Rajoy speaks Catalan in last ditch appeal to voters to stick with Spain

Rajoy speaks Catalan in last ditch appeal to voters to stick with Spain

Spain's prime minister made a rare declaration in Catalan on Friday as campaigning wrapped up for a vote that nationalists hope will set Catalonia on the road to independence from Spain.

Q&A: Everything you need to know about the Catalan elections

Q&A: Everything you need to know about the Catalan elections

Catalonia goes to the polls on Sunday September 27th in what has been billed a "plebiscitary election" to determine whether the northeastern region should breakaway from Spain.

‘Hills and sunshine make Madrid a year-round paradise for runners’

‘Hills and sunshine make Madrid a year-round paradise for runners’

In this week's instalment of My Spanish Career, The Local talks to Robert Shultz, an American English teacher and now head of the quirky Lactic Acid Junkies running group in Madrid.

Emily Watson receives Spanish film festival lifetime achievement award

Emily Watson receives Spanish film festival lifetime achievement award

San Sebastián International Film Festival is honouring the British actress on Friday with its most prestigious award.

Irish gangster dies in hail of bullets at swimming pool on Costa del Sol

Irish gangster dies in hail of bullets at swimming pool on Costa del Sol

Gary Hutch was killed by a balaclava-wearing gunman in Mijas on the Costa del Sol on Thursday in what police believe was a revenge killing.

Spanish school’s uniform makes it onto the pages of American Vogue

Spanish school’s uniform makes it onto the pages of American Vogue

A school in the Spanish city of León has been chosen by fashion bible Vogue as having one of the most stylish uniforms in the world.

For or against? Famous people have their say on Catalan independence

For or against? Famous people have their say on Catalan independence

The Local takes a look at some of the more well known personalities, both home and abroad, who have spoken out to give their view on whether Catalonia should be an independence state.

What would change if Catalonia declared independence from Spain?

What would change if Catalonia declared independence from Spain?

Many Catalans are fighting hard for the right to decide on whether to split from the rest of Spain. But what would an independent Catalonia actually look like? The Local gazes into the crystal ball.

Travel chaos threat across Spain as air traffic strikes called for Saturday

Travel chaos threat across Spain as air traffic strikes called for Saturday

Spanish air traffic controllers will stage a 12 hour strike on September 26th in protest at disciplinary actions by authorities.

Catalan independence debate splits families ahead of regional election

Catalan independence debate splits families ahead of regional election

The issue of whether the northeastern region should breakaway from Spain is provoking fierce debate and creating tensions even among families ahead of the regional election on Sunday.

Teenager found squeezed inside car dashboard to cross Spanish border

Teenager found squeezed inside car dashboard to cross Spanish border

Spanish police found an unconscious migrant squashed into a hidden compartment under the dashboard of car that was attempting to enter Spain's North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco.