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Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Catalonia moves ahead slowly with independence plans
Photo: AFP
Catalonia is pushing ahead more slowly than expected with its independence plan as separatist leaders change tactics and avoid direct confrontation with Madrid in their bid to break away from Spain. 
    Spain wins reprieve on deficits from EU
    Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP.
    Spain and Portugal, in the EU's spotlight for failing to meet deficit targets, won a reprieve on Wednesday as Brussels delayed a decision to slap fines on the rule-breakers until July. 
      Grandson auctions Joan Miró paintings to help refugees
      Paysanne en colère is one of the works on sale on May 19th. Photo: Christie’s
      The proceeds from the auction at Christie's will go to help refugees because Miró "always wanted to help the most disadvantaged." 
        Spanish teenager wins battle with Zara to stock plus sizes
        Zara will ow stock XXL sizes. Stock Photo: Alexander Joe/AFP.
        An 18-year-old launched a petition to get the world’s largest retailer to sell larger sizes - and it worked. 
          'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
          The Valley of the Fallen, where Francisco Franco is buried. Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP.
          An advocacy group for victims is demanding the exhumation of Gen Francisco Franco from his tomb insisting that Spanish taxpayers should not be paying for its upkeep. 
            Rajoy described as 'low key and lacking in charisma' by FT
            The acting PM spoke to the Financial Times. Photo: AFP
            The FT described the acting prime minister as "low-key and lacking in charisma" as Rajoy admitted he was eyeing more tax cuts if re-elected. 2 comments
              Ten fascinating museums in Spain you REALLY must visit
              The innovative NMAC foundation in southern Spain's Cádiz province features contemporay art in a former military installation. Photo: Guillermo Varela
              To mark International Museum Day, The Local takes a look at ten museums in Spain, you may not have visited. But should.  
                Activists scale skyscraper in Spain to protest US trade deal
                Activists scaled Madrid's iconic skyscraper to protest the deal. Photo: Greenpeace
                The controversial EU-US trade deal, TTIP, is drumming up ever more opposition in Spain, leading activists to perform this dramatic feat. 
                  British woman braves jellyfish for Balearic swim challenge
                  Anna Wardley will swim from Menorca to Mallorca. Photo: Anna Wardley.
                  A British endurance swimmer is preparing to brave jellyfish to make a record-breaking attempt to swim between the Balearic Islands. 
                    Catalan police hunt gangs stealing dogs for illegal fights
                    The gangs are targeting large breeds. Stock photo: Sheila Sund / Flickr
                    Police in Catalonia are hunting organized gangs who have been stealing dogs to use in illegal dog fights. 
                      7 incredible ways Spain has profoundly changed my life
                      Photo: Photo: Peter Zuco/Flickr
                      British travel blogger Lizzie Jones tells The Local how living in Spain changed her life.  
                      Born on this day
                      Six surreal facts from the life of Salvador Dalí
                      Salvador Dalí was born on May 11th, 1904. Photo: AFP
                      To commemorate the fact that Salvador Dalí was born on this day in 1904, the Local takes a look at some of the more surreal aspects of his life.  2 comments
                      Why the baby brain can learn two languages at same time
                      How do babies learn language? Photo: Irene Zaccari / Flickr
                      Is it confusing for babies to learn two languages simultaneously? 
                      What's on in Spain: May 2016
                      The San Isidro fiestas in Madrid. Photo: Bru Garcia/AFP.
                      Spaniards are eager to get out and enjoy the spring weather in May, taking to the streets to throw fiesta after fiesta. 
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                      Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
                      The Bard versus Cervantes. Photo: Creative commons / Wikimedia
                      In the battle for greatness, could Cervantes beat Shakespeare? 5 comments
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                      Camino de Santiago opens up to armchair pilgrims with app
                      There is no longer any need to make the pilgrimage in person. Photo: AFP
                      A new app will allow wannabe pilgrims to experience the Way of St James without leaving the comfort of their living room. 
                      Almodóvar fights back over Panama Papers 'exaggeration'
                      Pedro Almodóvar spoke out at the Cannes Film Festival. Photo: AFP
                      The film director used his appearance in Cannes to slam the Spanish media over "exaggerating" his role in the tax haven leak. 
                      Football focus 
                      5 reasons why Spanish clubs dominate European football
                      Barcelona fans cheering on their team. Photo: AFP
                      What makes Spanish football teams so much better than their European rivals? 4 comments
                      Fury over Franco and Himmler 'tribute' during Spanish fiesta
                      Photo: Miguel Angel Trigo/Twitter
                      The faces of the two infamous men were projected onto the castle of Guadamur and now town authorities have been forced to apologise. 
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                      Five reasons why it's good to be gay in Spain
                      The Europride parade in Madrid. Photo: Bru Garcia / AFP.
                      The Local takes a look some of the major advantages for the LGBT community in Spain. 
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                      Historic Austrian palace roof goes up in flames
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                      The top floor of a palace in Austria that once belonged to the Habsburg family has been destroyed in a fire started by a discarded cigarette.  
                      Man arrested in Aargau quadruple murder case
                      Photo: Aargau cantonal police
                      A 33-year-old man is arrested over the brutal murder of four people in Rupperswil last December. 
                      MP recites explicit Erdogan bestiality poem on live TV
                      Recep Tayyip Erdogan (l) and Detlef Seif (r). Photo: DPA
                      A conservative politician extensively quoted a poem in parliament on Tuesday which accused the Turkish president of having a penchant for child porn. 
                      Danish minister to 'Sharia' troublemakers: 'Get a job'
                      Inger Støjberg talks to local residents on Nørrebro. Photo: Jens Nørgaard Larsen/Scanpix
                      Claims that local youths are trying to establish a 'Sharia zone' in Copenhagen's multicultural Nørrebro district prompted a visit from Danish Minister for Integration Inger Støjberg. 
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                      Spain's Civil War victims to be exhumed from Franco's tomb
                      Two mums face jail for leaving kids in car to go out drinking
                      Students at Spanish college forced to take exorcism class
                      Ten superb reasons why you need to visit San Sebastián
                      Abused wife saved by hiding SOS note in son's homework
                      Look up! Rare meteor shower set to dazzle skies over Spain
                      Why Spain is heading for a Groundhog day election
                      Ibiza bans drinking in street… and that includes water
                      Expats didn't 'abandon' UK so ALL Brits should get EU vote
                      What's on in Spain: May 2016
                      Discover Spain's breathtaking national parks
                      Couple caught on camera having sex on metro platform
                      Spain's stunning locations for Game of Thrones Season Six
                      Ten delicious Spanish dishes you must try before you die
                      Forget tampons and use sea sponges, says Catalan town
                      Nine reasons why Cervantes is better than Shakespeare
                      Two thirds of Spaniards want Britain to remain in EU
                      Seven great ways to celebrate 400 years of Cervantes
                      Report raises fears of Isis terror plot on Costa del Sol
                      Five bonkers ways Spain is commemorating Cervantes
                      Bad owners to sweep streets in Madrid's war on dog poo
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