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Spanish princess to be tried for fraud
Spain's Princess Cristina (L) with former Spanish king Juan Carlos. File photo: AFP

Spanish princess to be tried for fraud

Spain's Princess Cristina is to be tried in court for tax fraud in what is a first for the Spanish royal family, the judge overseeing the case said on Monday. READ  

Catalonia votes
Court launches case against Catalan leader
Prosecutors have accused Catalan president Artur Mas of civil disobedience, abuse of power and embezzlement of public funds for pressing ahead with the vote. Photo: AFP

Court launches case against Catalan leader

Catalonia's president Artur Mas was placed under investigation on Monday for holding a banned vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain. READ  

Bilbao praises 'museum that saved a city'
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao has just had its lease extended for another 20 years. Photo: Stefano Montagner/Flickr

Bilbao praises 'museum that saved a city'

Locals in Bilbao say an art museum helped save their Spanish city from decline. Now they are glad to know their saviour, the Guggenheim, will be staying for some time. READ  

Christmas lottery
Spain's 'fat one' lottery too much for crying girl
Marguette breaks down in tears after getting tongue tied while drawing Spain's Christmas lottery numbers. Screen grab: Efecto de Sonido/Youtube

Spain's 'fat one' lottery too much for crying girl

Drawing the numbers of Spain's lottery, the world’s richest with total prizes of €2.2 billion ($2.7 billion), proved a bit too much for one little girl on Monday when she broke down in tears after getting tongue-tied. READ  

Spanish science
Ancient anchors hint at Spain–Viking link
A Viking longship during the Up Helly Aa festival in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. File photo: Andy Buchanan/AFP

Ancient anchors hint at Spain–Viking link

Researchers from Aberdeen University in the UK are planning an archaeological dig that could confirm for the first time that Vikings made their home along Spain's northern coast. READ  

Podemos 'covered in crap': government official
The secretary-general of Spain's Podemos Party Pablo Iglesias (centre) with fellow party leader Íñigo Errejón. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Podemos 'covered in crap': government official

A spokesperson for Spain's ruling Popular Party has raised eyebrows by saying the country's hugely popular new anti-austerity party Podemos is "covered in filth, not to say crap" in the wake of a recent scandal. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Flu costs Spanish firms €1.2 billion a year

Flu costs Spanish firms €1.2 billion a year

Between 10 and 17 percent of sick days taken in Spain are down to the influenza virus, costing Spanish firms over 60 million lost work hours at a cost of over €1 billion ($1.2 billion) every year, new figures show. READ  

Starving kids abandoned in Spanish home

Starving kids abandoned in Spanish home

Police in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo have found three children, abandoned in a house and showing signs of malnourishment, prompting a nationwide search for their mother. READ  

Terrorism in Spain
Basque government to help terror group disarm
People hold banners reading "Exiles and prisoners back home' during a 2014 pro-Eta demonstration in Bayonne, France. Photo: Gaizka Iroz/AFP

Basque government to help terror group disarm

The regional Basque government on Sunday unveiled a plan to facilitate the disarmament process of the terrorist group Eta, amid frustration over a lack of response from the Spanish government three years after the group ended its campaign of violence. READ  

Protesters slam Spain's tough new security law
People protest against Spain's new public security law ("ley mordaza") in Madrid on Saturday. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Protesters slam Spain's tough new security law

Thousands of people across Spain protested against the country's new Citizen Security Law on Saturday, with critics saying the legislation seriously limits free speech. READ  

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Top ten Christmas gifts to take home from Spain

Top ten Christmas gifts to take home from Spain

Still stressing out about what to take home to your family and friends for Christmas this year? Have no fear: the Local has rounded up a dozen of the very best gift ideas from Spain. READ  

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best

Spanish ski resorts: eight of the best

If you've ever thought that skiing and Spain don't mix, think again. Here are eight great resorts worth checking out this winter. READ  

Ten Spanish museums you need to know about
The innovative NMAC foundation in southern Spain's Cádiz province features contemporay art in a former military installation. Photo: Guillermo Varela

Ten Spanish museums you need to know about

While millions of tourists flock to Spain every year to visit amazing galleries like the Prado and the Reina Sofia, the country is also home a wealth of other lesser-known museums you may not know. Here are ten of the best. READ  

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Top ten: Spain's ugliest buildings
Modern masterpiece or crashed UFO? Critics are divided on Oviedo's Princess Letizia Congress Centre. Photo: Jsmq/Wikimedia

Top ten: Spain's ugliest buildings

Ah Spain! Land of history, passion and beauty. Or maybe not. Here The Local takes a journey through some of the buildings you won't find in any tourist brochure. READ  

JobTalk Spain
'Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously'
Impact on Integrity Managing Director Murray Grainger with Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO and Founder of GEC Risk Advisory LLC.

