AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR

Spain to provide up to €4,000 in subsidies for purchase of a new car

The scheme, which is part of a €3.75 billion plan to aid the automobile industry, is aimed at mitigating the impact of the coronavirus crisis and boosting the sale of low-emission vehicles

CATALONIA

Hundreds of workers protest Nissan closure in Barcelona

The Spanish and Catalan governments warn that the decision could be more costly than investing in the struggling plant

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish firms react to coronavirus with a wave of temporary layoffs, affecting more than 100,000 jobs

Seat, Burger King and Iberia are among the companies that have so far filed an ERTE, allowing them to suspend jobs “until normality is reestablished”

CORONAVIRUS

Tourism industry bracing for economic impact of coronavirus

Businesses in Spain are eyeing events in Italy but say that it is too early to feel effects ahead of the Easter break

CORONAVIRUS

Mobile World Congress organizers cite ‘force majeure’ for cancellation

Postponement or a smaller event were also on the table, says GSMA group, which was forced to take the drastic decision on Wednesday given the stream of firms pulling out over coronavirus fears

CORONAVIRUS

Sony, Amazon pull out of Barcelona Mobile World Congress over coronavirus fears

Several major tech companies have withdrawn from the annual event due to concerns about the disease, which has so far infected two people in Spain

CATALONIA

Pro-independence protesters cause travel chaos at Barcelona airport

More than 100 flights were cancelled at El Prat after demonstrators blocked off access routes to the travel hub to protest jail terms for Catalan separatist leaders

ECONOMY

Spanish industry feels the strain of global economic slowdown

Issues such as the ongoing China-US trade war are making it unlikely that the sector will reach its goal of contributing 20% of GDP

CATALONIA

Catalan pro-independence activists block highway for 15 hours

The grassroots group also tampered with toll barriers to demand separatist leaders in pre-trial detention be released from prison

Radical Islam

Belgium asked Spain if imam behind Barcelona attacks linked to terrorism

Abdelbaki Es Satty spent time in Vilvoorde, a center for Jihadism in Europe

catalan bid for independence

Catalan government fails to mobilize region’s expats in run-up to referendum

Of the 285,000 Catalans living abroad, just 5,000 have registered to vote in October 1 independence poll

Catalan bid for independence

Catalan independence referendum to be held on October 1: regional premier

People to be asked: Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state in the form of a republic?

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE BID

Catalan leader wants sovereignty vote to be recognized beyond Spain

Regional premier Carles Puigdemont plans to hold independence referendum in September 2017

BUSINESS

Is Spain’s sparkling wine maker Freixenet losing some of its fizz?

Declining profits have uncorked infighting in this family-run Catalan cava winery

Transportation

Fire sees Barcelona commuter train service disrupted for eight hours

The blaze in an abandoned station affected 210 trains and 72,000 passengers

CORRUPTION

Second CDC party treasurer arrested over 3% scandal in Catalonia

Daniel Osàcar, ex-moneyman for premier Mas’s party, already facing trial over earlier case Judge denies bail to detained current treasurer Andreu Viloca

VW EMISSIONS SCANDAL

Seat admits manufacturing 700,000 cars with VW’s rigged engines

Spanish brand of Volkswagen group is studying the markets where vehicles were sold Seat plant in Barcelona that makes the Audi Q3 also affected by emissions-test scandal

VOLKSWAGEN SCANDAL

Seat may have installed over 500,000 altered diesel engines into its cars

Spanish subsidiary of Volkswagen braces for fallout from emissions-test scandal Company says its vehicles are no longer sold with the affected motors

Travel

Vueling rushes to sort out luggage pileup at Barcelona’s El Prat

Airline blames chain reaction of events that caused suitcase delivery delays Unions blame carrier for not hiring enough personnel during start of tourist high season

2016 budget

Government pledges to cut taxes if it wins upcoming general elections

Budget for next year proposes 3.8% rise in social spending Public servants promised their first pay raise since 2009

Barcelona rail services brought to a standstill after control center failure

Services returning to normal after IT fault affects 80,000 passengers

Lighthouses into hotels: Shining examples of reconversion?

Spain is finalizing plans to allow some old towers to be turned into accommodation

BANKING

TSB accepts Sabadell takeover deal

Operation will allow Spanish lender to follow in the footsteps of Santander and BBVA

Catalan ex-premier Pujol’s lawyers go on offensive against Andorra secrecy breach

Defense files complaint in principality against individual whose revelations led to fortune confession

CINEMA

Imax movie theaters to close in Madrid and Barcelona

The giant-screen cinemas have been hit hard by the crisis

BUSINESS

Spanish demolition company looking to make rubble overseas

Control Demeter is aiming to leave the domestic crisis behind it

WINE DYNASTIES

Forever making bubbles

Freixenet and Codorníu dominate the cava industry from the same small town in Catalonia