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Search Ends For Missing Gabriel Cruz After Dead Body Of 8 Year Old Found In Boot Of Father's Girlfriend's Car

NEWS: The dead body of eight-year old Gabriel Cruz was found on Sunday morning in the boot of his father's girlfriend's car, the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Sunday evening, after being reported missing on Februa... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Refuses To Release Jordi Sánchez From Jail For New Confidence Debate In Catalonia

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has refused Jordi Sánchez permission to leave prison on remand near Madrid to attend a confidence debate in his candidacy for First Minister of Catalonia in Barcelona on Monday, a spokeswo... (Read full story).

New Supreme Court Deadline Threatens New Confidence Debate In Separatist Candidate In Catalonia

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has given the Public Prosecutor's Office, the Attorney General's Office and the political party Vox five days to make arguments concerning the release from remand of Jordi Sánchez (Junts P... (Read full story).

Parents Of Missing Gabriel Thank Home Secretary

NEWS: The parents of the missing eight-year-old boy, Gabriel Cruz, have thanked the Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, for his support during a visit on Wednesday to the area where Gabriel went missing last week. In a video ... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Keeps Jordi Sánchez In Jail

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has voted unanimously to reject an appeal by the new candidate for First Minister of Catalonia, Jordi Sánchez (Junts Per Catalunya), to be released from jail in Madrid, where he has been on rem... (Read full story).

Search Continues For Missing Gabriel

NEWS: The search for missing Gabriel Cruz Ramírez continued in Níjar (Andalusia) on Tuesday, without any further developments as to the whereabouts of the eight-year-old boy, a Civil Guard spokesman told The Spain Report. Gab... (Read full story).

500 Search For Missing 8 Year Old In Andalusia

NEWS: Eight year old Gabriel Cruz Ramírez went missing last Tuesday evening in the village of Las Hortichuelas (Níjar, Andalusia). He had left his grandmother's house at around 3:30 p.m, reportedly to visit his cousins' house, s... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Gives Up On Reappointment In Catalonia, Says He Wants To Head Republic From Belgium

NEWS: In a video message uploaded to YouTube on Thursday evening, Carles Puigdemont announced from Belgium that he was no longer seeking reappointment as First Minister of Catalonia, for now, and that he wanted his number two, f... (Read full story).

The Royal Glare

EDITORIAL: The moral clash between Catalan separatists and the Spanish state continues. The new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (ERC, Esquerra) used a speech before senior prosecutors and judges in the region on Frid... (Read full story).

On Freedom Of Speech In Spain

EDITORIAL: Freedom of speech is being questioned, again, in Spain this week, following three decisions. First, the Supreme Court confirmed a National High Court sentence awarded last February to a rapper known as Valtonyc, for glorif... (Read full story).

Basque Police Officer Dies During Rioting Between Spartak Moscow And Athletic de Bilbao Fans In Bilbao

NEWS: A Basque Police officer has died while policing a riot between Spartak Moscow and Athletic de Bilbao fans in the area around the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao on Thursday evening. Spain's Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoid... (Read full story).

Spanish Progressives Denounce Authoritarian Attack On Freedom Of Speech As Rap Singer Sentenced To Jail

REACTIONS: Reactions to the Supreme Court ruling [confirming][1] a 3.5 year jail sentence for a Spanish rap singer, José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, known by the state name of "Valtonyc", on charges of glorification of terrorism and sland... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Rejects Rapper's Appeal Against 3.5 Year Jail Term For Terrorism And Slander Charges

NEWS: On Wednesday, Spain's Supreme Court confirmed a sentence handed down by the National High Court in Madrid last February to a rap artist, José Miguel Arenas Beltrán, known by the state name of "Valtonyc", for a total of thr... (Read full story).

Anna Gabriel's New Haircut

EDITORIAL: A woman may, of course, change her appearance whenever she chooses and for whichever reasons she deems desirable. Beauty is boundless and lies, as the saying goes, in the eyes of its many beholders. But when a politician c... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Orders Arrest Of Anna Gabriel

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of former CUP spokeswoman Anna Gabriel on Wednesday, after she failed to appear before an investigating judge in Madrid to answer accusations of rebellion, sedition and the misuse o... (Read full story).

