From Merkel to migrants: Spain’s week in pics

From Merkel to migrants: Spain’s week in pics

With everything in the news from racist food banks to politicians behaving badly, Spain's news was as action-packed as ever this week. Here The Local rounds up the news that mattered most.

Woman runs herself over in horror accident

Woman runs herself over in horror accident

A woman in northern Spain died on Thursday after she forgot to engage the vehicle's handbrake while parking her van.

Kidnapped UK fugitive found dead on beach

Kidnapped UK fugitive found dead on beach

A British fugitive believed to have been kidnapped by men posing as Spanish Civil Guard police officers has been found dead on a beach in Alicante, Spain.

Spanish army has right to invade Catalonia: Study

Spanish army has right to invade Catalonia: Study

Spain would have a right to send troops into Catalonia if the region decided unilaterally to become independent from the rest of Spain, the authors of a report released on Thursday argue.

Pollution feminizing Spain’s male fish

Pollution feminizing Spain’s male fish

Chemical pollutants found in rivers in Spain's Basque Country are acting like oestrogens on the local male fish stock and allowing them to form eggs in their testicles, a new report shows.

Barclays to sell Spanish business: Reports

Barclays to sell Spanish business: Reports

After nearly 40 years in the Spanish market, Barclays bank may be eyeing an exit from the country, Spanish media reported on Friday.

Spain’s royals outraged by ‘fictional’ history book

Spain’s royals outraged by ‘fictional’ history book

A new book published on Thursday angered Spain's royal palace by alleging King Juan Carlos plotted against his former ally Adolfo Suarez, a Spanish democratic hero who died last month.

Spain’s ‘Iron Lady’ in hit-and-run scandal

Spain’s ‘Iron Lady’ in hit-and-run scandal

The 'Iron Lady' of Spanish politics has caused a stir after she was fined by traffic cops on Madrid's emblematic Gran Vía and sped off moments after, knocking over a police motorbike.

Spain’s schools are failing immigrants: OECD

Spain’s schools are failing immigrants: OECD

Spain's results in future PISA tests will be much better if more is done to help students from immigrant backgrounds, experts have said in the wake of the country's poor showing in a recent PISA problem-solving exam.

Spaniards march against ‘painful’ austerity policies

Spaniards march against ‘painful’ austerity policies

Tens of thousands of people marched in dozens of Spanish cities on Thursday against austerity measures enacted by the government, which is under pressure from the EU to reduce its public deficit.