HISTORY

The ongoing legal battle over an 18th-century ghost ship

Chile and a treasure hunter are fighting over the cargo of a Spanish galleon that went down in 1770

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Why do these 800-year-old statues belong to a Franco-owned real estate agency?

The local government in Santiago de Compostela says it is the real owner of the invaluable sculptures, which once graced the cathedral but are now kept in the summer house of the Spanish dictator’s family

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Burden or blessing? Spain’s World Heritage Sites struggle to maintain costly UNESCO status

Protecting their distinction while managing basic services is proving difficult for 15 Spanish cities, which are demanding extra funding

Spanish politics

Eyeing 2019 elections, Spain’s leftist parties make surprising moves

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena has been approached by rival Socialists to run as their own candidate in upcoming polls

opinion

Madrid’s banner of shame

City Hall says it “welcomes refugees” while letting dozens of Syrians camp out by the M-30 beltway

POLITICAL GRAFT

Has Spain finally seen the last of Esperanza Aguirre?

After 35 years in politics, this key figure in the ruling Popular Party resigns for the third time

POLITICAL CORRUPTION

Ex-regional premier of Madrid arrested in major anti-corruption operation

Ignacio González is one of 12 people held over shady financial activities at region’s water company

ENVIRONMENT

Madrid to ban half of cars from city center due to high pollution levels

Tomorrow will be the first time that such a measure has been put into place in the Spanish capital

ENVIRONMENT

Huge traffic jams hit ‘car-free’ day in Madrid

Frustrated drivers take to social media to vent their frustation over lengthy travel times

Spanish parcel service closure leaves 5,000 Ecuadorians without their deliveries

OGC shut its offices in Madrid and throughout Spain this week without warning

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Tearing down of Franco memorials sparks row between Madrid officials

City Hall says monuments must go because of ties to former dictatorship

HISTORICAL MEMORY

Madrid starts removing Francoist monuments without warning

Angry citizens sit on stone memorial to prevent city workers from taking it away by truck

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Madrid opposition calls on mayor to close website correcting news reports

Manuela Carmena’s new municipal web service has whipped up a storm in the City Council “I am against correcting the opinion of journalists,” says Socialist spokesman Carmona

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

High Court shelves case against Madrid councilor over offensive tweets

City Hall praises “common sense” of decision in probe into jokes posted by Zapata

NEW CITY COUNCIL IN MADRID

Madrid mayor faces first crisis over councilor’s jokes on Twitter

Guillermo Zapata tweeted offensive messages in 2011 making fun of the Holocaust

Spanish court blocks Alba family from selling Columbus letter

Foundation formerly run by Duchess of Alba says it needed money to maintain its holdings

POLITICS

Madrid chief sacking pushes Socialists to top of regional polls

Anti-austerity party Podemos falls to third place in flash voting intention survey

POLITICS

Socialist Party expels Madrid chief over tram project scandal

Tomás Gómez was formerly the mayor of satellite town Parla He oversaw works that ultimately pushed the local council into bankruptcy

Ex-Madrid region premier Esperanza Aguirre wants to run for city mayor

PM Mariano Rajoy will have to decide if to accept charismatic Popular Party veteran’s offer

EBOLA IN SPAIN

Madrid health chief sacked after criticism of Ebola victim

Javier Rodríguez caused outcry with comments questioning abilities of Teresa Romero

EBOLA IN SPAIN

Ebola risk case flown back to Spain

Volunteer physician for Doctors Without Borders in Mali not yet diagnosed with virus

Operation Púnica

Prison for Madrid mayors involved in Operation Púnica bid-rigging scheme

Leaders of Parla and Torrejón de Velasco can avoid jail by posting bail of €60,000

ANALYSIS

The mayor succumbs to the pressure

Struggling in the polls and with minimal support among PP voters, Madrid leader Ana Botella will not stand at the next elections

The remains of Cervantes?

A male body buried underneath an altar in Madrid may belong to the great novelist

Mystery deepens, as Madrid council’s missing painting mailed to EL PAÍS

Damaged work turns up in envelope with letter offering explanation for disappearance

PARTY POLITICS

Madrid Socialist leader resigns Senate seat over PP-linked judge

Gómez stages “act of rebellion” against privatization of public healthcare and carve-up of legal watchdog’s membership

MADRID'S FAILED BID

The relics of a broken Olympic dream

Madrid needs 1.5 billion euros to complete its infrastructure for the Games After the failure of the city’s bid to host the 2020 event, there is no plan to complete the work