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About Graham
As Spain Correspondent for The Times of London for 11 years, I covered the country's economic crisis, the  the corruption scandal which has rocked the monarchy and the rise Podemos and Vox, two parties on opposite sides of this polarized country.  Now I freelance for The Independent, the i paper, Reuters, The Telegraph and Voice of America among others. 
I am available for reports on any breaking stories in Spain and Portugal.
My recent work includes a report for @VOANews on curbs on press freedom in Cuba after the most serious unrest in decades when journalists were arrested without charge simply for doing their job. https://www.voanews.com/press-freedom/cuba-detains-questions-dozens-journalists-over-protest-coverage
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Jenni Hermoso Set To Testify In Court Over World Cup Kiss Scandal

29 May 2024  |  www.everand.com
Spanish footballer Jenni Hermoso is set to testify in court against the former president of the Spanish Football Association over an unwanted kiss during Spain's World Cup win. The incident, which occurred during the celebrations in August, has sparked the global #MeToo movement and the #SeAcabo [It’s Over] movement.

Spain’s Sanchez drama: After toying with resignation, PM draws criticism

29 Apr 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of Spain announced he would remain in office despite a corruption scandal involving his wife, Begona Gomez. His decision followed five days of speculation and criticism from political opponents. Sanchez denied the allegations and accused his opponents of a decade-long slander campaign. The announcement comes ahead of key regional and European elections. The situation has highlighted the deep political polarization in Spain, with reactions ranging from support to accusations of political maneuvering.

‘Very atypical’: Why is Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez thinking about quitting?

26 Apr 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain is in suspense as Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez contemplates resigning amid a corruption scandal involving his wife, Begona Gomez. Sanchez's unexpected announcement has sparked debate, with some viewing it as a strategic move against political opponents, while others see it as a response to the pressures of leading a minority coalition. The scandal, driven by allegations from the right-wing group Manos Limpias, has led to a preliminary investigation into Gomez's business dealings. Sanchez's decision comes ahead of crucial regional and European elections, adding to the political uncertainty.

Winter-Warmers: Spanish Stews Ready to Eat

15 Apr 2024  |  www.foodswinesfromspain.com
With the onset of winter, Spanish cuisine shifts from summer dishes like gazpacho to hearty stews such as fabadas, callos, and cocidos. Each region in Spain has its own version of these stews, with callos a la madrileña being a notable example. Spanish companies like Petramora and Conservas El Navarrico are targeting international markets, particularly in colder countries, by offering high-quality canned stews and vegetable conserves. Petramora, led by Mikel Zeberio, aims to respect traditional dishes like cocido madrileño as much as paella, while Conservas El Navarrico, directed by Patxi Pastor Salcedo, focuses on high-quality products and has a strong export presence in the UK, its top market. Both companies are looking to expand further internationally, with the United States and Mexico being key targets for growth.

Spanish Newspapers Fight Meta in Unfair Competition Case

04 Apr 2024  |  voanews.com
Over 80 Spanish media organizations, represented by the Association of Media of Information, are suing Meta for $600 million, alleging unfair competition and EU data protection rule violations between 2018 and 2023. The lawsuit claims Meta's use of personal data for targeted advertising on Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp constitutes unfair competition, impacting the media's ability to invest in journalism and fight disinformation. The case, filed in Madrid, could set a precedent across the EU. The complainants include Prisa, Vocento, and La Vanguardia. The legal battle reflects the ongoing tension between legacy media and tech giants over content compensation, highlighted by similar disputes involving Google in Spain and Canada.

How Family of Guatemalan Journalist Bore Brunt of Repression

04 Apr 2024  |  voanews.com
Jose Ruben Zamora Marroquin, the founder of El Periodico in Guatemala, has faced decades of repression for his work in press freedom, including kidnapping, drugging, and legal battles. His family, particularly his son Ramon, has suffered greatly, with Ramon living in exile due to safety concerns. Despite the hardships and the recent shutdown of El Periodico, the Zamoras remain committed to independent journalism. The current president, Bernardo Arevalo, has promised to address corruption and the dangers faced by journalists. Meanwhile, Zamora is fighting new legal charges while maintaining his dedication to free press from prison.

From Marx to Martinis: Heard the one about Spain's former far-left leader who opened a bar?

16 Mar 2024  |  www.euronews.com
Pablo Iglesias, former leader of Spain's far-left party Podemos, has opened a bar named La Taberna Garibaldi in Madrid, reflecting his political roots. The bar features a cocktail list inspired by left-wing political figures and aims to serve as a social and cultural hub. The article also highlights other politicians who have transitioned to different careers, such as Ed Balls and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and discusses the intersection of politics and gastronomy.

Please press record: new project aims to capture sounds of migration and settlement

15 Mar 2024  |  www.euronews.com
A new project called Migration Sounds, led by sound artist Stuart Fowkes and organizations like Cities and Memory and COMPAS, aims to collect and use sounds representing migration to reshape the debate around this controversial issue. The project invites people to submit sounds that will be transformed into artistic works by 120 global artists. This initiative follows a previous project, Polar Sounds, which highlighted the impact of the climate crisis through recorded sounds from the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

How minnows Girona upstaged Spanish football giants to set sights on Europe

29 Feb 2024  |  www.aljazeera.com
Girona FC, a small football club from northeastern Spain, has risen to challenge Spanish football giants like Real Madrid for the La Liga title. The club's success is attributed to strategic ownership by the City Football Group, smart player signings, and passionate local support. Despite its modest stadium and historical obscurity, Girona is now on the brink of Champions League qualification, bringing newfound fame and tourism to the city. The club's journey from lower leagues to top-tier competition is marked by a thrilling, attacking style of play and a strong community spirit.

Jailed mobster Catello Romano confesses to murders in thesis

16 Jan 2024  |  sundaypost.com
Catello Romano, a convicted mafia hitman serving a life sentence, has confessed to three unsolved murders in his university thesis. Romano, who has been in prison for 14 years, completed a sociology degree and used his thesis to detail his involvement with the Camorra crime family, his moral struggles, and his desire to contribute to the prevention of crime. His work is now being examined by Italian prosecutors. Romano's academic advisor, Charlie Barnao, commended him as a brilliant student, while journalist Fluvio Bufi noted that Romano's actions could be seen as a moral repentance rather than a legal one.

