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Madrid mayor to rid city of dictator Franco
Francisco Franco pictured in the 1960s. Photo: AFP

Madrid mayor to rid city of dictator Franco

Manuela Carmena, the new left-wing mayor of Madrid, is set to get rid of all street signs bearing references to the late dictator Francisco Franco, replacing them with the names of illustrious women and local heroes. READ  

Spain on high alert for wildfires amid heatwave
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Spain on high alert for wildfires amid heatwave

UPDATE: Spain was on maximum alert for wildfires on Monday as firefighters brought a blaze in northern Spain's Aragon region under control that had been sparked by the heatwave over the weekend. READ  

Pamplona
The survivor's guide to running with the bulls
Photo: AFP

The survivor's guide to running with the bulls

Acclaimed British author and bullfighting afficionado Alexander Fiske-Harrison has been running with the bulls at Pamplona for the last six years and has participated in over 40 bull runs across Spain. He shares with The Local his top ten tips for survival. READ  

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Over a million celebrate Madrid Pride 2015
Photo: Adolfo Lujan/Flickr

Over a million celebrate Madrid Pride 2015

From July 1st to 5th, Madrid’s restaurants, shopfronts and balconies were awash with rainbow colours in a unanimous show of support for the biggest gay pride celebration in Europe. READ  

Greece crisis
Spain is 'open to' Greece bailout negotiations
From left: French President Francois Hollande, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey at a summit last month in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP.

Spain is 'open to' Greece bailout negotiations

Spain is open to negotiating a new bailout for Greece after Greek voters rejected creditors' austerity demands in a weekend referendum, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Monday. READ  

Majority of Spaniards oppose new "gag law"
Three quarters of Spaniards oppose the country's new gag law. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP.

Majority of Spaniards oppose new "gag law"

Three quarters of Spaniards oppose the country's new "gag law", which has brought in a series of measures opponents say hark back to the dark days of dictator Francisco Franco. READ  

Mayor gets death threats over bullfighting row
A photo of a bullfight in Valencia. Photo: Jose Jordan / AFP.

Mayor gets death threats over bullfighting row

The mayor of a town in Valencia has received death threats on social media after she announced the city would stop subsidizing bullfights. READ  

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'Democracy' the winner in Greece: Podemos
"Today in Greece democracy has won," said leader of Podemos, Pablo Iglesias. Photo: Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

'Democracy' the winner in Greece: Podemos

The leader of Spain's leftist Podemos party on Sunday hailed results from Greece's referendum showing voters decisively rejecting creditors' bailout terms as a victory for democracy. READ  

'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  

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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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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  

The Local list
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  

Tennis
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  

Games of Thrones
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  

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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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