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Colombian singer alleged to have avoided £13m tax by saying she lived in Bahamas

Spanish prosecutors have charged the Colombian singer and philanthropist Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she avoided €14.5m (£13m) in taxes by claiming to live in the Bahamas while actually resident in Catalonia.

Shakira changed residences in 2015 from the Bahamas to Barcelona, where she lives with her partner, the Barcelona footballer Gerard Piqué, and the couple’s two sons.

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Barcelona mayoral candidate warns against dismissing concerns of people who voted for Vox party

Spain’s political class needs to listen to the concerns of voters who support the far-right Vox party rather than dismissing them as extremists, the former French prime minister and Barcelona mayoral candidate, Manuel Valls, has warned.

Valls, who served as France’s prime minister under President François Hollande from 2014 to 2016, said Vox’s breakthrough in last week’s Andalucían regional election represented a serious challenge to the political status quo.

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The anti-immigration, anti-feminist Vox party has gained a foothold unseen since Franco’s death. Voters reveal what drove them to extremes…

Los Remedios doesn’t have the feel of a political frontline. Rowers glide along the green waters of the Guadalquivir, a huge Christmas tree sits beneath a warm December sky and the nearby churrería is already bedecked with artificial poinsettias.

Beneath the Spanish flags that stripe many balconies, residents and the odd labrador stroll down citrus-tree-lined boulevards, past designer shops and a tobacconist’s with bottles of Moët in its window.

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Carlos García Juliá was arrested as he was walking down a street, official said, and Spain is expected to request extradition

A Spanish man convicted for the 1977 killing of five leftist lawyers in a Madrid trade union office has been taken into custody in Brazil’s biggest city.

The head of the federal police in São Paulo, Disney Rosseti, said Carlos García Juliá was arrested Thursday as he was walking down a street in a middle-class neighborhood.

Related: Franco's cruel legacy: the film that wants to stop Spain forgetting

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More than 400 academics in the fields of political science, law and other disciplines express their worries that electoral monitors in Spain are being threatened with jail over their role in Catalonia’s independence referendum

Following the decision of four Catalan political prisoners to go on hunger strike (Report, theguardian.com, 4 December), we write to draw attention to the plight of many others who remain under the radar of international attention. As academics in the fields of political science, law and other disciplines, we are particularly concerned about the decision by the Spanish judiciary to prosecute two political science scholars and two law scholars based at three different universities in Barcelona. The four academics, (Jordi Matas, Tània Verge, Marc Marsal and Josep Pagès) along with a lawyer (Marta Alsina) were appointed members of the electoral commission in September 2017 by the parliament of Catalonia to monitor the 1 October 2017 referendum.

Even though the Spanish constitutional court forced them to resign through fines of €12,000 per person for each day that they remained in their position, the Spanish judiciary has charged the electoral monitors with the offences of “disobedience” and “usurpation of functions” and they are facing the very real possibility of up to two years and nine months in prison.

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Nine-year sentences for five men who carried out attack in Pamplona could still be appealed

A court in northern Spain has upheld a controversial verdict that five men accused of gang-raping a woman at the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona two years ago were guilty of sexual abuse rather than the more serious offence of rape.

The verdict in the ‘Wolf Pack’ case – so known because of the name the men gave their WhatsApp group – prompted protests across Spain and led the then-government to launch a review of sexual offences legislation.

Related: The ‘wolf pack’ case showed the world how Spanish law is mired in misogyny | Victoria Rosell

Related: Soldier convicted of sexual abuse at Pamplona festival thrown out of army

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Strikers claim justice system has tried to stop cases reaching court of human rights

Four of the Catalan leaders facing trial over last year’s failed push for regional independence have gone on a hunger strike, claiming they are being treated unfairly by the Spanish justice system.

On Saturday, Jordi Sànchez, the former head of the powerful grassroots group Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Turull, a former Catalan government spokesman, announced they were embarking on the strike at Lledoners prison.

Related: Catalan politicians charged a year after independence vote

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Socialist party’s support collapses in the heartland it has ruled since 1982

The far-right Vox party took 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election on Sunday, becoming the first such group to triumph at the ballot box since Spain’s return to democracy after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975.

The small but increasingly vocal party, which opposes Catalan independence and has vowed to crack down on immigration and abortion, exceeded all predictions and could now hold the key to the formation of the next government of the populous southern region.

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Vox, which opposes illegal immigration and abortion, gains 12 seats in Andalucía

The Vox party in Spain has become the first far-right group to triumph at the ballot box since the country’s return to democracy after the death of Francisco Franco in 1975.

Vox, a small but increasingly vocal party that opposes Catalan independence and has vowed to take a tough line on immigration and abortion, exceeded all predictions to take 12 seats in the Andalucían regional election on Sunday. It could hold the key to the formation of the next government of the populous southern region.

Related: Spanish prime minister facing first test as Andalucía goes to polls

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Morrisons has unveiled a cheese-filled, potato-based variation on the sweet breakfast doughnut loved by Spaniards. It has not gone down well

Name: Cheesy churros.

Age: Embryonic.

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Pedro Sánchez hoping for strong showing from socialists as rightwing parties fight each other for votes

The man who has been mayor of Dos Hermanas for the past 35 years offers two words when asked to explain the Spanish socialist party’s enduring success in Andalucía: biological memory.

“Andalucíans are very aware of their origins,” says Francisco Toscano. “This used to be a very class-conscious society in all the wrong ways. Like some other parts of Spain – such as Extremadura – we were always at the back of the queue when it came to economic development.”

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Analysis of nearly half a million responses to the ‘How populist are you?’ quiz reveals populist attitudes are widespread, but vary by age, gender and location

The p-word has become something of a pejorative, and few people would self-define as populist.

But two thirds of people who completed the Guardian’s How populist are you? were classified as populist, with the vast majority of them placed in the same left-populist grouping as politicians like the US senator Bernie Sanders, the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, and the leader of the Spanish radical leftwing party Podemos, Pablo Iglesias.

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65-year-old jumps from Madrid flat amid growing evictions crisis fuelled by soaring rents

A Spanish woman has killed herself by jumping from the fifth floor of her Madrid flat as police tried to evict her.

The 65-year-old pensioner did not answer the door to bailiffs or police officers and then leapt from the window, a police spokesman said on Monday.

Related: Musical set to dramatise Spanish evictions tragedy

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My father, Anthony Edkins, who has died aged 91, was a translator, poet, and part-time lecturer at King’s and University colleges in London. He published the first of his six books of poems, Worry Beads, in 1976, and continued to write well into his 90s.

Anthony was born in Timperley, Cheshire (now Greater Manchester), to Muriel (nee Ashman), a domestic science teacher, and Robert, a builders’ merchant. He went to Cotton college boarding school in Staffordshire and volunteered for the army in 1944 at the age of 17, joining the Royal Artillery Gunners.

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Spanish law offering citizenship to descendants of expelled Jews received jump in applications after 2016 election

Rob Martínez is a proud New Mexican, proud of his culture and proud of a genealogy that mingles indigenous ancestry and descent from the Spanish soldiers and settlers who arrived in the area in the late 15th century.

Martínez is also profoundly disturbed by Donald Trump’s tirades against Latin American immigrants and the social tensions they have stirred up.

Spain is calling us; I really believe there is a connection with our ancestors and they want us to go back

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Getting sign-off from the EU27 was the easy part for the prime minister. This is a bad deal because Brexit itself is a folly

Theresa May’s hard-won deal is done at last; yet its undoing is all but taken for granted. Even as EU leaders gathered in Brussels to approve the draft withdrawal treaty and political agreement today, its myriad domestic foes were plotting their course past it. No one believes that the prime minister can pilot it successfully through parliament next month. The numbers look worse by the day, knighthoods notwithstanding.

So the signing of the deal looks strangely beside the point after all the months of battle. But this is an important moment, sobering to all bar Brexit ideologues and those whose personal ambition precludes all thought of the country’s interests. As Mrs May observed, a new chapter in our national lives is beginning. The precise content of the coming pages is necessarily vague. We know only that they are bringing Britain closer to the unhappy and unnecessary ending of a 45-year story.

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In Madrid, crowds shouted ‘no more victims, we want freedom’ following string of high-profile rape trials

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have marched through the streets of Madrid and dozens of other Spanish towns and cities to oppose violence against women.

Protesters chanted slogans and carried signs reading “For those who aren’t with us” and “Justice” as they marked the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

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PM writes direct letter to British voters after agreeing to Spain’s demands over Gibraltar

An increasingly desperate Theresa May on Sunday appeals to the British people to unite behind her Brexit deal as she calls on leavers and remainers to end hostilities and use the UK’s departure from the European Union to usher in a period of national “renewal and reconciliation”.

With criticism of the package negotiated by the prime minister and EU leaders continuing to grow, and a new row erupting on Saturday night over Gibraltar, May attempts to go over the heads of warring politicians in her own party by publishing a letter directly “to the British people”.

If MPs reject the deal, there are seven possible paths the country could go down next.

Related: So will Europe miss the UK when it’s gone? Probably not

Related: Theresa May waits … and waits for Brexit

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Concession ‘may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back’, according to former David Davis aide

Theresa May has been accused of betrayal after giving way to Spain’s demands over the future of Gibraltar, a disputed British overseas territory, in the latest concession designed to keep the Brexit deal on track. With the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sánchez, threatening to veto May’s deal at Sunday’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, the British government was forced to publicly concede on Saturday that Gibraltar will not necessarily be covered by a future trade deal.

Sánchez immediately claimed that he would use the concession to force the British to open talks on joint sovereignty of Gibraltar, over which Spain has had a claim since the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

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Spanish prime minister had demanded written assurance as price of support for withdrawal agreement

Theresa May has given way to Madrid’s demands over the future of Gibraltar after the Spanish prime minister threatened to “veto” the Brexit deal due to be signed off by EU leaders on Sunday.

On the eve of Sunday’s special Brexit summit, the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, wrote to concede that Gibraltar would not necessarily be covered by a future trade deal with the EU.

Related: Gibraltar puts the UK between a Rock and a hard place on Brexit | John Crace

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