Amid turmoil in Barcelona, ex-Catalan president says independence push went too far, too fast

Artur Mas, who oversaw first referendum in 2014, explains why he thinks another is needed to calm the crisis The push for Artur Mas condemned announced a unilateral independence referendum in June 2017. The poll, staged in defiance of the Spanish government, courts and constitution, was held on 1 October that year and followed three weeks later by a unilateral declaration of independence in the regional parliament. In my opinion, the independence movement has made three mistakes, said Mas. The first is that it was in too much of a hurry and set out timeframes that were too short; it was making excessive demands of itself. The second mistake was the lack of internal unity too often, theres been a …

Woody Allen: ‘I never think of retiring’

Allen says at Spanish press conference to launch production on his new film, starring Christoph Waltz, that hell probably die on set Woody Allen has no plans to give up film-making despite the years of controversy that has dogged his directing career. I never think of retiring. Its not just something that has occurred to me,his new film, which is set in Spain and funded by the Spanish media giant Mediapro. It stars Christoph Waltz, Gina Gershon and Elena Anaya, and is informally known as Rifkins Festival though is still officially called Woody Allen Summer Project 2019. Allen said: My philosophy, since I started many years ago in show business, is that no matter what happens is to focus on …

‘Prostitution is seen as a leisure activity here’: tackling Spain’s sex traffickers | Annie Kelly

Its staggeringly big business in Spain, where demand is being met by traffickers. Can a groundbreaking team turn the tide? On a sunny morning in Madrid, two young women duck down a side street, into a residential block and up to an apartment front door. Then they start knocking. Marcella and Maria spend a lot of time banging on doors and yelling through letterboxes all over the city. Most of the time, these doors never open. When they do, the two women could find themselves in trouble. Their job on the frontline of Spains fight against sex trafficking is a dangerous one; both have been assaulted and threatened. Yet they keep on knocking, because they have been on the other …