Spain's real estate boom a few years back has left it with a surplus of vacant housing. At that time, it was trendy to invest in real estate. Now, the unused accommodation is giving rise to a whole new squatter scene.
Police in Berlin have cleared a budding squat, causing several injuries and setting off a heated political debate. In reality, the protesters' demands are relatively modest — and the owners are still open to talks.
As Berlin grapples with rising property prices, scores of squatters have taken over several residential buildings. In response, the owner of one empty building was willing to grant them a lease — with certain conditions.
Around 30 million tourists flocked to the Catalan capital in 2016 - a major economic boon for the city. However, the downside of the tourist influx is catching up with the locals. Santiago Sáez reports from Barcelona.
The Five Star protest party is riding high in the polls ahead of next week's election in Italy. Their anti-establishment, anti-immigrant message is resonating with frustrated Italians. Megan Williams reports from Rome.
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