SPANISH POLITICS

Negotiations over Spanish PM’s investiture enter final phase

Despite a public clash, the Socialist Party and the separatist Catalan Republican Left continue to talk about a possible abstention that would allow Pedro Sánchez to be sworn into office

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan premier barred from public office for disobedience

The Supreme Court has sentenced Quim Torra to an 18-month ban and €30,000 fine for refusing to obey an order to remove separatist symbols from public buildings

EL PAÍS PODCASTS

¿Qué? podcast, S03E12: The effects of the UK general election, and Spain’s dwindling bars

This week we talk to Britons in Spain whose lives will be affected by the reelection of the Tories at the recent polls, and examine the initiatives aimed at keeping local watering holes open in deserted parts of the country

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 19, 2019

‘EL CLÁSICO’

Real Madrid-Barcelona match goes ahead despite protests outside stadium

The demonstrations organized by so-called Tsunami Democràtic during the soccer game on Wednesday saw some police charges and yellow plastic balls thrown onto the pitch

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

EU court: Jailed Catalan politician had immunity as soon as he was elected MEP

According to the ruling, Oriol Junqueras should have been considered a Member of the European Parliament from the moment he won his seat at the May 26 election

Air travel

Why 71 planes have been ‘forgotten’ in Spain’s airports

Many companies that went bankrupt in the 2008 financial crisis abandoned their aircraft because they could not afford the cost of moving them