POLITICS

Colau gets down to work as Barcelona mayor by stopping an eviction

Ex-Mortgage Victims Platform activist phones up bank manager to request a stay

Latin America

Waves of protests rock Guatemalan and Honduran governments

Corruption scandals have spawned a spring of discontent in Central America

CONTROVERSY IN MADRID CITY COUNCIL

New Madrid culture chief resigns over offensive Twitter messages

Guillermo Zapata, from new party Ahora Madrid, had only been in role 48 hours He became caught up in controversy over offensive jokes he had posted in 2011

Evangelicals lose appeal to gain donation box on income tax forms

Law allowing Spaniards to assign 0.7% of tax payment to Vatican discriminatory, they argue

Latin America

US and Venezuela hold new round of “discreet talks” over relations

Top State Department official meets with controversial National Assembly speaker in Haiti

NEW CITY COUNCIL IN MADRID

Madrid mayor faces first crisis over councilor’s jokes on Twitter

Guillermo Zapata tweeted offensive messages in 2011 making fun of the Holocaust

SCIENCE

Why Spain’s research and development is going nowhere

Universities are coming up with great ideas, but struggle to adapt them to the market

CONSEQUENCES OF THE ELECTIONS

Municipal politics completes shift to the left as new councils voted in

The Socialists and emerging party Podemos reach pacts wherever possible PM Mariano Rajoy sends out tweet with veiled criticism of “sectarian” agreements