Spanish debt soars despite contested cuts

Spanish debt soars despite contested cuts

Spain's public debt shot to a record high in the first quarter of this year, the Bank of Spain said on Friday, despite Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's hotly-protested austerity squeeze.

Cops caught short in toilet roll crisis

Cops caught short in toilet roll crisis

Police in the southern Spanish port city of Cádiz have bemoaned the 'uncomfortable situation' of having no toilet paper in their headquarters and are urgently awaiting supplies.

‘Cinema taught me more than my priest did’

‘Cinema taught me more than my priest did’

He once worked at Madrid's world-famous Rastro flea market, loves toy cars and launched the career of Hollywood star Antonio Banderas. Meet The Local's latest Spanish Face of the Week, film maker Pedro Almodóvar.

EU heavyweights tackle youth jobless crisis

EU heavyweights tackle youth jobless crisis

Spain, Italy, France and Germany sent their economy and labour ministers to Rome on Friday to look at ways to bring down the high levels of youth unemployment blighting the lives of millions across Europe.

Ryanair quashes ‘cake cost’ rumours

Ryanair quashes ‘cake cost’ rumours

Ireland's low-cost airline Ryanair has denied reports that passengers will have to pay a special extra charge for bringing on board cakes that don't fit into their hand luggage.

Cops slam UK press ‘paella prisoners’ story

Cops slam UK press ‘paella prisoners’ story

A UK tabloid newspaper story claiming that a British couple on holiday were imprisoned and fined for refusing to pay a restaurant paella bill has been rejected by Spanish authorities.

Catalan boss thanks UK PM for vote support

Catalan boss thanks UK PM for vote support

The President of Spain's Catalonia region Artur Mas has thanked UK Prime Minister David Cameron for "understanding" Catalonia's desire to hold a referendum on independence. Mas also held up the Scottish consultation process on independence as an example to follow.

Key credit agency talks down Spanish recovery

Key credit agency talks down Spanish recovery

The US credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's has predicted a weak economic recovery for Spain in 2014 but is sounding the alarm on the country's high foreign debt levels.

Terrorist hairdresser nabbed by Majorca police

Terrorist hairdresser nabbed by Majorca police

Police in Majorca arrested a "radical" hairdresser on Thursday after he claimed to have been sent by Allah to "kill all the Spanish".

Shaving driver ‘stars’ in police safety campaign

Shaving driver ‘stars’ in police safety campaign

Shaving,carrying wild animals and watching DVDs while at the wheel are just three of the dangerous activities that Spanish police came across during a recent traffic safety campaign that targeted distracted drivers.

Barça back ‘innocent’ Messi in tax scandal

Barça back ‘innocent’ Messi in tax scandal

FC Barcelona threw their support behind Lionel Messi on Thursday, insisting they had no doubt that the superstar was innocent of tax avoidance.

Messi tax fraud scandal shocks sporting world

Messi tax fraud scandal shocks sporting world

The sporting world was shocked on Wednesday by the news that four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is being pursued by the Spanish tax authorities for an alleged fraud worth over four million euros ($5 million).