How José Rubén Zamora's family has endured repression against the Guatemalan journalist

10 Jan 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
José Rubén Zamora, founder of the independent Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico, has faced decades of repression for his work in press freedom, including being kidnapped, drugged, and nearly killed in 2008. His son Ramón Zamora, now exiled in Miami, recounts the family's suffering and the continuous legal and physical attacks against his father. Despite the closure of El Periódico in May and José Rubén Zamora's current imprisonment on charges he denies, the family remains committed to the cause of independent journalism. The new president-elect Bernardo Arévalo has vowed to combat corruption and the exodus of journalists, while Dagmar Thiel of Fundamedios highlights the difficult climate for journalists in Guatemala since the creation of a special commission against impunity in 2007.

New expat rules mean I can vote in the UK again, and I’m not happy with Sunak

22 Dec 2023  |  inews.co.uk
British expatriates will regain the right to vote in the UK from January 2024 due to the 2022 Elections Act, reversing the 2002 rule that disenfranchised Britons abroad for over 15 years. Christie Nicholas, a British therapist in Spain, expresses dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and the Tory government. The campaign group British in Europe celebrates this as a victory for citizenship rights. Key issues for expat voters include NHS healthcare and affordable housing. The late Harry Shindler, a war veteran, fought for this change, which also allows Britons to remain registered for three years and eases the proof of residency requirement.

Amid Israel’s onslaught of Gaza, Spain’s leader shows empathy for Palestine

05 Dec 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain's historic support for Palestinian rights is highlighted through symbolic gestures and political statements amid the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has criticized Israel's actions in Gaza, leading to diplomatic tensions. The article explores Spain's political landscape, historical ties with the Arab world, and public sentiment, revealing a nation divided along ideological lines regarding the conflict.

Nationalists, extremism and Tucker Carlson: why Spain's bizarre politics are heading for Britain

16 Nov 2023  |  The Telegraph
Spain's political landscape is marked by nationalism, separatism, and extremism, with recent developments including an amnesty law for Catalan separatists and a coalition government led by Pedro Sánchez. The situation has sparked widespread protests and criticism from various political and social groups, drawing parallels to potential future political scenarios in Britain. Key figures like Carles Puigdemont and Tucker Carlson are highlighted, with the amnesty law being a central point of contention.

Benidorm hotels call for limits on tourists staying in apartments as numbers soar

14 Nov 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Hoteliers in Benidorm, represented by Hosbec, are voicing concerns over the increase in tourist apartments in residential areas, which they claim causes irritation among locals and creates resentment. The number of tourist flats has risen by over 8% to 3,750, with issues such as stag night tourists disturbing family blocks. Former Hosbec head Toni Mayor notes this is a common problem in popular holiday resorts, leading to locals being priced out of city centers. However, independent tourist guides like Michelle Baker observe a positive sentiment towards tourists post-pandemic, despite the rise in rental prices. Miguel Ángel Sotillos of ApturCV argues that hoteliers are merely trying to protect their interests.

British woman held for attempted assassination of far-right politician in Spain

14 Nov 2023  |  inews.co.uk
A British woman and her partner were arrested in connection with the attempted assassination of Alejo Vidal-Quadras, a founding member of Spain's far-right Vox party. Vidal-Quadras was shot in the face in Madrid but survived. The motive remains unclear, though the victim suggested possible involvement of Iranian hitmen due to his criticism of the Islamic regime. Spanish National Police are investigating, with a third suspect also arrested.

Explainer-What does the amnesty for Catalan separatists in Spain mean?

09 Nov 2023  |  www.saltwire.com
Spain's socialists have agreed with the Catalan separatist Junts party on an amnesty for individuals involved in Catalonia's independence movement from 2012 to the present. The amnesty will include events like the 2014 symbolic vote and the 2017 illegal referendum. It aims to cover up to 1,500 prosecuted individuals, including Junts' founder Carles Puigdemont, without being a mass pardon, which is unconstitutional. The law's passage through parliament may be delayed by the opposition People's Party and could be reviewed by the Constitutional Court, but once approved, it would allow Puigdemont to return to Spain safely.

Euronews Debate: Bridging the digital divide - empowering European SMEs to thrive

09 Nov 2023  |  www.euronews.com
The Euronews debate focused on the challenges and opportunities for European SMEs in adopting digital technologies. Experts from Huawei Technologies and representatives from European SMEs discussed the importance of changing mindsets towards digitalization, the role of cybersecurity, and the need for digital skills training. The panel highlighted the support available from specialized companies and government programs, emphasizing that digitalization should be seen as an investment. The discussion also covered the impact of emerging technologies like 5G and the importance of vocational education to bridge the digital knowledge gap.

Spain's Sanchez set for new term as amnesty deal reached with Catalan separatists

09 Nov 2023  |  www.sightmagazine.com.au
Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is poised for another term after securing support from the Catalan separatist party Junts, which includes an amnesty for those involved in Catalonia's secession attempt. The deal has sparked significant opposition, with protests erupting across Spain and criticism from conservative opponents. The agreement could allow exiled leader Carles Puigdemont to return to Spain. Sanchez still needs additional support from smaller parties to secure a majority in the upcoming investiture vote.

Ione Belarra: Israel must stop 'genocide' of Palestinians in Gaza

08 Nov 2023  |  balkans.aljazeera.net
Spanish Minister for Social Rights and leader of the far-left Podemos party, Ione Belarra, accused Israel of planning a genocide against Palestinians in Gaza and called for international sanctions. She criticized the global leaders for double standards, contrasting the response to human rights violations in Ukraine with the silence on Israeli bombings. Belarra suggested Spain and other nations should sever diplomatic ties with Israel and described Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a war criminal who should face the International Criminal Court. The article also touches on the broader European response to the conflict, Spain's efforts to evacuate its citizens from Gaza, and the political divide within Europe regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Spain’s Ione Belarra: Israel must end ‘genocide’ of Palestinians in Gaza

08 Nov 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spanish minister Ione Belarra calls for international sanctions against Israel, accusing it of committing genocide in Gaza. She criticizes the European Union for its double standards and urges Spain and other nations to break diplomatic relations with Israel. The conflict has polarized political parties across Europe, with Spain maintaining a more dignified position compared to other European countries. Spain has increased aid to Gaza and called for a truce, while also demanding the release of hostages taken by Hamas. The article highlights the contrasting views within Spain's government and the broader European response to the conflict.

If Picasso lived today, he might be experimenting with digital art, says his grandson

06 Nov 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Bernard Ruiz-Picasso reflects on his grandfather Pablo Picasso's legacy, suggesting that if Picasso were alive today, he might be experimenting with digital art and NFTs. As Spain and France commemorate the 50th anniversary of Picasso's death with exhibitions, Bernard discusses the enduring relevance of 'Guernica', Picasso's anti-war masterpiece, amidst the current Israel-Hamas conflict. He also addresses Picasso's reputation, acknowledging his humanity and imperfections. Bernard, who oversees part of the Picasso estate and promotes contemporary art through a foundation, cherishes personal memories of his grandfather, emphasizing his simple lifestyle despite his fame.

