HEALTHY LIVING

“White bread is one of the main problems in the Spanish diet”

Miguel Ángel Martínez-González is one of the most respected voices in the world of nutrition, specializing in the Mediterranean diet and its potential to combat obesity. A professor of public health at the University of Navarre and visiting scholar at Harvard, he explains the challenge of keeping society healthy in the face of the food industry’s aggressive tactics

BUSINESS

Bankruptcy-threatened toll road operators offered government bailout

Public Works and Finance ministries want to group nine highways in one state-owned company Proposal would see 50 percent of concession holders' debt canceled

RAIL

Renfe announces new perks to increase occupancy on high-speed AVE trains

“Quiet cars” will see cellphone use banned so that passengers can travel in peace

BUSINESS

Pay your tax, win a car

Revenue inspectors are calling for more imaginative solutions to get people to ask for invoices Weekly lotteries and deductions from healthcare services are among the suggestions

BUSINESS

Recovery in Spanish car sales continues apace

Purchases in February up 18 percent from a year earlier

BUSINESS

Iberia reaches agreement with cabin crew over working conditions

Salaries to be frozen until 2015 after 14-percent reduction last year

BUSINESS

Spanish businessmen accuse private equity fund Blackstone of fraud

Former Metrovacesa chairman seeks to recover stake in French real estate company Gecina

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
BUSINESS

Iberia reaches “landmark” productivity accord with pilots

Salaries will be frozen through to 2015 and thereafter linked to profits

CANAL IMPASSE

Panama wants Sacyr to give canal lock-gate guarantees

Administrator of waterway wants assured delivery dates

INTERVIEW

“Portugal is not going to need a second bailout”

Economy Minister António Pires de Lima says the program will be exited with a growing economy

canal impasse

US weighs into impasse over halted work on Panama Canal

"A swift conclusion to the widening is important for commercial activity," says spokesman

INTERVIEW

“The solution for the turnpikes won’t cost taxpayers a euro”

Public Works Minister Ana Pastor sets out the government's plans for Spain's failed toll roads

EMPLOYMENT

OECD calls on Spain to make layoffs even cheaper

Organization recommends courts only nullify collective dismissals in “extreme cases”

PROPERTY

Home sales continue to decline despite price drops

Buyers finding it hard to secure loans, say experts

AIRLINE INDUSTRY

Putting Spain’s flag carrier back on course

Iberia’s management says its restructuring program will see the troubled airline return to profit in 2014, after five years of losses

ECONOMIC INDICATOR

New car sales remain buoyed by subsidy scheme

Purchases in October climb an annual 34 percent after further extension of government aid

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

In-principle agreement reached with unions to end Iberia stoppages

Labor assemblies to vote on mediator’s proposals

LABOR DISPUTE

Mediator proposes cut in number of layoffs planned by Iberia

Labor law expert suggests 3,141 job cuts instead of 3,800

BUSINESS

Iberia’s losses swell to 351 million euros in 2012

Partner airline British Airways turns tidy profit

HOUSING MARKET

Mortgage market suffered worst year in 2012 since bubble burst

Number of home loans granted declined to lowest level in the current crisis

LABOR DISPUTE

Iberia strikes go on with no progress made on layoff plan

Union officials describe meeting with management on Wednesday as a “farce”

LABOR DISPUTE

Police charge protesting workers at Barajas airport as strikes begin

Other airlines also affected by stoppage causing hundreds of flights to be canceled

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Iberia strikes will see more than 1,200 flights canceled

Airline staff plan five days of stoppages this week

Iberia reduces number of planned layoffs by 17 percent to 3,807

Airline formally presents labor adjustment plan, opening 30-day negotiation period

LABOR DISPUTES

Iberia ground staff and cabin crew to strike over adjustment plan

Stoppages to take place between February 18 and March 22

AIRLINE LABOR CONFLICT

Iberia pilots must be hired at 40 percent lower pay, rules arbitrator

Low-cost sister airline should be restricted to short- and medium-haul routes