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De Marchi sprints to Vuelta stage win
Photo: Tony Hicks/AP

De Marchi sprints to Vuelta stage win

Italy's Alessandro de Marchi sprinted home alone to win the seventh stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Spaniard Alejandro Valverde held the race lead. READ  

Football focus
Ten things you need to know about La Liga
1905 to 2014 - Find out why Real Madrid have worn white since their very beginnings. Photo: Glyn Kirk /AFP &Wikimedia

Ten things you need to know about La Liga

Now that a new season of Spain's La Liga is just getting underway, The Local has put together some of the most intriguing facts about the best football league in the world and its history. READ  

Spain back on top of EU youth jobless table
There were 842,000 young Spaniards without a job in July. Photo of young person: Shutterstock

Spain back on top of EU youth jobless table

After nearly three years trailing Greece in the European Union's youth unemployment rankings, Spain is once again the country with the highest rate of under 25s without a job, accounting for a worrying quarter of all jobless youths in the Eurozone. READ  

Smugglers caught with three tonnes of hash
Caught red-handed, the smugglers fled, some by car while others ran to a nearby area of brush and weeds, police said in a statement. Photo: Spanish National Police

Smugglers caught with three tonnes of hash

Spanish police said on Friday they seized nearly 2.8 tonnes of hashish after a passerby spotted suspected traffickers onloading bundles from a rubber speedboat on a beach near the glitzy resort of Marbella. READ  

Travelling Spain
High-tech hikers 'hijack' Spain's pilgrim way
A hiker passes by Conques' roman abbey, central southern France in June on the pilgrim route that leads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Photo: José Torres/AFP

High-tech hikers 'hijack' Spain's pilgrim way

It seems like everybody is hiking Spain's famous Santiago de Compostela trail these days but not everyone is excited about the route's new breed of 'always-connected' pilgrims. READ  

Spanish police steal Catalan separatist flag
The estelada is typically used by supporters of Catalan independence from Spain. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish police steal Catalan separatist flag

Catalonia's police force are investigating the theft of a separatist 'estelada' flag by none other than misbehaving officers belonging to another of Spain's law enforcement units, the paramilitary Civil Guard. READ  

Spaniards still have €1.67 billion in old pesetas

Spaniards still have €1.67 billion in old pesetas

Even though the euro replaced the peseta 15 years ago, Spaniards still have a whopping €1.67 billion ($2.11 billion) worth of the country's old and now unusable currency stashed away in draws and collector's albums, the Bank of Spain says. READ  

Catalonia crisis
'Investors will quit Spain if Catalan vote is shelved'
Oriol Junqueras, the leader of Spain's left-wing pro-independence ERC party. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

'Investors will quit Spain if Catalan vote is shelved'

A leading figure in Catalonia's independence movement has warned Spain it faces a serious backlash from foreign investors if it doesn't allow the region to hold a planned November 9th independence vote. READ  

Baskeball World Cup - Preview
Hosts Spain aim to upset under-manned Team USA
Pau Gasol vies for the ball with US player Carmelo Anthony. Photo: Mark Ralston/AFP

Hosts Spain aim to upset under-manned Team USA

Hosts Spain and the rest of the field must believe they finally have a decent shot at knocking off the mighty United States as the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup tips off on Saturday. READ  

Tarifa: child migrants 'hid under camper van'

Tarifa: child migrants 'hid under camper van'

Police found two Moroccan children aged eight and nine clinging to the undercarriage of a camper van as they tried to stowaway to Spain, authorities said on Thursday. READ  

Features
Opinion
Is tourism destroying Barcelona?
Some argue Barcelona is in danger of becoming the new Venice. Photo of cruise ships in Barcelona: Shutterstock

Is tourism destroying Barcelona?

It's Spain's most popular city destination but is beautiful Barcelona in danger of becoming a victim of its own success? The Local takes a peek at the dark side of the city's tourism boom. READ  

JobTalk
'This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain'
François Derbaix says Spain has plenty of advantages for entrepreneurs but the State needs to simplify the operating environment.

'This is a great time for entrepreneurs in Spain'

He has been involved in 25 web start-ups in Spain and recently set up Bewa7er, an innovative stock market for cash-starved non-listed companies. Meet Madrid-based Belgian entrepreneur extraordinaire François Derbaix. READ  

Travelling Spain
Top ten: best bike rides in Spain
From short family day-trips with family to mega two-week circuits, Spain offers something for all cyclists. Photo of a cyclist: Shutterstock

Top ten: best bike rides in Spain

To honour the start of the 2014 edition of Spain's amazing Vuelta cycling race on Saturday, The Local has put together a list of some of the greatest Spanish bicycle rides. Saddle up everyone! READ  

The Local List
Top ten naughty Spanish expressions for sex

Top ten naughty Spanish expressions for sex

In this week's The Local List, we offer you a round-up of ten of the best naughty but nice Spanish expressions for sex guaranteed to leave you choking on your churros. READ  

What's on in Spain: September
Summer may be nearly over but that doesn't mean there's nothing to in Spain in September. Photo: Stasiu Tomczak/Miquel González Page/Kristy/Flickr

What's on in Spain: September

Summer might be coming to an end, but it doesn't mean festivities are over. The Local's latest events guide rounds up some of the best cultural, sport and music events to help you extend the summer vibe over September. READ  