Spain’s scandal-hit monarchy pins hopes on Gen Z princess as Leonor turns 18

31 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Spain’s Princess Leonor swore loyalty to the constitution on her 18th birthday, solidifying her future as the country's Queen. The event, marked by public celebrations and a parliamentary ceremony, aims to rejuvenate the monarchy's image among younger generations amid past scandals involving her grandfather, Juan Carlos. Despite the royal household's hopes, support for a republic is growing among left-wing factions, with some political leaders boycotting the ceremony. Princess Leonor's rising public profile and her education at UWC Atlantic College are highlighted, alongside her potential to connect with the youth.

Antisemitism row shakes Spanish football as fans campaign against Jewish player

25 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Spanish football fans have been condemned for launching an antisemitic campaign against Shon Weissman, a Jewish player, due to his perceived support for Israel's actions in Gaza. The Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain highlighted this as part of a broader rise in antisemitic attacks. Weissman, currently playing for Granada, faced racist chants during a match against Osasuna. The campaign, led by Burgos fans, has sparked mixed reactions, with some supporting and others condemning the actions. The controversy underscores ongoing tensions related to the Israel-Palestine conflict and the historical context of Jewish and Muslim communities in Spain.

Why Spain is pushing to shorten the working day and ‘win time to live’

24 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Spain is considering a reduction in the working week from 40 to 37.5 hours to improve work-life balance, aligning closer to France's 35-hour week. The socialist and far-left Sumar parties, needing support from smaller parties to form a government, propose this change as part of their new government deal. The initiative is supported by union leaders and citizens who seek a better organization of their lives around work. The deal also includes environmental and tax measures, with the left-wing parties requiring support from Catalan separatist parties to avoid another election.

Inside Shakira’s six-year tax battle with Spanish prosecutors

23 Oct 2023  |  The Independent
Shakira has reached a deal with Spanish prosecutors to avoid a €14.5m tax fraud trial, acknowledging six counts of failing to pay taxes between 2012 and 2014. She agreed to a three-year suspended sentence and a €7m fine, thus avoiding prison. Prosecutors had initially sought an eight-year jail term and a €24m fine. Shakira, who denies the charges, claims she is a victim of a witch hunt by tax authorities targeting high-profile individuals.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

22 Oct 2023  |  au.news.yahoo.com
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. The protest, organized by Societat Civil Catalana, saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. If no prime ministerial candidate secures a majority by November 27, a repeat election will be called.

Israel accuses Spain of siding with Hamas after ‘genocide’ accusation

17 Oct 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Israel and Spain are in a diplomatic conflict after Spanish ministers accused Israel of genocide against Palestinians, a claim Israel rejects. Spanish ministers Ione Belarra and Irene Montero have publicly criticized Israel and called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be tried for war crimes. The Israeli Embassy in Madrid condemned these statements, accusing the ministers of siding with Hamas. Spain's acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez reiterated Spain's condemnation of Hamas's attacks and support for Israel's right to self-defense, while also emphasizing the need to protect civilians in Gaza. The dispute has strained Israeli-Spanish relations and highlighted political divisions within Spain's coalition government.

‘The lifestyle’s better than in the UK,’ says tech worker in Malaga as city starts to rival Barcelona

14 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Malaga is experiencing a boom due to the influx of digital nomads and an increase in cultural tourism, offering a lifestyle that rivals Barcelona. Tori Clinton, an Irish tech worker, enjoys the quality of life in Malaga despite high rents, which have risen by 19.5% in the past year. The Picasso Museum and Pompidou Centre are among the cultural attractions drawing visitors, with the museum attracting over 641,000 visitors this year. José Lebrero, the museum's curator, acknowledges the benefits and challenges of the city's popularity.

Inside the Underground ‘Ink Battle’ to Bring Down a Dictatorship in Spain

10 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Spanish communists, socialists, students, and dissident priests used underground media to challenge General Francisco Franco's dictatorship, despite severe censorship and persecution. Pedro Patino, a Communist Party activist, was killed for distributing pamphlets. Jesus A. Martinez's book, 'Vietnamitas Contra Franco,' documents the clandestine efforts to spread alternative narratives. The underground movement played a crucial role in laying the groundwork for Spain's eventual democracy. The article also draws parallels with modern-day Russia's media crackdowns under Vladimir Putin. Reporters Without Borders notes that while Spain now has a tolerant media environment, challenges remain due to political polarization.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  985theriver.com
Tens of thousands marched in Barcelona protesting a potential amnesty deal related to Catalonia's 2017 separatist bid, which the Spanish Socialist Party may negotiate to form a government. The protest was organized by Societat Civil Catalana. Opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal attended. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who needs support from Catalan separatist parties Junts and Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, has previously pardoned nine jailed leaders. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people. A majority of respondents in a poll opposed the amnesty. Without a prime ministerial majority by November 27, a repeat election is required.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  wibqam.com
Tens of thousands marched in Barcelona protesting a potential amnesty deal tied to Spain's Socialist Party's government formation efforts. The protest, organized by Societat Civil Catalana, saw opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal participate. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 individuals from the 2017 independence bid. A majority of Spaniards, including Socialist supporters, oppose the amnesty. Spain faces a repeat election if no prime ministerial candidate secures a majority by November 27.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  cruisin929.com
Tens of thousands marched in Barcelona protesting a potential amnesty deal tied to Catalonia's 2017 separatist bid, which is crucial for Spain's Socialist Party to form a government. The protest was organized by Societat Civil Catalana. Opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal joined the protest. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 individuals involved in the independence bid. A poll showed 70% opposition to the amnesty, including 59% of Socialist supporters. Spain faces a repeat election if no prime ministerial candidate secures a majority by November 27.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  www.sightmagazine.com.au
Tens of thousands marched in Barcelona protesting a potential amnesty deal related to Catalonia's 2017 separatist bid, which the Socialist Party needs to form a government. The protest was organized by Societat Civil Catalana. Opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal attended. Critics argue that amnesty would undermine the judiciary and democracy. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people, marking the largest since 1977. A poll showed 70% against the amnesty, including 59% of Socialist supporters. If no prime minister is chosen by November 27, a repeat election will be called.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  104.1 WIKY | Adult Contemporary Radio
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. The protest, organized by Societat Civil Catalana, saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. If no prime minister candidate secures a majority by November 27, a repeat election will be called.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  wnflsports.com
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. The protest, organized by Societat Civil Catalana, saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. If no prime minister candidate secures a majority by Nov. 27, a repeat election will be called.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  101.9 Jack FM
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. Organized by Societat Civil Catalana, the protest saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. A poll shows 70% opposition to the amnesty, and a repeat election looms if no prime minister secures a majority by November 27.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  100.7 MIX-FM | Today's Hit Music | Terre Haute, IN
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. Organized by Societat Civil Catalana, the protest saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. A poll shows 70% opposition to the amnesty, and if no prime minister candidate secures a majority by November 27, a repeat election will be called.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  wtvbam.com
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. The protest, organized by Societat Civil Catalana, saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez defend it as a conciliatory policy. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid, making it the largest since Spain's 1977 amnesty for Franco-era crimes.