From Switzerland, Former Separatist Leader Gabriel Says She Will Not Return To Supreme Court In Madrid

NEWS: The former spokeswoman for Catalonia's radical-left pro-separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), Anna Gabriel, has told Swiss newspaper [Le Temps][1] (French) that she will not be appearing before the Supreme Court in Mad... (Read full story).

Former Catalan Separatist MP With Supreme Court Date This Week Is In Switzerland, El Periódico Reports

NEWS: Anna Gabriel, a former regional MP in Catalonia for the radical-let pro-separatist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP), who acted as the party's spokeswoman during the months of the Catalan independence crisis last year, is in ... (Read full story).

Spanish Government To Guarantee Parents Choice About Schooling Language For Children In Catalonia

NEWS: The central government will ensure the rights of parents to choose for their children to be taught in Spanish [as well as Catalan] according to the law, government spokesman Iñigo Méndez de Vigo said at a post-cabinet pres... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Officer Given 16 Years In Prison For 2016 Motorway Murder Of Moroccan Man Near Madrid

NEWS: A 33-year old Civil Guard officer, Ángel Luis Viana Jiménez, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison by a court in Madrid for the murder of a Moroccan citizen, Younes Slimani, during a "brief psychotic upset" near the Spa... (Read full story).

Spain To Announce New Measures In Catalonia As Regional Government Crisis Continues, El País Reports

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy's central government is preparing to implement a new round of measures in Catalonia because the Prime Minister's plan to have a new regional executive installed this winter has failed, El País reported on Thu... (Read full story).

Former Radical Separatist MP Tells Supreme Court Catalan Declaration Of Independence Was For Real

NEWS: Mireia Boya, a former regional member of parliament in Catalonia for the radical-left separatist party CUP (Popular Unity Candidacy), has told the Supreme Court in Madrid that October's declaration of independence from Spa... (Read full story).

European Court Of Human Rights Orders Spain To Pay €50,000 Compensation To ETA Airport Terrorists

NEWS: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Spain to pay two convicted ETA terrorists, Martin Sarasola Yarzábal e Igor Portu Juanenea, €20,000 and €30,000 respectively for "inhuman and degrading treatment" follow... (Read full story).

The Podemos Electoral Reform Proposal

THE BIG PICTURE: **What does Podemos want?** - To reduce the voting age to 16; - To change the variety of proportional representation used in Spanish elections; - For 50% of candidates to be women; - To make already closed electoral ... (Read full story).

Catalan Separatists Jailed In Madrid May Not Attend Confidence Debate Tomorrow, Supreme Court Rules

NEWS: The Supreme Court judge investigating nearly two dozen Catalan separatists for rebellion, sedition and the misuse of public funds has rejected a request from three men to be able to attend the confidence debate in the Cata... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Asks Catalan Parliament For Protection

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont has sent a letter to the new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent, asking for legal protection as an elected representative of the regional chamber. A copy of the letter published by Catala... (Read full story).

Prime Minister Contacted Members Of Constitutional Court Before Puigdemont Decision, El País Reports

NEWS: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and several of his ministers personally made contact with justices on the Constitutional Court before the court issued an extraordinary decision on Saturday regarding the possibility of... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Rules Puigdemont May Not Appear By Skype At Confidence Debate In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court issued an extraordinary preliminary ruling late on Saturday evening that forbids Carles Puigdemont from participating via Skype in a confidence debate in the Catalan Parliament, scheduled for T... (Read full story).

Radical Left Catalan Separatist Youth Group Claims Anti-Nazi Crusade As Excuse For Attack At Newspaper

NEWS: Arran, the most prominent radical-left Catalan separatist youth organisation, has claimed responsibility for the vandalism at a Catalan newspaper, Crónica Global, that took place in the early hours of Thursday morning. ... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Calls Confidence Debate In Puigdemont For Tuesday At 3 P.M.

NEWS: The new Speaker of the Catalan Parliament, Roger Torrent (Esquerra, ERC), has called a confidence debate in Carles Puigdemont as candidate to be reappointed as First Minister of Catalonia. The debate has been scheduled ... (Read full story).

Rajoy To Launch Legal Challenge To Stop Puigdemont Confidence Debate In Catalan Parliament

NEWS: The Spanish government is to seek legal advice to challenge the re-appointment of Carles Puigdemont as First Minister of Catalonia via Skype or proxy vote, the Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, announced o... (Read full story).

