The Spanish enclave of Melilla, on the north coast of Africa, is defended by a 20-foot-high triple-reinforced fence topped with blades. Yet thousands, many of them kids, successfully scale the barrier each year in hopes of a better life in mainland Europe.
More than 600 refugees who set out from Libya to reach Europe were turned away by Italy, in a sudden change of heart about accepting refugees, and denied entry to Malta. At last, Spain agreed to take them — but the politics of immigration in the European Union are only growing more complicated and fraught
Spanish special prosecutor José Grinda conducts fearless high-profile raids of Russian organized-crime syndicates, which favor the Spanish economy to recycle the proceeds from drug smuggling, gun running, prostitution and human trafficking.
Catalonia, Spain’s restless province, is holding provincial elections that will help determine its future, in the wake of a disputed secession vote. One party leader is in exile in Belgium and another is imprisoned.
SUMMARY: The drawn-out drama over independence for Catalonia, Spain’s prosperous, tourist-friendly northeast, took an ominous turn as the regional parliament voted to secede—and Madrid responded by taking control of the provincial government.
The tourist mecca of Barcelona and the surrounding region has declared independence from Spain — something Madrid refuses to recognize. No one knows how this will end — or even what country they are living in.
Was the barbarism in Barcelona an isolated ISIS attack on a heavily touristed area? Or was it a symbolic attempt to reestablish al-Andalus, the Muslim kingdom that once flourished in Spain?