FRAUD

Alleged fraudster ‘Little Nicolás’: “They sent me to a school where everyone was rich except for me”

Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias talks to EL PAÍS about how he went from rubbing shoulders with Spain’s political elite to facing up to 30 years in jail for fraud

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Ousted Catalan premier collects provisional accreditation as MEP-elect

Carles Puigdemont and former regional health minister Toni Cómín have begun the process of taking their seats in the European Parliament, after a favorable EU court ruling on parliamentary immunity

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Lottery, logs and lights: What surprises foreigners about Spanish Christmas

The famous Catalan ‘Caganer’ figurine is by far the most-cited festive curiosity by members of the non-native community in Spain

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 20, 2019

Weather

Ditch the turkey for paella: Christmas temperatures in Spain to hit 24ºC

Stable weather, little rain and balmy conditions are expected for the first week of the festive holiday season

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

EU court ruling on jailed Catalan politician complicates investiture talks

The decision, which found that Oriol Junqueras should have been considered an MEP as soon as he was elected, has immediate consequences on talks between the Socialist Party and the ERC