CORONAVIRUS

Spanish health minister on pandemic: ‘The situation is worrying, unstable and fragile’

During another tense session in Congress, the conservative Popular Party and far-right Vox called on Salvador Illa to resign and for the state of alarm in Madrid to be lifted

CATALONIA

Spanish government to consider pardon requests for jailed Catalan separatists

Right-wing parties warn they will legally challenge any move to grant clemency to the imprisoned leaders of the 2017 failed secession attempt

Spanish royal family

How the fate of Spain’s Juan Carlos I was decided

The top-secret decision for the former monarch to leave the country came after all possible options had been reviewed – including regulating the emeritus king's tax affairs

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish Congress approves new proposals for coronavirus recovery effort

The lower house voted in favor of three documents regarding the European Union, healthcare and the economy, but did not pass one on social policies

CORONAVIRUS

EU recovery fund conditions could hinder labor law changes in Spain

If so-called "frugal" countries impose their demands for releasing Covid-19 grants, the Spanish executive may have to delay plans for revising 2012 reform that made it cheaper to fire employees

CATALONIA

Spyware attack on Catalan leaders’ cellphones triggers political storm in Spain

The Interior Ministry, National Police and Civil Guard all deny having hired the services of NSO, the Israeli company that created the software

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s Unidas Podemos party pushes for sweeping migrant regularization

The junior partner in the coalition government has little congressional support for the move, which would also grant citizenship to foreign workers who provided essential services during the Covid-19 lockdown

POLITICS

After bitter debate in Congress, Spain’s PM secures extension to state of alarm

Pedro Sánchez was harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis by the PP and Vox, but found the votes needed for a final period of the emergency measures

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government secures support for sixth and final extension to state of alarm

Deal with the Basque Nationalist Party and the Catalan Republican Left will ensure that the executive’s emergency powers for dealing with the coronavirus crisis remain in place until June 21

CORONAVIRUS

Spain passes decree aimed at combatting standstill in justice system due to coronavirus crisis

Minority government secures backing for a plan to streamline procedures after lockdown creates a mounting backlog of cases

CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s Congress of Deputies approves fourth extension to state of alarm

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez secured last-minute support from opposition groups to prolong emergency powers to combat the coronavirus crisis

CORONAVIRUS

Government faces fresh criticism in Congress, may lack support for new state of alarm

The Popular Party and Vox warned Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez that they would be taking legal action over his handling of the coronavirus crisis

CORONAVIRUS

Opposition blames government for ‘turning Spain into a mortuary’ during question and answer session in Congress

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Deputy PM Pablo Iglesias avoided being dragged into the mudslinging, and repeated their offers for a cross-party agreement to rebuild Spain after the coronavirus crisis ends

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish PM secures congressional support to extend state of alarm

Although opposition parties heavily criticized Pedro Sánchez for his handling of the coronavirus crisis, they voted in favor of keeping the emergency measures in place until April 12

POLITICS

Spanish Congress refuses to investigate former King Juan Carlos for alleged ‘irregular’ donation

With the backing of a report from parliamentary lawyers, the governing board of Spain’s lower house has rejected the creation of a special committee into the monarch’s financial dealings

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

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

SPANISH POLITICS

Trickle of Cabinet announcements creates unease among Spain’s new coalition partners

The disclosure that PM Pedro Sánchez will have a fourth deputy in charge of environmental affairs came as a surprise to Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias

SPANISH POLITICS

Pedro Sánchez’s investiture debate to take place on January 4, 5 and 7

The caretaker prime minister will need to secure an absolute majority at the first vote or a simple majority at the second if his bid to get back into office is to prosper

POLITICS

PSOE-Podemos governing plan will see hikes on taxes and the minimum wage

EL PAÍS has had access to details of the policies the parties will implement should their planned coalition government become a reality next week

POLITICS

Spanish Congress prepares for possible end-of-year investiture vote

As the Socialist Party and Catalan Republican Left get closer to a deal to get Pedro Sánchez sworn back into office, lawmakers are asked to stay near Madrid in case they need to rush back from holidays

SPANISH POLITICS

Negotiations over Spanish PM’s investiture enter final phase

Despite a public clash, the Socialist Party and the separatist Catalan Republican Left continue to talk about a possible abstention that would allow Pedro Sánchez to be sworn into office

Politics

Spain’s King Felipe begins new round of meetings with party leaders

After another inconclusive election, the Socialist Party’s prime ministerial candidate, Pedro Sánchez, says he will only submit to a congressional vote if he has enough support

Spanish politics

In Spain, divided parties find common ground in defense of the Constitution

On 41st anniversary of the landmark document, the main political groups have agreed to put off reforms in order to protect it from Catalan separatists and the far-right Vox

Politics

Spanish Congress convenes, but how long will it last?

The newly elected members of Congress and the Senate are being sworn in today, but after the last parliament lasted just seven months, there are doubts that the ongoing stalemate can be resolved

November 2019 General Election

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

The conservatives have picked up a deputy in the Basque Country, meaning the caretaker PM will need to secure key abstentions or support from another party to retake power

POLITICS

Spanish king calls political leaders for talks as deadline for new elections looms

The consultations with Felipe VI will determine whether the Socialist Party’s Pedro Sánchez has enough support in Congress to be voted back in as prime minister