ANALYSIS

Five years of lies about independence in Catalonia

The Catalan government and parliament have twisted reality to create their independence myth

SOCIAL MEDIA

Free speech in the Twitter era: no laughing matter in Spain

Experts disagree on where to draw the line to fight incitement to hatred without hurting civil liberties

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Madrid will not stop Catalan secession vote if private groups organize it

Supreme Court turns down Barcelona's attempt to have suspension on campaigning lifted

Suspended judge Baltasar Garzón denied government pardon

Spain’s Popular Party administration also turns down requests from politicians and a bullfighter

Spain seeks solution for surrogate babies stuck in legal limbo

European Court of Human Rights ruling could help dozens of couples get their children registered

ABORTION DEBATE

Minister hints new abortion law will treat “disability” and “deformity” differently

“I do not think that disability takes away rights from a person,” says justice chief Gallardón

abortion debate

Spanish government accepts fetal abnormality as valid reason for abortion

Conservatives backtrack on most controversial aspect of draft reform after protests

A NEW POLITICAL FORCE

Podemos: A party under construction

The surprise success story at Sunday’s elections has its roots in the 15-M protest movement With an undefined structure, the group must now get organized to hold its eurodeputies accountable

Did Gallardón already grant pardons to corrupt politicians?

Justice minister claims government has not, and will not, let convicted colleagues off

JUDICIARY

Judge Garzón pardon request was lost for over a year

Petition for magistrate’s suspension to be lifted was filed in mid-2012 but no action has been taken

ABORTION REFORM

Rubalcaba: “PM has swapped women’s liberty for a handful of far-right votes”

French minister expresses “profound concern” at the Popular Party's draft law saying Spain “has taken a backward step”

politics

Controversial abortion reform expected to be cleared by Cabinet

New law will remove time-period element and return to a scenario system Under-18s will need consent to terminate

interview

“Talks must go as far as they can. Spain needs Catalonia; Catalonia needs Spain”

Former PM José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero defends the budget deficit cap his government passed He also downplays the need for a revision of the agreements that cover the Catholic Church

POLITICS

Rubalcaba makes passionate plea for Socialists to again make a difference

“The PSOE is back,” party leader says as he issues call for street mobilization in support of citizen protests

POLITICS

Socialists seek to forge new image at key party conference

This weekend’s meeting will be overshadowed by primaries debate

politics

Socialists moot complete ban on deputies’ private income

Vast majority of Congress representatives currently obtain leave to work outside of their parliamentary duties

politics

Rubalcaba under pressure to hold primaries with "sufficient" timeframe

Party chiefs question Socialist leader's determination to hold out until 2015

INTERNET PIRACY

Spain plans prison terms for providers of pirated web content

Administrators of download-access sites may face up to six years

SOCIETY

Minimum age of consent to rise from 13 years to 16

At the discretion of the court, no offense will deem to have been committed when the adult is “close in development or maturity” to the minor

SOCIALIST PARTY

Chacón’s Miami move disparaged by fellow Socialists

Sources in opposition skeptical about leadership aspirant’s commitment to contribute to party renewal

POLITICAL CORRUPTION

Socialists begin attempt to have PM admonished for Bárcenas case "lies"

Popular Party expected to make use of majority to block moves to force Rajoy to face new questions

POLITICS

Socialists tout new regional policy but sovereignty debate persists

Catalan Socialist leader calls Granada agreement “historic” while maintaining support for “right to decide”

ERE FUND SCANDAL

Andalusia chiefs’ targeting in layoff scam “appealable,” says premier

Socialists concerned by timing of ERE judge’s decision

EUROPEAN SUMMIT

Socialist leader compares party’s pact with government to Madrid-Barça rivalry

"When it comes to defending Spain, Iniesta and Ramos wear the same shirt,” says Ruablcaba

RIGHT TO LIFE DEBATE

Justice minister confirms “psychological damage” will be retained in abortion law

Ruiz-Gallardón says severe fetal abnormality will remain as a legal reason to abort

Brussels shoots down PSOE’s plans for rescue fund

Commissioners say funds from bank bailout cannot be used for other purposes

Government wants to give Spanish tests for new citizens

Draft bill would amend the Civil Code regarding nationality requirements