Madrid

Recently Madrid has become one of the most active and innovative capitals in Europe. From art exhibitions to nightlife, right now it is the place to be. It is full of young people and has become the centre for the global gay community, thanks to new laws on civil rights and same-sex marriages. Findi...

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Madrid gets tough with litterbugs

Madrid dog owners face hefty fines for not cleaning up after their pets. Dog owners who fail to pick up their pets' droppings on the streets of Madrid face tough new penalties including fines betwe...
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Madrid targets Uber

The city's transport department has started legal proceedings against Uber, the privately run taxi-sharing service, for operating without a licence. Uber drivers, who started work in Madrid in Sept...
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Madrid ready for new king and queen

Thousands of flags, garlands of flowers and cheap souvenirs are ready for enthronement of King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia on Thursday 19 June. The handover from King Juan Carlos, who is abdicating...
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Plaza de Margaret Thatcher

After a certain amount of controversy an area between Calle Goya, Calle Zurgena and Passeo Castellana, close to Plaza Colon in the Salamanca area of the centre city, is now called Plaza de Margaret Th...
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Madrid bike sharing scheme

Madrid's new bike sharing scheme, which was due to start on 1 May, has now been delayed, with no new date given for the start up. The project, which was awarded to Bonopark under a €25 million...
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Madrid to search for Cervantes

The search for the body of poet, novelist and playwright Miguel de Cervantes could start in March or April now that the Madrid regional government has given its permission. The project will search...
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Madrid rubbish piles up in the streets

Rubbish has been piling up in the streets of Madrid since street cleaners went on strike against layoffs and salary cuts at the beginning of November. The strike does not involve the collection of...
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Madrid World Hunger Day Concert

Madrid is one of three cities in Europe, along with Paris and London, staging a live concert against hunger on 13 October organised in conjunction with Action Against Hunger and the European Commissio...
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Madrid mayor rules out another Olympic bid

After the disappointment of losing the Olympic Games for the third time the mayor of Madrid has advised against a fourth bid. Ana Botella, who has been mayor since 2011, has said that she thinks Madri...
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Madrid countdown to Olympics announcement

Spain's capital will hear on 7 September whether or not it has been successful in its third attempt to host the Olympic Games. It is competing against Istanbul and Tokyo for the 2020 Games and hope...
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Madrid hopes for 2020 Olympics

Madrid lined up support for its 2020 Olympic bid with an evening of sporting events on 23 June against a background of continuing protests in Brazil about the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 201...
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Mutua Madrid Open gives up blue clay

The Mutua Madrid Open tennis championships will be played in the capital city from 3-12 May. Both Roger Federer and Serena Williams will be defending last year’s titles. The championships for...
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Madrid tightens security for marathon

Security is to be tightened for the marathon in Madrid on 28 April after the bombing attacks at the Boston marathon on 15 April. There will also be a tribute to the three people killed and 183 injured...
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Prado gift from Várez Fiza collection

The Prado Museum in Madrid has received a donation of 13th-15th century Spanish art from the Várez Fiza collection. The 12 pieces will be added to the Prado’s already important Spanish Me...
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Iberia pilots willing to cut salaries

Iberia pilots have announced that they are prepared to accept a reduction in salaries of what amounts to 26 per cent. They have also said that they will agree to a 50 per cent reduction in pay for new...
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Strikes in Spain

Spain is facing its second general strike in a year against the government’s austerity measures. In the early hours of 14 December protestors were already arriving in Madrid in response to the c...
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Madrid scraps plan for toll roads

A plan to introduce tolls on motorways around Madrid has now been scrapped. The suggestion was first introduced by the then head of the Madrid government, Esperanza Aguirre, to help with the cost o...
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Architecture week in Madrid

Architecture week in Madrid from 1-7 Oct offers the chance to see some of Madrid’s most distinctive buildings, as well as some that are not usually open to the public. Throughout the week arc...
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Madrid wins Eurovegas deal

Europe’s biggest gambling complex will be built outside Madrid over the next decade. Gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson of Las Vegas Sands, who has chosen Madrid rather than Barcelona, h...
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Spain's illegal immigrants to pay for health

Immigrants in Spain without legal documents will have to pay for health care from Saturday 1 September. This includes both cancer and HIV treatment. Illegal immigrants who have managed to acquire a...