Spain's Catalonia region has policies protecting small local businesses from big chains and malls. But now the European Union says those rules are illegal. The World's Gerry Hadden reports on the big chain-local business debate in Barcelona.
This summer an American friend, an old college buddy, came to visit us in Barcelona with his family. Unexpectedly, someone in his family fell ill. We ended up in the emergency room of a local hospital.
In a working class bar in downtown Barcelona, each Saturday night, a mostly elderly audience gets transported back in time, to the glory days of the copla, and other forms of romantic Spanish popular music.
More than half of young Spaniards are out of work and companies aren't hiring. So the government hopes the young unemployed will go entrepreneurial and start their own businesses. But the challenges are big, both financially and culturally.
Spain's banks are moving to get rid of homeowners who aren't paying their bills. But, at the same time, they're turning to taxpayers to give them a hand, with a multi-billion dollar bank bailout. That has Spanish activists taking to the streets in protest.