PUBLIC SAFETY

Traffic accidents involving scooters quadruple in Barcelona

Authorities are worried about the high number of violations involving these personal mobility vehicles

CLIMATE CHANGE

Barcelona announces €563 million plan to reduce greenhouse gases

The local government has officially declared a climate emergency in a document which includes measures to halve carbon dioxide emissions

Housing

The battle against vacation rentals spreads beyond Madrid

Barcelona, Valencia and Palma have also approved regulations to curb the rapid growth in the supply of unlicensed short-stay tourist accommodation

SUSTAINABILITY

Barcelona to cut traffic by 7% next year with a ban on most-polluting vehicles

Following in the footsteps of Madrid, the Catalan capital is planning to restrict the access of vehicles which do not qualify for an environmental sticker from the DGT traffic authority

CATALAN POLITICS

Former French PM Manuel Valls set to run for mayor of Barcelona

Ciudadanos has backed the nomination, which is due to be confirmed on Tuesday in the Catalan capital

CATALONIA

On Catalonia Day, separatists march for “freedom” and “independence”

The pro-independence movement has vowed to turn the Diada into a tribute to the jailed and exiled leaders of the secessionist attempt

Housing crisis

Barcelona renters stuck in limbo: “We don’t have €4,000 to move house”

Skyrocketing prices, agency fees, deposits and three-year-contracts are leaving would-be tenants in Barcelona with no options

catalan politics

Barcelona mayor and separatists open new period of collaboration

Ada Colau’s party allowed a secessionist speaker in parliament; favor could be returned at budget vote

Sexual discrimination

Schweppes and modeling agency face fines over Barcelona Open miniskirt scandal

Companies accused of sexual discrimination for forcing models to wear uniform in cold, wet weather

City planning

Embattled Barcelona mayor fails to hit tourism and housing targets

Ada Colau is once more politically isolated, while long-standing problems in the city remain unresolved

Crisis in Catalonia

Catalan independence movement courts Colau after break with Socialists

Parties see chance to boost power in Barcelona after mayor splits with PSC over support of Article 155

CATALAN CRISIS

Thousands of students march in Barcelona to defend Sunday referendum

Catalan police will not block access to voting stations if there is risk of street unrest

TOURISM

After week of silence, Barcelona mayor addresses ongoing tourist crises

Following lukewarm initial response to attacks on sector, Ada Colau condemns violent acts in city

TOURISM

Angry business leaders slam Barcelona for slow response to attack on tourist bus

City officials accused of failing to act over vandalism by radicals against vehicle in the Catalan capital

Transportation

At least 56 injured in train accident in central Barcelona

Commuter service hit buffer stop in Francia station; one passenger reported to be in serious condition

TOURISM

In wake of fraud claims, Airbnb pulls 1,000 listings from Barcelona

Move affects Ciutat Vella and comes five months after website announced one-host, one-home policy

Cycling

On your bike: Barcelona’s cycling boom

Number of trips in the city soars as bicycle-path network grows 20% in the space of a year-and-a-half

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Faced with soaring rents, Barcelona tenants unite to create a “union”

Sindicato de Inquilinos is not ruling out city-wide rental strike mirroring dramatic events of 1931

NEW JOB TRENDS

Living in Barcelona, working anywhere in the world

Growing numbers of global professionals are being seduced by the quality of life in the Catalan capital

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Barcelona takes down Franco-era building plaques

City Hall estimates there are 367 commemorative signs left to remove in Gràcia and Nou Barris

URBAN WILDLIFE

Barcelona to feed pigeons contraceptives in bid to slash numbers

Special dispensers throughout city will release treated maize each morning

TOURISM

Barcelona calls Airbnb’s offer to limit apartment rentals “a mockery”

City insists one ad per homeowner in Ciutat Vella district is still too much and that practice is illegal

TOURISM

Barcelona ramps up pressure on Airbnb with €600,000 fine

Homesharing site accuses authorities of “going in the opposite direction of most cities in the world”

BUSINESS

Barcelona City Hall presses ahead with local currency scheme despite warnings

Bank of Spain warns against plans, aimed at helping small businesses in Catalan capital

TOURISM

Barcelona residents spell out problem of Airbnb illegal holiday rentals

Locals booked unlicensed accommodation using the site then called city officials to complain

STREET PROTESTS

Barcelona rules out buying occupied bank because of its “exorbitant price”

After a week of clashes between police and squatters, the city had contemplated purchasing the premises

STREET PROTESTS

New night of street protests over Barcelona squatter eviction

Former mayor under scrutiny after it emerges that he paid the rent with taxpayers’ money in a bid to avoid violence