ECONOMY

IMF calls on Spain to raise VAT and enable cheaper layoffs

International body tells the government to make more reforms to bolster the recovery

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

First air traffic controllers’ stoppage unfolds without serious delays

Government reports 98 to 100 percent punctuality for “most” flights at Spanish airports

Immigration

‘Suitcase boy’ reunited with mother after leaving custody in Ceuta

Family now set to meet up with father, who faces charges for smuggling his son into Spain

Bodies of two Spanish hikers found in Nepal, leaving four still missing

The trekkers had disappeared in Langtang Valley following the April 25 earthquake

GUILLERMO SOLANA | Director of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

“Madrid’s art promenade has become the Wild West”

Museum chief explains the challenges of producing world-class shows within today’s limits

Latin America

“Venezuela needs a lot of dialogue,” says ex-Spanish PM González

Former Socialist leader arrives in Caracas to help defend jailed opposition leaders

HEALTH SCARE

Diphtheria bacteria detected in eight children in Girona

The youngsters had contact with a six-year-old who became a confirmed case last week As the group have all been vaccinated, they should not develop the disease

CONSEQUENCES OF THE ELECTIONS

Half of PP voters do not want Rajoy to run for re-election in the fall

But new poll shows conservatives are still ahead in voter intention, followed by Socialists

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Spanish air traffic controllers start four days of strikes

No agreement reached between union and employer over sanctions for staff members Stoppages will take place in two-hour blocks during morning and afternoon shifts

Spain’s new bankruptcy legislation offers hope for debtors

“Second opportunity” law makes it easier to declare insolvency and devise repayment plans