Tens of thousands protest against possible Catalan amnesty deal

08 Oct 2023  |  hi99.com
Tens of thousands protested in Barcelona against a potential amnesty deal for Catalan separatists, which Spain's Socialists need to form a government. Organized by Societat Civil Catalana, the protest saw participation from opposition leaders Alberto Nunez Feijoo and Santiago Abascal. Critics argue the amnesty undermines the judiciary and democracy, while supporters see it as a step towards reconciliation. The amnesty could affect over 1,400 people involved in the 2017 independence bid. If no prime minister candidate secures a majority by November 27, a repeat election will be called.

Record number of flights as Liverpool and Spurs fans flock to Champions League final

06 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
The UK experienced its busiest day in air traffic history as tens of thousands of Britons traveled to Spain for the Champions League final between Liverpool and Spurs. The UK air traffic control service managed an additional 800 flights, with over 9,000 flight movements recorded. Private jet flights surged, with companies like Luxaviation and PrivateFly seeing significant increases in bookings.

Family ‘massively relieved’ as Alex Batty to return to UK from France in days

06 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Alex Batty, a British teenager missing for six years, has been found in France and is set to return to the UK. His family, especially his grandmother Susan Caruana, is experiencing a mix of emotions, primarily relief and happiness. Alex, who disappeared at age 11 during a family holiday in Spain, was discovered after escaping a 'spiritual community' in the Pyrenees. Greater Manchester Police are coordinating with French authorities to ensure his safe return and will conduct further investigations upon his arrival.

I’m a shepherdess at 96 – I suffer sexism and the cold but my job makes me happy

05 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Marina Vilalta, at 96, is Spain’s oldest shepherdess, dedicated to her flock in Catalonia. Despite facing sexism and harsh weather, she finds joy in her work. Her life, celebrated in Abraham Orriols' book 'Life in the Mountains,' highlights the decline of traditional rural practices. Vilalta's story reflects the challenges of rural depopulation and the preservation of cultural heritage. She received the Cross of St Jordi for her contributions but chose to stay in her village, symbolizing her deep connection to her roots.

Spain’s Pick to Lead News Agency Draws Criticism

05 Oct 2023  |  www.voanews.com
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's nomination of Miguel Angel Oliver Fernández, his former communications spokesperson, to lead the state-owned news agency EFE has sparked criticism. Opposition parties and media outlets argue that the appointment could undermine EFE's credibility and independence, suggesting a conflict of interest. Despite the backlash, Oliver defends his extensive journalism career and expresses honor at the nomination. The controversy highlights ongoing political divisions in Spain and concerns over the impartiality of public institutions.

Spain splutters over another cover-up: As left-wing government imposes return of face masks in hospitals with Covid cases surging, fed-up Spaniards hit out at 'totalitarianism'... but health minister

04 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
Spain's left-wing minority coalition government has reintroduced compulsory face masks in hospitals and health centers to combat rising Covid-19 and flu cases, sparking political controversy and dividing public opinion. Health Minister Monica García defends the measure as common sense, while critics argue it is an unnecessary and totalitarian response. Regional governments in Madrid and the Basque Country oppose the mandate, and public opinion polls show more people against the measure than in favor. Experts are also split on the effectiveness of masks in controlling the spread of respiratory viruses.

Hermoso says she was harassed by officials to say World Cup kiss was consensual

03 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Jenni Hermoso testified in court that she was harassed by former Spanish football chief Luis Rubiales and other officials to claim their World Cup kiss was consensual. The incident led to Rubiales's suspension by FIFA and sparked global outrage, including the #SeAcabo movement. Hermoso described feeling pressured and distressed from the moment of the incident. Rubiales, who resigned over the scandal, denies the allegations. The judge will decide whether to proceed with a trial or dismiss the case.

Jenni Hermoso set to testify in court over World Cup kiss scandal

02 Oct 2023  |  www.aol.co.uk
Jenni Hermoso is set to testify in court against former Spanish football association president Luis Rubiales over an unwanted kiss during Spain's World Cup win, which sparked the #SeAcabo movement advocating for gender equality. Rubiales, who claims the kiss was consensual, faces accusations of sexual abuse and coercion. The case has ignited a broader debate on gender relations and power dynamics in Spain, with significant societal implications. Hermoso, who has received threats, hopes the incident will lead to positive change. The affair has also highlighted issues of impunity and abuse of power in hierarchical relationships.

Expat anger over Spain’s U‑turn on ‘illegal’ houses

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
David Fisher, along with about 40,000 other British property owners in Andalusia, Spain, faces uncertainty as the new left-wing coalition Spanish government challenges a recently introduced planning law that had conferred legal status on previously illegal homes. This reversal threatens the value and legality of their properties, causing significant distress among expatriates.

Spanish hard-right party Vox joins coalition to rule Madrid

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The hard-right party Vox has entered a coalition with the centre-right Popular Party and centrist Citizens to govern Madrid, marking the first time the hard right has held power in Spain since Franco's death. This coalition follows regional elections where the Popular Party lost seats. The Socialists, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, failed to seize the capital, dealing a blow to their ambitions. Separately, Sánchez secured a deal with the far-left party Podemos to form a government.

‘Trapped by their smartphones’: The parents’ movement to stop kids getting mobiles until 16

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
A growing movement of Spanish parents, led by individuals like Francina Solé and Lluna Porta, is advocating for children to be prohibited from owning smartphones until they are 16. The movement, which has spread across Spain and gained traction in other countries like Ireland, is driven by concerns over smartphone addiction, exposure to pornography, and cyberbullying. Parents are using platforms like WhatsApp and Telegram to organize and are pushing for legislative action. The movement highlights the social pressures children face and the varying opinions among parents on how to address the issue.

