STREET PROTESTS

Barcelona mayor calls on residents to help stop rioting over squatter eviction

The city chief, former social activist Ada Colau, has said that it is “difficult” for council to mediate in conflict

VEGETARIANISM

Barcelona declares itself ‘veg-friendly’

Proposal by Catalan Republican Left to defend vegetarian culture receives support from all groups

POLITICS

Barcelona mayor praises Podemos after criticizing leader’s “arrogance”

New book out about Ada Colau comes at a difficult time for the anti-austerity party

Transportation strike

Barcelona transport chaos brings mayor’s management into question

Second subway stoppage hits city as it hosts Mobile World Congress

MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS

Mobile World Congress opens in Barcelona to subway strike

King Felipe VI and new Catalan premier coincide for first time at inauguration dinner

HOUSING

Barcelona City Hall takes over more empty apartments from the banks

Mayor cuts deal with Spain’s “bad bank” to hand over 200 properties to at-risk tenants

PROPERTY BUBBLE

Documenting Spain’s construction boom and bust

There are thousands of unfinished or empty properties throughout the country A new database invites the public to share information about them

Mystery stench overwhelms Barcelona

Fertilizer being blamed for bad smell that overpowered the city, but no one is completely sure

TRANSPORTATION

Sabotage could be behind four-hour suspension of high-speed rail service

Cut in fiber-optic data cabling has affected 30 trains and 9,500 passengers

TOURISM

Barcelona’s burgeoning cruise industry: benefit or blight?

New report highlights positive effect of job creation and spending But City Hall is concerned about the environmental impact of so many visitors

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

PP hangs King Felipe’s portrait in Barcelona City Council chamber

Response comes a day after leftist administration removed bust of ex-king Juan Carlos I

municipal politics

Barcelona City Council removes bust of King Juan Carlos from chamber

Symbolic move in contravention of law requiring image of the monarch in all such areas Removal of work coincided with visit of new Spanish king, Felipe VI, to the Catalan capital

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Pep Guardiola to run with pro- sovereignty bloc in Catalan election

Ex-Barcelona FC coach has no intention of taking up office, but wants to support the cause

TOURISM

Barcelona mayor introduces one-year ban on new tourist accommodation

Leftist leader Ada Colau wants to create balance between industry growth and quality of life

TRAVEL | EL VIAJERO

Are these the 10 best streets in Europe?

EL PAÍS correspondents choose their favorite thoroughfares in the cities where they live

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Barcelona will not bid for 2026 Winter Olympics, says new mayor

Leftist team headed by social activist Ada Colau will focus on housing and basic needs

POLITICS

Colau gets down to work as Barcelona mayor by stopping an eviction

Ex-Mortgage Victims Platform activist phones up bank manager to request a stay

CONSEQUENCES OF THE ELECTIONS

Ada Colau resists ERC demands to sign up to Catalan independence plan

Likely next Barcelona mayor refuses to accept party’s condition for support in council Podemos and Socialist leaders set for first meeting as investiture deadline looms

INTERVIEW | ADA COLAU

“If we have to disobey unfair laws, they should be disobeyed”

The victor at the Barcelona mayoral elections is planning to limit tourism in the city

REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

Ada Colau backs bid to keep Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

But social activist and likely new mayor wants more of the revenue to revert to the city

REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

Would Mobile World Congress remain in Barcelona with Colau as mayor?

Local election victor has said she will review the offer to retain the convention until 2023

REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

Colau’s plan for Barcelona: new utility firm taxes and an end to official cars

The leftist group that won Sunday’s elections promises big changes in the coming months

SCHOOL TRAGEDY IN CATALONIA

“We counted to three and ran,” say Barcelona school attack students

Pupils recount the panic as a classmate attacked them with a crossbow and knife

High school student kills teacher with crossbow and dagger in Barcelona

Suspect wounded four other people before being detained by police As a minor, the 13-year-old attacker cannot be charged with murder under Spanish law

Cinema

Evictions played out on the big screen

A documentary and a feature film tackling the hot topic are both in production in Spain

Airport authority opens probe into alleged near collision in Barcelona

Approaching airliner seen in video pulling up as another aircraft taxies across runway

AUTOMOBILES

Ibiza: the car that saved Seat

Spanish carmaker’s top-selling auto was a patchwork model, with Italian design and a German body