Spain takes on Google over privacy breaches

Spain takes on Google over privacy breaches

Spain opened sanction proceedings against Google on Thursday for suspected serious breaches of data protection laws, acting just hours after France threatened the Internet giant with fines.

Messi to face court over tax fraud claims

Messi to face court over tax fraud claims

Barcelona football star Lionel Messi has been named as a suspect in a tax fraud probe and summoned to appear in court, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office in Barcelona said on Thursday.

‘Most Catalans just want to get out of Spain’

‘Most Catalans just want to get out of Spain’

Matthew Tree, a prizewinning author of books in both Catalan and English who has lived in Catalonia since the 1970s, speaks to The Local about why the region is unique, what's driving the independence debate there and how he sees the future for its relationship with the rest of Spain.

Infamous ‘soldier’ scammer busted in Madrid

Infamous ‘soldier’ scammer busted in Madrid

One of Spain's most famous con artists has been arrested in Madrid after a carrier spanning nearly half a century. The man, known popularly as Capitán Timo, presented himself as a high-ranking military official to swindle people into handing over their cash.

Top ten: Spain’s best beaches 2013

Top ten: Spain’s best beaches 2013

Summer is here — well, sort of — so it's time to join The Local on our tour of Spain's best beaches.

Brit kidnapper nabbed for Malaga child sex crime

Brit kidnapper nabbed for Malaga child sex crime

Moroccan police on Tuesday arrested a British man suspected of kidnapping and trying to rape a young girl in the Andalusian town of Vélez-Málaga in 2012.

Political rivals thrash out joint EU position

Political rivals thrash out joint EU position

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the leader of the country's opposition Socialist PSOE party, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, are meeting on Thursday to work out the details of an agreement that will see them present a united front in the upcoming European Council summit.

Doctors slam health care cuts for immigrants

Doctors slam health care cuts for immigrants

A medical aid group on Wednesday urged Spain to scrap a "dangerous" austerity reform that has deprived hundreds of thousands of foreigners of access to free health care, saying it was putting lives at risk.

‘Corrupt’ Spaniards stay loyal to ‘unhelpful’ EU

‘Corrupt’ Spaniards stay loyal to ‘unhelpful’ EU

Most Spaniards think the European Union is doing very little to help the country emerge from its five-year crisis but overall support for the institution remains strong, a new study shows.