Two Spanish businessmen kidnapped in Venezuela

Ransom demands on the rise in South American nation blighted by growing crime rate

CATALAN QUESTION

Mas throws down the gauntlet in pursuit of “national transition”

Catalan regional assembly to debate right-to-decide resolution PP's de Cospedal rounds on Socialist leader's federalism hints

Riot police called out in full force to guard Congress

Protestors plan to surround the parliament building

Editorials

A credible budget

The government is underestimating the impact of the crisis on public accounts in the near future

PORTUGUESE AUSTERITY

Portugal to hike taxes after dropping universal wage-cut plan

Passos Coelho government studying other measures to meet deficit-reduction target Brussels will wait for Lisbon to come up with new plan

“Big brother” Washington decides whether you can board your flight

Consumer organizations question whether a recent US-EU treaty that allows for passenger pre-screening violates personal data protection laws

CATALAN QUESTION

European Union fears over Catalonia independence moves

Brussels concerned that regional tensions will distract Madrid government from fiscal discipline

ENTERPRISE

The reluctant entrepreneurs

Unemployment, pay cuts and the disappearance of whole sectors of the economy are prompting more Spaniards to start up companies

OPINION

Observations on Paracuellos

The attribution of responsibility for the executions to Santiago Carrillo was used to distract attention from a far bloodier and longer-lasting terror: that of Franco. By Fernando Hernández, José Luis Ledesma, Paul Preston and Ángel Viñas

TOWARD THE END OF TERRORISM

Basque diaspora seeks home vote

Unknown numbers of residents of the northern region have been forced to flee They were subject to ETA harassment aimed at "cleaning up" the electoral rolls

LA LIGA

Lights out at Rayo means Real clash postponed until Monday night

“Sabotage” at Vallecano’s stadium keeps Mourinho’s Madrid waiting for must-win game

OPINION

The narrative

With the passage of time, class conflicts have been blurred, ideologies eroded, and political parties have emerged that political scientists call catch-all parties

BUSINESS

Corporate tax payments fall by more than 60 percent since 2008

Tax authorities' figures show improvement on historical low of 2010

ENVIRONMENT

Bluefin tuna bounces back

Species recovers in just six years following implementation of recovery plan