PUBLIC FINANCES

Government may ease region’s deficit-reduction targets

EC is due to unveiled budget targets for member countries on Friday

EDITORIAL

A disturbing rise in sovereign debt

The evolution of the public accounts in Spain in 2012 is a source of doubt rather than comfort

POLITICAL ESPIONAGE

Judge accepts PP leader’s suit against spying firm and demands client list be handed over

Police chiefs meet in Madrid to prevent espionage files from reaching market

LA LIGA REVIEW

Cost of Mourinho’s in-house mind games

The Real Madrid captaincy is turning into a poisoned chalice this season

NÓOS SCANDAL

Royal son-in-law boasted of king’s support for lucrative deals

“SM has reiterated his enthusiasm for the project to go ahead,” reads one of emails revealed by former business partner

Goya gaffe, as presenters read out wrong winner at Film Awards

Actors mistakenly announce Best Song recipient after envelope mix-up

CINEMA GALA NIGHT

Fairytales and harsh reality at Goyas

‘Snow White’ retelling ‘Blancanieves’ wins 10 at a ceremony marked by protests

LABOR DISPUTE

Police charge protesting workers at Barajas airport as strikes begin

Other airlines also affected by stoppage causing hundreds of flights to be canceled

Spain slams Bolivia takeover of company as “unfriendly act”

President Morales accuses airport management firm of failing to invest enough in local business

ART

A feast of fake masterpieces

Madrid's Círculo de Bellas Artes is showcasing work by Hungarian genius Elmyr de Hory The art forger painted Picassos, Monets, Matisses and Modiglianis

UNIVERSITY SPENDING

Grant delays hit poorer students

Changes to procedures and tougher criteria mean that funding is often not disbursed until the second half of most university courses is underway

BUSINESS

Spain’s tarnished brand

A recent spate of corruption scandals has hit politicians and business figures The news could put pressure on the risk premium and slam the brakes on investment

BANKING SECTOR

Transfers to bad bank bring about cosmetic fall in loan defaults

Non-performing rate for December of last year declines for first time since March 2011

OPINION

Fire and sword

In Europe, Portugal and other countries have begun to consider alternatives to the punitive and prohibitionist policy on drugs imposed by the United States since 1971

Spaniard who killed ex-basketball player husband over child porn claims had “mental problems”

María Reyes García Pellón thought to have had psychotic episode before attack

POLITICAL ESPIONAGE

Top police chiefs to meet over Catalan spying allegations

Regional government considers incident proof of antinationalist plot