The “Afkham effect”

The young German conductor, who will head the Spanish National Orchestra from 2015, explains why he has such a strong feeling about the Madrid-based ensemble

There is ham and there is the real Iberian stuff

Government introduces color-coded system to help consumers bring home the right bacon


Abortion reform erodes voter support for ruling Popular Party

Metroscopia survey shows Socialists would win elections with 1.5 percentage-point lead

royal scandal

Royals relieved that Cristina will testify in tax fraud case

Princess drops appeal plan after being made aware of need to address growing scandal by king’s palace circle


Freedom to vote with their conscience

Deputies cannot be forced to follow party orders on issues such as abortion reform


Rare show of Basque nationalist unity in massive Bilbao march

Ruling PNV joins left-wingers in support for ETA prisoners and a peace process after court had vetoed a similar protest


How a rumor grew into a royal scandal

For seven years Urdangarin's business deals remained out of the limelight But the Palma Arena case brought them to the fore, ensnaring his wife, Princess Cristina


Leaders stick to guns in stalemate

Gritty Atlético and Barça coaches cancel each other out in table-topping clash


Spanish demolition company looking to make rubble overseas

Control Demeter is aiming to leave the domestic crisis behind it

Calatrava’s opera house: a rip-off?

It will cost millions to remove mosaics from the facade of the Palau de les Arts

Prosecutors ask High Court to open proceedings against FC Barcelona president

Investigators cite evidence of irregularities in signing of Brazil superstar Neymar


The Lyon’s share

Texas prison life through the eyes of a photography great


What those Blue Jasmines know

Theirs are hands that never open doors, hands that are never befouled with the dirty businesses of their husbands


Jailed businessman denies conniving with Valencia PP official to siphon aid

Augusto César Tauroni tells court he offered to help an NGO "to make money" as embezzlement trial continues