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Analysis: Does Spain need to reform its constitution?

Analysis: Does Spain need to reform its constitution?

Would constitutional reform help solve the Catalan crisis? And how likely is it? Political scientist Edu Bayón analyses the current state of play.

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Healthcare in Spain: What you need to know

Healthcare in Spain: What you need to know

Before you grab your castanets and move to Spain, you should really take the time to look into the healthcare system in your new country.

 
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Spanish court orders seizure of ex-Catalan leader's home

Spanish court orders seizure of ex-Catalan leader's home

Spain's Court of Auditors ordered on Tuesday the seizure of former Catalan president Artur Mas's home to cover costs generated by the nonbinding independence referendum his government organised in 2014.

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The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

The Swedish university where students tackle real-world problems

Ranked among the world’s best young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50, Linköping University (LiU) uses innovative learning techniques that prepare its students to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

 
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Scuffles break out as art is 'plundered' from Catalan museum

Scuffles break out as art is 'plundered' from Catalan museum

Scuffles broke out between police and demonstrators gathered outside a museum in the Catalan city of Lleida to protest at the removal of 44 works of art that a Spanish court ordered be returned to a neighbouring region.

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The eleven most annoying Spanish false friends of all time

The eleven most annoying Spanish false friends of all time

Spanish is full of false friends and can sometimes be a linguistic minefield. The Local takes a look at some of the worst offenders.

Penelope Cruz speaks out on Weinstein 'abuse of power'

Penelope Cruz speaks out on Weinstein 'abuse of power'

Oscar-winning Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has expressed her support for the women who have had spoken out about "horrible experiences" and alleged sexual assaults at the hands of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Catalan impasse damaging tourism prospects for 2018

Catalan impasse damaging tourism prospects for 2018

Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10 percent in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia's separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said Tuesday.

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Spanish police bust gang who were building aero club to fly in cocaine

Spanish police bust gang who were building aero club to fly in cocaine

Spanish police said Wednesday that they had dismantled a major hashish trafficking ring that was allegedly buying land to build a private airfield to start smuggling cocaine into the country.

Catalans travel to Brussels in droves for massive pro-independence rally

Catalans travel to Brussels in droves for massive pro-independence rally

Protesters began gathering in Brussels on Thursday to show support for deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support their drive for independence from Spain.

Rajoy pledges economic boost if 'normalcy' returns to Catalonia

Rajoy pledges economic boost if 'normalcy' returns to Catalonia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pledged on Saturday that the country's economic growth could reach three percent next year, well ahead of forecasts, if Catalonia returns to "normalcy" after the region's secessionist drive.

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Why 16 fighter jets flew over Stockholm on Wednesday

Why 16 fighter jets flew over Stockholm on Wednesday

Stockholm residents may have been surprised to hear loud noise and see the sight of 16 fighter jets flying over the Swedish capital on December 13th, but it's nothing to be alarmed about.

 

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Opinion: 'Much of Spain's political history has been a tale of savage partisan strife'

Opinion: 'Much of Spain's political history has been a tale of savage partisan strife'

The tension in Catalonia is an uncomfortable reminder of Spain's torn past, writes Spanish author Alberto Letona in an opinion piece.

Spain makes one of 'Europe's biggest' cocaine busts

Spain makes one of 'Europe's biggest' cocaine busts

Spanish authorities have netted nearly six tonnes of high-grade cocaine worth €210 million, in one of the biggest seizures of the drug ever made in Europe.

Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d'Or to Bernabeu

Ronaldo presents fifth Ballon d'Or to Bernabeu

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his record-equalling fifth Ballon d'Or to an adoring Santiago Bernabeu before Real Madrid's clash with Sevilla on Saturday.

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia evacuated in 'false alarm' bomb scare

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia evacuated in 'false alarm' bomb scare

Spanish police temporarily evacuated Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church and nearby businesses on Tuesday after a van parked nearby prompted a bomb scare which they said turned out to be a "false alarm".

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain

9 awesome reasons to spend your Erasmus year in Spain

It's almost the start of a new school year and that means a whole new intake of Erasmus students will flood into Spain. Here's what makes Spain the most popular destination for students on the European exchange programme.

It's official: This is Spain's best cheese

It's official: This is Spain's best cheese

Have a tough time opting between Manchego, Mahón or Idiazabal? With so many tasty options to choose from, picking cheese in Spain can be a difficult task, but one now towers above the rest according to the latest addition of the World Cheese Awards.

Spain reports case of 'mad cow disease'

Spain reports case of 'mad cow disease'

A case of "mad cow disease" has been discovered in northwestern Spain.

Ten colourful Catalan phrases you should learn right now

Ten colourful Catalan phrases you should learn right now

To celebrate La Diada, Catalonia's National Day on September 11th, The Local takes a look at ten of the most colourful colloquialisms from Spain's northeastern region.

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Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid hope of pulling off Champions League miracle

Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid hope of pulling off Champions League miracle

Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid's slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.