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.
Spain's Socialist party has voted to abstain in a confidence vote, paving the way for a minority conservative government. The decision moves the country closer to its first fully functional government in nearly a year.
Gerard Pique has made no secret of his support for Catalan independence. But following a row about his patriotism, the Barcelona defender has announced his retirement from international football after the next World Cup.
Madrid is one of the hottest, driest cities in Europe. Like all of Spain, the metropolis is just beginning to emerge from a punishing recession, so it doesn't have a lot to spend on high-tech climate solutions. It's answer? To cover itself in plants - on walls, empty lots, and every meter of free space.