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Catalans take to streets to back vote on self-rule
Photo: Quique García/AFP

Catalans take to streets to back vote on self-rule

Thousands of Catalans rallied in a rainstorm Tuesday, staging their own 'umbrella revolution' as their leaders battled to defend their bid for a referendum on independence from Spain after a court suspended it. READ  

Mystery bomb rocks town hall in Galicia
Police haven't ruled out political motives for Wednesday morning's explosion. A file photo of Guardia Civil officers: Shutterstock

Mystery bomb rocks town hall in Galicia

An explosive device is thought to be the cause of a blast which occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a town hall in north-western Spain. READ  

Economy matters
Public debt to top 100 percent of GDP in 2015

Public debt to top 100 percent of GDP in 2015

Spain's public debt ratio will top the symbolic level of 100 percent of national output next year, well above European Union guidelines, before it starts dropping in 2017, the government's 2015 budget proposal showed on Tuesday. READ  

Spain's new king still Europe's cheapest
Following his father’s surprise abdication in June, Felipe VI has attempted to clean up and modernize the tarnished image of Spain's royal family. Photo: Jaime Reina/AFP

Spain's new king still Europe's cheapest

The Spanish government announced on Tuesday that the budget for the country's Royal Family will be frozen at €7.78 million ($9.8 million) in 2015, making Spain's new King Felipe Europe's cheapest monarch. READ  

Spain's 'Miami Vicer' gets 150 years' jail
A lawyer for Madrid-born Álvaro López Tardón said the crimial was merely propping up South Florida's real estate market. Photo: FBI

Spain's 'Miami Vicer' gets 150 years' jail

A US court on Monday handed Spanish drug lord Álvaro López Tardón a 150-year prison sentence after he was found guilty of laundering millions of dollars in drug money. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Catalan government axes pro-independence ads
The President of Catalonia, Artur Mas on Tuesday. Photo: Quique García/AFP

Catalan government axes pro-independence ads

Catalonia's regional government halted a publicity campaign to inform voters about a November independence referendum on Tuesday, a day after Spain's Constitutional Court suspended the vote. READ  

Vandals topple statue of disgraced politician
The sculpture was paint-bombed by critics on September 11th, Catalonia's National Day. Photo: Premià de Dalt Town Hall

Vandals topple statue of disgraced politician

A statue of former Catalan president Jordi Pujol - currently under fire for admitting he has hidden millions in offshore bank accounts – has been pulled to the ground in the town where it was erected in 2011. READ  

Visits from mum's 'killer' good for girl: judge

Visits from mum's 'killer' good for girl: judge

A Spanish judge has ruled it would be “beneficial” for a four-year-old girl to receive monthly visits from her imprisoned father, a police officer who stands accused of murdering her mother in cold blood and making it look like a suicide. READ  

Pro-independence Catalans call for protests
Pro-independence Catalans hope to pile pressure on Madrid with protests in favour of a November 9th vote on the issue of independence from the rest of Spain. File photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Pro-independence Catalans call for protests

The Catalan National Assembly has called on people in Spain's Catalonia region to take to the streets on Tuesday evening to protest against a decision by a top Spanish court to suspend a planned vote on independence for the region. READ  

Hard-hit Spaniards more generous than ever
Former naval engineer Carmelo sits on the street begging for money to supplement his pension in a bid to survive economically in Malaga in June. File photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Hard-hit Spaniards more generous than ever

Spain's important Catholic charity Caritas helped more people than ever in 2013, thanks largely to more donations from private individuals and an ever growing army of volunteers the organization said. READ  

Features
Spanish Property of the Week
Spanish castle up for grabs for €3.5 million
The castle boasts four turrets, an old chapel, a well with natural spring water, a parade ground, and a dungeon. Photo: BNP Paribas Real Estate

Spanish castle up for grabs for €3.5 million

Very few homes are truly fit for a king or queen, but The Local's latest property of the week — a magnificent castle in Spain's beautiful Basque Country — is grand enough to make you feel like you're living in a real-life episode of Game of Thrones. READ  

The Local List
Top ten: best Spanish movies of all time
Pan's Labyrinth, set in post-Civil war Spain, has been described as "one of the greatest ever fantasy films."

Top ten: best Spanish movies of all time

With San Sebastián's prestigious film festival just round the corner, The Local has rounded up the all-time greats of Spain’s cinematic history. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Catalonia's 'Diada': Five things you need to know
A good day to be a flag seller: Catalonia will be festooned with millions of 'senyeras' and 'esteladas' on September 11th. Photo: JOSEP LAGO / AFP

Catalonia's 'Diada': Five things you need to know

As controversy grows over Catalonia's proposed referendum on independence from Spain, millions prepare to take to the streets for Thursday's 'La Diada', the Catalan National Day. The Local's Barcelona correspondent Steve Tallantyre has put together an essential guide to the festival that's grabbing international headlines. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Office slang: Top ten Spanish expressions
Are you enchufado (plugged in) at your workplace? Photo of rich man: Shutterstock

Office slang: Top ten Spanish expressions

With the summer holidays now over for most people in Spain, The Local has put together some of the most common and useful slang expressions used in Spanish workplaces to help ease the pain of the return to work. READ  

The Local List
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  

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Catalonia crisis
Fitch threatens to lower Catalonia credit rating
Fitch said it had put the regional government of Catalonia's "BBB-" score on "rating watch negative". Photo: Moyan Brenn

Fitch threatens to lower Catalonia credit rating

Ratings agency Fitch put Catalonia on review Monday for a possible downgrade, saying the region's showdown with Spain's central government over its plans to hold an independence referendum in November could affect its creditworthiness. READ  

