CORONAVIRUS

As Italy prepares to open borders to tourists, Spain opts for caution

Sources from the Spanish government say the prime minister is not willing to risk a new spike in coronavirus infections by reviving international tourism prematurely

CORONAVIRUS

Madrid region and Barcelona to remain in Phase 0, but with some coronavirus restrictions eased

The entire Valencia region is transitioning to a looser lockdown, while a few Spanish islands are moving ahead to Phase 2

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

Spain’s prime minister gears up for fight to extend state of alarm

Political opposition to the emergency powers is mounting ahead of a congressional vote on Wednesday

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government will avoid setting dates for deescalation measures

The “Plan for the Transition toward a new normality” will instead set out phases and the changes that each step involves. PM Sánchez is due to present the details at a press conference

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Spain proposes a €1.5 trillion coronavirus recovery fund financed through perpetual EU debt

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will be taking an ambitious plan to the upcoming European summit, but one that could be negotiated with northern countries such as Germany

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government adds more experts to task force preparing deescalation of confinement measures

The group is working on the assumption that changes to the situation will have to be introduced from April 26, when the current state of alarm ends

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish PM on state of alarm: ‘Now is the time for sacrifice and resistance’

In a national address to discuss the extension of the coronavirus lockdown, Pedro Sánchez warned that more confinement measures may be applied after April 26

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government to extend state of alarm until April 26

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the decision after contacting opposition leaders and scientific experts

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government proposes new national pact for coronavirus recovery effort

After overnight deaths reach a new peak, the executive is also considering extending the state of alarm until April 26

CORONAVIRUS

Government counting on opposition support for coronavirus measures despite lack of dialogue

The Popular Party has leveled criticism against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, but the executive still believes it will have the backing of other groups in Congress

CORONAVIRUS

“Do we have a deal, Pedro?”: an inside look at the clash at EU coronavirus summit

The six-hour virtual gathering on Thursday to agree on a joint statement has been described as one of the most fascinating in recent memory

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish PM on coronavirus crisis: “The worst is yet to come”

In a national address, Pedro Sánchez warned that the number of infections is set to rise next week and place the country’s healthcare system under even greater strain

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish political parties close ranks around the government in battle against the coronavirus

The priority for the administration now, as well as stopping the spread of the pandemic, will be the minimizing of the economic damage caused by the crisis

CORONAVIRUS

PM due to make statement after seven-hour debate on state of alert measures

Draft decree includes banning all journeys in Spain apart from travel to work or to buy food. The delay on Saturday was reportedly due to differences between the Socialists and their coalition partners, Unidas Podemos

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Spanish government declares state of alarm

The measure will allow the authorities to limit the movement of citizens and to ration the use of services in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Cabinet will meet on Saturday to put the measure into effect for only the second time since Spain returned to democracy

CORONAVIRUS

More Spanish politicians confirm they have been infected with the coronavirus

The leader of the far-right Vox party, Santiago Abascal, has announced via Twitter that he has Covid-19. The Spanish royal family has tested negative for the virus

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Spanish PM calls for calm, warns of ‘difficult weeks’ ahead due to coronavirus crisis

Pedro Sánchez sought to play down political tensions on Tuesday, and announce that the EU would be more flexible with deficit targets due to Covid-19 outbreak

Catalonia

Catalan talks start with three hours of “therapy” about the origins of the crisis

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and regional premier Quim Torra were present at the first negotiations on the future of the region this Wednesday

FOOD INDUSTRY

Spanish government prepares measures to ease the country’s farming crisis

Proposed reforms caught in a difficult balance between seeking fair prices and the impossibility of regulating them

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

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

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

POLITICS

Spanish prime minister announces date of meeting with Catalan premier

In his first interview since being sworn back into office, Pedro Sánchez said he would see Quim Torra in February, and promised to have a new budget passed by summer

POLITICS

PM announces pension hike, defends prosecutor general pick after first Cabinet meeting

Speaking to reporters, Pedro Sánchez said that he now has “no reservations” about the leader of his coalition partner Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, despite statements he made last year

POLITICS

Spain a step closer to having a government as PSOE, ERC finalize deal

The Socialist Party and the Catalan Republican Left have been negotiating for weeks in order to secure the latter’s abstention at an investiture debate that could see Pedro Sánchez voted back in as prime minister

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