Spain Watching Borders In Case Puigdemont Comes Back In The Boot Of A Car, Says Home Secretary

NEWS: "Justice will be done with Carles Puigdemont", Spain's Home Secretary, Juan Ignacio Zoido, said during a TV interview on Antena 3 on Tuesday morning, adding that the former First Minister had "fled" from the courts. "He... (Read full story).

Puigdemont Flies To Copenhagen

NEWS: Carles Puigdemont, the former First Minister of Catalonia who fled to self-imposed exile in Brussels after declaring independence from Spain at the end of October, took a Ryanair flight to Copenhagen on Monday morning. ... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament To Reopen At 11 AM And Must Decide On Proxy Votes On Behalf Of Absent Separatists

NEWS: The first constituent session of the new Catalan Parliament will being at 11 a.m. Spanish time on Wednesday. The oldest MP present chairs the first session, aided by the youngest two and after a call of the roll the cha... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Denies Oriol Junqueras Permission To Attend New Catalan Parliament

NEWS: Supreme Court judge Pablo Llarena has ruled the former Deputy First Minister of Catalonia, Oriol Junqueras, must remain physically in prison on remand and may not be allowed out to attend sessions of the new Catalan Parlia... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court To Consider Podemos Motion Against Rajoy's Suspension Of Home Rule In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court announced on Wednesday that it would consider a motion filed by Podemos against Mariano Rajoy's decision to suspend home rule in Catalonia. At the end of October, Mr. Rajoy (PP) announced he... (Read full story).

Supreme Court Rules Former Catalan Deputy First Minister Must Remain In Prison On Remand

NEWS: Spain's Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by former Catalan Deputy First Minister Oriol Junqueras (ERC, Esquerra) and ruled he must remain in prison on remand, the court confirmed on Friday morning. Three senior jud... (Read full story).

Spanish Prime Minister Defends Corruption Record In Parliament Amid Opposition Calls To Resign

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy defend himself and the Popular Party against accusations of corruption on Wednesday morning, after being forced to appear in parliament by opposition groups. The Prime Minister claimed he had made 52 state... (Read full story).

PSOE And Podemos Demand Recall Of Parliament To Question Rajoy On Corruption Charges

NEWS: The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) and Podemos have signed a joint petition to parliament demanding the house be recalled from its summer break to discuss the Prime Minister's role in the allegedly fraudulent management of... (Read full story).

Mariano Rajoy Tells Judge He Knew Nothing About Fraud As PSOE Calls For PM To Resign Immediately

NEWS: The Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, appeared in court as a witness on Wednesday morning, in an ongoing corruption investigation involving the illegal funding of his party, the Popular Party, several years ago when ... (Read full story).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Jailed On Remand In Fraud Case

NEWS: Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been jailed on remand by an investigating judge at the National High Court in Madrid, several Spanish media outlets reporte... (Read full story).

Chairman Of Spanish Football Association, Ángel María Villar, Arrested In Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday morning that Ángel María Villar, the Chairman of the Spanish Royal Football Federation—the RFEF, Spain's FA—has been arrested as part of an investigation into "irreg... (Read full story).

Spain Commemorates 20th Anniversary Of Killing Of Miguel Ángel Blanco Amid Partisan Bickering

NEWS: Spain is this week commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the kidnapping and terrorist murder of a young Popular Party councillor in the Basque Country: Miguel Ángel Blanco. Three ETA terrorists snatched him on Thur... (Read full story).

Former First Minister Arrested And Newspaper Editor Named As Suspect In New PP Corruption Case

NEWS: The Civil Guard launched another corruption operation on Wednesday morning in Madrid, arresting the former Popular Party (PP) First Minister of the region, Ignacio González, who governed from 2012-2015, along with 11 other... (Read full story).

ETA To Disarm By April, Le Monde Reports

NEWS: The Basque terrorist organisation ETA will hand over its remaining weapons by Saturday, April 8, French newspaper Le Monde [reported][lemonde] on Friday, quoting French Basque militant Txetx Etcheverry, who said: "ETA has ... (Read full story).