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote
Pro-independence Catalans protest with a banner reading "Disobey" in front of a Spanish government delegation in Barcelona on Monday . Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spanish court suspends Catalan self-rule vote

Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday suspended an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November 9th, although leaders of the rich north-eastern region vowed to press ahead anyway with preparations for the vote. READ  

JobTalk Spain
Eight dos and don'ts for a perfect Spanish CV
Suffering from a severe case of CV writer's block? Photo of man frustrated with laptop: Shutterstock

Eight dos and don'ts for a perfect Spanish CV

With competition for jobs in Spain so fierce, a killer résumé is key to standing out from the crowd. Here are eight dos and don'ts that will mean the difference between the scrap pile and the final selection list. READ  

Men who burned photo of king face hefty fine
The pair hoisted an image of King Juan Carlos onto the facade of a building then set it alight. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Men who burned photo of king face hefty fine

Two men who burned a portrait of Spain's former King Juan Carlos during celebrations marking Catalonia's national day in 2013 face a stiff fine if they are found guilty of injuring the dignity of the majesty. READ  

Spanish diplomat killed in Sudan

Spanish diplomat killed in Sudan

A Spanish diplomat was found on Monday stabbed to death at his home in Khartoum, Sudanese police said, with the foreign ministry speaking of a "crime" rather than a political killing. READ  

Spanish caver trapped underground for 11 days
Despite limited resources and the difficult layout of the caves, the rescue team has been able to get food, water and medical help to López. Photo: AFP/ECA-GSBM

Spanish caver trapped underground for 11 days

A Spanish speleologist is still waiting to be rescued from a two-kilometre (1.2 miles) deep cave in Peru after he fell and badly injured his back and legs 11 days ago. READ  

Schwarzenegger named Madrid tourism envoy
Schwarzenegger filmed his first big Hollywood hit Conan the Barbarian in Madrid and Almería. Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Schwarzenegger named Madrid tourism envoy

Madrid has chosen Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger as its first tourism ambassador for his promotion and close links to the Spanish capital, the place where his hit movie Conan the Barbarian was filmed. READ  

Catalonia crisis
Court to study appeal of Catalan self-rule vote
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is hoping the country's Constitutional Court can kill off plans for an independence vote in Catalonia. Photo: Gerard Julien/AFP

Court to study appeal of Catalan self-rule vote

Updated: Judges with Spain's Constitutional Court will hold an emergency meeting on Monday evening to consider whether to accept a Spanish government appeal against an upcoming vote on the issue of independence in Spain's Catalonia region. READ  

Spanish police smash 'guerrilla' graffiti gang
Ten people, aged between 21 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of belonging to the gang. Photo: Brocco/Flickr

Spanish police smash 'guerrilla' graffiti gang

Spanish police said on Sunday they have smashed a guerrilla-style graffiti gang that forced trains to a sudden and dangerous halt to paint over carriages in lightning operations. READ  

Isis terror suspect remanded in custody
Police arrest the the suspected leader of a militant cell based in north Africa on Friday. Photo: Spanish National Police

Isis terror suspect remanded in custody

A Spanish court on Sunday remanded in custody the suspected leader of a militant cell based in north Africa that recruited jihadists for Isis. READ  

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Fine and jail time for Nazi comments
Nazi swastika and paraphernalia. Photo: APA/Henning Kaiser

Fine and jail time for Nazi comments

A 27-year-old man has been handed a €7,200 fine and a one year prison sentence for inciting hatred and re-engagement in National Socialist activities. READ  

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells
Cows wear ceremonial bells during the desalpe at Charmey. Photo: Caroline Bishop

Study sounds warning alarm for Swiss cow bells

The future of one of Switzerland’s most iconic symbols is under threat after a new study found that cow bells can damage the hearing and feeding habits of the alpine cows that wear them. READ  

Hamburg graffiti legend killed by train
Oz pictured in 2013. Photo: OZM gallery, in memory of Oz

Hamburg graffiti legend killed by train

Hamburg's most prolific graffiti artist was killed on Thursday night by an S-Bahn train, police said on Friday. READ  

VIDEO: How Denmark saved a small Iowa town
The Local's Justin Cremer returned to his home state of Iowa for this video report on Elk Horn. Photo: Shawn FitzGerald

VIDEO: How Denmark saved a small Iowa town

The town of Elk Horn, Iowa has always been proud of its Danish heritage but for most of its existence, the folks back in the motherland hardly knew it existed. The Local's Justin Cremer – himself an Iowa native – visited Elk Horn in summer 2014 for this video report on what happened when a pair of Danish documentaries put Elk Horn on the map. READ  

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge
Air France has moved to end a crippling air strike by proposing scrapping its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Photo: Eric Feferberg/AFP

Striking Air France pilots refuse to budge

UPDATED: Defiant Air France pilots said they would continue their crippling strike on Thursday despite company chiefs proposing to scrap its plans to expand its low-cost subsidiary into Europe. Company chiefs had called for pilots to return to work "immediately". READ  

QUIZ: EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES
Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

Test your Italian skills with our debut quiz

It's the European Day of Languages, so come and test your Italian language skills with The Local Italy's debut quiz. READ  

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies
The nappies in the picture are not the nappies in the story. Nappy photo: Shutterstock

Cops swipe smugglers of Norwegian nappies

Police in northern Sweden have arrested two individuals with a haul of over 25,000 Norwegian nappies, which they believe were destined for the black market in eastern Europe. READ  

National
Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles
A simple twist of fate led these Dylan fans to the same university. Photo: Gustav Mårtensson

Scientists sneak Bob Dylan lyrics into articles

Five Swedish scientists have confessed that they have been quoting Bob Dylan lyrics in research articles and are running a wager on who can squeeze the most in before retirement. READ  

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