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Unsold cars, used and new, are unloaded from tractor-trailers into a parking lot south of Madrid. It's one of the biggest sales areas for used cars and scrap metal near the Spanish capital. Vendors say they're anticipating difficulty selling diesel cars, now that Madrid and other European capitals have announced plans to ban them. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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In Madrid, A Plan To Fight Pollution By Shifting Away From Diesel-Run Cars

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The limestone Rock of Gibraltar towers above the pensinsula, a British dependent territory that profits from tourism, finance and its shipyard. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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Old posters on the wall of a school in San Cristóbal call on students to participate in a strike last November. The slogan warns, "Get out of the way, Francoists!" Spain's experience of decades of dictatorship helps protect against an embrace of the right wing now. Calling someone a franquista — a follower of the late, right-wing dictator Francisco Franco — remains an insult. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Unlike Elsewhere In Europe, The Far Right In Spain Stays On The Fringe

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Tourists take pictures in front of Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church. The city of 1.6 million gets more than 30 million tourists a year. Manu Fernandez/AP hide caption

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For Barcelona, Tourism Boom Comes At High Cost

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Ada Colau, center, celebrates after her election as Barcelona's mayor in 2015. Emilio Morenatti/AP hide caption

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For Barcelona Activist Turned Mayor, The Anti-Corruption Goals Stay The Same

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Spain's Princess Cristina and her husband, former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, leave the courtroom last year after a hearing in a landmark corruption trial on the Spanish Balearic island of Mallorca. Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Volunteers serve free dinner to homeless people at Robin Hood restaurant in Madrid. Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images hide caption

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Spain's 'Robin Hood Restaurant' Charges The Rich And Feeds The Poor

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People celebrate New Year's in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, on Jan. 1, 2011. Traditionally, the drinking doesn't begin until after midnight, when people eat 12 grapes for good luck. Alvaro Hurtado/AP hide caption

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In Spain, New Year's Eve Is All About The Grapes — Save The Bubbly For Later

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Tourists browse a Christmas market in Madrid's medieval square, the Plaza Mayor, on Dec. 15. As the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, Western intelligence agencies believe it may refocus on attacking soft targets in Europe instead. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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After Berlin Attack, Fears Rise In Europe Over Strikes On Soft Targets

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Ignacio Nicolas Campillo, director of a hops production facility in northern Spain, peels apart the flower of the hops plant, to reveal yellow powder inside. The powder is used to make beer. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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No Bitterness Here: Craft Beer Boom Boosts Spain's Hops Growers

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Camilo Jené, 51, watches as his daughter Clara, 14, does her homework at their dining table. She refuses to do homework on weekends now. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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Kids In Spain Rebel Against Homework, And Parents Are Their Biggest Boosters

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Antonino Fernandez was born in 1917 in the village of Cerezales del Condado, in Spain's northern León province. Until his health deteriorated about five years ago, Fernandez came from Mexico to visit his hometown most summers. He and his wife had no children and were generous with financial help to distant relatives and former neighbors. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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A Spanish Village Stays Afloat, Thanks To Corona Beer Tycoon

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Still life with Flowers, Gilt Goblets, Coins and Shells was created by Clara Peeters in 1612. Peeters hid small self portraits in the goblet on the right. Staatliche Kunsthalle hide caption

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In A First, Spain's Prado Museum Puts The Spotlight On A Female Artist

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