Spain: The week’s news in pictures

Spain: The week’s news in pictures

From a solar eclipse in the Canary Islands to a mock nuclear war in Extremadura and Madrid's smelly rubbish strike, The Local takes a look at some of the best news pictures in Spain this week.

Spanish court orders release of Eta prisoners

Spanish court orders release of Eta prisoners

A Spanish court on Friday ordered the release of nine imprisoned members of armed Basque separatist group Eta after a European rights ruling that is opening the jail doors for dozens of the militants.

‘The happy rich Spain they promised was a lie’

‘The happy rich Spain they promised was a lie’

In this week's edition of The View from Spain, The Local talks to documentary filmmaker Rubén Hornillo about Spaniards who have moved overseas to escape the crisis, the importance of the Erasmus student exchange programme, and why the closure of Valencia's regional television channel is such bad news.

Greenpeace ‘hijacks’ Spain’s Sagrada Familia

Greenpeace ‘hijacks’ Spain’s Sagrada Familia

Members of the environmental group Greenpeace have suspended themselves with ropes from the top of Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia Cathedral demanding the immediate release of thirty activists arrested on a Gazprom oil rig in the Russian Arctic.

Telefonica talks up sales after profit slump

Telefonica talks up sales after profit slump

Spain's international telecommunications group Telefonica revealed slumping profits in the third quarter of 2013 on Friday but said underlying revenues were climbing and debt levels had dropped.

Spain: the country that stole Christmas

Spain: the country that stole Christmas

‘Tis the season to be stingy, as Spain’s Consumer Federation, Fuci, points to a drop of over 40 percent in Christmas spending in households across the country over the last four years.

Marathon tuna fish makes record sea voyage

Marathon tuna fish makes record sea voyage

A tuna fish first tagged by fishermen in northern Spain in 2006 has turned up off the coast of Venezuela seven years later after a record journey of 6,370km (3,958 miles).

Real Madrid to get Bale boost in weekend clash

Real Madrid to get Bale boost in weekend clash

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is looking to build on by far his best week since arriving in the Spanish capital when Carlo Ancelotti's side host Real Sociedad this weekend.

Rubbish strike turns Madrid into stink city

Rubbish strike turns Madrid into stink city

Rubbish piled up in the gutters of Madrid on Friday as a strike by street sweepers facing sackings and salary cuts began to leave its mark on the major tourist destination.

Catalan chemists strike over unpaid bills

Catalan chemists strike over unpaid bills

Thousands of pharmacies closed for several hours in Spain's northern Catalonia region on Thursday in a strike over the regional government's failure to pay their bills.