The economic news from Europe is getting grimmer. Spain is facing increased borrowing costs, with a bailout from its European partners. It's looking more likely even powerhouse Germany might see its pristine credit rating downgraded.
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.
The European Union has passed a law banning unlabeled olive oil flasks and dipping bowls, the kind traditionally seen in restaurants in Spain. Instead, restaurants must offer sealed, clearly labelled throw-away oil containers.
Spanish King Juan Carlos is generally popular with his people. On Wednesday, however, he was forced to apologize in the wake of a scandal over an all-expenses-paid hunting trip to Africa, where he shot and killed elephants.
98-year-old James Benet left the United States in his 20s to fight on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War. The Republicans were backed not only by foreigners, like Benet, but also by Mexico and the Soviet Union. After his side lost, Benet came back to a United States where he was immediately viewed as a communist.
Spanish banks looking to foreclose on delinquent mortgage owners in and around Pamplona will no longer have the assistance of the community's locksmiths. Last month, they announced they would no longer change the locks on people banks want to evict.