Barcelona Police Fire Shots To Stop A 32-Year Old Swedish Man Who Had Stolen A Gas Bottle Lorry

NEWS: Local and regional police officers in Barcelona fired seven shots in total on Tuesday morning to stop a small lorry carrying domestic gas bottles that had been taken by a 32-year old, unarmed Swedish man. A police spoke... (Read full story).

Spain's Princess Cristina Found Not Guilty But Ordered To Pay €265,000 In Nóos Fraud Case

NEWS: Spain's Princess Cristina, King Felipe's sister, has been found not guilty of the criminal charges she was accused of but has been ordered to pay €265,000 in civil liability damages in the Nóos corruption case, Spanish med... (Read full story).

Spain Denies British Tabloid Reports Of Imminent Islamic State Terror Attacks On Tourist Beaches

FAKE NEWS: Several British news sites, including [Breitbart UK][bb], which quoted the [Telegraaf][tg], which quoted the [Daily Mail][dm], which quoted the [Express][express], "reported" on Tuesday that Islamic State terrorists were p... (Read full story).

Mercadona And Police Refute British Reports Of Jihadi Suicide Attack In Spanish Supermarket

FAKE NEWS: Spanish police and the supermarket chain Mercadona both confirmed to The Spain Report on Thursday morning that the shots fired at a store in Ourense (Galicia) were not part of a terrorist attack, refuting claims reported y... (Read full story).

Two Female Spanish Islamic State Jihadis Arrested In Turkey On Their Way Back To Europe

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office announced on Wednesday evening that Turkish authorities had arrested two Spanish women who "belonged to the Islamic State [and] who were travelling towards Europe with their very young children". ... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Suspends 2017 Independence Referendum In Catalonia

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court has ordered the suspension of a Catalan parliament resolution approving a new independence referendum in September 2017, following a central government challenge. The suspension is temporary... (Read full story).

Spain Arrests Four North Africans On Unspecified Islamic State Immigration Network Charges

NEWS: The Civil Guard has arrested four people officers believe might have some connection with the Islamic State and clandestine immigration routes in Europe, the Spanish Home Office said in a statement on Monday morning. Tw... (Read full story).

Spain Arrests Two Moroccan Imams In Ibiza For Teaching Islamic State Ideology To Children

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard arrested two Moroccan imams in the town of Sant Antoni de Portmany (Ibiza, Balearic Islands) on Tuesday morning on glorification of terrorism and propaganda charges, the Spanish Home Office said in a st... (Read full story).

In Defence Of Legal Protest

EDITORIAL: This week in Spain, a lot of media attention has been spent highlighting and debating [a protest][1] at the Autonomous University in Madrid on Wednesday, in which masked students rowdily decried the presence of former Soci... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Overturns Catalan Ban On Bullfighting

NEWS: The Constitutional Court confirmed in a statement e-mailed to journalists on Thursday morning that a new ruling had overturned a 2010 ban on bullfighting and other bull related events in Catalonia, declaring the regional l... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Lets Public Prosecutor Decide On Criminal Charges For Catalan Speaker Forcadell

NEWS: Spain's Constitutional Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that the Speaker of the Catalan parliament, Carme Forcadell, had not complied with the court's previous rulings and prohibitions regarding statements in the region... (Read full story).

Black Spanish Journalist Denounces Death Threats After Tweeting Photo Of Spanish Legionnaires & Spanish Flag

NEWS: "Obviously it is because of the colour of my skin and for calling out racism", El Diario journalist Moha Gerehou told The Spain Report: "there are people who just don't get that Spain is more and more diverse". On Septe... (Read full story).

Villagers Taunt Bulls With Spanish Flags, Chase Them With Cars Across Fields, Stone Them, Then Shoot Them

NEWS: Spain's animal rights party PACMA published a new video of village bull hunts on Thursday, this time in the region of Guadalajara (Castilla La Mancha). In the new images, villagers participating in five chases in four d... (Read full story).

I Will "NOT RESIGN" From Senate, Says Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, Citing Declaration Of Human Rights

NEWS: Rita Barberá, the former long-time Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, currently a senator in Madrid, announced that she was leaving the party but would not resign her Senate seat, in a statement e-mailed to journalists, by t... (Read full story).