Police ‘shared alcohol held as evidence’

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
A judge is investigating the disappearance of 359 out of 2,061 bottles of alcohol, including Moët & Chandon champagne, from the evidence room of a police headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain. The bottles, worth an estimated €30,000, were seized two years ago. It is alleged that a police inspector distributed some of the bottles to other police stations in the city with the help of three civilians. None of the missing alcohol was found during inspections of these stations.

I left Spain to return to the UK after five years fighting its tax authorities

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
British expatriates in Spain are reportedly facing a tax 'witch hunt,' with many targeted for audits on their UK properties due to Spanish laws requiring declaration of worldwide income. Some have incurred significant fines and legal costs. The issue gained prominence after Shakira's high-profile tax case. Tax adviser Anna Mayans claims the Spanish authorities exploit Britons' lack of language proficiency and issue complex tax demands. The Spanish tax authorities maintain that Britons are treated the same as Spanish residents, adhering to a convention to avoid double taxation. The article highlights the financial and emotional toll on affected Britons, with calls for reform of Spain's tax system.

Spanish grandmother, 88, faces eviction from her home where she has lived for half a century because the owner wants to sell to a developer who will turn site into holiday apartments

01 Oct 2023  |  Mail Online
An 88-year-old Spanish grandmother, María Muñoz, faces eviction from her long-term home in Cádiz due to the owner's decision to sell the property to a developer for conversion into holiday apartments. This situation has sparked local outrage against the impact of tourism on housing affordability. Campaigners argue that many tourist flats are illegal and detrimental to local residents. A court has scheduled her eviction for June 26, prompting planned demonstrations and a petition with nearly 26,000 signatures. The issue highlights broader concerns about over tourism in Andalusia and other Spanish cities.

We need quality tourism: Barcelona brings in rules to limit cruise ships

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Barcelona is implementing new rules to limit the access of cruise ships to its congested city center, aiming to combat over-tourism and reduce environmental impact. Most cruise ships will now dock at the southern end of the city, with passengers bused into the center. The city council and port authorities are imposing a daily limit of seven cruise ships, down from ten. Critics argue the changes are insufficient, as they may still allow large cruise ships to bring in more passengers. The Port of Barcelona is investing €80m to cut emissions while ships are berthed. Similar measures have been adopted by other European cities like Palma, Venice, and Amsterdam.

UN demands release of Catalan leaders

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Spain must release three Catalan politicians, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, and Oriol Junqueras, who have been imprisoned for over 18 months without conviction, according to the UN. The UN working group on arbitrary detention recommends their immediate release and compensation, citing breaches of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These leaders are among 12 separatists on trial for their roles in the failed 2017 Catalan independence declaration.

Barcelona’s affluent teenagers flock to far right

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
In the affluent district of Pedralbes in Barcelona, teenagers are increasingly supporting the far-right Vox party, which is expected to gain significant traction in the Spanish general election. Carlota Esteve, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, expresses strong support for Vox, citing the party's firm stance against Catalonian separatists. The article highlights a growing political shift among privileged youth in Catalonia.

Far right surges as migration rises in UK tourist hotspot of the Algarve

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Portugal’s Algarve region, a popular destination for British tourists, has seen a significant rise in support for the far-right Chega Party due to issues such as lack of public investment, low wages, high housing costs, and a surge in migration. Chega won the most votes in the region, reflecting a broader trend of far-right parties gaining mainstream traction in Europe. Local residents face economic hardships, with many living in poverty and earning below the national average. The influx of migrants has exacerbated housing issues, with many living in overcrowded conditions. The article highlights the disconnect between the tourist experience and the local socio-economic challenges.

Ex-lover of Spain’s former king Juan Carlos may be questioned as fraud office witness

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
The ex-mistress of former King Juan Carlos of Spain may be questioned by the UK's Serious Fraud Office regarding her claims that he demanded a commission for aiding a €6.7 billion rail deal for Spanish companies in Saudi Arabia. Madrid prosecutors have requested British authorities to interview Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who alleged that Juan Carlos sought a share of a secret €80 million payment by Spanish businesses to secure the 2011 high-speed rail project. Juan Carlos, who abdicated in 2014, was involved in brokering the deal due to his royal duties and connections with the Saudi royal family.

Spanish Socialist Party unveils 370 policies to win over far left

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Spain’s acting prime minister Pedro Sánchez announced over 300 new policies to persuade the far-left Podemos to support his bid to form a government, avoiding a fourth election in four years. The Socialist Party, which won the most seats in April but fell short of a majority, has until September 23 to form a new government. Sánchez's proposals include tax increases on large companies, rent caps, and new green laws, and also address Catalonia's autonomy.

Anger in Spain as sex gang cleared of raping drunken girl, 14

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Five men were cleared of raping a 14-year-old girl but were jailed for sexual abuse, sparking protests against Spain's sex-offence laws. The court ruled that the lack of violence or intimidation, due to the girl's unconscious state, did not meet the criteria for a rape conviction. The incident occurred in Manresa, near Barcelona, in October 2016.

Expat anger over Spain’s U‑turn on ‘illegal’ houses

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
David Fisher, along with about 40,000 other British property owners in Andalusia, Spain, faces uncertainty as the new left-wing coalition Spanish government challenges a regional planning law that had recently conferred legal status on their previously illegal homes. This reversal threatens the property values and legal standing of thousands of expat-owned homes in Spain's largest region.

Buckled up T‑shirts help Spanish drivers dodge seatbelt law

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Spanish police have condemned a trend of wearing T-shirts with a realistic seatbelt emblem to avoid fines for not wearing seatbelts. These shirts, sold on Amazon for €12, aim to help drivers and passengers evade a €200 fine. The Civil Guard warned that while these shirts might help avoid fines, they pose a significant safety risk, emphasizing that seatbelts save lives.

The lifestyle’s better than in the UK, says tech worker in Malaga as city starts to rival Barcelona

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
Malaga, once a gateway to the Costa del Sol, is now booming due to an influx of digital nomads and cultural tourism, rivaling cities like Barcelona. Tori Clinton, a tech worker, highlights the improved lifestyle despite rising rents, which have surged by 19.5% in the past year. The Picasso Museum's curator, José Lebrero, notes the double-edged sword of increased tourism, which brings both benefits and challenges. The city's appeal is driven by its cultural attractions and quality of life, although the exact number of digital nomads remains unknown.

