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Amazon Workers in Spain and Germany Announce Strikes Ahead of Christmas: ‘Change Must Come Now’

Following protests over workers’ rights across Europe during the Black Friday crunch last month, Amazon workers in Spain and Germany continue to strike ahead of Christmas. Multiple protests are planned over what workers and unions describe as poor work environments, anti-union tactics, and demanding conditions resulting in physical and emotional pain. Read More >>

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Spain to Ban the Sale of All Non-Electric Cars by 2040

Spain is wasting no time. The country plans to dramatically decarbonise its economy by 2050, and that includes banning a lot of cars, according to a draft law the Ministry for Ecological Transition published Tuesday. Read More >>

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Amazon Warehouse Strike in Spain Reportedly Results in Police Clashes, Arrests

The second day of a three-day strike by Amazon warehouse workers near Madrid coinciding with the e-commerce giant’s Prime Day promotion escalated significantly on Tuesday, with trade unions telling Spanish newspaper Público that police in riot gear had charged the strikers multiple times on supposed grounds they were blocking traffic. Police arrested at least two participants in the protest, with one worker allegedly hit in the face with a truncheon and losing teeth as a result. Read More >>

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Spain Moves to Ban Anti-Politician Memes

Spain's top political party has floated the idea that it might be nice to ban all funny things on the internet classed as memes, particularly ones that offend politicians within the country. Read More >>

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First-Ever Hologram Protest Takes to the Streets in Spain

Following in the illuminated footsteps of noted iconoclast Tupac Shakur, a protest group in Spain took to the streets on Sunday — in hologram form. To the best of our knowledge it’s the first hologram political demonstration ever. Read More >>

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Google News is Closing in Spain Because of Copyright Law

Google has announced that it will be permanently shutting down the Spanish version of Google News, effective from December 16, 2014. Read More >>

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Can Architecture Perform Miracles? The Quest to Make Gaudi a Saint

Standing before the dripping sandcastle basilica that is the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona could definitely be described as one of the most awe-inducing moments of my life. A spiritual experience? Perhaps. But is it a miracle? That's what a group of believers are trying to prove in their campaign to make its architect, Antoni Gaudi, a saint. Read More >>

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The Self-Checkout Security Checkpoint Passed its First Big Test

Tiresome airport security lines may be a thing of the past as a new, self-managed security device successfully passed its real world debut at an Australia-Spain World Cup match in Curitiba, Brazil last month. The only folks not excited about the new security measure are die hard fans of the those teams. Read More >>

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Madrid’s New Parking Meters Charge More for Gas Guzzlers

Drive a diesel car in Madrid and soon it'll cost you in more than fuel. The Spanish city is introducing new smart parking meters which will add a surcharge to your tariff if you're driving a heavily polluting car. Read More >>

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Brutalism on Full Show With New Building at Granada University

The ghost of Brutalism is alive and well in Granada, where Mediomundo Arquitectos have drawn on the past without without sacrificing modern technology, since it houses the schools of physiotherapy, nursing, podiatry, and geriatric care at Granada University. Despite its foreboding exterior, the entire building is ventilated naturally—one detail you won't find in most Brutalist buildings of yore. [Frameweb] Read More >>

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Spain Might Jump Time Zones to Stimulate its Economy

If your economy isn't doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This might be the next step for Spain, according to a proposal being kicked around since September. Read More >>

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One Man Spent 53 Years Building This Massive Cathedral

Very few of us will work at a single job our whole lives. Even fewer will work on a single, self-led project for that length of time. Spanish octogenarian Justo Gallego Martinez is an exception: He's been the sole designer, engineer, and construction worker on a cathedral in Madrid since 1961. Read More >>