Plans by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson to build a massive gambling complex in Madrid or Barcelona have fuelled the rivalry between the two cities. But they have also drawn criticism for the economic model the project would introduce to the winning city.
Miners who have marched over 400 kilometres from the north of Spain to protest against government cuts gather to sing on their arrival in Aravaca, near Madrid, on July 9. Over 200 miners from Asturias, Castilla y León and Aragón took part in the march, which they hope will persuade the government not to cut 200 million euros in annual subsidies for the sector. The miners argue that this cut will effectively bring an end to Spain’s coal industry. The song they and supporters are singing is ‘Santa Bárbara Bendita’, a traditional mining ballad.
Supporters of the 15-M protest movement that sprang up last year amid Spain’s economic and politcal malaise returned to Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square at midnight on Saturday in a renewed expression of anger and outrage.
Guardiola leaves Barcelona having managed a record-breaking trophy haul. But over the last four years he has faced plenty of challenges off the pitch as well as on it.
Spain’s big two face a crucial few days for their ambitions in the league and Europe.
Real Madrid’s double slip sees Messi-inspired Barcelona close the gap and raise the question: “Hay liga?”