Thousands of people march take part in a demonstration in Bilbao yesterday. The Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) joined forces with left wing nationalists Sortu and other nationalist parties and trade unions, and jointly called the protest after a march to be held in favour of ETA prisoners was declared illegal by a Spanish judge. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Tens of thousands of protesters defied a court ban by marching through the streets of Bilbao in Spain’s northern Basque Country yesterday in support o(...)

A man walks past graffiti sprayed on a bank window in Bilbao’s Gran Via during a general strike called by Basque nationalist unions ELA and LAB. The graffiti reads: “Burn capitalism”. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

We were having a very good lunch, if a simple one by the standards of this city of world-class gastronomy: scrambled eggs with wild mushrooms harveste(...)