FINANCIAL CRISIS

Spain’s deficit nears maximum level agreed with Brussels

Government may eliminate tax break on house buying it reintroduced six months ago Tax revenue down from consumer-related spending during first five months of 2012

Editorials

Spanish toll roads hit pothole

Nationalization would burden the public debt with the cost of the operators’ bankruptcy

ARCHITECTURE

Why Santander wants to be Bilbao

Architect Renzo Piano outlines his vision for the Botín Center The cultural venue, to be financed by the city’s famous banking son, is causing controversy

EURO 2012

A Real family affair

Ronaldo lines up against his club teammates for semifinal showdown

EURO 2012

Rajoy plans to cheer on Spain in Kiev final despite diplomatic boycott

Uefa opens disciplinary probe into Spanish soccer authorities over racist chants during Italy match

BANK BAILOUT

Moody’s downgrades the entire Spanish banking sector

Agency “views positively” government’s measures to shore up system Santander one notch higher than Spain’s sovereign debt

GAY RIGHTS

The new meaning of marriage

Royal Academy's revised dictionary recognizes same-sex unions, "espanglish" and "frikis"

ROAD SAFETY

"We must alter the profile: seniors and women are having more accidents"

The director general of the DGT highway safety authority María Seguí talks about her policies

ROAD SAFETY

Spending cuts that can kill

Lower investment in highways sees the risk of fatal traffic accidents increase Repair firms rail against drastic cutbacks, while government denies any great change

LITERATURE

Youngest Machado brother's poetry sees the light

Francisco's verses published 62 years after his death

FRANCO-ERA EXPROPRIATION

How much is my island worth?

Former owners of Galician isle of Ons finally set for compensation after 70 years of uncertainty Franco expropriated the land to help Nazi U-boats refuel

OPINION

A three-way game

It is useful to look at this crisis as a three-way game between firefighters, architects and pyromaniacs

COST-CUTTING

High Court judges to lose their bodyguards

Magistrates to be left with just regular home surveillance Judges and prosecutors were assigned four police officers each until now