How British culture helped shape a wave of Spanish migrants

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
The Montserrat Generations exhibition in A Coruña, curated by acclaimed Spanish author Xesús Fraga, explores the cultural impact of British life on Spanish migrants, particularly those from Galicia who moved to the UK between the 1950s and 1970s. The exhibition features personal anecdotes and memorabilia, including stories about Sean Connery, Terence Conran, and Mick Jagger, as well as items like a Paddington Bear and a Beatles' single. Fraga's family history, including his grandmother's and mother's migration experiences, highlights the challenges and cultural exchanges faced by Spanish émigrés in Britain.

Far-right mob clashes with Catalan separatists in Barcelona

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators paralyzed Barcelona and Catalonia in a general strike called by pro-independence unions after nine separatist leaders were jailed for sedition. Major roads, including the AP-7 motorway, were blocked, flights were canceled, and public transport was minimal. Riot police clashed with protesters near the national police headquarters, firing rubber bullets and charging crowds.

We live in Spain and cut our monthly electricity bill from £260 to £15 by embracing its solar power boom

01 Oct 2023  |  inews.co.uk
In Spain, British pensioners Norma Doody and William West have significantly reduced their electricity bills by installing solar panels, reflecting a broader trend among Britons in Spain. The Spanish government's removal of the 'sun tax' and support for renewable energy has spurred investment in solar power. Sunhero, a company fitting solar panels in Spain, reports that 15% of its customers are British. Research from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology suggests that by 2050, most European homes could meet their energy needs with rooftop solar panels.

‘Wolf Pack’ bull-run sex attackers found guilty of rape

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Five men, known as the 'Wolf Pack,' have been convicted of gang raping a young woman at a bull-running festival after Spain’s supreme court overturned previous convictions for sexual abuse and increased their sentences from nine to 15 years. One of the men received an additional two-year sentence for stealing the victim’s phone. The original convictions had sparked nationwide protests. The court ruled that the victim did not consent to the acts.

British fans arrested in scuffle ahead of Champions League final in Madrid

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Four British football fans were arrested for disorderly conduct ahead of the Champions League final between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool in Madrid. Spanish national police detained the supporters for assault, including against officers. Approximately 70,000 fans have arrived for the final, with about half lacking tickets. Tottenham supporters claimed police entered a bar and forcibly removed fans, with video evidence showing an officer battering a Spurs supporter. A fan site reported that police injured about 50 Spurs fans without provocation.

Spain cuts gang rape convict’s prison term under botched law

14 Sep 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
Angel Boza, one of the Wolf Pack rapists, had his sentence reduced from 15 to 14 years due to a loophole in Spain's 'Only Yes Is Yes' rape law, which merged sexual abuse and aggression crimes, leading to lighter minimum sentences. The law was introduced after the 2016 gang rape case at Pamplona's bull-running festival, which led to national protests and demands for legal reform. The Spanish Supreme Court had increased the sentences from nine to 15 years in 2019, but the new law has resulted in sentence reductions for 1,155 sex offenders, with 117 released from prison. Feminists, left-wing politicians, and the victim's lawyer condemned the decision, while conservative politicians blamed the left-wing government. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez apologized for the harm caused to victims, and Spain's acting equality minister, Irene Montero, blamed judges for misinterpreting the law. The Navarre court's ruling can be appealed at the Supreme Court.

Rubiales case sparks hope for ‘seismic’ changes in Spanish football

28 Aug 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
The suspension of Royal Spanish Football Federation President Luis Rubiales by FIFA over allegations of kissing striker Jennifer Hermoso without consent has sparked significant reactions in Spain. This incident, which has been compared to the #MeToo movement, has highlighted the deep-rooted sexism in Spanish football. Experts and former players call for structural reforms in women's football, including equal investment and opportunities. The Spanish women's national team and coaching staff have demanded Rubiales's resignation, and the Spanish government is seeking his removal. The case has also prompted a preliminary investigation into potential sexual assault. Meanwhile, Spain's Labour Minister met with football unions to discuss preventing abuse in women's sports, and women's groups are rallying in support of Hermoso. The situation reflects broader societal changes and legal advancements in Spain regarding women's rights.

European heatwave ‘blowtorches’ vineyards

30 Jun 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Europe's record-breaking heatwave has moved eastwards through Germany, setting a new temperature record of 38.9C in Bad Kreuznach. France, Spain, and Italy are assessing the damage from five days of extreme heat, which has caused wildfires and significant harm to vineyards. In southern France, winemakers report severe damage to young grapes, likening the effect to a blow-torch.

Party with controversy: Spain’s festival of Moors and Christians

08 Jun 2023  |  www.aljazeera.com
The festival of Moors and Christians in Elda, Spain, celebrates the historical reconquest of Iberia by Christian armies over Arab forces. The event, marked by elaborate costumes and parades, is a significant cultural celebration but has faced controversy over its portrayal of Moors and the use of 'blackface' make-up. Organizers defend the festival as inclusive, while some members of the Muslim community in Elda do not find it offensive. The far-right Vox party has used the Reconquista for political purposes, highlighting the ongoing cultural and political tensions in Spain.

Spanish council apologises after Three Kings blackface row

06 Jan 2023  |  inews.co.uk
A Madrid council has apologized after a white actor in blackface played one of the Three Kings during Spain's Epiphany celebrations, sparking accusations of racism. The incident drew criticism from left-wing commentators and politicians, highlighting ongoing issues of structural racism in Spain. The council explained the decision was due to a lack of available actors and has since withdrawn the video. The article also references past instances of blackface in Spain, including an incident involving British Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton.

Sunken Villages Are Emerging From Dried-Up Reservoirs During Europe’s Heatwave

19 Aug 2022  |  www.vice.com
Europe's heatwave has led to the emergence of sunken villages from dried-up reservoirs, particularly in Spain where the Santa Romà de Sau church, submerged in 1962, is now fully exposed. The drought has caused Spain's water reserves to drop significantly, prompting potential water restrictions in Barcelona and water transportation to dry towns. The drought is affecting local businesses, agriculture, and has contributed to wildfires. Spain's government has implemented energy-saving measures, and experts warn of more frequent droughts due to climate change. Projects like #LaSequera22 aim to raise awareness about water conservation.

How Latin American Gangs Are Muscling in on Madrid's Crime Scene

16 Mar 2022  |  www.vice.com
Gang violence in Madrid has escalated with the resurgence of Latin American gangs such as Los Trinitarios and Dominican Don't Play (DDP) after lockdown. These gangs, originating from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, have been involved in murders, sex attacks, and violent street crimes. Police have increased their presence and arrested numerous gang members, but the gangs continue to recruit young people and create a climate of fear. Authorities are considering stricter regulations to prevent gang members from obtaining machetes, their weapon of choice. The violence has raised concerns about an all-out gang war in the streets of Madrid.