'Spanish firms have to take ethics seriously'

What do you do when personal circumstances bring you to corruption-hit Spain? Set up a business ethics consultancy of course. At least that’s what this Madrid-based Brit decided to do. READ  

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Suarez opens Barca league account
Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Suarez opens Barca league account

Luis Suarez celebrated Barcelona's final La Liga game of 2014 with his first league goal for the club in their 5-0 win over Cordoba at the Camp Nou on Saturday. READ  

Attack on ruling party HQ targeted 'all politicians'
The area around the head office of Spain's ruling Popular Party in Madrid was off by police after the attack. Photo: George Mills/The Local

Attack on ruling party HQ targeted 'all politicians'

Updated: The man who rammed a car loaded with gas bottles into the headquarters of Spain's ruling Popular Party in Madrid on Friday morning has said any party could have been the target of the attack as "all politicians are the same". READ  

Nine migrants die in Strait of Gibraltar
A would-be migrant to Africa receives assistance from Spain's Red Cross. File photo: Marcos Moreno/AFP

Nine migrants die in Strait of Gibraltar

Moroccan authorities on Friday recovered the bodies of three babies and six adults who died while trying to cross to Spain in a small boat. READ  

Brit wanted for Spain murder caught in UK
Paul John Scott, from Liverpool, was apprehended on Tuesday night when he flew into East Winch Airfield in Norfolk from the Netherlands. Screen grab: Youtube/Steve Ivie /National Crime Agency

Brit wanted for Spain murder caught in UK

A UK man wanted by Spanish police in connection with the Alicante murder of a fellow Brit in April has been arrested while trying to enter the UK in a light aircraft. READ  

Most Catalans say no to independence: new poll
Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP

Most Catalans say no to independence: new poll

For the first time since Catalonia’s independence drive began to pick up momentum in 2012, more people are against independence from Spain than in favour of such a move, a new poll run by the regional government shows. READ  

Man torches warehouse full of African migrants
Police watch on as firefighters battle the warehouse blaze in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photo: Quique García/AFP

Man torches warehouse full of African migrants

Police in Barcelona have arrested a young man who allegedly set fire to a warehouse with 14 African migrants inside after they failed to pay rent on the property. READ  

Gang found drug mules in jobless queues
A queue of people waiting at an employment office in Spain. File picture: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Gang found drug mules in jobless queues

A gang of Nigerian drugs traffickers has been busted for recruiting mules from Spanish unemployment queues, as well as for trafficking drugs into Japan disguised as sweets. READ  

Rent hikes threaten Spain's unique shops
A hat store in Madrid's Plaza Mayor: shops like this could be affected Spain's current system of rent controls is scrapped at the end of 2014. File photo: j.labradro/Flickr

Rent hikes threaten Spain's unique shops

Around 200,000 people could lose their jobs just after Christmas when Spain scraps its current system of protected rents for small businesses. Critics worry the move could also turn Spain's high streets into bland, chain-store dominated affairs. READ  

80 percent of under 30s still living at home

80 percent of under 30s still living at home

A new report reveals that the idea of flying the nest remains little more than a pipe dream for many young Spaniards. READ  

Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park
Smurfs wear Phrygian caps which symbolize freedom and the pursuit of liberty. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America/AFP

Spain to get world's only Smurf theme park

The Spanish city of Lleida is set to become home to a Smurf theme park, a project that will create 200 jobs in the region. READ  

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Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'
Sabina (L) and Samra (R). Photo: APA/Interpol

Austrian jihad teen girl 'likely killed'

According to David Scharia, a senior Israeli expert of the United Nations Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTED), one of the two teenage girls who fled to Syria in Spring to join the jihad has been killed in fighting. READ  

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope
Photo: David Geisser

Swiss spills beans about guarding the pope

Although better known today for their colourful uniforms than their centuries-old reputation as fearless warriors, the Swiss Guards remain a powerful symbol of the Vatican. The Local speaks to David Geisser, one of the latest recruits, about a career protecting popes.
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Opinion
What does Dresden have against Muslims?
The baroque skyline of Dresden Photo: DPA

What does Dresden have against Muslims?

The Pegida movement (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) was unknown three months ago. Now it's making Dresden famous - for all the wrong reasons. READ  

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill
American expat Larry Feinberg and Anne Marie Dalgaard of Danes Worldwide in the Danish parliament just prior to the vote on dual citizenship. Photo: David S. Miller

Denmark passes dual citizenship bill

Thursday marked "a great day for expats" as the Danish parliament agreed to implement dual citizenship. The Local spoke to supporters and detractors of dual citizenship about the change. READ  

French ex-airline boss: Missing MH370 a cover up
Photo: Shutterstock

French ex-airline boss: Missing MH370 a cover up

A former airline boss is making waves in France after he claimed that the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in March had been covered up, and that the aircraft was likely hijacked by a hacker and possibly shot down by the US. READ  

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship
Aloniab Nahom was born at around 2.00am this morning on board the Etna vessel. Photo: Marina Militare

Eritrean migrant gives birth on Italian Navy ship

A baby boy was born on board an Italian Navy ship on Tuesday to an Eritrean mother, one of 430 boat migrants saved this morning off the coast of Sicily. READ  

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court
Oslo District Court. Photo: Mahlun

Prostitute beats off taxman in Oslo court

A prostitute won a landmark victory against police in an Oslo court on Wednesday, when it ruled that police were wrong to claim taxes for the money she had made selling sex in the Norwegian capital. READ  

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed
Mikhail Vanin, Russia's ambassador in Copenhagen. Photo: TT

SAS plane 'near miss' fears blamed on weed

Russia's ambassador to Denmark has made light of Swedish concerns over a Russian military jet's alleged near-miss with a passenger plane, suggesting Swedish authorities may have smoked too much cannabis. READ  

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