Continued business exodus could be ‘catastrophic’ for Catalan tax revenues

Continued business exodus could be ‘catastrophic’ for Catalan tax revenues

Catalonia's independence drive has sent dozens of firms fleeing as doubts grow over the economy of a region that, while one of Spain's richest, is also deeply indebted and dependent on trade with the EU and the rest of Spain.

Podcast: the French on the streets, the Germans between the sheets

Podcast: the French on the streets, the Germans between the sheets

In this week's The Local Europe Edition podcast we talk about why the French are on strike again, ask whether the Germans are as liberated as they seem – and look at Brits trying to escape Brexit.

Seven trophies and 100 games in, Zidane is still hungry for more

Seven trophies and 100 games in, Zidane is still hungry for more

On the eve of his 100th match in charge of Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane insisted he maintains the same desire to succeed having already won seven trophies in his short coaching career.

Catalonia uncertainty could lead Spain to cut 2018 growth forecast

Catalonia uncertainty could lead Spain to cut 2018 growth forecast

"If there is no quick solution, we see ourselves having to lower economic forecasts for 2018," deputy prime minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria said.

World Cup could be final bow for Spain legend Iniesta

World Cup could be final bow for Spain legend Iniesta

Spain's World Cup winning hero in 2010 Andres Iniesta believes next year's tournament in Russia is likely to be his swansong at international level.

Allies press Puigdemont to lift suspension on independence declaration

Allies press Puigdemont to lift suspension on independence declaration

Pressure is growing from allies of Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont for him to lift his 'suspension' on a declaration of independence.

Penelope Cruz speaks out on Weinstein ‘abuse of power’

Penelope Cruz speaks out on Weinstein ‘abuse of power’

Oscar-winning Spanish actress Penelope Cruz has expressed her support for the women who have had spoken out about "horrible experiences" and alleged sexual assaults at the hands of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

Barça travel to Madrid against backdrop of Catalonia crisis

Barça travel to Madrid against backdrop of Catalonia crisis

The Catalan giants travel to hostile territory at a tense time.

Madrid covered in blanket of Spanish flags on National Day

Madrid covered in blanket of Spanish flags on National Day

Flag makers have reported a surge in demand for the Spanish flag in a country where nationalism is associated with the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, whose authoritarian rule still haunts Spain.

Ratings agency warns of Catalan recession if crisis drags on

Ratings agency warns of Catalan recession if crisis drags on

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's has warned that the crisis over Catalan independence from Spain could push the region into recession.