Supreme Court To Investigate Rita Barberá, Former PP Mayor Of Valencia, For Money Laundering

NEWS: A spokesman for the Supreme Court confirmed to The Spain Report on Tuesday that it had decided to open an investigation into the former Popular Party Mayor of Valencia, Rita Barberá, for money laundering. "The court dec... (Read full story).

Constitutional Court Throws Out Otegi's Appeal Against Basque Election Ban

NEWS: On Tuesday evening, Spain's Constitutional Court threw out Arnaldo's Otegi appeal for protection against the Guipúzcoa provincial electoral commission, which ruled [two weeks ago][1] that he may not run as a candidate for ... (Read full story).

Director Of Public Prosecutions Tells King She Is Ready To Bring Criminal Charges Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's Director of Public Prosecutions, Consuelo Madrigal, said her colleagues were ready to defend the Spanish Constitution with criminal prosecutions if the "pro-independence challenge" in Catalonia continues. Speaki... (Read full story).

Home Secretary

EDITORIAL: 27-29%, even 30% of the country, on his side, think that what he did (does) is okay. cloacas del estado someone bugged the Home Secretary's office. The Home Secretary. in charge of the general election on Sunday (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Caught On Tape Plotting Against Catalan Separatists

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Diaz (PP), came under fire late on Tuesday evening after [Público][1] published recordings of conversations in his office during which he plotted to falsify corruption cases ... (Read full story).

Civil Guard And High Court Deny El Mundo Story About Search Of Santander HQ In Madrid

THAT'S NOT NEWS: A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard's serious crime squad (UCO) told The Spain Report that the unit's agents were not searching the headquarters of Santander bank in Madrid on Friday morning, as El Mundo had reported m... (Read full story).

Spain's Top Policeman Says A "Totalitarian" Podemos Is A "Threat To Spanish Democracy"

NEWS: The Director General of Spain's National Police force, Ignacio Cosidó, said last night during an interview on 13TV that Podemos is a "threat to democracy" in Spain. "We should not be afraid, but we must be very clear wi... (Read full story).

Spanish Industry Minister Resigns After Getting Himself Stuck In Panama Papers Mud

NEWS: Spain's interim Industry Minister, José Manuel Soria, resigned from the government on Friday morning after a series of media revelations about his offshore business activities in other countries and tax havens snowballed a... (Read full story).

Spanish Home Secretary Appointed National Newspaper Editor As Honorary Police Chief

NEWS: Spain's interim Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Díaz (PP), appointed the editor of right-wing national daily La Razón, Francisco Marhuenda, as an honorary police chief on January 7 this year, the Home Office confirmed to T... (Read full story).

Spanish Police Arrest French Arms Supplier Who Gave Paris Attacker Coulibaly Weapons

NEWS: Spanish police have arrested a French arms dealer who supplied weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who shot and killed a French policewoman in Paris on January 8, 2015 and then attacked a Jewish supermarket in the French capital o... (Read full story).

Islamic State Weapons Cache & Hit List In Ceuta First Of Its Kind In Spain, Says Home Office

NEWS: The Spanish Home Office issued more information on Tuesday regarding the arms cache found in a field in the Spanish North African of Ceuta on April 9, saying it was the first time Islamic State terror attack logistics had ... (Read full story).

Spanish Congress Votes To Take Interim Government To Constitutional Court

NEWS: The Spanish Congress voted overwhelmingly (218-113) in favour of taking Mariano Rajoy's interim executive to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday for refusing to appear before the lower house to answer members' questions ... (Read full story).

Pedro Almodóvar, Former King's Sister And Wife Of Miguel Arias Cañete Appear In Panama Papers

NEWS: **UPDATE:** La Sexta reported on Sunday evening during a TV programme dedicated to the Panama Papers that the company belonging to King Juan Carlos's sister, Pilar de Borbón, was dissolved on the same day King Juan Carlos ... (Read full story).

Home Secretary Orders More Security For Spanish Airports After Brussels Terror Attacks

NEWS: Spain's Home Secretary, Jorge Fernández Díaz, announced an increase in security for Spanish airports following the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, which he called "a new attack against all of European society". "... (Read full story).

The Government Must Answer Questions In Parliament

EDITORIAL: Sunday March 20 sees the three-month anniversary of the inconclusive Spanish general election, held on December 20 last year. Three of King Felipe's state visits abroad have been cancelled—including one to the United Kingd... (Read full story).

