What’s on in Spain: December 2014

What’s on in Spain: December 2014

As the countdown to the new year in Spain begins, The Local rounds up the best sports, arts and cultural activities in the country to keep you entertained during the short days of December.

Ring ‘smuggled Syrians into Europe via Spain’

Ring ‘smuggled Syrians into Europe via Spain’

Spanish police said on Tuesday they have broken up a human trafficking ring that smuggled desperate families fleeing the conflict in Syria into Europe, charging up to €10,000 ($12,500) per person.

Madrid–Barcelona capital sharing plan ‘crazy’

Madrid–Barcelona capital sharing plan ‘crazy’

The mayor of Barcelona has dismissed as "ridiculous" the idea that the city could become Spain's second capital alongside Madrid through changes to the national constitution.

Barcelona eyes fines for drivers who bully cyclists

Barcelona eyes fines for drivers who bully cyclists

Barcelona could introduce fines for drivers who harass cyclists by honking horns at them, driving too close or using other forms of intimidating behaviour.

King speaks out against Spain’s brain drain

King speaks out against Spain’s brain drain

Spain can't afford the luxury of training young researchers who then head overseas with no return in sight, Spain's King Felipe said on Tuesday as he called on the government to prevent the country suffering a "lost generation" of scientists.

Santander names new boss after Botín death

Santander names new boss after Botín death

Spain's Santander, the biggest bank in Europe by market value, on Tuesday named José Antonio Álvarez its new chief executive in a reshuffle after longtime chairman Emilio Botín died.

Cannabis cake puts party guests in hospital

Cannabis cake puts party guests in hospital

Eight people were taken to hospital in Oviedo, in the north of Spain, on Saturday after a birthday party guest served a chocolate cake which had been baked by his mother using marijuana butter.

75% of Canary Islanders against oil search: poll

75% of Canary Islanders against oil search: poll

Three in four residents of Spain's tourist-dependent Canary Islands oppose oil prospecting in waters off the coast of the Atlantic archipelago, a poll published on Monday shows.

Cancer survival rates climb in Spain

Cancer survival rates climb in Spain

Spain saw a strong rise in five-year cancer survival rates from 1995 to 2009, but poorer countries are missing out on the benefits of improved diagnosis and treatment methods, a major new global study shows.

Bear cub found dead in Spanish Pyrenees

Bear cub found dead in Spanish Pyrenees

A brown bear cub that was part of an effort to reintroduce the species to the Pyrenees mountains has been found dead on the Spanish side of the mountain range, local officials said on Monday.