Interview

Mario Vargas Llosa: “Political correctness is the enemy of freedom”

Besides writing prize-winning fiction, the Nobel Laureate has fought tirelessly for civil liberties. With his new book, ‘The Call of the Tribe,’ he promotes liberal thought and pays tribute to seven authors who embrace it. We talk to him about liberalism, intellectual blindness and the dangers facing democracy today

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Second Spanish rapper sentenced to prison for praising terrorism

The case involving Pablo Hásel comes in the same week that artist Valtonyc was given a jail term for his lyrics

Tax avoidance

Europe’s tax war with the tech giants

The European Parliament will vote on a reform in March to impose a common corporate fiscal system for all companies operating physically or virtually in Europe

Editorial

A monumental fraud in Catalonia

Defenders of the independence cause have made a mockery of democracy and citizens with their latest parliamentary acrobatics

Cartoons

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, March 2, 2018

Catalonia

Ousted Catalan premier withdraws bid to be voted back into post

In video address from Belgium, Carles Puigdemont proposes a jailed candidate and vows to fight the Spanish state

Cartoons

Ros

Ros cartoon, March 2, 2018

Freedom of speech

Spanish court throws out jail sentence for woman who posted jokes on Twitter

Student Cassandra Vera was given a year in prison over tweets poking fun at the Franco-era assassination of Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco

CATALONIA

Catalan separatists want to create symbolic institutions in Brussels

Ousted premier Carles Puigdemont would head Council of the Republic and spread the independence message abroad