Argentinean lawyers want former Franco ministers to face human rights charges

Buenos Aires judge will hear testimony from Civil War victims in Spain via videoconference

CUTBACKS

Prime minister warns of fresh cuts in “some budget items” to reduce deficit

No plans to raise VAT or the minimum wage, says Rajoy

POLITICAL CRISIS

Galician Socialists defy central party by continuing with plans for primaries

PSdeG leader Pachi Vázquez says system gives greater voice to the grassroots

Editorials

Back to reality

Growth will improve and regional tensions lessen if Spain is given two more years to rein in the deficit

Champions league

Real hopes two comes before 10

Madrid must reverse formidable German record to gain foothold in semifinal clash

PP agrees cooperation deal with Chinese Communist Party

The conservatives and Beijing’s government grouping sign “memorandum for understanding and exchange”

Pemex seeks new alliances in Asia

Mexico wants to stop relying on the United States as its major oil customer

Portugal

Speculative derivative contracts leave three-billion-euro hole in Portugal’s finances

Two secretaries of state dismissed after discovery

EVICTIONS CRISIS

Canary Islands join Andalusia in expropriation plan for empty homes

Companies will be forced to put up vacant properties for rental

Peña Nieto forced to halt Pact for Mexico reform process

Conservatives threaten to break consensus deal after president plays down vote-buying controversy

ECONOMY

Recession eases in first quarter, Bank of Spain says

GDP contracted 0.5 percent from previous three months after decline of 0.8 percent in the final quarter of 2012

debt market

Spain’s risk premium falls below 300 for first time in over a year

Treasury sells three-month bills at record low yield

OBITUARY

Patricia McCormick: a lady in the macho world of the bullring

The first American female matador has died at the age of 83

A dictator's retreat lies in ruins

Canto del Pico, in the northwest of Madrid, was once a home for nobility The weekend haunt of General Franco is now being allowed to fall into disrepair

CINEMA

Is there an audience left for independent film in Spain?

The demise of distributor Alta Films will mean considerably less choice for moviegoers Hollywood will end up taking an ever-larger share of the market

Javier Bardem teams up with the Robert F. Kennedy Center

Actor joins Speak Truth to Power initiative in support of Sahrawi people

No action over German royal's claim to have spied for Spain

The king's personal friend Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein said she carried out "classified" work

OPINION

Politicians losing sleep

The dignitary, the governor, cannot be immune to the monitoring of citizens, when instead of serving, he cheats and robs them

NÓOS CORRUPTION CASE

Princess Cristina “was concerned” over six-million-euro mansion purchase

Notary describes Infanta’s doubts and how Urdangarin’s financial advisor pressured for duchess’s signature

EVICTIONS CRISIS

Banks in Catalonia will face taxes for holding empty homes

Move comes in wake of Andalusia's similar effort to solve the nation's housing crisis

LATIN AMERICA

Maduro appoints head of intelligence agency as new interior minister

Move by new Venezuelan president seen as attempt to keep opposition under control

economy

Brussels to give Spain two more years on deficit as austerity loses its shine

Bank bailout pushed up shortfall to EU-topping 10.6 percent of GDP Minister predicts economy could contract by 1.5 percent in 2013 Portugal also looking for some leeway on target