BRAND VALUE

Spain: near the top in global brand value, but low in self-esteem

Reports consistently place the country in high spots for institutional, economic and social development, yet Spaniards tend to focus on the negative aspects of their country

BREXIT

Brexit: how will it affect Spanish companies in the UK?

Ferrovial, Telefónica, Iberdrola and Santander are all major investors in Britain

EPS

Mondragón’s cooperative model adapts to changing times

Two years on from the collapse of its white goods maker Fagor, the Basque group is looking to the future

POLITICS

Opposition calls on PM to detail controversial plans for local elections

Government claims that citizens will be able to elect mayors “directly” under new rules

LABOR RULING

High Court strikes down Coca-Cola’s decision to lay off 821 workers in Spain

Drinks firm will appeal to the Supreme Court and does not plan to re-hire bottling plant employees

Spanish court makes first conviction of bankers since start of crisis

But ex-heads of bailed-out lender Caixa Penedès may avoid jail by returning retirement checks

Too much EU money down the drain?

Spain has benefited hugely from European funding, though many projects have been poorly planned Despite art centers sitting empty and railway lines lying unfinished, the EC says corruption is rare

CYBERCRIMES

“I uploaded the ETA logo onto Facebook without realizing”

One of the 21 people detained on suspicion of glorifying terrorism claims they are innocent

universal justice

Judge refuses to shelve Guantanamo and Western Sahara torture probes

Magistrate Pablo Ruz argues that Spain’s international commitments come before legal reforms

industrial action

Judge rules against 121 air traffic controllers over 2010 wildcat strike

Magistrate points finger at union board for inciting workers to abandon their posts

PP'S HIDDEN FINANCES

Judge orders search of bank branch to find Bárcenas papers

Documents relate to suspicious transactions carried out by former PP treasurer’s wife

Chauffeurs say top officials are forcing them to break traffic regulations

There has been a recent spike in fines for luxury cars carrying ministers, judges and MPs

11-m: A DECADE LATER

Ten years of conspiracies and myths

The facts contained in the 100,000 pages of the case file debunk the conspiracy theories

POLITICS

Cabinet approves draft bill on party finances

Legislation comes a year after Bárcenas scandal broke

POLITICS

Extremadura chief moves to cap mandates for regional premiers

Popular Party’s Monago proposes maximum of two terms

PP'S HIDDEN FINANCES

Bárcenas controlled PP accounts until 2011, court papers show

Filings by tax office with investigating judge contradict party’s version under which ex-treasurer had resigned two years earlier

MINING DISASTER

Six León miners died of asphyxiation, autopsies confirm

Friends and relatives await release of bodies as Castilla y León region calls three days of mourning

LINGUISTIC LAW

Catalan not needed for Balearic civil service posts, rules top court

Constitutional justices reject appeal against PP reform downgrading knowledge of language to a mere advantage

PP'S HIDDEN FINANCES

PP official to testify over alleged bonuses

Secretary general to be questioned in High Court over alleged bonuses

EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

The local councils that are running the risk of bankruptcy

During the good times in Spain, many small towns and villages overstretched themselves financially Since the crisis has hit, many are having to seek urgent solutions to be able to stay afloat

cutbacks

Government resorts to real estate portfolio in ongoing bid to raise cash

The Spanish state is aiming to offload 27 percent of its current assets

AUSTERITY

Government to sell 15,000 properties to raise funds

Prime minister announces raft of cost-cutting measures

BÁRCENAS CASE

Evidence to back defense of ex-PP treasurer cannot be found

Embroiled in multiple investigations, Luis Bárcenas claims to have taken advice from an unknown lawyer

Aznar extends lawsuit against EL PAÍS over Bárcenas papers

Former PM denies receiving extra payments from the Popular Party after he took office

PP's HIDDEN FINANCES

Popular Party paid former PM Aznar bonuses as entertainment allowances

Monthly payments also made to other top PP officials were subject to tax

Pescanova to call in receivers as board fails to approve 2012 results

Galician food processor plans to file suit against its auditor BDO

BAD BANKING

‘Caja’ managers intone public remorse at bank's failings in press ad

Novagalicia apologizes in newspapers for financial shambles and abusive sale of shares to unwitting customers