AGED CARE

No visits or Christmas outings: The plight of seniors in Madrid’s nursing homes

The records in 11 residences in Madrid show that only 15% had anyone come to see them in summer and only 1% received a feel-good gift on King’s Day

CITY HOUSING

In Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a month

Despite soaring rent prices, there are still a few lucky residents on old Franco-era contracts. Real estate trusts are buying these properties as they wait for the occupants to pass away

MIGRATION IN SPAIN

Why Venezuelans from all generations are flocking to Madrid

No other influx of immigrants has been this intense in Spain’s recent history, with more than 20,000 people from Venezuela arriving every year since 2018

CLIMATE CRISIS

Greta Thunberg: “People are suffering and dying from the climate emergency today”

The Swedish campaigner uses her celebrity status to draw attention to other young activists at the UN summit in Madrid

Spain’s ageing population

When the cost of senior care means selling up the family home

Many relatives in the Madrid region are struggling to pay for nursing homes for their parents, with the average price nearly as high as €2,000 a month

SPORTS

Medication found near body of Spanish skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa

A massive search for the 1992 Olympic bronze medalist came to a tragic end on Wednesday, when the 56-year-old’s corpse was located in the Sierra de Madrid mountains

MISSING PERSONS

Missing Olympic skier Blanca Fernández Ochoa found dead in Madrid mountains

The search operation for the 1992 bronze medalist was the biggest ever rolled out in the region

RENTING IN SPAIN

The “Tinder-style” app that reveals how flat-sharing is no longer just for millennials

Whether it’s to supplement their pensions, combat the effect of rising rents or simply for an adventure, seniors are opting to seek roommates, according to data from the Badi service

FOOD AND DRINK

Madrid’s “hottest street”: 72 bars packed into one kilometer

One out of every two commercial premises on Ponzano is either a drinks or food venue. Visitors love it, but local residents are desperate for solutions to the constant noise and crowds

LANGUAGES

Chinese, the new ‘in’ language at Madrid’s private schools

Mandarin is being taught at 89 centers while parents take on Chinese au pairs and send their children to summer camps in China to learn ‘the language of the future’

BUSINESS

Why a medical convention could be more profitable for Madrid than the Champions League final

The annual congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology is expected to bring 200,000 overnight stays and generate around €65 million

ADVERTISING

How Madrid became the battleground for a raging street-poster war

An unknown company is sabotaging advertising for artists such as Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny with signs accusing the event organizer of fraud

URBAN LIVING

For residents of Madrid’s city center, trendiness is offset by industrial levels of noise

Some homeowners in the Malasaña neighborhood have sound meters showing alarming exposure to decibels, due mostly to the vibrant nightlife. Now they are campaigning to make their homes more livable

RISE OF THE FAR RIGHT

How a Spanish neo-Nazi became an international ‘hero’ of the far right

Josué Estébanez is considered a cult figure by extremists, including the New Zealand mosque shooter, for killing a left-wing activist on the Madrid subway in 2007

Living in Spain

What is causing the steady exodus of children from downtown Madrid?

Families with kids continue to abandon the heart of the capital as prices rise along with tourist numbers

STARTUPS IN SPAIN

Madrid strives to compete with other European tech hubs

Although the Spanish capital still lags behind Barcelona, experts say it has grown at an “astonishing” rate since the financial crisis and expect the city will become even more competitive in the future

ELECTIONS IN SPAIN

Spain’s far-right party Vox takes its anti-immigration message to Madrid

Leaders are holding rallies in low-income towns with large foreign populations in the hopes of replicating their recent success in Andalusia at upcoming elections

BUSINESS

The industrial town that became Spain’s ‘golden mile’ of e-commerce

Coslada, northeast of Madrid, has become a major hub for the logistics industry and now commands more investor attention than the upscale Serrano street

BANKING

Madrid’s Chinese residents march against crippling bank account freeze

In the largest turnout for this community, around a thousand people protested what they see as racist policies that target them unfairly as part of lenders’ crackdown on money laundering

Entrevías: postcards from Madrid’s poorest neighborhood

IMMIGRATION

Migrants in Madrid forced to sleep on the street to request asylum

Limits on daily applications mean pregnant women, families and sick people are braving long, cold nights in line just to start the process

LIFE IN SPAIN

The rural renaissance of Madrid’s Sierra Norte

While many villages across Spain are turning into ghost towns as depopulation bites hard, the mountainous areas north of the capital are enjoying a demographic boom

Fake news

The business of digital manipulation in Spain

Questionable websites are taking advantage of automatic online advertising systems run by Google, and publishing sensationalist, biased or untrue stories to seek clicks

Social media in politics

The distorted online networks of Mexico’s election campaign

Extensive use of trolls, bots and fake news in a country with high social media penetration is distorting the political debate ahead of the July 1 vote