Spain to get €140 billion from historic EU coronavirus recovery fund

The country becomes the second biggest recipient of aid after Italy, and €72.2 billion will take the form of grants that do not have to be repaid


The winners and losers from Sunday’s elections in Galicia and the Basque Country

The polls may have been regional, but they will have wide-reaching consequences on the national arena for groups such as the Socialists, the Popular Party and Unidas Podemos


Italian and Spanish PMs meet in Madrid ahead of EU recovery fund summit

The two countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic have a shared interest in overcoming resistance by member states who want to hand out loans rather than grants


Spain reopens border with Portugal after three-month closure due to coronavirus

The move comes after the EU began to reopen its borders to 14 countries that have been approved by member states


Spain plans €150 billion of public investment as part of coronavirus recovery effort

The draft of the plan, to which EL PAÍS has had access, sets out a long list of structural reforms as well as support for the country’s ailing tourism sector


Prime minister calls for ‘patriotism’ from opposition as Spain rebuilds in wake of coronavirus

In a televised address today, Pedro Sánchez appealed for ‘unity’ among political parties ‘to achieve reconstruction’


Spain’s guaranteed minimum income scheme will reach 255,000 people by June 26, says PM

During a televised address today, Pedro Sánchez criticized cuts made to Spain’s regional healthcare systems, but defended how the system had coped during the coronavirus crisis


Face masks will still be obligatory in Spain after the state of alarm

A draft decree being prepared by the government includes fines of up to €100 for people who do not wear the face coverings in closed public spaces


Spain adopts conservative attitude to restarting European travel

Most European Union states want to lift restrictions at internal borders by June 15, but Madrid is insisting on July 1


Spain backtracks on minister’s claim about reopening land borders with Portugal and France

Two hours after Tourism chief Reyes Maroto announced that the travel restrictions would be lifted in just over two weeks, a press release clarified that the planned date remains July 1


Spain considering reopening soccer stadiums to public before July 19

Health authorities say they are evaluating the risk of allowing open matches once all regions have passed into Phase 3 of the coronavirus deescalation plan


Prime Minister Sánchez seeks final extension to state of alarm in Congress

The emergency measure is expected to be extended until June 21 thanks to the support of Ciudadanos and the Basque Nationalist Party


Spain’s PM puts final stage of coronavirus deescalation in hands of the regions

During a televised address on Sunday afternoon, Pedro Sánchez said that the last period of the state of alarm “would be different, lighter”


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Spanish government to extend state of alarm until April 26

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


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


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


“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


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