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ANALYSIS: Are Catalan separatists really going to attempt a violent breakaway?

ANALYSIS: Are Catalan separatists really going to attempt a violent breakaway?

Hunger strike, sabotage, calls for revolution and reckless unchecked protests. How far will some Catalan separatists go?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Estonia: As Nordic as the Nordics?

Our geographically-savvy readers are probably already aware that Estonia is not part of the Nordics (yet). It is, however, very close to its Nordic neighbours, both physically and culturally.

 
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Spanish Word of the Day: 'Villancicos'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Villancicos'

Today's word of the day comes with three popular Spanish Christmas Carols to learn.

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QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

QUIZ: Which influential Icelander are you?

Iceland may have a population of just over 330,000 people (all with equally unpronounceable names) but that doesn't stop it churning out a stream of globally-renowned people. Take our quiz to discover your Icelandic spirit animal.

 
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Everything you need to know about Madrid's new traffic restrictions
FOR MEMBERS

Everything you need to know about Madrid's new traffic restrictions

Madrid's City Hall have introduced new restrictions on traffic in the heart of capital. Here's what you need to know.

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

This small Mediterranean capital is the perfect winter city break

Valletta, Malta’s small but mighty capital, still feels like one of the Med’s undiscovered gems. But it won’t stay that way for long. The Local’s commercial editor, Sophie Miskiw, explored 2018's Capital of Culture and can’t wait to go back.

 
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UK can cancel Brexit before March 29th without EU’s consent, ECJ rules

UK can cancel Brexit before March 29th without EU’s consent, ECJ rules

A new option has become available to the UK in the Brexit process as the European Court of Justice ruled that revoking Article 50 unilaterally is a possibility.

IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain

IN PICS: 15 photos that will get you excited about autumn in Spain

Don't let anyone tell you Spain 'doesn't do' autumn.

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Lucir'

Spanish Word of the Day: 'Lucir'

As we get into the Christmas spirit, our Spanish word of the day will be seen in every street and in lots of houses!

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish govt admits snap general election may be a possibilty

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's minority government, which is struggling to pass its draft 2019 budget, would not rule out holding an early general election, a top cabinet minister said on Monday.

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

#MeToo in Europe: New laws on consent and catcalling

From France, where seduction is treated as a high art, to Sweden, a trailblazer for gender equality, the #MeToo movement has had a mixed impact in Europe, stirring debate about consent and the banality of street harassment.

IN PICS: Thousands strike to demand end to austerity in Catalonia

IN PICS: Thousands strike to demand end to austerity in Catalonia

Doctors, nurses, students, teachers and civil servants went on strike in Catalonia to demand an end to spending cuts imposed during the crisis after years of seeking independence.

Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13

Body of young boy brings death toll of Mallorca floods to 13

The lifeless body of a young boy missing since the floods hit Mallorca eight days ago has been discovered, bringing the death toll to 13.

12 weird and wonderful Christmas traditions celebrated across Spain

12 weird and wonderful Christmas traditions celebrated across Spain

From Catalonia's 'crapping log' to the Basque Country's very own version of Santa Claus, The Local guides you through the weird and wonderful world of Spanish Christmas.

13 of the very best luxury getaways to enjoy in Spain

13 of the very best luxury getaways to enjoy in Spain

A cold winter lies ahead of us - which is as good an excuse as any to start thinking of wonderful ways to treat yourself.

Madrid braces for 'maximum security' before Sunday's 'weird' final between Argentinian teams

Madrid braces for 'maximum security' before Sunday's 'weird' final between Argentinian teams

Madrid is expecting up to 500 "especially violent" Argentinian fans for Sunday's relocated football match between fierce Argentinian rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

Spanish pensioner kills herself over eviction

A Spanish pensioner killed herself by jumping from the fifth floor of her Madrid apartment on Monday as police tried to evict her.

Spanish retail giant Corte Ingles strikes deal with Alibaba

Spanish retail giant Corte Ingles strikes deal with Alibaba

Spain's top department store chain El Corte Ingles on Thursday announced a collaboration with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

Europe

Geneva launches free pre-dawn bus services to airport

Geneva launches free pre-dawn bus services to airport

From this Sunday on, travellers catching an early flight from Geneva will be able to take advantage of free bus services that will arrive at the airport before 4am.

 

Switzerland

Spanish police bust Vietnamese human trafficking ring that smuggled in 730 people

Spanish police bust Vietnamese human trafficking ring that smuggled in 730 people

Several dozen suspects were arrested as police took down a criminal network worth millions that had smuggled at least 730 Vietnamese citizens into Spain.

Double world figure skating champion Javier Fernandez retiring

Double world figure skating champion Javier Fernandez retiring

Spaniard Javier Fernandez, a double world champion in figure skating, has said that he will retire after the European championships in Minsk on in January.

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

Spain 'mastergate' university faces new degree giveaway claims

A Spanish university already accused of gifting degrees to high-profile politicians is also being probed for allegedly giving away diplomas.

Ryanair cancels dozens of flights to Spain on Friday amid cabin crew strike

Ryanair cancels dozens of flights to Spain on Friday amid cabin crew strike

Ryanair has cancelled 190 of its 2,400 scheduled flights on Friday due to a strike by cabin crews in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spain bans painkiller for tourists after death of ten Brits

Spanish health authorities have banned the sale of a common painkiller to tourists after it was linked to the deaths of at least ten British holidaymakers.

Spain strikes deal with Britain over Gibraltar

Spain strikes deal with Britain over Gibraltar

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday his government would back a Brexit deal with Britain after reaching an agreement over Gibraltar.