Constitutional Crisis Intensifies As Interim Government Again Refuses To Appear Before Congress

NEWS: A constitutional conflict between Mariano Rajoy's interim Spanish government and the Spanish Congress intensified on Friday, with the Deputy Prime Minister accusing the Socialist Party (PSOE) Speaker of Congress of pre-ele... (Read full story).

Interim Spanish Government Formally Refuses To Submit To Control Of Congress

NEWS: Interim Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría replied by letter to the Speaker of Congress on Wednesday evening, rejecting [his request][1] that the interim government should submit to parliamentary control in t... (Read full story).

King Felipe & Queen Letizia Texted Support To OHL Director Involved In Credit Card Fraud Scandal

NEWS: The King and Queen of Spain sent supportive text messages to the son-in-law of one of Spain's richest men after newspapers published details of his involvement in the Caja Madrid-Bankia credit-card fraud scandal in 2014, E... (Read full story).

Princess Cristina Denies All Knowledge Of Aizoon Fraud With Innocent Wife Defence Strategy

NEWS: Cristina Federica Victoria Antonia de la Santísima Trinidad de Borbón y Grecia, otherwise known as Princess Cristina, or King Felipe's sister, took to the stand in the Nóos fraud trial in Palma de Mallorca on Thursday even... (Read full story).

Convicted ETA Terrorist Arnaldo Otegi Launches Basque Election Campaign On Release From Prison

NEWS: Arnaldo Otegi was released from prison in Logroño (La Rioja) shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning after serving a six-and-a-half year sentence for belonging to the Basque terrorist group ETA. He was carrying a bag b... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Arrests Moroccan National In Ceuta For Glorification & Promotion Of Islamic State

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard arrested a 20-year old Moroccan national in the Spanish North African city of Ceuta on Thursday morning for glorification of terrorism and the promotion of Islamic State ideology on social media, the Ho... (Read full story).

PP Corruption Whitewash

EDITORIAL: Whitewash, dirty, clean, laundering, wash image, clean image, dirt, disgust, uuurrgh, shine, polish, Corruption, fraud, bribery, theft, crime, stealing, white collar, money laundering PP, Rajoy, polls, corruption, leader... (Read full story).

Former PP Deputy Mayor Of Valencia, Alfonso Grau, Arrested On Suspicion Of Bribery

NEWS: The Civil Guard arrested Alfonso Grau, the former Popular Party Deputy Mayor of Valencia, at his home in the city on Monday morning, Civil Guard spokesmen confirmed to The Spain Report. Mr. Grau was arrested along with ... (Read full story).

Catalan Government Defiant After Constitutional Court Order, Will Continue With Foreign Policy

NEWS: Catalan First Minister Carles Puigdemont said in the Catalan Parliament on Wednesday morning that his government would continue with its foreign policy plan, despite [a Constitutional Court order on Tuesday][1] to suspend ... (Read full story).

Spain's Civil Guard Launches Money Laundering Operation Against China's ICBC In Madrid

NEWS: The Civil Guard's serious crime squad (UCO) has launched an operation at the headquarters of Chinese bank ICBC—the largest bank in the world—in Madrid, the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report. Five people have bee... (Read full story).

Bankia Announces It Will Repay €1.8 Billion + 1% Interest To Minority Shareholders

NEWS: Bankia announced in a three-page filing with Spanish stock regulator CNMV on Wednesday morning before markets opened that it would repay 100% of minority shareholder subscriptions to its 2011 stock market listing, with 1% ... (Read full story).

Spain's Constitutional Court Suspends Catalan Decree Creating Regional Foreign Ministry

NEWS: The Constitutional Court suspended a Catalan decree creating a regional Foreign Ministry late on Tuesday night, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Spain Report, with the court deciding to study a legal challenge presented by M... (Read full story).

Spanish Puppet Masters Publish Statment XXXXX

TRANSLATION: The two Spanish puppet masters jailed for five days on remand by a judge in Madrid have published a statement xxxx, via a lawyers cooperative, Red Jurídica, representing one of the men, the cooperative told The Spain Repor... (Read full story).

