ANIMAL RIGHTS

Spanish Congress prepares bill to stop treating animals as objects

The final draft of the text could end the practice of seizing pets over payment defaults

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spanish PM: Catalan politicians creating narrative of “lies and grievances”

Socialist Party chief Pedro Sánchez hardened his tone against the supporters of independence in Congress today, comparing the situation in the region with Brexit

POLLUTION IN SPAIN

Madrid City Hall bans older, more polluting cars from center

Vehicles with no environmental sticker will also be prohibited from using the M-30 ring road. The regional government will not be boosting train or Metro services

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 12, 2018

DEMOGRAPHICS

First half of 2018 sees lowest number of births in Spain since 1941

A record number of deaths, the economic crisis and late motherhood have all had an effect on statistics

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

When partying gets out of control: Spanish police overwhelmed by outsized fiestas

Events involving large crowds of youths are increasingly ending in reports of assault, theft and even rape