• Evictions in Madrid: Fighting for a roof over your head

    By on Jan. 18, 2016

    More and more people in Madrid are being forced to abandon their homes for financial reasons. Thanks to ruthless banks and forced evictions, people are looking for solutions to the housing problem – and not all of these are legal. 

  • Rayo Vallecano de Madrid: the club of the people

    By on Dec. 16, 2015

    In the popular Vallecas neighbourhood of Madrid, the true people's representative is not a politician but a football club. For nearly a century – using fundraising events and Christmas presents – the Rayo Vallecano has developed the reputation of helping people. “El Rayo” would seem to be the last European sports institution to still have values. But everything is far from rosy...

  • San Antonio: Madrid's hipster church

    By on Dec. 14, 2015

    The Catholic Church is losing political influence in Spain, but remains very active in the country's social life. Cafébabel went to Madrid to trace the evolution of the Church over the past few decades and meet the priest of Saint Anthony; a church that's one of a kind.

  • Madrid: Living in Financial Times

    By on Dec. 4, 2015

    Seven years ago, Spain's economy collapsed. Loans defaulted, property prices plummeted, people lost their jobs... Several years later, the country appears to be gradually recovering. The desire for change and economic recovery is greater than ever, especially given the upcoming elections. Here, photographer Hannes Jung captures the mood on the ground in Madrid's financial district "AZCA".

  • Cyber democracy in Madrid: Participation moves online?

    By on Dec. 3, 2015

    Spanish municipal elections signalled significant changes within the local government of the capital. The party Ahora Madrid emerged, taking a third of the seats in the city council as well as the Mayoralty. In order to promote citizen participation in local governance, new online platform “Decide Madrid” was introduced. Has it managed to find a place in the hearts of the rebellious electorate?