CORONAVIRUS

Italian and Spanish PMs meet in Madrid ahead of EU recovery fund summit

The two countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic have a shared interest in overcoming resistance by member states who want to hand out loans rather than grants

CORONAVIRUS

Deescalation plans in Spain: Slower and stricter than those of its European neighbors

Wary of a new surge in coronavirus transmission, the executive is keeping more restrictions in place than Italy or France

CHILD ABUSE IN SPAIN

Spanish government plans radical changes to child abuse law

Deputy prime minister conveys to Vatican secretary of state reforms that will see pedophilia offenses have no statute of limitations, putting them on the same level as terrorism crimes

IMMIGRATION

Italian interior minister declares war on Spanish NGO rescue ship

Matteo Salvini says that crew of one of the few vessels still working to save migrants in the Mediterranean will “only see Italian ports in postcards”

Sports

Ronaldo at Juventus: “I don’t think that Real Madrid fans are weeping”

At a somewhat somber official presentation on Monday at the Italian club, there was an air of melancholy about the player when he was reminded of the past

ECONOMY

Markets tumble and borrowing costs rise as Spain, Italy face crises

Uncertainty over no-confidence vote against Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy sends bond yields up and listed shares down

INTERNATIONAL

How Russian networks worked to boost the far right in Italy

An analysis of social networks reveals how Kremlin-backed media outlets boosted xenophobic discourse

OPERA

A feminist twist on ‘Carmen’ scandalizes Italy

Florence theater stages an adaptation of Bizet’s opera that takes a stand on violence against women

Literature

Roberto Saviano: “Criminals model themselves after my characters”

Success has condemned the Italian writer to a life of confinement and legions of “haters.” But the man who exposed the Neapolitan Camorra in his book ‘Gomorrah’ continues to take revenge with his pen

Pope’s visit to Colombia

With Colombia visit, Pope Francis hopes to help national reconciliation

Pontiff will visit four cities but will not meet privately with FARC or Venezuelan dissidents

DRUG ADDICTION

Is Spain about to discover the dangers of crystal meth?

Use of the drug is on the rise among Filipinos in Barcelona, raising fears it will spread to other areas

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

From sweatshops to sex shops

Sewing 16 hours a day is a start for many Chinese women in Spain before moving on to massage parlors

WEAPONS OWNERSHIP

Who are Spain’s gun owners?

Spaniards are not big weapons owners in global terms but a growing black market is cause for concern

TOURISM

Holidaying in Spain: how about staying in a container?

Cadiz beach community of El Palmar is being overrun with illegal vacation accommodation

AIRLINES

Vueling execs called in to explain flight chaos at Barcelona airport

Catalan authorities mulling sanctions against low-cost carrier after four days of cancellations and delays

THE SEX INDUSTRY

The dark reality of Spain’s porn scene

Three young women talk to EL PAÍS about their experiences with leading producer Torbe, arrested last month on charges of people trafficking, distributing child pornography and sexual abuse of minors

TOURISM

Barcelona wrestles with the dilemma of the floating city

The city is to harbor the world’s biggest cruise liner, the ‘Harmony of the Seas,’ but the size of the vessel is dividing opinion among locals

IMPACT OF THE CRISIS

The immigrants reduced to collecting scrap metal to survive in Spain

Since the crisis began, thousands of migrants have been pounding Spain’s pavements in search of junk metal, like Sarra Waly from Senegal

EL PAIS SEMANAL

Manel Esteller: The man fighting cancer with brainpower

Spanish researcher warns that young talent is going unnoticed due to lack of funds to develop potential

EL PAÍS SEMANAL

Fukushima: Contaminated lives

The first major virtual reality feature in Spanish media investigates how the 2011 Japanese tsunami changed the course of the country’s history

LABOR RELATIONS

Life on the killing floors of Catalonia

Labor dispute at abattoirs exposes dangerous working conditions imposed on immigrant workforce

LATIN AMERICA

The mysterious power of ayahuasca

Research into the therapeutic uses of this Amazonian brew is making strong progress

Postal service

Last post for Spain’s mail carriers?

The Correos postal service is facing a tough battle for survival as letter deliveries fall

Why Barcelona is Spain’s stolen cellphone capital

Gangs rack up huge profits by using robbed SIM cards to call premium numbers abroad

CATALAN ELECTIONS 2015

The “other Catalans” who will be making their vote count this Sunday

Residents born in other parts of Spain or in other countries are divided over independence

MISSING PERSONS

No body, no crime? On the trail of Spain’s ‘perfect’ murderers

The lack of a corpse is no obstacle to making convictions in missing persons cases

STREET LIFE

The dying days of the phone booth

Spain has been removing call boxes for the last decade, and the last will go as of 2017