Ex-Madrid region premier Esperanza Aguirre wants to run for city mayor

PM Mariano Rajoy will have to decide if to accept charismatic Popular Party veteran’s offer

LATIN AMERICA

Nicaragua begins constructing inter-oceanic canal amid protests

Farmers block roads to demonstrate against $50bn project to link Pacific with Caribbean

Opera star Montserrat Caballé agrees to six-month sentence over tax fraud

Deal reached with public prosecutor will see soprano forced to pay a €240,000 fine

Editorials

The king must speak

Cristina de Borbón cannot retain her succession rights after her prosecution for tax crimes

Staff at Madrid wax museum scoop €64m in El Gordo Christmas lottery

Museo de Cera’s 34 employees win jackpot after buying 160 tickets with winning number

ROYAL SCANDAL

Will Cristina give up rights to throne?

Royal household is hoping for symbolic move after news she will stand trial for tax crimes

Spain beats annual record for tourist visitors with a month to spare

There were more than 61.7 million international visits from January to November

The Christmas toys not seen on TV

Some Madrid stores are striving to offer unique playthings not advertised on the box