Refugee crisis brews on Canary Islands with record arrivals

10 Nov 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
A record number of nearly 2,200 refugees and migrants arrived in Spain's Canary Islands over the weekend, exacerbating a migration crisis. Aid agencies warn of a potential humanitarian crisis due to inadequate housing and resources. The Spanish government faces criticism from the far-right Vox party and local residents, while the EU calls for solidarity. The situation recalls a similar crisis in 2006, with smugglers now using more dangerous routes from West Africa. The Spanish government and EU officials are working on solutions, but tensions remain high.

Downton Abbey-addicted Spain tucks into the full English breakfast

11 Jul 2020  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Spain, traditionally not a fan of British cuisine, has developed a fondness for the full English breakfast. El País, Spain's largest newspaper, praised the hearty dish, highlighting its delicious and diverse components, such as sausages, eggs, bread, and beans in tomato sauce.

The Spanish refugee rescuers now helping in nursing homes

22 Apr 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, known for rescuing refugees at sea, has redirected its efforts to assist in the COVID-19 pandemic by transporting patients to hospitals and supporting staff in care homes across Spain. The organization is also aiding homeless refugees and migrants with accommodation and participating in a testing program for hydroxychloroquine. Despite Spain's strict lockdown, refugees and migrants continue to attempt sea crossings from Africa, with the coastguard picking up 745 individuals since March 14. The Spanish Commission for Refugees (CEAR) and other organizations are urging the government to expedite the legal process for 40,000 pending asylum claims.

As Spain records deadliest day, coronavirus lockdown stirs unrest

31 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain experienced its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic with 849 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 8,189 and confirmed cases to 94,417. As the country entered its third week of lockdown, tensions rose with police accused of using violence to enforce movement restrictions. A widely shared video showed Basque Country police allegedly abusing a man and his mother for violating lockdown rules. Police have arrested 926 individuals and issued 102,000 fines for lockdown breaches. Concerns about inconsistent rule application and the long-term effects of isolation were raised, while some experts noted the solidarity among Spaniards.

Corpses of the elderly found abandoned in Spanish care homes

24 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain's state prosecutor is investigating after soldiers found elderly patients abandoned or dead in retirement homes amid the coronavirus outbreak. Defence Minister Margarita Robles reported the grim discovery, and Health Minister Salvador Illa declared retirement homes a priority. The virus has killed 2,694 in Spain, with Madrid's mortuaries overwhelmed. Epidemiologists note the virus is spreading more geographically in Spain than in Italy, with Madrid's cases potentially surpassing Lombardy's.

Spanish letter campaign offers solidarity with virus patients

19 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
A letter-writing campaign in Spain, 'We will beat coronavirus', encourages people to send letters to coronavirus patients in hospitals to lift their spirits amid isolation. The campaign has seen significant support, with letters and donations of face masks. Over 13,700 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Spain, with 598 deaths. Hospitals face challenges such as a lack of protective masks and high patient numbers. The initiative has been well-received, with 30 letters arriving at a Barcelona hospital within hours.

Spain: 100,000 workers facing coronavirus layoffs

17 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
More than 100,000 Spanish workers face job losses due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Large companies like Seat, Volkswagen, Renault, and Burger King have issued temporary layoff orders, while the Spanish government, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, is implementing financial measures to support affected workers and companies. The tourism sector, including hotel chain Iberostar, is also significantly impacted. Economists warn that without an ambitious rescue plan, temporary layoffs could become permanent. The Spanish government faces intense political pressure to act swiftly to prevent a recession.

Spain’s King Felipe docks father’s allowance over Saudi scandal

16 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
King Felipe VI of Spain has distanced himself from his scandal-hit father, Juan Carlos, by stripping him of his allowance and renouncing an inheritance. This move follows media reports linking Felipe to an offshore fund set up by Juan Carlos. The left-wing Unidas Podemos party has called for a parliamentary inquiry. The controversy undermines efforts to restore the monarchy's credibility, which faced calls for abolition during Juan Carlos's reign. Despite abdicating in 2014, Juan Carlos still receives an annual stipend. Swiss prosecutors are investigating offshore funds tied to Juan Carlos, including alleged kickbacks from Saudi business deals. The Spanish royal household has made efforts to reform, but past scandals involving family members persist.

Coronavirus: Spain advises companies to send workers home

05 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
The Spanish government has advised companies to send workers home if there is a serious risk of contracting coronavirus, following the third COVID-19 death in Spain. Employment Minister Yolanda Diaz issued guidelines for firms, while business groups criticized the move as fear-mongering. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria relocated staff as a precaution. Health authorities are investigating additional deaths potentially linked to the virus, and public opinion is leaning towards canceling large gatherings and closing schools.

Spain toughens law against sexual violence

03 Mar 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain's left-wing coalition government has approved a draft bill to classify all non-consensual sex as rape, increasing sentences and establishing special courts for sexual violence cases. The law, driven by Minister for Equality Irene Montero, follows public outcry over high-profile cases like the 'Wolf Pack' gang rape. While supported by women's rights advocates, the legislation faces criticism from conservative and right-wing parties, who argue it unfairly discriminates against men.

Spain’s smoking Queen Letizia wants her own Megxit

23 Feb 2020  |  www.thetimes.com
Queen Letizia of Spain, who was once a successful television journalist, reportedly resents the constant demands of royal life and craves personal space, according to a new biography. Despite living a privileged life in the Zarzuela Palace, she finds it difficult to hide her boredom and has struggled to quit smoking. The article draws parallels with Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, suggesting that Queen Letizia may also be a reluctant royal.

British gang abandons workers in underground cigarette factory

20 Feb 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spanish police rescued six men suffocating in Europe's first discovered underground illegal cigarette factory in Monda, Malaga Province, Spain. The factory, generating over 600,000 euros weekly, was found 13 feet underground with living quarters for staff, who were blindfolded and paid 7,000 euros monthly but worked in 'semi-slavery' conditions. The operation, named Hannibal, was initiated by a tip-off from Europol and led to the seizure of cigarettes, tobacco, and drugs, and the arrest of 12 British suspects, including fugitive Daniel Dobbs. The workers faced life-threatening conditions after being abandoned and left without fresh air.

