housing

How Spain’s rent control is failing locals

Lifestyle & Belief

A one-year-old law in Spain meant to control soaring home rental prices has had the opposite effect: Prices have continued to climb. It’s part of a trend going back a couple of decades now. But this year alone, in some cities, rents have jumped by more than 20%. Experts – and renters – say finding an affordable place to live is now next to impossible. The World’s Gerry Hadden reports from Barcelona on why Spain’s rent control law has backfired.

As Dutch residents struggle to find housing, some are trying new initiatives

Economics

This Paris suburb gets a facelift amid controversy ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games

Summer Olympics 2024
Workers collect material to be recycled and reused for reconstruction, under the supervision of the United Nations Development Programme in government-controlled Homs, Syria.

Syria’s concrete-block architecture contributed to its unraveling

Conflict