Spain’s central bank backs recovery talk

Spain’s central bank backs recovery talk

Spain's job-destroying recession is set to ease in the second quarter of 2013 as activity improves, the Bank of Spain said on Wednesday, adding its voice to an optimistic chorus emerging from the government.

Engine fire sets Spanish cruise goers adrift

Engine fire sets Spanish cruise goers adrift

Spanish passengers on board the stricken cruise ship Zenith have spoken of their overnight ordeal "in pyjamas" while waiting to be towed ashore following a fire in the ship's engine room.

Spanish ‘superjudge’ snubs fleeing ‘IT spy’

Spanish ‘superjudge’ snubs fleeing ‘IT spy’

Spain's renowned former human rights 'superjudge' Baltasar Garzón announced on Wednesday that his firm has declined to represent US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

Tax officers topple top chef’s restaurant dream

Tax officers topple top chef’s restaurant dream

One of Spain's top chefs is in a pickle after government officials shut down his Michelin two-starred restaurant on Tuesday because of unpaid tax debts.

Spain’s ‘lost generation’ give up work and study

Spain’s ‘lost generation’ give up work and study

A key education report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted a startling leap in the number of young Spaniards who are neither working nor studying.

‘Picasso was never like a real grandfather to us’

‘Picasso was never like a real grandfather to us’

As a child, Pablo Picasso's granddaughter Marina often found herself shut out of his sumptuous Cannes villa "La Californie". Four decades after his death, the gates of the house she inherited, along with thousands of his art works, are always promptly opened to visitors.

Spanish MPs unite for EU economic showdown

Spanish MPs unite for EU economic showdown

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will arrive in Brussels on Wednesday for a key economic policy meeting of the European Council buoyed by the knowledge that he has the unprecedented backing of over 90 percent of Spain's MPs.

Bald running race raises hairless pride in Spain

Bald running race raises hairless pride in Spain

Two friends in the north-eastern Spanish region of Galicia are staging the world's first ever international running race for bald people on Friday.

Madrid ‘satisfied with ‘budget Olympics’ review

Madrid ‘satisfied with ‘budget Olympics’ review

The team in charge of Madrid's bid for the 2020 Olympic Games said they were 'very satisfied' with the International Olympic Committee Evaluation Commission's (IOCEC) report on how the Spanish capital's third consecutive bid to host the Games is shaping up.