Fool’s gold? Probe targets Spanish jewellery chain

22 Jan 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
A Spanish jewellery company, TOUS, is under investigation by the National Court in Madrid for allegedly selling items falsely claimed to be made entirely of gold and silver. The case, initiated by the consumer group Consujoya, accuses TOUS of fraud and misleading advertising, alleging that some jewellery contained plastic. TOUS denies the claims, stating their products meet high-quality standards and are certified by external laboratories. The investigation could have significant implications for the jewellery industry, with the court set to determine if there is a case of fraud to answer.

Gang on trial over theft of Moroccan king’s jewellery

21 Jan 2020  |  www.aljazeera.com
A group of 25 people are on trial in Morocco for allegedly stealing luxury watches and jewellery from King Mohammed VI's palace in Marrakesh. The suspects include a female palace employee identified as the ringleader, palace security staff, and Moroccan jewellers. The trial is set to begin next week in Rabat. The king, known for his expensive collection, reportedly acquired a $1.2m Patek Philippe watch in 2018. The Moroccan royal household has not commented on the incident. The suspects are charged with robbery and 'abuse of confidence'. The last similar incident occurred approximately 40 years ago. Security around the king is usually tight, but has been criticized for being lax during his private trips.

Spanish king’s brother-in-law gets a Christmas reprieve, but Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras stays in jail

22 Dec 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Iñaki Urdangarin, the brother-in-law of King Felipe of Spain, has been granted permission to leave prison for four days over Christmas to join his family. Urdangarin was jailed for fraud, embezzlement, and tax evasion, and his royal connections were used to secure contracts and siphon off public money. His wife, Princess Cristina, was cleared but ordered to pay damages. The royal scandal influenced the abdication.

Spanish king’s brother-in-law gets a Christmas reprieve, but Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras stays in jail

22 Dec 2019  |  www.thetimes.com
The brother-in-law of King Felipe of Spain, Iñaki Urdangarin, has been granted a four-day leave from prison to spend Christmas with his family, causing public outrage. Urdangarin was imprisoned for fraud, embezzlement, and tax evasion, while his wife, Princess Cristina, was cleared of involvement but fined. Meanwhile, Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras remains in jail.

In deep water: Meeting Spain’s sunken treasure hunter

16 Dec 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Carlos Leon, a marine archaeologist from Spain's culture ministry, leads a team dedicated to preserving sunken Spanish galleons and their treasures for future generations. The team has catalogued 702 shipwrecks across the Americas, revealing that most ships sank due to bad weather rather than pirate attacks. Spain collaborates with countries like Colombia to protect these underwater cultural heritages from treasure hunters. The Colombian government, under Vice President Maria Lucia Ramirez, has shifted its stance to prioritize cultural and historical value over economic gain, particularly concerning the San Jose galleon. Spain's efforts are supported by UNESCO to ensure the preservation of these sites.

Husband of hiker whose heart stopped for six hours: I thought we’d both die

08 Dec 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Rohan Schoeman, 36, recounted his fear that he and his wife Audrey Mash, 34, would perish in a snowstorm in the Spanish Pyrenees during their sixth wedding anniversary. Mash became hypothermic and her heart stopped for six hours, but she miraculously survived. Rescuers reached them by helicopter, finding Mash with a body temperature of 18C, significantly below the normal 37C.

Aristocrat who killed friend in drugged frenzy goes free

28 Nov 2019  |  www.thetimes.com
Katja Faber's son, Alex Morgan, was killed by Bennet von Vertes during a skiing holiday in Switzerland in 2014. Von Vertes, initially convicted of voluntary manslaughter and rape, was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. However, the Zurich supreme court recently cleared him of manslaughter, reducing his sentence to three years for a lesser charge, prompting criticism from the victim's mother.

Gareth Bale’s Spanish ‘blasphemy’

21 Nov 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Gareth Bale faced backlash from Spanish media and Real Madrid fans after displaying a banner that read 'Wales, Golf, Madrid: In that order' following Wales' Euro 2020 qualification. The gesture was seen as disrespectful in Spain, where football is held in high regard. Bale has previously expressed a stronger affinity for playing with Wales over Real Madrid, which has contributed to tensions with the club and its supporters. His golfing hobby has also been a point of contention, with injuries allegedly linked to it. The incident has fueled speculation about Bale's future at Real Madrid, especially with Jose Mourinho's recent appointment at Tottenham Hotspur.

Former president of Andalusia gov’t jailed in embezzlement case

19 Nov 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
Spain’s Socialist Workers’ Party is embroiled in a major corruption case involving the embezzlement of 680 million euros in public funds intended for the unemployed and struggling companies in Andalusia. Key figures, including former presidents Manuel Chaves Gonzalez and Jose Antonio Grinan, were convicted, with Grinan receiving a six-year jail sentence. The scandal poses a potential threat to acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's efforts to form a new government, despite his party's recent election win and coalition with Podemos. The case has provided ammunition for the opposition Popular Party, highlighting ongoing issues of political corruption in Spain.

Barcelona’s affluent teenagers flock to far right

10 Nov 2019  |  www.thetimes.com
In the affluent district of Pedralbes in Barcelona, teenagers are increasingly supporting the far-right Vox party, which is expected to gain significant traction in the Spanish general election. Carlota Esteve, a 16-year-old schoolgirl, expresses strong support for Vox, citing the party's firm stance against Catalonian separatists. The article highlights a growing political shift among privileged youth in Catalonia.

Buckled up T-shirts help Spanish drivers dodge seatbelt law

01 Nov 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
A trend of wearing T-shirts with a realistic seatbelt design to avoid fines from security cameras has emerged in Spain, drawing criticism from Spanish police. The T-shirts, sold on Amazon for €12, aim to help drivers and passengers escape a €200 penalty for not wearing a seatbelt. The Civil Guard has condemned the practice, emphasizing that seatbelts save lives and questioning whether the T-shirts could do the same in an accident.

How Ian Fleming helped plan for Allied invasion of Franco’s Spain

30 Oct 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Ian Fleming, the former naval intelligence officer and creator of James Bond, played a crucial role in planning a potential Allied invasion of Spain during World War II to prevent Franco's fascists from joining the Nazis. Based in Gibraltar, Fleming worked under Real Admiral John Godfrey, who inspired the character M in the Bond novels. The pair collaborated with cartography experts to prepare for the invasion that ultimately never occurred.

Thirty years after collapse of communism, from East to West fury erupts on to the streets

25 Oct 2019  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Three decades after the fall of communism in Europe, protests are erupting in cities across the globe, from Latin America to Hong Kong. The demonstrations are driven by anger over economic inequality, rising living costs, and perceived apathy from ruling elites. There is also growing concern that the world may be heading towards a recession after years of economic growth.
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