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12 cracking Christmas gift ideas from Spain for those back home

Wondering what to buy your loved ones at home? The Local has rounded up a dozen of the very Spanish best gift ideas for everyone from foodies to fashionistas. For the person who has everything Archive photo: Shutterstock Spanish leather products are generally of excellent quality and great value for money too. With everything from belts and purses to handbags on
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Man murdered in Catalonia for wearing colours of Spanish flag

A man holds an umbrella at a recent pro-unity demonstration in Barcelona. Photo: AFP Catalonia's election campaign has been shaken up by the murder of a man wearing the colours of the Spanish flag by a far-left supporter who had previously been jailed for a vicious assault of a policeman. The assault came amid simmering tensions over Catalonia's
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Belgium ends extradition case against Catalan leader

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him. Puigdemont and four of his deputies fled to Belgium in October to avoid charges of rebellion, sedition and misusing public money in relation to Catalonia's independence
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Is Spain still living under Francoism?

Photo of the late dictator Gen Francisco Franco. Archive: AFP As their crucial regional election nears, separatists in Catalonia are accusing the Spanish government of acting like the late dictator Francisco Franco, in a country that has yet to heal the wounds of his regime. The claims have fanned a bitter debate about the nation's democratic
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Analysis: Does Spain need to reform its constitution?

Would constitutional reform help solve the Catalan crisis? And how likely is it? Political scientist Edu Bayón analyses the current state of play. Key figures from Spain’s political class, including the Socialist Party, are calling for constitutional reform in Spain. What type of reform could be enacted? How? And for what purpose? Spain is at a key moment where a