EMPLOYMENT

OECD calls on Spain to make layoffs even cheaper

Organization recommends courts only nullify collective dismissals in “extreme cases”

THE CATALAN QUESTION

Mas alludes to slavery in context of Catalan sovereignty

Regional premier ramps up rhetoric as PP and Socialists maintain stance on referendum

ECONOMY

Loan defaults rise to highest level in over 50 years

Ratio in October was biggest since Bank of Spain began compiling figures half a century ago

Editorials

EU referee shows yellow card

The commission's report on the Liga warns that soccer clubs must not survive on public aid

BANK MERGER

Banesco wins tender for nationalized NCG Banco

Venezuelan lender offered almost one billion euros for Spanish bank

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela seeks to block news reports on crime and murder

Prosecutors file complaint against El Universal for harming children’s psychological welfare

High Court asks to see Neymar’s contract

Barcelona board member lodges suit against club president Rosell over multi-million deal

soccer probes

“There is no San Mamés case”

EU competition commissioner confirms investigations into seven Liga clubs for receiving state aid But Almunia denies reports that financing of Athletic’s stadium will be probed

LATIN AMERICA

Economic growth in Latin America has not reduced informal jobs

Nearly half of working population has no security or social protection

Madrid premier’s wife named in tax-fraud and money-laundering case

Investigation focuses on their ownership of a luxury penthouse on the Mediterranean González comes out in defense of the innocence of his spouse

terrorism

The day ETA struck a lethal blow to the Franco regime

Forty years ago this week, the dictator's heir apparent, Carrero Blanco, was assassinated The terrorist organization was responsible for the bombing, which left a huge crater in its wake

SUBMERGED ECONOMY
opinion

Divergence/convergence

Spain is slipping further from the European average, and there is no sign that this is going to improve

royal scandal

Prosecutor claims judge in Urdangarin case is biased against princess

"You cannot implicate or punish anyone for what he is but for what he has done," says writ

THE BLESA CASE

Ex-Caja Madrid chief came under pressure from Aznar family

Miguel Blesa was being persuaded to use influence to purchase art collection