Spain is supposed to be one of austerity's more positive stories. The economy has returned to growth after years of contraction. But years of budget cuts have caused havoc in education and health care.
Catalan separatists have officially launched their campaign for an independence referendum. The region has also said it will stop sending financial accounts to Madrid to prove public funds aren't going to the referendum.
Spain's state prosecutor has ordered a criminal probe of hundreds of Catalan mayors cooperating with the region's independence referendum. Spain's king and prime minister have both decried the vote as unconstitutional.
Terrorism tends to bring together nations. Not so in Spain, where the Barcelona attacks have exposed the central government at loggerheads with Catalonia over their drive for independence. Hagar Jobse reports.
Whether drinking wine in Croatia, learning about austerity from Greek students in Spain or doing anything else in 37 countries, millions of European youths can thank the Erasmus exchange for broadening their horizons.
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