Catalan independence debate takes fizz out of cava producer

Freixenet president admits his personal views on secession have led to boycott within region

CYBER-ESPIONAGE SCANDAL

Spain’s spy agency under NSA spotlight

CNI chief due to report to Congress after claims of massive message monitoring

Valencia public broadcaster RTVV to close after court ruling on layoffs

Region says it cannot afford to reinstate workers after magistrates declare sackings null and void

EDITORIAL

Still playing a splinter party game

Rosa Díez takes stands in Spanish politics, but without defining a clear strategy

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil spied on French agents during Lula's first term

Folha de São Paulo reports that Abin kept tabs at launch base of Alcântara

Striking street cleaners raise a stink in Madrid

Indefinite stoppage continues in protest at planned layoffs

WORLD TOUR FINALS

Nadal a single victory away from end-of-year number one crown

World number one swats aside exhausted Ferrer 6-3, 6-2

CATALONIA

CiU gives ground on 2014 budget as ERC emerges as leading Catalan political force

New survey shows 46 percent voting in favor of region’s independence, falling to 30 percent if more powers were devolved to Barcelona

EMPLOYMENT

Jobless claims rise in October but fall on a seasonally-adjusted basis

Social Security affiliation also increases in the month

TELECOMS

Telefónica sells Czech unit to PPF for 2.5 billion euros

Spanish telecoms giant to use proceeds to reduce financial debt

The “artistic” blacklists of the Argentinean dictatorship

Raft of documents uncovered last week include names of writers, actors, journalists and musicians considered dangerous by military regime.

EURO-ZONE ECONOMY

Brussels lowers its forecast for Spanish growth in 2014

GDP now seen expanding by just 0.5 percent, way down on earlier estimate of 0.9 percent

EDUCATION CUTS

Party pressure forces Wert to go back on Erasmus decision

Education minister says all exchange students will keep grants for this year as controversial cutback plan is ditched

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Real and Atlético eye Europe’s last 16

Madrid sides can both reach Champions League knockout stages with victory

PRISON TRANSFERS

Coming home to jail

Many convicts incarcerated abroad are not aware of their rights Spanish prisoners should be able to access support from their government

opinion

The dog that didn't bark

The spying scandal is collapsing like a soufflé, with some optimists seeing the affair as a "sputnik moment" for the EU

GÜRTEL CASE

Corruption suspect claims PP received bribes from companies for contracts

Alleged Gürtel number two Pablo Crespo appears in TV interview Ex-party baron alleges he paid party leaders undeclared cash bonuses in Galicia Former PP treasurer Lapuerta declines to speak to judge due to "memory problems"

Tragedy in galicia

Appeal by rail chiefs over fatal Santiago crash upheld

Five employees of state rail infrastructure company Adif will not be officially named as suspects

business

Banks stand by new lobby chief despite ministry opposition

Economy Ministry says it is "unethical" for José María Roldán to work for the interests of lenders