Rita Bosaho, shown here in January, is the first black member elected to Spain's parliament. Born in Equatorial Guinea and raised in a foster family in Spain, she trained as a nurse before entering politics two years ago. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Spain's First Black Member Of Parliament And The 'New Politics'
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Ascensión Mendieta, 90, visits the mass grave where her father, Timoteo Mendieta, was buried in 1939. She saw him for the last time when she was 13. Two years ago, she became the plaintiff in a case to allow Spain's mass graves to be exhumed. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Finding A Long-Lost Father As Spain Exhumes Decades-Old Mass Graves
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Bankia's new repayment plan is geared toward thousands of small investors who were persuaded to convert their savings accounts into bank shares. Screengrab of Bankia video by NPR hide caption

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Podemos Party leader Pablo Iglesias (right) seen here with Spain's Socialist Party leader Pedro Sanchez, has asked for a referendum on Catalan independence as their two parties negotiate forming a new government. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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The Almudaina Palace (left) is one of two royal palaces on Spain's Mallorca island. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spain's Playground For The Wealthy Becomes Corruption Scandal Epicenter
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Osama Abdul Mohsen holds his son Zaid as they arrive at the Barcelona train station on Sept. 16, 2015. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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After The Trip Seen 'Round The World, Syrian Refugee Builds A New Life
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Spain's Princess Cristina and husband, Inaki Urdangarin (right), leave a makeshift courtroom on Monday, the first day of a corruption trial. She is accused of tax fraud and is the first member of Spain's royal family to face criminal charges. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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Spain's Princess Goes On Trial
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Spanish hams hang from the ceiling at Museo del Jamón, a ham bar in downtown Madrid. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spaniards Snap Up Holiday Hams, Even After Cancer Warning
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Ricardo Robleño Llorente and his wife, Laura Silva Kirkpatrick, show their college degrees at home in Madrid. Even though they have two bachelor's degrees and a master's between them, they were unable to find permanent work through most of their 20s, during Spain's economic crisis. "Why bother going to college at all?" Silva Kirkpatrick asks. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Spain's Economy Is Expanding, But Most New Jobs Are Temporary
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Demonstrators show support for Catalan independence during a protest last week in Barcelona. Spain's Constitutional Court has now ruled that a Nov. 9 declaration of independence by Catalan's regional parliament is unconstitutional. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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A solar tower belonging to the Spanish firm Abengoa is shown near Seville, in southern Spain, on Nov. 13. The large renewable energy company, which has been heavily subsidized by the government, is in danger of becoming the country's largest bankruptcy. The company also has a large solar facility in Arizona that has received U.S. government loan guarantees. Marcelo Del Pozo/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Bankruptcy Looms For Spain's Green Energy Giant
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Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes) member of the Catalan Parliament Marta Rovira gives a thumbs up as she votes to pass the start of the independence process Monday in Barcelona, Spain. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption

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There was a lot of excitement in 2012, when the Hiriko car was unveiled at this event at European Union headquarters in Brussels. At the time, the then-president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, hailed the car as a trans-Atlantic "exchange between the world of science and the world of business." Zhou Lei/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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How A Folding Electric Vehicle Went From Car Of The Future To 'Obsolete'
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at a news conference in Spain. Kerry will attempt to strike the right balance in separate meetings later this week with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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Osama Abdul Mohsen (left) has the promise of a new job in Spain, where soccer officials invited him to come live. He's seen here with his son Zaid as they arrive at the Barcelona train station Wednesday. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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Elderly residents gather in a dying village in the Sierra Francia region, northwest of Madrid. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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In Spain, Entire Villages Are Up For Sale — And They're Going Cheap
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A photo of Pablo Picasso's painting, Head of a Young Woman, released by French authorities on Tuesday. The painting was seized from a yacht on July 31 in Corsica, France. The painting belongs to a Spanish billionaire who was planning to sell it elsewhere in Europe. But Spanish authorities say it is a "national treasure" that can't be sent abroad without government permission. Douane Francaise via AP hide caption

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A Picasso, A Yacht And A Dollop Of International Intrigue
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Archaeologists in Madrid study remains buried under the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians on Jan. 24. Tests proved the remains belonged to Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quixote. Cervantes wanted to be buried at the convent because the nuns raised money and paid a ransom for his release when he was a young man held captive in North Africa. Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP hide caption

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The Reason Cervantes Asked To Be Buried Under A Convent
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Pedro Barros Diéguez and Albina Macia Fernández, the husband-and-wife owners of Casa Pages, a traditional bar in Barcelona. Many of the city's historic, family-run businesses are in danger of closing because of rising rents, spurred by a huge spike in tourism Courtesy of Devour Barcelona hide caption

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Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Take On The Big Tourist Chains
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Extras on Game of Thrones leave a bullring in Seville, Spain in October 2014. More than 85,000 locals applied to be extras on the show. Christina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Fans Obsessed With 'Game Of Thrones' Seek Parallels In Spanish Politics
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