POLITICS

Rajoy and Rubalcaba agree terms of pact to urge Brussels into action

Leaders hammer out accord to push for youth employment and banking union

SOCCER

Liga’s top players take flight

The Premier League is cherry-picking talent but the crisis is driving a wider exodus

BANKING SECTOR

BBVA to remove interest-rate floor clauses from mortgages

Bank’s decision follows clarification of ruling by Supreme Court

Editorials

Authoritarian drift

Erdogan’s intransigence is damaging the image of Turkey and is tarnishing his record

Colombia rejects FARC’s proposal to postpone next year’s elections

Guerrilla leader believes campaigning will jeopardize Havana peace talks

CRIME

Leader of Barcelona Casuals soccer gang sentenced to 12 years

Ricardo Mateo found guilty of extortion and violent assaults

PUBLIC MEDIA CUTBACKS

312 jobs to go at Catalan public broadcasters TV-3 and Catalunya Ràdio

Latest meetings have reduced number of layoffs from 500

Brazilians take to the streets in protest at hefty transportation hikes

Nationwide demonstrations come as the economy and Rousseff’s approval rating both sour

TERRORISM

Five Tunisians arrested in Barcelona for spreading jihadi propaganda

Videos posted on social networks included instructions on making bombs, police say

BASKETBALL

Barcelona levels ACB final series in another nail biter

Captain Navarro leads the way in narrow 71-72 win over Real Madrid

DATA SURVEILLANCE

Europe faces up to impotence over US’s mass spying program

Justice Commissioner Reding wants to establish agreed framework for sharing of information with Washington

Peru will become a strategic US ally, Humala tells Obama

White House meeting celebrates increased trade ties

retail

Inditex’s profit growth slows at start of year due to cold weather

Fashion retailer’s net earnings rose two percent to 438 million euros in first quarter

Soccer star Messi accused of four-million-euro tax fraud

Public prosecutor files suit against Barcelona player and his father for not declaring image rights earnings from 2007 to 2009

BANKING

Judge cites former Caja Madrid chief, other officials over sale of preferred shares

Ex-savings bank chairman also faces probe into purchase of Florida bank

THE FUTURE OF THE EU

Europe’s great cucumber debate

Brussels' penchant for ruling on the shape of fruit has given Euroskeptics big drums to bang

opinion

Wish you weren't here

Concerts are becoming disagreeable on account of the cellphones and other wonder gadgets being raised to immortalize what is happening on the stage

EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

Charity begins in school as soup kitchens register rise in numbers

NGO reports 64-percent increase in entire families seeking food aid

regional finances

Rebel Popular Party premier makes promise to cut taxes

Extremadura will be "first region" to drop rates, for "90 percent of citizens"