Why Spain will not ask for €70 billion of its share of EU recovery fund

With interest rates near zero and soaring public debt, the Spanish government would rather focus on the non-repayable grants than on the loans it is entitled to - and it is not the only one


Spain announces €200 billion relief package against effects of coronavirus

PM Pedro Sánchez calls it "the greatest mobilization of resources in the country’s entire democratic history"


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


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


One hundred days since election, Spain still no closer to forming government

Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is working on a new strategy to win the support of the anti-austerity party Unidas Podemos, which refused to back his investiture bid in July


Spain’s political deadlock leaves €5 billion in regional funding in the air

The lack of a stable government means the state cannot release the additional money that the regions had promised to spend on public healthcare and education


Brussels fears Spanish election may not end political instability

The EU is hoping for a “stable” majority after nearly five years without solid governments, says one high-ranking official


Spain’s PM and Podemos leader sign deal for biggest wage hike in 40 years

But the success of the socially progressive budget plan depends on uncertain support from Brussels and from Catalan separatists


Brussels to propose 5% hike in cohesion funds for Spain

New criteria to allocate money from EU 2021-2027 budget favors southern European countries


Humanitarian crisis looms as flow of Venezuelans into Colombia continues

Living conditions are tough in border town of Cúcuta, across from the Simón Bolívar bridge

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Spain’s economy minister to become the next vice-president of the ECB

Pending ratification, Luis de Guindos will become Mario Draghi’s number two after the only other candidate, the head of the Bank of Ireland, stepped aside


European fiscal authorities issue warning over Catalonia crisis, Brexit

New report says political uncertainty in the region could hurt financial growth in the eurozone


Brussels raises Spain’s GDP growth forecast for 2018

As the threat from the Catalan crisis subsides, EU Commission sets new figure at 2.6%, up from 2.5%

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Jean-Claude Juncker: “Nationalism is the real war”

At a forum organized by EL PAÍS, the president of the European Commission warned of the rise of the far right, pointing to Austria and Bulgaria as examples


As it happened: EL PAÍS hosts dialogue on the future of Spain in Europe

Jean-Claude Juncker and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa among the speakers who discussed Europe’s future


“Puigdemont is very skillful at presenting himself as a victim of the Spanish government”

Danish expert on EU politics quizzed the ousted Catalan leader about his independence project

Crisis in Catalonia

Supreme Court rejects European arrest warrant request for Puigdemont

Judge sees deliberate provocation in ousted Catalan premier’s trip to Copenhagen despite risk of arrest


Rescuing Europe

The EU has turned 60, but despite the successes, pessimism has taken hold. Can the union survive the politics of fear?


Brussels pushes for European version of International Monetary Fund

EMF would bail out countries in exchange for economic reform and promote fuller union

Crisis in Catalonia

Catalan crisis puts paid to Barcelona bid to host EU medicines agency

Political uncertainty caused by secession drive torpedoes city’s chances of hosting drug-approval center

Crisis in Catalonia

Jean-Claude Juncker: “Nationalism is poison”

The president of the European Commission says Catalan leaders “should not underestimate the support for Rajoy in Europe”


Brussels economic forecast cites Catalonia as a risk to Spain’s growth

European Commission “cannot anticipate at this stage” the impact of a protracted crisis

Catalan Crisis

Sacked Catalan leader attacks “runaway fury” of the Spanish state

Speaking from Belgium, Puigdemont criticizes judge’s decision to place his ministers in pre-trial custody


Catalan separatists accept new election as “plebiscite” on Article 155

Ciudadanos unsuccessful at crafting preliminary deal bringing together unionist parties in the region


Ousted Catalan premier to explain trip to Brussels at 12.30pm today

Reports suggest that Carles Puigdemont and five of his ex-ministers are in Belgium to seek asylum, something that could trigger a crisis in a coalition of liberals and Flemish nationalists


Rajoy: a leader being “forced to act” to restore the law in Catalonia

Spanish PM gives news conference in Brussels, but fails to confirm talk of snap election in Catalonia


Merkel, Macron and May show support for Spain over Catalan crisis

The issue is not on the EU summit’s official agenda, yet it is very much present at the two-day event