CORONAVIRUS

Fearing mandatory lockdown, Barcelona residents head for Costa Brava

Tourists from the Catalan capital filled the coastal town of Platja d'Aro over the weekend, despite recommendations to avoid travel due to the rising number of coronavirus cases

CATALONIA

Spyware attack on Catalan leaders’ cellphones triggers political storm in Spain

The Interior Ministry, National Police and Civil Guard all deny having hired the services of NSO, the Israeli company that created the software

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government secures support for sixth and final extension to state of alarm

Deal with the Basque Nationalist Party and the Catalan Republican Left will ensure that the executive’s emergency powers for dealing with the coronavirus crisis remain in place until June 21

POLITICS

Spanish Congress prepares for possible end-of-year investiture vote

As the Socialist Party and Catalan Republican Left get closer to a deal to get Pedro Sánchez sworn back into office, lawmakers are asked to stay near Madrid in case they need to rush back from holidays

Catalonia

Barcelona takes stock of damage from week of street violence

Retailers and hotels have suffered losses, while the city assesses impact at €2.7 million in destroyed urban furniture

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia: the Barcelona basilica without a building permit

Under construction for 136 years so far, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is not overseen by any authority to ensure that construction complies with building norms

Catalan Independence

Cultural institutions see decline in sales due to Catalan crisis

Instability over the last two months is having an impact on cultural consumption in the region

Historic monuments

Future of historic Catalan monastery that Columbus visited in limbo

Local authorities hope to save beautiful Sant Jeroni de la Murtra site but negotiations are stalled

Barcelona attack

Barcelona remembers victims of terrorism in memorial stressing diversity

A week on, 900 people of all faiths pay tribute to the victims of the attacks

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Fists fly as new Franco exhibition opens in Barcelona

Protesters disrupt controversial show looking at legacy of dictator in Catalan capital

CULTURE

National Arts Prize winners say “no, thank you” to protest government cuts

Photographer and musician decline awards to highlight “shameful” state of culture sector

TELECOMS

Catalonia to charge internet connection levy to fund movie industry

Regional government unfazed by vocal opposition from carriers

Catalonia will charge 0.25 euros for each internet connection

Money will go to improving the Catalan audiovisual industry

arts

Sculptor Jaume Plensa takes Velázquez art prize

The artist is best known for his large-scale sculptures of letters and numbers

CULTURE

Panoramas of disaster

Wim Wenders’ photography show captures Ground Zero and Fukushima

TELEVISION

Barcelona slams door on Catholic monarchs TV show

Museum sparks row by denying crew of ‘Isabel’ access to film on historic site

LITERATURE

Tom Sharpe’s Wilt stays in Catalonia

A foundation will administer the novelist's literary legacy, including manuscripts and correspondence

BARCELONA

Bursting on the sidewalk

Bar owners are unhappy with the idea of letting just anyone use their restrooms

THE HOMELESS

Down and out in Catalonia

The number of homeless in Barcelona has risen by 32 percent since 2008 Charities say cuts are making it harder to help the most vulnerable

PROSTITUTION

Barcelona wants complete ban on street prostitution

Pressure groups argue tighter controls will increase the risks women face