PM Rajoy: “Article 155 is to prevent Catalonia from being abused”
This morning (27 Oct 2017) saw the Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, defend in the Senate the reasons for the invocation of Article 155 of the Constitution in Catalonia, which will see the region’s powers of self-government curtailed.
During a 45-minute speech, Rajoy warned that Spain was faced with an “exceptional situation,” and stated that “Article 155 is not against Catalonia but to avoid thae abuse of Catalonia.”
At the same time, a session in the Catalan regional parliament is due to get underway, ahead of which Junts pel Sí has tabled a motion to open a process that “ends with the drafting and approval of the constitution of the Republic.”

Miguel Blesa: a symbol of all that went wrong in Spanish banking​
Why is Catalonia the Spanish region pressing hardest for independence?
Halal sweets prove to be a hit for Spanish company Wonkandy
Pound tumbles to eight-month low against the euro
The pound has tumbled to an eight-month low against the euro, spelling higher costs for British holidaymakers getting ready for summer breaks.
Sterling slipped close to €1.11 as the euro strengthened in reaction to remarks by European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi while the UK currency was again buffeted by fears over Brexit.
The pound's dip - of as much as two cents - took it to its lowest level since November 2016.
It will weaken the spending power of British families preparing to flock to Spanish beaches and French campsites when school holidays begin later this week.
Sterling was also lower against the US dollar - at a time when Washington is undergoing its own political turbulence - dipping below $1.30 after spending several days above that level.
But it was the strong performance of the euro that was mainly making waves on currency markets.
Spain football chief Angel Maria Villar Llona arrested
Body of Spanish painter Salvador Dalí exhumed over paternity suit row​
Death in the ring: Spanish bullfighter gored in southwestern France
Why are the Japanese so obsessed with Spain’s sunflowers?
Spanish bullet train to Mecca hits speed of 330 km/h in trial run
Fernando Alonso’s bid to make himself indispensable in F1
Could anyone have imagined Fernando Alonso mingling with the crowd in the stands when he drove for Ferrari? Well that’s what he did last week when the engine in his McLaren once again broke down, this time at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal and just two laps from the race finish. The gesture was spontaneous, but deep down it reveals the new strategy of the Spanish double world champion, whose main objective right now is to spend a few more years in Formula 1, a World Championship that has turned him into a global icon.
Alonso will turn 36 next month, and despite feeling that he is in the best moment of his career, he is also aware that his days in the championship are now numbered. McLaren is unable to offer him the car he needs to make the most of his huge talent, because the team is lumbered with Honda, a manufacturer that in the last three years has been completely incapable of designing a hybrid engine that is anything near stable.
Jazz by the Seaside
​The first big international event is the 19th San Javier International Jazz Festival, from 1st to 30th July. Some of the big names this year are JNik West, Myles Sanko, Steve Vai, Mike Stern, James Brown Original Band
Real Madrid president: “All this about Cristiano is very strange”

2 June 2017​​
“Burnt-out” Spanish police in Catalonia want bonus due to “social pressure”

2 June2017
Unemployment: Social Security affiliations have best May since 2001

29 May 2017
Boy loses both legs after jumping between trains on Madrid Metro

31 May 2017​​
Spain: Vacation rentals offering more beds than hotels for the first time

29 May 2017
Spanish fireman accused of gender abuse has sex change during case

29 May 2017
The food poisoning scam that Brits are using for a free Spanish vacation

 29 May 2017​​
Catalan government says referendum date to be announced within two weeks

 29 May 2017
Spain sees huge spike in cyberattacks against key infrastructure

29 May 2017
Marbella hit-and-run: Two Britons arrested as eight injured

 28 May 2017​​
Tens of thousands rally in Madrid for 'job dignity'

 25 May 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo committed tax evasion, Spanish Tax Agency finds

24 May 2017
Supreme Court upholds jail time, fine for Barça star Messi in tax fraud case

 18 May 2017​​
How Spain lost its first international claim over renewable energy subsidies

 18 May 2017
Spain's 'lazy' young told by judges to get a life

17 May 2017
Spain to ramp up roadside alcohol tests in bid to protect cyclists

 28 April 2017​​
Spain – A great place to live, a terrible place to work?

 28 April 2017
Spain retains crown as world’s most competitive tourism industry

 28 April 2017
Is the ‘ghost airport’ in Spain’s Murcia region finally set for take-off?

 28 April 2017​​
Has Spain finally seen the last of Esperanza Aguirre?

 28 April 2017
Brussels and Netherlands call on UK to tone down rhetoric over Gibraltar

 28 April 2017
Five Spanish regions among EU’s top 10 unemployment black spots

 28 April 2017​​
Three Spanish eateries among ‘Restaurant’ magazine’s global top 10

 28 April 2017
Spain’s “golden visa” scheme brings in €2.16 billion in first three years

 28 April 2017
Spain’s population declines for fifth year in a row

 27 April 2017​​
The fight against Spain’s increasingly brazen drug traffickers

 26 April 2017
Panned: Hundreds protest corruption outside Spain’s ruling party HQ

 26 April 2017
1992: the year Spanish soft power conquered the world

Banned under Franco, Ferdinand the peace-loving bull returns 

4 April 2017
The Story of Ferdinand is the best-known work by US author Munro Leaf. Published in 1936 with illustrations by Robert Lawson, it tells the story of a Spanish bull that does not like to fight. Ever since he was a youngster, he would much rather smell the flowers. The years pass as he enjoys life in his meadow, under a cork tree – until the day when, against his wishes, he is taken to Las Ventas bullring in Madrid. In short, Ferdinand was an anti-bullfighting bull.

New Spanish patrol boat incursion into Gibraltar's waters

4 April 2017 
A Spanish patrol vessel has been accused of trespassing in Gibraltar’s waters just a day after Madrid called on Britain to calm down over growing tensions about the future of the territory.
The Infanta Cristina entered the territory’s waters at around lunchtime on Tuesday in Gibraltar's government said was an “illegal incursion”.