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Madrid makes banks chip in for preference compo

Spain will ask private banks to contribute €1.5-2.0 billion to help reimburse investors who bought risky savings products that have lost most of their value from unlisted lenders which have since been nationalized, the government said on Friday.

Spain evictions hit new record in 2012

Spain evictions hit new record in 2012

Eviction procedures in Spanish courts for unpaid mortgages and rent hit a fresh record last year, a court oversight body said Friday, as a sharp economic downturn and record unemployment continued to take a toll.

Police car thief exposes handcuffs defect

Police car thief exposes handcuffs defect

A cheeky thief who stole a cop car unintentionally helped police spot a problem with their standard issue handcuffs.

Top official plays dumb over corruption claims

Top official plays dumb over corruption claims

The former treasurer of Spain's ruling Popular Party Luis Bárcenas refused to answer questions on Friday from a judge investigating claims he made under-the-table payments to top party officials, including Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

‘You don’t need money to have access to culture’

‘You don’t need money to have access to culture’

Englishwoman Anna Kemp has a vision: to set up an outdoor theatre in the stunningly beautiful foothills of Andalusia's Sierra Nevada. We spoke to her about life on the stage, vegetable vans and eating at her local petrol station.

‘Give us back the cash you stole’: pensioners

‘Give us back the cash you stole’: pensioners

Every Thursday dozens of pensioners gather outside bailed-out lender Bankia in the Spanish capital with a simple demand: Give us our money back.

Man clocks sex-stopping traffic cop

Man clocks sex-stopping traffic cop

A man in Murcia has escaped jail after he smacked a cop who interrupted a raunchy interlude in his girlfriend's car.

Mobile app mocks Spain’s dirty politics

Mobile app mocks Spain’s dirty politics

A Spanish video game company has developed a mobile game app that lets you play the role of a dirty top official.

Easter weather report: mild but changeable

Easter weather report: mild but changeable

Spain can expect spring temperatures and changeable weather during the Easter holidays, with the Atlantic zones to see the worst of the rain while the Canaries are expecting stable conditions.

Crisis ‘should not affect Madrid Olympic bid’

Crisis ‘should not affect Madrid Olympic bid’

Craig Reedie, head of the International Olympic Committee's Evaluation Commission, said he is happy with the guarantees given by the Madrid 2020 bid team that the Spanish economy could support hosting the Olympics.

Bank boss blasts Cyprus contagion talk

Bank boss blasts Cyprus contagion talk

The head of Spain's main banking association said on Thursday he had no fear of contagion from debt-hit Cyprus, which is fighting to avoid a banking meltdown.