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Spain's ruling party appears poised to win election (The Independent)

One of Spain’s most competitive and polarised election campaigns since its transition to democracy came to an end on Friday, with the ruling Socialist Party (PSOE) predicted to win enough seats in Sunday’s snap poll to stay in power and keep out the threat from the far right. Five parties are each on course to win more than 30 of the 350 seats in Spain’s congress – all of whom, in addition to a smaller Catalan nationalist group, have conflicting and potentially irreconcilable views on key issues, such as Catalonia, high levels of unemployment and immigration, and recent feminist trends. The result could mean a return to political gridlock, particularly as latest polls suggest that neither a feasible left-leaning nor right-leaning bloc may end up with sufficient MPs to assemble a government on its own, without making painful concessions to the other side, or reopening the Catalan independence question. “Broadly speaking, the outcome is already decided,” Juan Rodríguez Teruel, a se

Former Santander lawyer loses custody of her children for 'working too much' (The Daily Telegraph)

A successful female lawyer has vowed to take the Spanish state to court after losing custody of her children for allegedly working too much. Elena del Pilar Ramallo Miñán, a solicitor formerly of Santander Bank, was ruled to have “spent too much time away from the conjugal home” when she had child-sharing responsibilities for her two daughters, aged seven and 13, revoked on International Women’s Day in 2018. Ms Ramallo, from Galicia, northwest Spain, is to argue that the verdict “clashes head-on” with women’s rights to personal and professional fulfilment, and that the hearing gave unfair weight to the word of her ex-husband and her mother, the only witness to have been called. The presiding judge, Carmen López, found that Ms Ramallo spent excessive time on business trips and conferences, rather than at home with her children, on the basis of testimony from their maternal grandmother, who had been on difficult terms with the mother for many years. Ms Ramallo criticised the verd

Euthanasia comes to the fore in Spanish election campaign after 70-year-old's arrest for helping wife die (The Daily Telegraph)

The debate over euthanasia has become a prominent issue in the Spanish general election campaign after a 70-year-old man was arrested for helping his terminally-ill wife to end her life. Ángel Hernández spent Thursday night, his first without María José Carrasco, in a Madrid police cell after confessing to administering a lethal drug dose to the long-term multiple sclerosis sufferer, who was 61. The widower has since appeared in court and been granted release subject to further enquiries, but not without rekindling a controversy about the right to die in the traditionally Catholic country. “The police told me ‘it’s the law’, but they would have done the same thing themselves. Yes, it’s the law, but it is wrong and it should have been resolved a long time ago,” Mr Hernández told El País newspaper. “I could have done it secretly,” he added. “I argued about that with my wife, who was a legal secretary and knew what could happen to me. But I convinced her that it was important for