More News
Real's Xabi Alonso moves to Bayern Munich
Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Real's Xabi Alonso moves to Bayern Munich

Real Madrid confirmed on Friday that the club has reached accord with German champions Bayern Munich to transfer midfielder Xabi Alonso. READ  

Firemen charge mum €90 to free trapped boy

Firemen charge mum €90 to free trapped boy

Residents in the historic Spanish city of Toledo are up in arms after their local fire-fighting squad charged a mother €90 ($118) for freeing her two-year-old son from some metal bars he had his head stuck in. READ  

Australia to welcome young Spanish workers

Australia to welcome young Spanish workers

Young Spaniards will soon be able to take advantage of Australia's Work and Holiday visa scheme to work in the Asia–Pacific nation, Spain's ambassador to the country has said. READ  

Topless activists fling eggs in anti-rape demo
The women called out for “rapists to be castrated” and threw eggs against the building’s façade, as a symbol of men’s testicles being smashed. Photo: Dani Pozo/AFP

Topless activists fling eggs in anti-rape demo

Four bare-breasted Femen activists threw eggs at the Spanish Interior Ministry headquarters on Thursday to protest against the recent shelving of a gang rape case in Malaga. READ  

Catalonia set to legalize medical marijuana
An Israeli woman works on marijuana plants at Tikkun Olam greenhouse where the company grows medical cannabis. File photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP

Catalonia set to legalize medical marijuana

The Spanish region of Catalonia is finalizing plans to legalize medical marijuana, a move authorities say will not only aid patients but also help the region to crack down on its booming cannabis club scene. READ  

Spain's Tour so hot cyclists lose 4.5kg a day
Mercury rising: Spanish rider Alberto Contador had no problem doing the Ice Bucket Challenge as a way of cooling down after one of his races. Photo: Joel Saget/AFP

Spain's Tour so hot cyclists lose 4.5kg a day

Cyclists taking part in Spain's La Vuelta tour are having to endure such high temperatures in the summer heat they’re averaging 4.5kg (10 pounds) a day in weight loss through all the sweating. READ  

Consumer prices slide again in August

Consumer prices slide again in August

Spanish consumer prices fell again in August, dropping by 0.5 percent on an annual basis, preliminary figures from the national statistics institute showed Thursday, heightening concerns about deflation risk in the eurozone. READ  

Dead man mocks tax minister on gravestone
Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro enjoys lukewarm popularity in Spain, having come to be seen as the ‘austerity man’ behind public spending cuts. Photo: Frank Black Noir/Flickr

Dead man mocks tax minister on gravestone

A Spanish musician has mocked the country's finance minister Cristobal Montoro with a message he told his relatives to inscribe on his headstone. READ  

Brain drain
Jobless Spaniards face expulsion from Germany
Germany's conservative CSU party is leading the push for the tough new rules under the slogan "those who fly, lie". File photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP

Jobless Spaniards face expulsion from Germany

Germany on Wednesday announced new measures to stop EU citizens from abusing its social welfare system, a move which could have serious consequences for thousands of Spaniards looking for work in the country. READ  

Confirmed: Spain grew 0.6 percent in 2nd quarter

Confirmed: Spain grew 0.6 percent in 2nd quarter

Spain's economy grew by 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with output in the previous three months, the fastest rate since 2007, the national statistics office said on Thursday in a further sign of recovery from recession. READ  

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Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet
Wild boar piglet. Photo: Steven Walling

Vienna teenager strangles wild boar piglet

A teenager has strangled a baby wild boar in Vienna’s Lainzer Tiergarten wildlife preserve - apparently out of boredom. READ  

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours
Two-thirds of the Swiss surveyed would choose Sweden as their neighbour. Photo: Florian Prischl

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours

Despite launching a campaign to help Chinese people tell the difference between them, it turns out Switzerland and Sweden feel akin after all. Swiss people would rather have the nation of Ikea and ABBA as their neighbour than any other EU country, according to a new survey. READ  

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis
Cem Özdemir empties a bucket of water over his head next to a cannabis plant. Photo: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis

What looked like just another ALS ice bucket challenge video has become a political statement after the leader of Germany's Green Party Cem Özdemir confirmed he filmed his clip next to a cannabis plant. READ  

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen
Police responded to the report of a suspicious man aboard a train in Copenhagen. Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen

Armed police officers searched throughout the city for a man reported as behaving suspiciously on the train. After finding him it turns out he was "completely clean". READ  

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'
A passenger was reportedly forced off an American Airlines plane because he smelled. Photo: Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation. READ  

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food
Refugees at a centre in Italy protest against their "pasta and tomato sauce" diet. Photo: Russell James Smith

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food

A protest held by refugees against “monotonous” Italian food was “excessive”, especially at a time when thousands of Italians go hungry, the president of a police organization told The Local. READ  

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
Photo: Group of multiethnic babies Shutterstock

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo

For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday. READ  

Ten injured at Malmö anti-Nazi demonstration
Police on horseback charge into the crowd in Malmö during the counter demonstration on August 23rd 2014. Photo: Drago Prvulovic/TT

Ten injured at Malmö anti-Nazi demonstration

A planned manifestation against the neo-Nazi Party of the Swedes spiralled out of control on Saturday in Malmö as police and protesters clashed leading to several injuries. READ  

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