In Pictures: Catalonia’s eventful National Day

In Pictures: Catalonia’s eventful National Day

Red and yellow flags filled the streets of Barcelona on Thursday as Catalan nationalists fired up by Scotland's independence referendum rallied to demand a vote on breaking away from Spain.

Spanish kids near top of EU pocket-money table

Spanish kids near top of EU pocket-money table

In Europe, only Italian and French parents give more pocket money to their children than Spaniards, according to a new survey by banking group ING.

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

Gravedigger suspended for corpse photo gaffe

A cemetery worker in a town in southern Spain has been suspended after a photo of him posing with an exhumed corpse went viral on social media.

Barça defy nationalists with Catalan kit

Barça defy nationalists with Catalan kit

Barcelona will use a shirt in the red and gold Catalan national colours for their La Liga game on Saturday in a move that could fuel breakaway sentiment in the region.

Two other Spanish ‘top dogs’ nearly die

Two other Spanish ‘top dogs’ nearly die

The presidents of El Corte Inglés, Isidoro Álvarez, and Sabadell Bank, Josep Oliu, were rushed to hospital after suffering health scares on the same day that Santander Group president Emilio Botín died of a heart attack.

Spain’s road lords ‘play dirty’ to cash in €1M/day

Spain’s road lords ‘play dirty’ to cash in €1M/day

Spanish road authorities have reduced the speed margin on cameras without warning drivers in a bid to meet their target of pocketing a staggering €384 million ($496M) in fines by the end of 2014.

Loud adult movie scares locals into calling cops

Loud adult movie scares locals into calling cops

Police were called on Tuesday to investigate the loud screams heard by neighbours in a quiet Barcelona neighbourhood only to find a local resident watching an porn movie at top volume with his windows open.

Botín’s daughter ‘inherits’ bank dynasty

Botín’s daughter ‘inherits’ bank dynasty

Ana Patricia Botín on Wednesday was named the new chairman of Spanish bank Santander, replacing her father who died suddenly of a heart attack after nearly 30 years at its helm. The 53 year old becomes the first female bank president in Spanish history.

Hosts Spain choke against defensive France

Hosts Spain choke against defensive France

European champions France beat hosts Spain 65-52 in an epic World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to book a date with Serbia in Friday's semi-final.

‘Catalans can’t be stopped from voting’

‘Catalans can’t be stopped from voting’

Catalonia's president warned on Wednesday it was "practically impossible" to stop the region voting on secession from Spain and looked to Scotland to smooth the way with its own independence referendum.