The World Watches

  • Catalan separatists on trial over independence vote. Artur Mas is accused of contempt of court and perverting the course of justice. (Irish Times)

  • How storytelling explains politics in Spain and US. Trump and Iglesias have used the same narrative tactic to win. (The Conversation)

  • Violent storms batter France and Spain. Gusts of wind reached 143km/h in the northern Spanish region of Asturias. (Aljazeera)

Spain & The World

  • 40 immigrants jumped over the border fence in Melilla. 18 of them managed to get past all the obstacles and into Spain, from the original 100 on the Moroccan side of the frontier. (Cadena Ser)

  • Spanish frigate rescues 494 migrants off Libya. Spain's Ministry of Defence announced on Monday that the Canarias had picked up 468 men, 18 women and eight children from a wooden boat moving slowly northwards on Sunday. The Spanish warship then destroyed the wooden boat and took the migrants to Lampedusa. (Ministry of Defence)

Politics & Government

  • The trial of Artur Mas began. Waving separatist flags and carrying on-message signs in English framing "Catalan democracy" as a victim of the Spanish justice system, thousands of supporters surrounded the court in Barcelona for the start of the trial. Mr. Mas, Irene Rigau and Joana Ortega, turned up late. Current First Minister Carles Puigdemont tweeted: "Democracy does not stop [but] opens a path across all obstacles". (Twitter)

  • Artur Mas tells judge initiative was his. During his testimony, Artur Mas told the judge he was "in charge of the whole thing" on the big day back in November, 2014, and that the "political initiative" had been his. He refused to answer questions from the public prosecutor, and defended the "legal" vote that was not binding: "We were not trying to disobey anyone". (La Vanguardia)

  • Podemos number two admitted differences with Pablo Iglesias. During a lengthy, rambling TV interview on Sunday night, Iñigo Errejón said the thought the "new team around Pablo doesn't want me in such an important position". Coherence in politics, he added, "is not always saying the same thing, but the right thing in each moment". (Europa Press)

Economy & Business

  • Construction company FCC posts €165 million losses. The 2016 results are more than triple the losses posted in the previous year. The company said the losses were due to a €300 million write down in its cement business, related to the "delay in the recovery of demand in Spain". (EFE)

  • EDP fined €900,000 by competition regulator. A company had complained to the regulator in 2014 that it had been charged €2,400 by EDP Energía after deciding to change supplier, despite having provided the required 15 days notice. (Telecinco)

  • Tax Agency studying increase in registration tax for 830,000 cars. The Finance Minister is looking at reducing the limit for CO2 emission exemptions for cars in Spain, from the current 120 g/km to 90 g/km, which would affect 829,230 cars sold last year and generate up to €630 million in additional revenue. (Europa Press)

Other News

  • Man kills 38-year old woman in a wheelchair in front of daughter. The man stabbed his partner in front of their daughter and the girl's grandmother in the town of Mora (Toledo). The mayor of the town said the attacker was being treated by a psychiatrist. (El País)

  • 100,000 sign petition for two mums and baby near Alicante. María José Torres and Brenda Kelleher have been married since 2007 but are having problems with the local registry office, which will not officially accept that their baby has two mothers. They say the registrar is demanding a certificate explaining how one of them got pregnant. The couple already has seven-year old twins, who were registered in Castellón (Valencia). (Cadena Ser)

  • Mother and daughter arrested for growing 1,085 marihuana plants. The two women were arrested in the town of Seseña (Toledo) after someone told police a marihuana plantation was being cultivated in the area. The indoor greenhouse also contained 35 lamps, six ventilators, 35 transformers, two radiators and an ozone generator. (ABC)

Coming Up Next…

  • CIS to publish latest political survey on Tuesday. The CIS study is widely respected because of its large sample size.

  • Gibraltar's Picardo to meet Spanish locals to talk about Brexit. Encounter set for 11:30 a.m. on the Rock, according to La Linea Town Hall.

  • Electricity prices set to rise 12% again on Tuesday. Prices still high despite falling from €102 MW/h maximum during the cold snap in January.