NIGHTLIFE

Madrid’s iconic Café Berlín falls prey to real estate speculation

Indian investor pays €32 million for building that housed revered live music venue

Latin America

Venezuelan opposition picks new assembly speaker

MUD deputies are scheduled to be sworn in as Maduro government tries to curb their power

POST-ELECTION AGREEMENTS

Podemos agrees to salary caps for its deputies in parliament

Lawmakers from the leftist grouping will give up many allowances afforded by Congress

CATALAN POLITICS

Embattled Catalan leader vows to make a stand despite calls to resign

Artur Mas’s decision to seek reinstatement could lead to fresh elections in the region

EDITORIAL

A lugubrious end

Mas’s stubborn insistence on holding on to power against all odds can only lead to ridicule

NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Man injured on New Year’s Day after falling from roof of moving taxi

Year-end celebrations in Madrid show a rise in accidents, brawls and alcohol poisoning

Latin America

Three suspects held in shooting death of Mexican mayor

The PRD politician was gunned down at her home one day after she took office

TECH

Why Spain’s high-speed travel networks are slow to offer Wi-Fi

Taking the train or in-demand air routes usually means being without a connection

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Independence project flounders as deadlock continues in Catalonia

Radical anti-capitalist party CUP agrees to vote against Artur Mas at investiture vote New elections are likely to be called for March, given lack of agreement with Junts pel Sí

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Acting Catalan premier refuses to step aside despite political impasse

But Artur Mas concedes that if CUP party does not lend support new polls must be called