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Grim economic times for 80 percent of Spaniards

Grim economic times for 80 percent of Spaniards

The latest figures from Spain’s CIS research centre released on Wednesday, show that over 80 percent think that the country's economic situation is 'the same' as or 'worse' than last year. READ  

'Spain's crisis not over,' Juncker warns
Jean-Claude Juncker arrives for a conference in Berlin on March 2nd. Photo: Odd Anderson / AFP

'Spain's crisis not over,' Juncker warns

Spain cannot say it has left behind its economic crisis until the sky-high unemployment rate returns to "normal levels", EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview published Wednesday. READ  

'I could be PM of Spain': Venezuelan leader
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. Photo: Federico Parra/AFP.

'I could be PM of Spain': Venezuelan leader

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has urged Spanish politicians to keep Venezuela out of their election campaigns, joking that he is in the news so much, he might as well run for office there himself. READ  

Tokers outnumber smokers in Spain

Tokers outnumber smokers in Spain

The number of Spaniards who said they started using cannabis in 2013 outnumbered those who said they took up smoking cigarettes, according to a government study released Tuesday. READ  

Brits: Polite, prudish, poor personal hygiene.

Brits: Polite, prudish, poor personal hygiene.

The British are polite, prudish and have poor personal hygiene, to say nothing of their binge drinking culture and tendency to hooliganism, according to a new book by Spanish author. READ  

Matador Madonna in 'glamourizing gore' row
Madonna with a dancer dressed as a bull at the Grammy Awards on February 8th. Photo Robyn Beck/AFP.

Matador Madonna in 'glamourizing gore' row

Animal rights activists have called on Madonna to stop 'glamourizing gore' by dressing as a bullfighter, as the US star announces a Barcelona date on her upcoming tour. READ  

Spain outstrips France and Italy in wine exports
Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia enjoy some cava on a visit to a Spanish vineyard. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Spain outstrips France and Italy in wine exports

Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world, but why are exports mainly in bulk, rather than bottled? The Local finds out. READ  

Mother jailed for pimping underage daughters

Mother jailed for pimping underage daughters

A woman has been jailed for 22 years for forcing her 16-year-old twin daughters into prostitution in Malaga. READ  

Jobless drop in February biggest since 2001
Jobless queue outside a social security office in Madrid. Photo: Sebastien Berda / AFP

Jobless drop in February biggest since 2001

Unemployment dropped 0.3 percent in February, according to data released by Spain’s employment ministry on Tuesday, the best monthly improvement for a February since 2001. READ  

'Zuckerberg get off my nipples': Femen
A member of protest group Femen protesting against Facebook in Barcelona. Photo: Josep Lago/AFP.

'Zuckerberg get off my nipples': Femen

Activists with radical protest group Femen demonstrated at a mobile conference on Monday against Facebook for its 'machismo' attitude in censoring the group's topless photographs. READ  

Features
My Spanish Career
'There is joy in learning something new yourself'
Samantha Chappell is an English primary school teacher in Oviedo

'There is joy in learning something new yourself'

Samantha Chappell took a sabbatical from a publishing job in London to spend a summer living in the northern city of Oviedo. She loved it so much that eight years later she is still there and has discovered her vocation. READ  

Madrid Podemos rally
Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march
Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Young and old, rich and poor join left-wing march

Not just young radicals: Spaniards of all ages and backgrounds came out in their thousands to support a left-wing political party currently making waves in Spain. The Local caught up with some of them to find out why they are such big fans of Podemos. READ  

Opinion
The five strangest things about Spaniards

The five strangest things about Spaniards

After two years at the helm of The Local Spain, George Mills is moving on. Here he reflects on some of the most puzzling aspects of life in a country he believes is one of the greatest places to live in the world. READ  

My Spanish Career
'I want to be known as a gonzo chef'
Joel Serra moved to Spain after stints with the Australian Government and consulting with KPMG. Photo: Aldo Chacon

'I want to be known as a gonzo chef'

Chef, entrepreneur, Pilates instructor: meet Barcelona-based New Zealander Joel Serra — a man with many pots on the stove. READ  

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation
Photo: Steve Optix

Spain in stats: a portrait of a nation

From a very low crime rate to the largest wealth divide in the European Union, here are ten key statistics that shine a light on modern Spain. READ  

More News
Third Greek bailout €30-50 billion, Spain warns
Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (L) talks to Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos (R) in February 2015. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP.

