What’s on in Spain: October 2014

What’s on in Spain: October 2014

Short days and cooler temperatures getting you down? Don't worry: there is still plenty going on across Spain as autumn sets in. Here The Local has rounded up some of the most exciting events across the country to keep you busy during October.

Spanish PM visits China in bid to boost trade

Spanish PM visits China in bid to boost trade

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday made his first visit to China, meeting with top officials in Beijing on a trip aimed at expanding trade with the Asian giant.

Spain refuses to return painting looted by Nazis

Spain refuses to return painting looted by Nazis

The Spanish government is refusing to discuss the possible handover of an extremely valuable painting by the impressionist Camille Pissarro which the Nazis took from a wealthy German family in 1939, a lawyer for the family says.

News agency sorry for calling Spanish PM ‘gay’

News agency sorry for calling Spanish PM ‘gay’

A top Spanish news agency has apologized after accidentally using a hashtag containing a colloquial term for homosexual in a tweet about Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Catalan self-rule vote to be called on Saturday

Catalan self-rule vote to be called on Saturday

The president of Catalonia Artur Mas will on Saturday sign a decree paving the way for the region's non-binding referendum on independence from the rest of Spain, sources with the regional government said on Thursday.

Drugs and sex trade lift Spain’s GDP by €9 billion

Drugs and sex trade lift Spain’s GDP by €9 billion

UPDATED: Illegal activities such as drug trafficking and prostitution boosted Spain's gross domestic product by €9 billion ($11.5 billion) in 2013, official figures released on Thursday show.

Video: Police nab Spain’s most wanted paedophile

Video: Police nab Spain’s most wanted paedophile

Spanish police have released a video of the arrest of the alleged paedophile who kidnapped and raped several children in Madrid over the summer. They described the bodybuilder and martial arts expert as a “dangerous predator”.

Emigration threatening Spain’s economic growth

Emigration threatening Spain’s economic growth

Emigration from Spain could seriously affect the country’s future economic growth, the Spanish central bank said in a report on Wednesday in which it also warned Spain’s recovery could slow in the final months of 2014.

Mother who froze dead babies gets 35 years jail

Mother who froze dead babies gets 35 years jail

A woman convicted of killing two of her newborn babies and keeping their bodies in freezers received a 35-year jail sentence in Spain on Wednesday, her lawyer said.