Spain's most controversial sport has been in strife lately. But anthropologist Robin Irvine explains why a year working on a bull-breeding estate made him optimistic for its future.
In the Netherlands, the tradition goes that Sinterklaas lives in Madrid, wears a red clerical robe and a bishop’s mitre, and has servants called ‘Zwarte Pieten’ (Black Peters).
The celebration of Christmas has distinct variations around the world, with many of these local traditions arising from particular historical circumstances.
The PP, celebrating while it can.
Reuters/Marcelo del Pozo
Spain's two-party system is now consigned to the history books – but forming a functional government will be anything but easy.
Spain’s ruling People’s Party is predicted to win the election – but not by much.
Spain's era of two-party government is coming to an end – but what exactly happens next is far from clear.
Organ donation rates in the UK are at an all time low. Could this be the solution?
Flashmob Flo6x8 taking their flamenco protest to the bank.
A group of performers is using music and dance to highlight inequality, austerity and racism in Spain.
October 16 is traditionally a day in which the Spanish nation is celebrated. But questions are being asked about what that nation is these days.
Here goes nothing.
Catalonia's pro-independence parties now have the chance to assemble a parliamentary majority, but they'll have to overcome their own differences first.
Denied a chance to hold a referendum, the pro-independence movement are calling the region's parliamentary elections a plebiscite.
The language survived against the odds and is now a central part of Catalan identity.
Tilting at 21st-century Spain?
Over 500 years ago, first Jews and then Muslims were expelled from Spain. This summer, Spain's Parliament invited the former back but not the latter. Here's what Cervantes might say to his countrymen.
Testing the boundaries of civility.
UK Ministry of Defence
The UK is angry at Spain for chasing boats into its territory. Enough already.
Hands up in the 15M movement in Madrid.
Candidates from Spain's '15M' movement – born of mass protests in 2011 – have responded in various ways to the dilemma that being elected creates for those wishing to overturn the 'old politics'.
The success of Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party has profoundly disrupted the tedious pendulum movement between Left and Right.
With a steady hollowing out of membership, the cosying up to vested interests with pockets deep enough to maintain party, today's political parties barely “represent”.
Podemos’s Teresa Rodriguez addresses supporters.
Will Spain's general election really be an anti-austerity wave – or something much more messy?
The remains of Cervantes.
Madrid region handout/EPA
So what does the discovery of this great author's bones actually change?
Marina Picasso is planning on selling a number of her grandfather’s works in the upcoming year.
Over the last nine years, more money has been spent on Picasso than on any other artist. How much does Picasso's granddaughter stand to earn? And why are some in the art world concerned?
Wanted: a little less Marx and a few more sparks.
Feeling My Age
The more radical left-wing fringes of British politics can seem a strange and alien world. Meetings in dingy rooms where comrades cite Lenin and Trotsky during long excurses on the “objective conditions…
Guess which way he’s voting.
Catalans have voted for independence in a referendum that holds no official sway but has enormous significance. Now Catalonia needs to decide where to turn next. The referendum, held on November 9, was…
The sense of a distinct identity is what drives Catalans to continue pushing for independence despite the obstacles.
On the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, another milestone in European history took place: the Catalan vote on independence. Downgraded from an official referendum – which would be illegal…