Esperanza Aguirre Resigns As Leader Of Madrid Popular Party

NEWS: Esperanza Aguirre, the veteran leader of the Popular Party in the region of Madrid, former First Minister of Madrid, former Speaker of the Senate and a former Culture & Education minister under José María Aznar, announced ... (Read full story).

Spain's Civil Guard Warns Of "Imminent" Paris-Style Terror Attack In Several Countries In February

NEWS: Spain's Civil Guard is warning of an "imminent terror attack like the one in Paris" between February 5-17 "that will foreseeably be carried out in the US, France, Belgium, Paris, Italy and Spain". "It is thought that at... (Read full story).

Civil Guard Searches Madrid PP Headquarters & Office Of OHL Board Director In Fraud Investigation

NEWS: Civil Guard serious crime squad officers searched the headquarters of the Popular Party in Madrid on Thursday evening as part of an ongoing fraud investigation, a spokesman for the Civil Guard confirmed to The Spain Report... (Read full story).

American Woman Arrested Near Seville After She Admits Stabbing 10-Month Old Baby Daughter

NEWS: The Civil Guard arrested a 35-year old American woman in the town of Utrera near Seville (Andalusia) on Wednesday morning after she admitted stabbing her 10-month old baby daughter, a spokeswoman for the Civil Guard confir... (Read full story).

Judge Jails Puppet Masters For Glorifying Terrorism And Inciting Hatred At Kiddies Play In Madrid

NEWS: In an 8-page ruling, Judge Ismael Moreno Chamarro at the duty investigating court in Madrid ordered two puppet masters arrested on Friday to prison on remand, without bail, on charges of glorifying terrorism and inciting h... (Read full story).

Madrid Sacks Carnaval Managers After Infants Puppet Show Depicts Murder, Rape & Hanging

NEWS: Madrid City Hall's culture councillor, Celia Mayer, announced on Saturday that she will sack carnaval programme managers in the Spanish capital "immediately" after they hired a theatre company for an infant puppet show in ... (Read full story).

Another Barrel Full Of Individual Bad Apples

EDITORIAL: There is now a very long list of "isolated" corruption cases affecting the Popular Party. A good few barrel loads of senior-level "individual bad apples" in different areas of the country. Yesterday it was the eastern regi... (Read full story).

Police Arrest Eight Spaniards And One Turk For Recruiting Fighters For PKK-KCK

NEWS: Spanish police arrested nine people—eight Spaniards and one Turk—on Wednesday, in three Spanish cities (Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao), on suspicion of "collaborating with and facilitating individuals' integration into the a... (Read full story).

Corruption & Organised Crime Authorities Arrest Several Members Of Popular Party In Valencia

NEWS: Several members of the Popular Party in the eastern region of Valencia were arrested on Tuesday by the Civil Guard as part of a corruption investigation, a Civil Guard spokesman confirmed to The Spain Report. "It's an o... (Read full story).

The Unedifying Political Abuse Of The Monarchy

EDITORIAL: Spaniards did not vote for clarity and consensus at the general election, as political leaders from all four main parties have claimed repeatedly over the past few days (before inserting their own party's solution into the... (Read full story).

Will Rajoy Enforce Spanish Law In Catalonia?

EDITORIAL: For the last three years and four months, the Catalan separatist movement has at turns gathered increasing momentum and appeared ever closer to the abyss and collapse. Every few weeks, step-by-step, bit-by-bit, the secessi... (Read full story).

Catalan Parliament Votes 70-63 To Appoint Carles Puigdemont First Minister

NEWS: The Catalan Parliament voted 70-63 to appoint the pro-independence Mayor of Gerona and chairman of the Association of Pro-Independence Municipalities (AMI), Carles Puigdemont, as the region's new First Minister late on Sun... (Read full story).

Rajoy Announces He Has Given Orders To Stop All Separatist Acts In Catalonia

NEWS: Mariano Rajoy announced on Sunday evening that he had given orders—to whom he did not say—that no separatist acts by the new government in Catalonia be allowed. "The government will not let a single act that is against ... (Read full story).

Spanish Government Responds To Catalan Separatists, Warns On "Illegal Acts"

TRANSLATION: Moncloa, the Spanish Prime Minister's office, [issued a statement][1] on Saturday evening in response to the [last-minute deal][2] reached by Junts Pel Sí and the CUP in Catalonia. The statement warns "there is no parli... (Read full story).
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