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New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

New Catalonia president includes jailed, exiled leaders in govt

New Catalonia president Quim Torra on Saturday named two former ministers, jailed by Madrid for backing independence from Spain, together with two others who fled into exile, to his regional government.

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The key to making the most of your assignment abroad

The key to making the most of your assignment abroad

Learn more about what employers can do to best support expat workers and their families.

 
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VIDEO: Madrid metro station renamed 'Han Solo' in Star Wars tribute

VIDEO: Madrid metro station renamed 'Han Solo' in Star Wars tribute

Don’t be alarmed when travelling on Madrid’s metro this weekend if you hear an unusual announcement over the tannoy: “The next station is Han Solo. Change here for lines 2 and 3”

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How to party with Spaniards: the ultimate Guide

How to party with Spaniards: the ultimate Guide

Spaniards love to party. But there are unwritten rules to having a good time. Here's The Local's ultimate guide.

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Learn French in Switzerland: A fully immersive experience

Learn French in Switzerland: A fully immersive experience

Hiking in the Swiss Alps, visiting local chocolate factories, wine-tastings, jazz festivals and car shows are not part of your typical language course. Unless, that is, it’s an Alpadia language course.

 
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Women take to the streets in Spain demanding funds to fight domestic violence

Women take to the streets in Spain demanding funds to fight domestic violence

Hundreds of people took to the streets of Madrid and Barcelona on Wednesday to demand the Spanish government fulfil its promise to finance an ambitious plan to fight domestic violence.

New Catalan leader shuns King and constitution at swearing-in ceremony

New Catalan leader shuns King and constitution at swearing-in ceremony

Quim Torra avoided promising to obey the constitution and pledged instead to follow "the will of the Catalan people" when he was sworn in on Thursday.

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IN PICS: Blooming gorgeous patios of Cordoba

IN PICS: Blooming gorgeous patios of Cordoba

Dozens of usually private patios are thrown open to the public in a riot of gorgeous colour and celebration of spring.

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President of Murcia region announces new flights to 'Manchester United'

President of Murcia region announces new flights to 'Manchester United'

Fernando López Miras, president of the Murcia region in southern Spain, was promoting a new airport, set to open in his region in 2019, in a live interview on Spanish national broadcaster TVE.

12 signs you've totally nailed the Spanish language

12 signs you've totally nailed the Spanish language

How do you know when you've really mastered the Spanish language? If you can tick off most of the signs on this list, then you'll be well on your way.

Catalan separatists to try again to elect Puigdemont

Catalan separatists to try again to elect Puigdemont

Catalan separatists, meeting in Berlin, vowed on Saturday to attempt once again to get their leader-in-exile Carles Puigdemont reinstalled as president of the Spanish region while adding that they don't want to hold fresh elections.

Thousands attend demonstrations in Spain in protest at judges' refusal to sentence 'The Pack' for rape

Thousands attend demonstrations in Spain in protest at judges' refusal to sentence 'The Pack' for rape

Five men from Sevilla who sexually abused a teenager in Pamplona in 2016 were given a nine-year sentence but found not guilty of "rape." The sentence drew widespread condemnation in Spain, where thousands of people took to the streets to protest in more than half a dozen cities.

Narcopisos: 'Drug flats' blight the heart of Spanish cities

Narcopisos: 'Drug flats' blight the heart of Spanish cities

A decade after Spain's property bubble burst, dozens of vacant apartments in Madrid and Barcelona city centres have turned into "drug flats", to the dismay of local residents who complain of abandoned syringes and frequent brawls.

Spain's Bilbao fights to lead European wind power sector

Spain's Bilbao fights to lead European wind power sector

With a brand-new factory and a cluster of specialised firms, the Basque city of Bilbao is the focus of Spain's wind power industry which is fighting to hold its own in the face of fierce competition from China and northern Europe.

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Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Pope to appoint 14 new cardinals

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he will hold a meeting of the Church's top council to appoint 14 new cardinals next month, including from Iraq, Pakistan, Madagascar and Japan.

 

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ANALYSIS: How fake degree scandal is provoking a new crisis in Spain's government

ANALYSIS: How fake degree scandal is provoking a new crisis in Spain's government

As Spain’s ruling Partido Popular (PP) goes into its national convention this weekend, party chief Mariano Rajoy finds himself severely challenged by two recent events

Spain probes death of child in drug trafficking hotspot

Spain probes death of child in drug trafficking hotspot

A nine-year-old boy has become the latest victim after being rammed by a boat in a zone where drug traffickers are operating in an increasly brazen manner.

Atletico 'fed up' over Barça's pursuit of Griezmann

Atletico 'fed up' over Barça's pursuit of Griezmann

Atletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin attacked Barcelona on Tuesday over their pursuit of highly-prized striker Antoine Griezmann, saying he was "fed up" with the Catalan club's attitude.

Schoolboy swipes gran's €10,000 life savings and shares it with classmates

Schoolboy swipes gran's €10,000 life savings and shares it with classmates

It could have been an incredible act of generosity or a misguided attempt to win friends but it certainly tested even the most doting of grandmother’s love.

New crackdown on British holidaymakers who fake food poisoning

New crackdown on British holidaymakers who fake food poisoning

The British government has announced new measures to clamp down on fake holiday sickness claims by Brits that has blighted the travel industry in Spain.

Spain takes tentative first step to legalising euthanasia

Spain takes tentative first step to legalising euthanasia

Spain's lower house voted Thursday in favour of examining a bill on legalising euthanasia, a first in the country even if there will likely be major opposition as it weaves its way through parliament.

Seven fantastic events going on in Spain in April 2018

Seven fantastic events going on in Spain in April 2018

From a festival that brings together the world's best cheeses, to the legendary April Fair in Seville, every region of Spain is worth the visit this month (and every month, really).

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Fresh elections not in the interest of Catalonia, insists parliament speaker

Fresh elections not in the interest of Catalonia, insists parliament speaker

The speaker of the Catalan parliament said Wednesday that new elections were not in the region's "interest" while Spain persists in blocking a new president from taking office.