POVERTY

Spain’s social protection system is broken, says United Nations expert

After 12-day visit to country, Special Rapporteur Philip Alston concludes that ‘people in poverty have been largely failed by policymakers’

Demographics

Why women in Spain are waiting longer to have a baby

From not finding the right partner to fertility problems, there are many reasons why would-be mothers are putting off starting a family

HOUSING

Young people in Spain need to spend 94% of salary to rent own place

Prohibitively expensive prices combined with low incomes are making it increasingly difficult for youths to become independent, with 81% still living in the family home

Demographics

Births in Spain fall to lowest level in 20 years, new figures reveal

The first six months of 2019 have set a new low as couples postpone parenthood due to precarious financial situations, among other factors

Spain’s aging population

More than 850,000 people over the age of 80 live alone in Spain

Data also show that 53.1% of people between the ages of 25 and 29 are still living with their parents

Depopulation

Thousands protest in Madrid to demand action to combat problems of depopulation

Rural demonstrators from 24 provinces marched on the Spanish capital to call for access to better infrastructure and services in Spain’s dwindling towns and villages

FOSTER FAMILIES

Spain’s invisible children: Why 200 Romanian minors live in the country without papers

The situation means they cannot receive disability aid, take part in exchange programs or even sign up to sports clubs

DRUG ADDICTION

Controlling teen drug use: Prevention versus intervention

Pediatricians and lawmakers are dubious about a non-binding motion in the Canary Islands to allow drug tests on teenagers at their parents’ request

POVERTY

In Spain, many face stark choice between proper meals or warm homes

A Red Cross study shows that nearly a million of its beneficiaries have trouble paying for food, medicine and school supplies

SEXUAL ABUSE

Spain unveils plans to increase statute of limitations on sex offenses

In response to demands from children’s organizations, victims will be able to report abuse until at least the age of 40

CHILD ABUSE

James Rhodes on abuse law: “Spain has an opportunity to do something extraordinary”

The Madrid-based British pianist and writer, who was abused as a child, welcomes the government’s plans to abolish a statute of limitations on pedophilia offenses

World economy

Emerging nations will go on leading global GDP growth despite crisis

Forum organized by EL PAÍS unites experts including Brazilian ex-president Lula da Silva

Ethiopia closes the door on Spanish adoptive parents

After five months in Addis Ababa, two couples told to head home without their adopted sons

ADOPTIONS

“We lost our child to bureaucracy”

Several families have been denied the chance to adopt children from Russia The delay has been caused by Madrid and Moscow's hammering out of a bilateral agreement

ENVIRONMENT

Fears of oil spills and drilling grip residents of Canary Islands

More than 1,100 tankers have passed through the tourism-dependent area so far this year

MEDIA

The radio revolution

With 15 percent of listeners now tuning in online, internet stations are finding a niche

MOTHERHOOD

Forty-two days to hand over a baby

The government wants to give mothers more time to confirm any decision to put a child up for adoption An average 350 newborns a year are turned over at birth

Photojournalist gored at controversial Toro de la Vega bull hunt

One other person also treated at event condemned by animal rights activists

13 hours to shoot a thriller

TV station Calle 13 teams up with website #littlesecretfilm fto deliver quick-shot suspense flicks

The latest tremors in Lorca

It's almost two years since an earthquake toppled 1,500 homes in the Murcia town Locals are increasingly frustrated over the slow pace of reconstruction and aid

Socialist youth leader’s “five-star” speech goes viral, then vitriol is turned on her

Beatriz Talegón lambasted party members for staying at luxury hotel in chic beach resort

“White tide” of health demonstrations spreads from Madrid to 15 other cities

Thousands of medical professionals and healthcare users take to the streets

Learning to drive the long way

Frustrated by the monopoly of driving schools, Gabriel Lucas went it alone

Ecuador takes Spain’s mortgage law to European Court of Human Rights

Public defender calls on Strasbourg to alter Civil Procedure Law on evictions

PP youth leader freed from Spanish jail after return from Cuba

Ángel Carromero was convicted by island authorities after car crash led to dissident’s death

PP youth leader freed from Spanish jail after return from Cuba

Ángel Carromero was convicted by island authorities after car crash led to dissident’s death

REMEMBERING A TRAGEDY

Families gather at Barajas to mourn Spanair crash victims

Search for answers continues four years after disaster