Spain reins in ‘unruly’ regional banks

Spain reins in ‘unruly’ regional banks

Spain unveiled plans on Friday to tighten the rein on the regional savings banks blamed for triggering its financial crisis, the latest step in an overhaul of its bailed-out banking sector.

Catalans call for greater regional powers

Catalans call for greater regional powers

Just over a third of Catalans think Spain's regions should be able to decide for themselves on the question of independence from the rest of the country, new research shows. In the Basque Country, that figure is one in four.

‘Barcelona is full of great offbeat festivals’

‘Barcelona is full of great offbeat festivals’

This week in The Local's My Spain, we talk to US expats Regina Winkle-Bryan and Nancy Todd about setting up a successful travel blog about Spain, Barcelona's alternative vibe and where to get the best glass of wine in the city.

Moroccan melons hide huge hash stash

Moroccan melons hide huge hash stash

Spanish police announced on Friday they have seized a massive 32 tonnes of hashish hidden in a truck transporting melons from Morocco, one of the largest hauls on record in Spain.

Brussels casts doubt on Spain’s deficit plans

Brussels casts doubt on Spain’s deficit plans

The European Commission announced on Friday that it believed Spain would fall short of the deficit targets set by the ruling Popular Party government of Mariano Rajoy for 2013 and 2014.

Wi-Fi peeping Tom preys on naked neighbours

Wi-Fi peeping Tom preys on naked neighbours

A Zaragoza man who hacked into hundreds of his neighbours’ computers to watch them undressing and having sexual intercourse has been able to move neighbourhood while he awaits trial.

Spain snubs citizenship bid after flag fail

Spain snubs citizenship bid after flag fail

Spain's National High Court has turned down the appeal of a woman who was denied citizenship after she stated that Spain bordered the country of Catalonia and that the colours of the national flag were "red, white and yellow with a shield".

Spain’s Big Brother axes contestant over ETA joke

Spain’s Big Brother axes contestant over ETA joke

A contestant on Spain's Big Brother TV show has been kicked out of the house by organizers after she was caught on camera saying that the only demonstration she’d ever been to was one asking for the return of the Basque nationalist and separatist organization ETA.

Nadal to serve notice at Madrid Open

Nadal to serve notice at Madrid Open

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer appear at the same claycourt event for the first time this season with the Madrid Masters a key test just three weeks out from the French Open.

Spain’s top brass close ranks in austerity row

Spain’s top brass close ranks in austerity row

Prominent figures within Spain's ruling Popular Party have closed ranks around Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after a top official criticized his revised forecasts for bringing down the country's deficit.