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Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum
UK Prime Minister David Cameron, who has announced that UK citizens living abroad for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum. Photo: Ben Stansall/AFP

Brits abroad will get to vote in EU referendum

British nationals who have been living abroad for less than 15 years will be allowed to vote in the EU referendum, while EU citizens in the UK will have no say on whether the UK stays in the European Union. READ  

My Spanish Career
'Americans laugh louder, Spaniards are reserved'
Amy Elliott acts in a production of Jack and The Beanstalk. Photo: Steppingonstage.com

'Americans laugh louder, Spaniards are reserved'

In the latest instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Amy Elliott, an American born and raised in Pennington, New Jersey who has managed to combine a passion for theatre with Spain’s ever growing thirst for English learning. READ  

Election results - profile
Ada Colau, Barcelona's 'Indignada' protest mayor
Ada Colau, Barcelona's new 'indignada' protest mayor. Photo: Quique Garcia/AFP

Ada Colau, Barcelona's 'Indignada' protest mayor

A career spent pounding the streets in anti-austerity campaigns has brought Ada Colau close to leading one of Spain's most powerful and most visited cities, Barcelona. READ  

Elections results
Blonde grans locked in battle to be Madrid mayor
Esperanza Aguirre and Manuela Carmena during a TV debate last week. Photo: Screenshot TeleMadrid

Blonde grans locked in battle to be Madrid mayor

Esperanza Aguirre just wins most votes in City Hall but protest candiadate Manuela Carmena could forge an alliance with socialists to take the City Hall. READ  

Election results
Protest movement deals PP an historic battering
Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias celebrates after results on Sunday. Photo: Pedro Armestre /AFP

Protest movement deals PP an historic battering

Sunday's election saw a dramatic shake-up of Spanish politics. In Madrid the ruling PP saw their majority shattered, while in Barcelona, a 41-year-old "indignado" won the most votes toppling CiU's grip on City Hall. READ  

Eurovision 2015
As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015
Måns Zelmerlöw becomes the sixth act from Sweden to win Eurovision. Photo: AFP

As it happened: Sweden wins Eurovision 2015

Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night, thanks to 28-year-old Måns Zelmerlöw. Read our highlights from the night, with insights from our reporting team across Europe. READ  

Opinion
Elections will be critical test for fractured system
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at a PP rally in Valencia. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP

Elections will be critical test for fractured system

You have to be either foolish or very brave to try and predict the outcome of Sunday’s local elections in Spain. READ  

Police manhunt: Have you seen this couple?
'Patsy' Adams and his wife Constance could be on the run in Spain. Photo: Metropolitan Police

Police manhunt: Have you seen this couple?

Police believe the notorious north London gangster Patrick Adams and his wife may have fled to Spain where they have previous links to Torremolinos. READ  

Gallery
Seven adorable animals facing extinction in Spain
Photo: Iberian Lynx Exsitu Conservation Programme / Wikimedia Commons.

Seven adorable animals facing extinction in Spain

To mark International Day for Biodiversity, The Local takes a look at some of the Spanish animals most at risk of extinction. READ  

Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists
British tourists on a night out in Puente Ballena last summer. Photo: Jaime Reina / AFP

Magaluf bans drunk badly-behaved tourists

Bare chests, sex parties, falling down drunk in the streets and balconing will no longer be tolerated in Magaluf under new bylaws. READ  

Features
Opinion
Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits
2.2 million Brits live in another EU country. 2.3 million people from elsewhere in the EU live in the UK. Photo: Charles Clegg.

Give us a vote: we've got most to lose if UK quits

Brits in the rest of the EU should all be given a vote in the country’s upcoming referendum - as should Europeans who live in the UK. We’re the ones with most to lose, argues The Local's managing editor James Savage. READ  

My Spanish Career
'Have fun, smile and lets play some rugby'
Darren was a professional player before coaching the Spanish Rugby League team

'Have fun, smile and lets play some rugby'

In the latest installment of My Spanish career, The Local talks to Darren Fisher, an English rugby league player turned coach who came to Spain to establish the Spanish rugby league. Quite a task in a country where football is the national obsession. READ  

The Local list
7 reasons why Spain's the best place on earth
Photo: Peter Zuco/Flickr

7 reasons why Spain's the best place on earth

Don't get us wrong, Spain isn't perfect. It has struggled out of a crippling economic crisis as well as having high pollution levels and a perpetually corrupt political system. But despite all that, it is still the best place to live in the world. And here is why: READ  

The Local list
Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars
HAT terrace, one of Madrid's newest rooftop bars. Photo: Jessica Jones/The Local

Top ten: Madrid's best rooftop bars

As the temperatures rise in the Spanish capital, Madrileños look upwards, heading to one of the city’s rooftop bars in the hope of catching some of that elusive breeze. Here's our pick of the very best. READ  

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts
An independent book shop in Barcelona. Photo: Lluis Gene / AFP

Happy book day! Top ten Spanish literary gifts

To mark Spanish book day, The Local gives you the ultimate list of Spain-related books that make excellent gifts. READ  

More News
10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona's bullring
La Monumental bull ring in Barcelona. Photo: Netraam/Wikimedia

10 brilliant alternatives for Barcelona's bullring

Since Barcelona banned bullfighting there has been much debate over what should be done with the city's famous bullring, La Monumental. Here's The Local's pick of alternative uses for Barcelona's iconic venue. READ  

Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients
Photo: The Local

Man posts sex ads to get revenge against clients

Police have arrested a man in Castellón for allegedly seeking to get revenge against former clients by posting ads offering "free sex" with their phone numbers after the women did not renew services with his company. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
'Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance'
Austrian Ambassador Peter Huber with Edurne at a Eurovision event in April Photo: Austrian Embassy

'Eurovision promotes peace and tolerance'

With only a day to go before the Eurovision final in Vienna, The Local caught up with Peter Huber, the Austrian ambassador to Madrid to hear his views on the world’s most prestigious singing competition. READ  

Elections
Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at a PP rally in Valencia. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP

Traditional parties on the ropes ahead of vote

Spain's indignado movement are out to conquer city halls and regional governments across Spain in elections on Sunday. READ  

Hepburn's son wed 'illegally' at the Alhambra
Left: Sean Hepburn Ferrer with his mother, Audrey Hepburn. Right: Sean Hepburn Ferrer at a UNICEF Audrey Hepburn Society Ball. Photo: Ho / Bob Levey / Getty Images North America / AFP.

Hepburn's son wed 'illegally' at the Alhambra

Sean Hepburn, son of the Breakfast at Tiffany's star, is in trouble with authorities at the Alhambra in Granada after he threw an 'illegal' wedding celebration at the scenic location. READ  

Gap widens between Spain's rich and poor
Photo: Gerard Julien / AFP.

Gap widens between Spain's rich and poor

The gap between the rich and poor of Spain has widened during the economic crisis, a new report on income inequality has confirmed. READ  

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain
Adou was discovered during a luggage scan at the Tarajal border crossing. Photo: Spain's Interior Ministry

Suitcase boy can stay with parents in Spain

Adou, the eight-year-old boy who was discovered curled up inside a suitcase during a security scan, has been granted permission to stay in Spain. READ  

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs
A man has been arrested for threatening to stab his mother because of her bad meatballs. Photo: Jose-Maria Moreno Garcia/Flickr

Man threatens to murder mother over meatballs

A teenager in Mallorca has been taken into custody by police after threatening to stab his mother because her meatballs were not to his liking. READ  

Spain in top ten for EU 'excellent' beaches
Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Balearic Islands. Photo: Ismail Mia / Flickr Creative Commons.

Spain in top ten for EU 'excellent' beaches

Nearly 86 percent of Spain's beaches were rated 'excellent' for bathing water quality according to a report released on Wednesday, but the country also had one of the highest numbers of beaches rated 'poor' across Europe. READ  

Eurovision Song Contest
Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision
Arguably Spain's feakiest Eurovision act, Rodolfo Chikilicuatre, dancing the Chiki Chiki. Screen grab: YouTube

Five fantastic facts about Spain in Eurovision

As the Eurovision final approaches it's time to swot up on some facts about Spain's history in the most celebrated singing contest in the world. From false starts to Franco, here is The Local's list: READ  

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Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna
Le Loft. Photo: Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

Top ten places for gourmet dining in Vienna

There are times when a Leberkässemmel from your favourite sausage stand just doesn't cut it. Perhaps you have an important date lined up - but where's the best place to splash out on for an evening of fine dining? Barbara Cação recommends ten high end restaurants in Vienna for an evening to remember. READ  

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers
Photo: Sempachseetri

Four Swiss bathing areas 'unfit' for swimmers

Three beaches in Lausanne by the shores of Lake Geneva and an area of the Rhine River in Kaiseraugst in the canton of Aargau have water unfit for swimming, a new European Environment Agency (EEA) study says. READ  

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel
Photo: Polizei Bayern

Police seize tiny lamb from Munich brothel

Police in Munich raided a brothel after it was reported that a prostitute there possessed contraband. During their search they found marijuana, other narcotics... and a three-week-old lamb. READ  

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits
Waging jihad while collecting unemployment. Photo: Stringer/Scanpix

Danish jihadists cashed in on welfare benefits

Thirty-two Danes have collected nearly 400,000 kroner worth of unemployment benefits while fighting in Syria, it was revealed on Monday. READ  

French language
More English words sneak into French
A copy of the 2015 Larousse dictionary. Photo: AFP

More English words sneak into French

France's two main dictionaries have revealed some of the new words that are set to grace their 2016 editions - and plenty of them come from English. READ  

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx
Augusto Rollandin, the president of Val d'Aosta, says the region doesn't have the facilities to house migrants in decent conditions. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP

Italy starts to show the strains of migrant influx

With its refugee reception facilities bursting at the seams, Italy is starting to show the strains created by thousands of people washing up every week on its southern shores. READ  

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights
An SAS plane on the ground. Photo: SAS

Scandinavian Airlines cancels 110 flights

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) cancelled 110 flights on Wednesday and Thursday in a bid to to prevent passengers from getting stuck in transit due to an impending strike, the airline announced today. READ  

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Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis
The problem is not confined to Sweden. Here Severine Ali Mehenni holds pictures of her daughter Sahra who left France to join jihadists. Photo: AP/TT

Why Swedish girls are leaving home for Isis

More girls and women than ever before are leaving Sweden to fight with terrorist groups like Isis. The Local speaks to terrorism expert Magnus Ranstorp from the Swedish Defence University about what’s luring them to leave one of the safest countries in the world to wage jihad. READ  

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