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Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel
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Europe’s unluckiest train station gets new lease of life as hotel

It earned the nickname “Titanic of the mountains”, but now the monumental and ill-fated train station at Canfranc is to get a new life as a five-star hotel, 51 years after the international rail link across the Pyrenees closed. The story of Canfranc, a village more than 1,000 metres (3,280ft) above sea level on the...

Madrid court rules far-right anti-migrant poster is legitimate
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Madrid court rules far-right anti-migrant poster is legitimate

Human rights groups and politicians in Spain have spoken out after a court ruled that a controversial and false election poster for the far-right Vox party should not be withdrawn because it is legitimate political expression, and because the unaccompanied foreign minors it depicts in a relentlessly negative light are “an obvious social and political problem”. The...

Madrid court rules far-right anti-migrant poster is legitimate
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Madrid court rules far-right anti-migrant poster is legitimate

Human rights groups and politicians in Spain have spoken out after a court ruled that a controversial and false election poster for the far-right Vox party should not be withdrawn because it is legitimate political expression, and because the unaccompanied foreign minors it depicts in a relentlessly negative light are “an obvious social and political problem”. The...

Robot that can cook a paella is causing quite a stir in Spain
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Robot that can cook a paella is causing quite a stir in Spain

Leaving aside self-aware computer networks that send cyborgs back through time to terminate humanity’s saviour before birth, few technological developments are quite as terrifying – to Spanish palates, at least – as the prospect of a paella cooked not by a trusty Valencian hand but by a cold steel one. Since it was unveiled at...

Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post
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Podemos leader quits as deputy PM to run for top Madrid post

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the hard-left party Podemos and a deputy prime minister in Spain’s ruling coalition, has said he is stepping down to run for head of the Madrid region. “I have informed [the prime minister] Pedro Sánchez about my decision to leave my post in government when the campaign begins,” he said in a...

Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm
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Madrid hospital staff walk for hours to relieve colleagues after snow storm

Healthcare workers in Madrid have gone to extreme lengths – some walking for hours – to relieve their exhausted colleagues as Spain grapples with the double whammy of a deadly storm and the coronavirus pandemic. Storm Filomena hit Spain on Friday, blanketing large parts of the country in snow and bringing Madrid to a standstill as the city...

Italy and Spain report highest daily Covid deaths of second wave
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Italy and Spain report highest daily Covid deaths of second wave

Italy and Spain have both recorded their highest daily coronavirus death tolls of the second wave, reporting 731 and 435 deaths respectively over the past 24 hours. Italy, the first western country hit by the virus, has logged 46,464 Covid deaths while Spain has logged 41,688. Such high Italian daily death figures have not been seen since...

Salud! Barcelona’s tiny local bodegas saved for posterity
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Salud! Barcelona’s tiny local bodegas saved for posterity

Barcelona council has come to the rescue of some of the city’s most emblematic and best-loved bars by adding them to the list of protected sites and buildings. However, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions, you won’t be able to get a drink in any of them for at least the next few weeks. The city has added...