Politics

Spanish PM calls constituent session for new Catalan parliament on January 17

Mariano Rajoy describes as “absurd” attempt by former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont to govern from abroad

END OF THE YEAR ROUND-UP

Top 10 surprising stories you might have missed in 2017

This year was full of big news but sometimes it’s what goes under the radar that counts

Food

Seven Spanish cities with free tapas

The costless nibble with your drink is at once an art, a tradition and a religion; here are our recommendations for a number of places where free snacks are de rigueur

Cartoons

Ros

Ros cartoon, December 29, 2017

Cartoons

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 29, 2017

Franco dictatorship

Only daughter of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies, aged 91

Carmen, who died on Friday in Madrid after a long illness, defended her father's legacy until the very end

Terrorism

Spain’s skateboard hero to be honored in new memorial center

Ignacio Echeverría died after using his skateboard to protect a woman during London terror attack

Economy

Catalan economy already hurt by independence push: Bank of Spain

Spanish GDP grew estimated 0.8% in third quarter but could stagnate if there is more uncertainty in Catalonia, institution warns

Labor market

More jobs but less security as Spain struggles to shake off crisis

Record number of employment contracts in 2017 but goal of permanent work elusive for many

FOOD INDUSTRY

Why your Spanish octopus might not be Spanish after all

Northern region of Galicia resorts to imports of ‘pulpo’ to satisfy the demands of mass tourism