrorism'
Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Photo: John Thys/AFP

Varoufakis accuses creditors of 'terrorism'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis accused Athens' creditors of "terrorism" in an interview published on Saturday, a day before Greeks vote in a high-stakes referendum on their bailout. READ  

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6 reasons to love Woody Allen's favourite city
Woody Allen statue in Oviedo. Tony Madrid Photography / Flickr

6 reasons to love Woody Allen's favourite city

Woody Allen claims it as his favourite city in Spain, but the northern city of Oviedo remains one of the lesser explored of all the country's regional capitals. Here are six reasons why that should change. READ  

Woody Allen drops in on his favourite Spanish city
The US film director was in Oviedo, Asturias this week. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Woody Allen drops in on his favourite Spanish city

While the US film director's first love is famously New York City, he chose to holiday this week in his second: the Asturian city of Oviedo. READ  

Catalonia independence movement loses support
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Catalonia independence movement loses support

Support for an independent Catalonia is waning, according to a new public opinion poll, and only 42 percent would vote "yes" in a referendum on whether to split from Spain. READ  

Costa Brava beaches closed over shark fears
A stock photo of a blue shark, the species spotted on the Costa Brava on Thursday. Photo: Mark Conlin/Wikimedia

Costa Brava beaches closed over shark fears

Police on the Costa Brava were forced to close four beaches on Thursday after sharks were spotted in shallow waters. READ  

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Nadal doubts future after Wimbledon thrashing
Rafael Nadal crashed out of Wimbledon in a shock second-round defeat. Photo: Patrick Novarik/AFP

Nadal doubts future after Wimbledon thrashing

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal has hinted at retirement after his shock second-round defeat by German 102 seed, Dustin Brown. READ  

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Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
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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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Game of Thrones add a surprise Spain location
Extras from Game of Thrones during filming last year in Andalusia. Photo: AFP

Game of Thrones add a surprise Spain location

The hit television series have added Navarra as a third location in Spain to their September filming schedule and are looking for tall, slender men and women with a dark complexion to be extras. READ  

Maggie's out as mayor renames Madrid square
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Maggie's out as mayor renames Madrid square

Manuela Carmena, the new left-wing mayor of Madrid, has proposed changing the name of a Madrid square named after the Iron Lady. READ  

Spanish reporter flees Egypt to avoid arrest
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood top figure, Mohamed el-Beltagy during his trial in May. Photo: Khaled Desouki / AFP

Spanish reporter flees Egypt to avoid arrest

A Spanish journalist said he was forced to flee the country to avoid arrest after writing a book about the Muslim Brotherhood, a claim authorities denied. 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  

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  

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  

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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  

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar
The Panther tank removed from a cellar in Kiel, with a prosecutors' evidence label attached to its barrel. Photo: DPA

Police confiscate WW2 tank hidden in cellar

Police searched a villa in a wealthy suburb of Kiel on Wednesday and found a Second World War tank, a torpedo and other weaponry in the cellar. On Thursday they were still working on removing the tank. READ  

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship
Sam Mansour. Photo: Jeanne Kornum/Scanpix

Convicted terrorist loses Danish citizenship

Sam Mansour, who has been dubbed ‘The Bookseller from Brønshøj’ and ‘al-Qaeda’s PR man in Denmark’, on Wednesday became the first ever Dane to have his citizenship revoked for illegal activity. READ  

French air traffic controllers call off strike

French air traffic controllers call off strike

Relief for air passengers on Wednesday as French air traffic controllers called off a planned two-day strike that was set to cause travel chaos across Europe on Thursday and Friday. READ  

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman
A centurion crosses the road. Photo: Filippo Monteforte

How to keep cool like an ancient Roman

As the mercury rises in Italy and the days and nights get unbearable, we look to the ancient world for tips on staying cool. READ  

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease
A biopsy of a small bowel afflicted by coeliac disease. Photo: ToNToNi/Wikimedia Commons

Norway scientists find cause of coeliac disease

Norwegian scientists have discovered the cause of coeliac disease, the auto-immune disorder which causes gluten intolerance in about one in a hundred people 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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