The quality of democracy

Reducing Spain’s parliament to a spectacle of vetoes and shouting undermines political stability


Mas calls on Europe to look more closely at independence drive

No negative effects from EU should region split from Spain, says premier “Don’t pay attention to rhetoric because Europe knows that the borders are a thing of the past"


Grandfather of murdered girl blames mother for killing

"My son was in love with her and I suspect he would cover for her," says Ramón Basterra


Spain denies “joint action” with Argentina over British colonies

Margallo refutes accord has been reached over Gibraltar and Falklands


Demonstrators brave heavy rain to demand an end to the monarchy

Police prevent around 1,500 protestors from setting up camp at Oriente Palace


Márquez takes controversial sixth win

Pedrosa crashes out after “El Niño” tries to make unsuccessful pass


Atlético demonstrates its new winning routine

Madrid derby underlines change in dynamic between Real and rival, but Simeone will not hear of title challenge


Abuse and the muse

High school girls like myself who were crazy about literature would have gladly given themselves up to any real, live author who happened to walk by

The villains' advocate

Jason Coghlan robbed banks in the 1990s armed with a shotgun After doing time, he has become a legal advisor to other British convicts

work-life balance

Spain: out of time

Congress is mulling whether to turn the country's clocks back to GMT The aim is to bring Spanish working hours more in line with the rest of Europe