SPANISH POLITICS

Spanish PM, opposition chief hold meeting but find no common ground

Pedro Sánchez needs the support of Popular Party leader Pablo Casado if he is to make changes to several key institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court

EUROPEAN UNION

Berlin, Paris hoping Spain will stay close to EU’s French-German bloc

The new Spanish foreign minister has said that the country could form different alliances depending on its interests

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Spanish farmers stage fresh demonstrations in protest at low prices for their products

Hundreds of tractors took to the streets of Valencia and Córdoba on Friday, with protestors unhappy at the practices of major distribution chains

CATALONIA

Separatist lawmaker sparks row with remarks about people who “don’t seem to be Catalan”

Anna Erra, the mayor of Vic, issued an apology after receiving a flood of criticism from the opposition

POLITICS

PM backs minister over meeting with Venezuelan VP during testy session in Congress

Opposition parties used their first chance to quiz the new government to call on transport chief José Luis Ábalos to quit over encounter at Madrid airport with Delcy Rodríguez

POLITICS

Spanish Congress approves first step toward a euthanasia law

Right-wing parties are accusing the coalition government of wanting to save on pension payments and healthcare costs through a “social engineering project”

POLITICS

Galicia, Basque Country to hold early regional elections in April

The vote will take place ahead of polls that have been announced in Catalonia, but that are yet to get an official date

CHILD ABUSE

New Spanish legislation aimed at protecting children from violence to be known as the ‘Rhodes Law’

Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias explained today that the measures against abuse would take their name from British pianist and campaigner James Rhodes

EU AFTER BREXIT

In EU’s post-Brexit reshuffle, Spain drops out of race to replace Britain

Diplomatic sources say the new coalition government prefers ad hoc alliances to joining traditional French-German bloc

US-SPAIN RELATIONS

Spain warns Trump that trade hostilities could endanger greater military cooperation

For the first time, Madrid is linking the presence of US troops to retaliation against Spanish companies

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spanish PM meets with Catalan premier ahead of talks on region’s future

“Dialogue is the path,” says Pedro Sánchez after a 90-minute encounter with Quim Torra in Barcelona

POLITICS

King Felipe VI in parliament: “Spain must be for everyone”

In a speech to open the new political term, the monarch calls on parties to restore the people’s trust in the institutions

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spanish PM backtracks on postponing talks with Catalan government

Pedro Sánchez has been pressured into accepting the dialogue before the regional election in Catalonia

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Prime minister puts talks with Catalan premier on hold until after elections

The central government has committed to talks with politicians in Catalonia to discuss the future of the northeastern region within Spain

SPAIN-UK RELATIONS

Gibraltar, fishing and migrant rights: Spain’s post-Brexit red lines

PM Pedro Sánchez is meeting on Thursday with the European Union’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier

INTERNATIONAL

Has Spain done a U-turn on Venezuela?

The government has refused to clarify why, within a year, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has gone from recognizing Juan Guaidó as the Venezuelan president to avoiding meeting with him

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan premier announces snap election amid dispute over role as deputy

In a surprise institutional statement, Quim Torra said the date will not be set until the regional budget is passed in parliament

CORONAVIRUS

Spaniard in Wuhan faces tough choice: Stay with husband or evacuate

Spain is planning to repatriate citizens who are trapped in the Chinese city due to a coronavirus outbreak, but for Dácil Sánchez that means leaving her partner behind

coronavirus

Spain trying to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan along with French, British nationals

China has recommended that foreigners stay put in the quarantined city, but added that it will not prevent them from leaving

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Jailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”

Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powers

politics

Iranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right Vox

Donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran also funded other party expenses such as rent and computer equipment in 2013 and 2014

catalan independence drive

Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seat despite ban

Quim Torra got his Together for Catalonia party to abstain from the day’s voting after the speaker warned him that his own vote would not be counted

PRIVACY VIOLATIONS

Spanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three years

The female employee discovered a pen drive that had been used to record her when she got changed at the Madrid clinic where she worked. The victim has also won compensation

CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Civil Guard colonel slams actions of Mossos chief during Catalan independence drive

Diego Pérez de los Cobos tells court he would have removed Josep Lluís Trapero from his role as head of the regional police force for his leadership in 2017

CORONAVIRUS

Spain preparing to repatriate nationals from epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya announced on Twitter today that the government is working with the Chinese authorities to bring 20 or so people home from Wuhan

AMERICAS

Police sources: Minister met Venezuelan vice-president to avoid her entry into Spain

Media reports claim that transportation chief José Luis Ábalos had secret talks with Delcy Rodríguez inside a private aircraft in Madrid’s Barajas airport in the early hours of Monday

coronavirus outbreak

Tests on two possible cases of coronavirus in Spain come back negative

Both the people under observation have recently arrived from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said the risk of infection is very low