Third Greek bailout €30-50 billion, Spain warns

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos on Monday said European Union officials are estimating that a hypothetical third bailout for Greece could amount to between €30 and 50 billion ($34-55 billion). READ  

Spain's Martinsa Fadesa files for bankruptcy
Stalled construction on a building project by Martinsa Fadesa. Photo: Pedro Armestre / AFP

Spain's Martinsa Fadesa files for bankruptcy

Spanish property developer Martinsa Fadesa said on Monday it would file for liquidation bankruptcy in one of the country's biggest insolvencies, which comes as the sector shows signs of recovery from a 2008 real estate collapse. READ  

Spanish Property of the Week
For Sale: Soprano's favourite Barcelona view
Villa Paula in the Collserola Natural Park Photo: Lucas Fox

For Sale: Soprano's favourite Barcelona view

A spectacular villa in the hills overlooking Barcelona, that once sheltered the President of Catalonia as he attempted to flee Francoist forces, and was a favourite haunt of Montserrat Caballé, has come on the market. READ  

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory
Anna Allen appearing on Spanish programme, Pasapalabra. Screen grab: YouTube/bogo xoer.

Exposed: actress who faked Oscar glory

The invented life of a Spanish actress has been revealed after Spanish media discovered she had not actually attended the Oscars, but used Photoshop to place herself on the red carpet. READ  

Tsipras comments 'not the done thing': Germany
Alexis Tsipras photographed in Athens on February 28th. Photo: Angelos Tzortzinis / AFP

Tsipras comments 'not the done thing': Germany

Germany on Monday angrily denounced Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras for accusing eurozone partners Spain and Portugal of undermining his negotiations with Brussels, saying he had been out of line. READ  

Raise green taxes, Spain told by OECD
A man working on solar panels in Spain. Photo: Cesar Mano/AFP

Raise green taxes, Spain told by OECD

Spain needs to do more to protect the environment, including scrapping harmful subsidies, according to a new report. READ  

Hologram Hugh woos in first ever virtual junket
Hugh Jackman appearing as a hologram in a Madrid press conference for his new film, Chappie. Screen grab: YouTube/Flicks Extras

Hologram Hugh woos in first ever virtual junket

Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman discussed his latest film in Madrid over the weekend in the world's first ever holographic press conference, which could revolutionize the film industry in austerity hit countries. READ  

My Spanish Career
'It's queso manchego that has kept me here'
Lance Tooks has written whole works in Madrid bars

'It's queso manchego that has kept me here'

In the latest installment of My Spanish Career, The Local meets Lance Tooks, a writer and illustrator of graphic novels and a resident of Madrid's Barrio de Las Letras who is keeping the storytelling tradition alive. READ  

Eurovision song unveiled and it's 'a cry of pain'
Photo: Flickr/YourWayMagazine

Eurovision song unveiled and it's 'a cry of pain'

Spain's national public broadcaster has released the much anticipated song, Amanecer (Daybreak), which will be sung by Edurne in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. READ  

Could 2015 be the year of the smartwatch?
The new Huawei's device "Talkband B2", shown during a press conference in Barcelona on March 1st, the eve of the 2015 Mobile World Congress opening.Photo: Josep Lago/AFP

Could 2015 be the year of the smartwatch?

Defying scepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone. READ  

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UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case
Dmitry Rybolovlev with unidentified woman at Monaco football game last year. Photo: AFP

Swiss businessman charged in art fraud case

A prominent Swiss businessman was on Saturday charged in connection with an alleged art fraud targeting Russian oligarch and football club owner Dmitry Rybolovlev. READ  

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine
Edathy in court on Monday. Photo: DPA

Court lets child porn MP Edathy off with fine

A court has decided to fine former MP Sebastian Edathy €5,000 after he admitted on Monday to downloading child pornography images and video onto his official parliamentary laptop. READ  

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools
Photo: Colourbox

Denmark may introduce porn to public schools

A sexology professor is calling on schools to show students porn so that they can learn to tell the difference between real-life sex and what they see in online films. READ  

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?
Paris is pricey but it's not all bad news. Photo: AFP

Paris is pricey, but is that good news for Parisians?

Paris has once again been named the world’s second most expensive city in a global study this week, meaning it's pricier than the likes of Oslo, Zurich and Sydney. But those behind the report say it's not all bad news for people living in the French capital. READ  

Video
Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish
Dino Ferrari with the giant catfish. Photo: Sportex Italia

Purrfect catch: Italian twins land giant catfish

Twin Italian brothers came within a whisker of a European record when they reeled in a catfish weighing 127kg in northern Italy’s River Po – with just a fishing rod. READ  

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty
Norwegian Chairman Bjørn Kise grilled by press ahead of Monday's emergency board meeting. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix

Norwegian Air pilots braced for bankrupcty

Norway’s pilot unions were braced on Monday for Norwegian Air Shuttle to bankrupt its local subsidiary in a strategy they decried as “outrageous union-busting”. READ  

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students
Photo: TT

Malmö school 'too dangerous' for students

A secondary school in Malmö has been closed after the teachers' union declared that it is too dangerous a place for students and teachers to attend due to widespread violence and criminality. READ  

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