REGIONAL POLITICS

Catalan parties agree referendum on independence within two years

Deal between CiU, ERC paves way for Mas to remain premier Education minister blasted in Congress over language reform

BANKING REFORM

Bankia plans to lay off 5,000 workers and cut wages

Bank proposes capping compensation at 14 months’ salary

Editorials

Correction of excesses

Spending cuts and an end to duplication doesn’t mean giving in to radical centralism or secessionism

LA LIGA

Racing toward the soccer abyss

Santander’s fortunes have taken a desperate turn since relegation from Primera

PENSION SYSTEM

Pension reform proposes decoupling benefits from inflation

Overhaul calls for pension entitlement parameters to be revised in line with state of economy

Ex-councilor sentenced for inciting gender violence with cartoon

Former Mallorcan politician posted animation on his party’s website depicting 20 ways to kill a woman

Home sales climb 12.8 percent in October

Housing market buoyed by removal of tax breaks next year

A LEADER'S PERSPECTIVE

Zapatero: “What’s done is done”

One year on since the Socialists' election defeat and Zapatero´s exit from politics The former PM looks back on his achievements and failures

BUSINESS
CRIME

Police bust drug mule with cocaine concealed in breast implants

Young Panamanian woman was caught in Barcelona with over a kilo of the drug inside her body

EDUCATION REFORM

Education minister gets hot reception in Congress over linguistic reforms

“If you lay a hand on Catalan, you’re going to come up against a nation defending its children,” lawmaker says

Architect Santiago Calatrava transfers his fortune from Spain to Switzerland

Investment portfolio worth more than €30 million moved to Zurich holder

EDUCATION REFORM

Thousands march in favor of Catalan-language school classes

Supporters call proposed education reform "attack" on linguistic freedom

OBITUARY

Antonio Cubillo, leader of the Canaries independence movement

Activist was target of 1978 assassination attempt devised by state security forces

JUSTICE

Judiciary protest is just about holiday pay cuts, says minister

Gallardón dismisses legal sector’s reaction to court fees as mere tantrum over Christmas bonus

EDUCATION

Spanish nine-year-olds’ education below average Western standards

Study finds nation's fourth graders lagging behind EU and OECD nations in reading, math and science skills

Spain fined €20 million by European court over illegal industrial aid

State failed to recover financial assistance to companies that Brussels had deemed illegal