Flamenco artist Rafael Amargo arrested for drug trafficking

One of Spain’s top dancers and choreographers, he was going to open a new show on Thursday in Madrid


Spain considers allowing travel to see family for Christmas

Central and regional health officials are meeting on Wednesday to draft a common set of guidelines to celebrate safely; measures might include exceptions to sealed borders for people visiting relatives


Spain calls for ‘common sense’ after Christmas shoppers throng the streets

Scenes of packed city centers over the weekend have raised alarm bells, with health authorities asking the public to act responsibly to prevent a new spike in coronavirus cases


Spanish government transfers migrants out of Canary Islands ‘port of shame’

The makeshift facilities in Arguineguín are empty for the first time since August, but smugglers continue to send people on dangerous sea voyages to the archipelago


Madrid region to lift mobility restrictions in 13 areas

But a section of the town of Móstoles is being added to the list of zones where people may enter or exit only on essential business


Spain’s coronavirus vaccination drive: these are the 15 priority groups

Health Minister Salvador Illa has announced the categories that will be used to decide who is immunized first, with care home residents and health workers at the top of the list


Spanish government secures pledge for budget deal with Catalan, Basque support

The center-left executive expects greater political stability in exchange for concessions on regional taxes and spending control


Dakhla: the departure point for migrants to Spain’s Canary Islands

EL PAÍS travels to this coastal town in Western Sahara where groups of people await their chance to make the journey, despite surveillance by Morocco


Thousands drive through Spanish streets to protest new education reform

Parents with children in state-subsidized 'concertado' schools say the rules will undermine their right to choose by granting too much power to the state


Spanish PM predicts that ‘very substantial’ part of population could be vaccinated during first quarter of 2021

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Friday that his Cabinet will approve a coronavirus vaccination plan on Tuesday, adding: “We are ready”


Spain authorizes Phase 3 trial of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

Nine Spanish hospitals will participate in a test that seeks to analyze the efficacy and safety of the drug on 30,000 volunteers from nine countries


Spanish mother convicted of 2013 child murder found dead inside her prison cell

Rosario Porto was serving an 18-year sentence for the killing of 12-year-old Asunta Basterra


Regional border closures extended in parts of Spain

Valencia, Cantabria and Castilla-La Mancha decide to keep their perimeters sealed, while Catalonia plans to partially reopen bars and restaurants


Spain reports 38,273 new coronavirus cases and adds 484 victims since Friday

The incidence rate has fallen in nearly all regions and territories, while pressure on intensive care units is also beginning to ease


Most Spaniards support a second home lockdown, according to new poll

A survey conducted for EL PAÍS shows that 71% of respondents believe coronavirus restrictions aimed at protecting health should be prioritized over the economy


Madrid region lifts coronavirus restrictions in 10 areas

But transparency watchdog criticizes the Health Ministry for its failure to reply to citizens' requests for information during coronavirus pandemic


Thousands of workers in Spain could be laid off as second coronavirus wave bites

Unions and employer associations warn that distressed companies will not be able to retain workers returning from the ERTE furlough scheme, while the understaffed national employment services struggle to pay out jobless benefits with as much as four-month delays


Spanish government to reduce sales tax on face masks from 21% to 4%

Finance minister says government is also considering a new reduction on the maximum sale price for surgical face coverings


Trial for deadly 2017 Barcelona terrorist attacks begins

Only three defendants are facing prison for aiding the perpetrators, who were shot down by police after plowing into crowds in the Catalan capital and in the town of Cambrils


Spain hopes to have Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for 10 million people by early 2021

Health Minister Salvador Illa expects to soon sign a contract with drugmaker for 20 million doses


EU Commission backs Spain’s protocol against disinformation campaigns

Brussels confirms the initiative answers its own call for cooperation, despite claims from the opposition that the government is trying to encroach on press freedom


Over 20,000 people died of coronavirus in Spanish care homes during first wave, government report says

Draft study provides the first official estimate of fatalities that made world headlines when elderly residents were found in a state of neglect at understaffed centers


Spain adds 1,326 coronavirus deaths to official count due to methodology change

The latest figures indicate that the incidence rate in the country may be stabilizing, but experts have urged patience


Democracy in the balance

What’s at stake following a tense US election is more than a choice between two different political projects: it is the unity and stability of American society


¿Qué? – Where to find all the episodes of our Spanish news podcast

The coronavirus crisis has forced us to put the fourth series on hold, but listeners can enjoy previous discussions with hosts Simon Hunter and Melissa Kitson by heading to our listings page


Job creation in Spain improves in October despite second coronavirus wave

Social Security registrations grew on the strength of education hirings but are still far below the number recorded before the pandemic hit the country


Spain’s former king Juan Carlos targeted by new investigation

Supreme Court prosecutors will take over a probe reported to involve credit cards used by the ex-monarch after stepping down from the throne in 2014