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Spain slammed by EU for not protecting birds

SPAIN is facing punishment from the EU for ignoring its responsibilities to endangered birdlife. The European Courts of Justice has found the country guilty of...

Crushed by a lift: the immigrant who lived like a slave

The death of a Romanian worker on an illegal Madrid building site reveals conditions of “semi-slavery” in Spanish construction A 50-year-old Romanian man was crushed...

Eta extortion letters demand 400,000 euros

SEPARATIST group Eta has sent out extortion letters to Basque businesspeople demanding “economic help.” The letters, written in both Spanish and Basque, were sent to...

Court declares Lanzarote hotel “illegal”

Canary ‘Algarrobico’ built on virgin shores A 747-bed hotel built on virgin sands on Lanzarote is illegal, according to the Supreme Court of the Canary...

Olympic escape for Russian athlete trafficked into Spanish sex trade

THE growing problem of sex-trafficking to Spain is in the spotlight after police broke up a gang that trafficked an Olympic star and 300...

Forest Buyers Rage in Galicia

Lisa Tilley reports on a new breed of “green speculator,” who are buying forest land in Galicia to protect it from the encroaching concrete...

Ex Government minister arrested for mafia links

Planells accused of bribery after giving immigration documents to Russian gangs THE Government’s former number two in Catalunya has been arrested on suspicion of involvement...

Retailer in green move

EUROPE’S biggest clothing retailer has announced plans to make its stores and factories more environmentally friendly. Spanish company Inditex, which owns High Street stores Zara...

Rome beatifies Franco’s fighters

A SPOKESMAN from the Catholic Church has confirmed Rome will honour almost 500 people who died during Spain’s Civil War. Juan Antonio Martínez Camino said...

Legionnaire’s disease claims life

A BRITISH national has become the first mortal victim after an outbreak of legionnaire’s disease at an ice rink in Benalmadena. The 68-year-old, whose name...

Hospitals in toothpaste scare

THE government is asking for vigilance after traces of diethylene glycol were found in tubes of toothpaste designated for Spanish hospitals. Officials believe thousands of...

Rat forces evacuation of 3,000 people

MORE than 3,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes after a forest fire engulfed parts of the Mediterranean coast in northern Spain. Fire...

Bad Education?

The new subject Education for Citizenship and Human Rights is heralded as moral guidance to combat social divisions - a mainstay of democracy in...

The state of Spain’s coast – Destruction at all costs?

In its annual report into the state of Spain’s coast, Greenpeace highlights the growing problems of construction, corruption and climate change on the...

Spain plants trees to meet Kyoto targets

THREE regional governments in Spain plan to plant millions of trees to help offset the impact of the country’s spiralling greenhouse gas emissions, environment...

Spain benefits most – and least – from EU wine reforms

Spain's wine producers could be forced to grub up 6 per cent of their vines under a European Commission scheme

Debate highlights divided Spain

Government promises no future dialogue with Eta SPAIN is in a better position today than it was before the PSOE party gained power in 2004. That...

European Parliament slams “urban abuse” in Spain

MEPs want change in Spain’s Constitution to protect individual property rights LOCAL authorities in Spain adopt a “Wild West” attitude towards construction while giving excess...

Biofuels compulsory in 2009

A NEW law has made the use of biofuels obligatory by 2009. The government ruling has made the minimum use of 3.4 per cent biofuel...

Thousands of Prestige oil spill volunteers suffer health problems

Doctors question adequacy of protective masks CHRONIC coughing, difficulties in breathing at night and nasal obstruction are just some of the health problems suffered by...

The Far-Right in Sheep’s Clothing

Zero tolerance for immigrants - but only of certain races: Lisa Tilley gains an insight into the far-right anti-immigration parties who won more seats...

Immigrant dies during deportation

POLICE are investigating the death of a Nigerian immigrant during a deportation flight to his country. Osamyia Aikpitanhi died on June 9 during an Iberia...

Endangered wildlife stops motorway plans

Government saves lynx, black stork and Iberian wolf colonies THE Government has ditched plans to build a 300-kilometre motorway between Andalucía and central Spain over...

Madrid moves to protect Spain from urban development

The Government has introduced a law to stop local town halls reclassifying protected land and concreting over more of Spain’s dwindling coastline. The Natural Heritage...

Cameras for Barcelona police stations

Catalan government moves to eradicate police abuse THE regional government of Catalunya has announced plans to install video cameras in all Barcelona police stations. The move...

Spain faces nuclear disaster

Warnings of radiation leak “1,000 times” worse than Chernobyl DETERIORATING key components at Spain’s nuclear stations could lead to a disaster worse than Chernobyl, according...

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