FILM

Is Spain’s Antonio Banderas an ‘actor of color’?

Several US media outlets have been criticized for claiming that the Spaniard, who has been nominated for an Oscar this year, falls into this category

SPANISH MUSIC

Rosalía becomes first female Spanish artist to win an MTV Video Music Award

The 25-year-old star from Catalonia won Best Latin Video alongside reggaeton artist J Balvin for their song ‘Con Altura’

Immigration

Abused for speaking Spanish: “My classmates say my language is ugly”

Racist insults have increased in Donald Trump’s United States, with many Latinos feeling discriminated against for using their native tongue

Armed Forces

I’m 24 and a soldier in an infantry unit

Natalia Ortiz is one of the growing number of people who see the Armed Forces as a vocation

WOMEN'S RIGHTS

Spanish fiestas start to act against sexist violence

Festivals introduce measures to prevent abuse following several cases at last year’s Sanfermines

Parks in Spain | Part 3

Madrid’s Retiro: the place to beat a slow retreat from the August heat

Visitors and residents alike will find refuge from a sweltering summer in this French-inspired park

Parks in Spain | Part 2

Spain’s Aranjuez Royal Palace: An oasis of escape for Madrid’s dog days

Head to the southeast of the region for some water, shade, and peace and quiet

TOURISM

North Korea hopes to woo Spanish tourists with charm offensive

Presentation in Madrid aims to dispel “myth” of closed country, highlighting speedy visa approval

TRANSPORTATION

As their licenses lose value, Spain’s taxi drivers fight Uber and Cabify

Nationwide strikes focus on getting the government to reduce the number of livery cars

MADRID TRADITIONS

After 86 years, Madrid’s Embassy tearoom cuts last cucumber sandwich

Owners say rents in iconic city center location too high, but they hope to reopen in another district

ANIMAL WELFARE

An old-fashioned circus with bite

An afternoon at Gottani, one of just nine spectacles in Spain that still makes use of performing animals

ANIMAL RIGHTS

Olé: Carmen the cow saved by 70,000 signatures

Madrid regional government had ordered her to be put down after tuberculosis diagnosis

MARRIAGE

Catholic marriages hit historic low in increasingly secular Spain

Church weddings made up just 22% of country’s total in first half of 2016, new statistics show

PUBLIC HEALTH

Spain eyes limits on advertising in fight against teen drinking

Authorities want new law to deal with growing problem of alcohol abuse among minors

MANUFACTURING

A business with bite: Spain’s false teeth success story

A family firm located on the outskirts of Madrid produces 12 million dentures a year for 52 countries

OVERSEAS AID

When will Spain resume contributions to the Global Fund to combat AIDS?

Government spending on overseas aid depends on 2017 budget, still to be announced

LABOR MARKET

Four out of five Spaniards aged under 30 are still living with their parents

Unemployment and precarious labor market drives up number of young people unable to leave home

GAMING LAWS

Why the Spanish government’s bet on online gaming hasn’t paid off

Spaniards are gambling more than ever but insiders say laws mean industry is struggling to compete

IMMIGRATION

Are Spain’s immigrant detention centers in breach of human rights law?

Testimonies highlight unclear legal status of many detainees who have committed no crime