TRIAL OF CATALAN SEPARATIST LEADERS

Impassioned opening arguments at Catalan separatists’ trial in Madrid

Technical and political matters came together on day one of the most momentous case ever heard by the Supreme Court since the advent of democracy

Historical memory

Vandals desecrate graves of Spanish Republican heroine and Socialist Party founder

Civil War monuments, including those commemorating the “Thirteen Roses,” were also vandalized in Madrid’s La Almudena cemetery

NATURE

In Spain, Valencia government buys landmark peak known as ‘Stone Giant’

In a bid to preserve the second-highest mountain on their territory, regional authorities have purchased a third of the summit from private owners for €1.14 million

Vandalism

Court unsure how to deal with 79-year-old vandal who terrorized a neighborhood

The senior citizen, who is alleged to have damaged a thousand cars in Vigo, is being sent to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Supreme Court trial of Catalan separatist leaders opens in Madrid

Regional premier Quim Torra comes to Spanish capital to show support for 12 defendants facing charges related to the illegal referendum and unilateral declaration of independence

EXHUMATION OF FRANCO

Madrid set to order Franco’s reburial, but family vows to keep on fighting

Government due to order exhumation at Friday Cabinet meeting and give the dictator’s family 15 days to choose alternative resting place

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, February 12, 2019