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.
Israel just won the European Song Contest, the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem, and the business world is amazed by the innovative startups the nation produces. Yet the tiny country has a lot of catching up to do.
Polls have shown a tight race between pro-independence parties and those that want to remain in Spain. Uncertainty about the outcome — and the color yellow — are marking election day. Anna Gumbau reports from Barcelona.
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.
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.
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