Spain is a kingdom located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It also has several small territories on and near the north African coast.
Spain is the fourth largest country in Europe and a member of the European Union, but it also shows significant Arabic influence. Spain is a parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. It has an Atlantic Ocean as well as a Mediterranean coastline. The Spanish global colonial empire in the 15th century, made Spanish the world's second most spoken first language.
Spanish business leaders think Catalonia's push to split from Spain is negatively affecting the economy, even if the effects are not directly impacting their companies. The economy minister also warned of economc damage.
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Domestic violence is a big problem in Spain. Back in 2015, sixty women were murdered by their partners or ex-partners. That led to the development of an unusual NGO to try and protect these vulnerable women. The organization is called Security Dogs and it provides women with dogs which are trained to guard them from aggressive partners. Hagar Jobse has been finding out more in Madrid.
Spain’s solar power was once a lucrative investment. The government lured in companies and individuals with promises of high payouts. But after the financial crisis, Spain cut these payments by 40 percent - retroactively. Now investors are fighting back.
All around the world, thousands of people are alive, thanks to organ and tissue transplants. The World Transplant Games brings them together to celebrate. DW reporter Kai Dambach, who has had successful kidney transplants himself, has just returned from Malaga after competing in this year's games there.
Catalonia's leaders have put forward a bill supposedly ensuring that an independence referendum will take place even without Madrid's backing. The vote is planned for October 1, but questions remain over its credibility.