Ten covert police operations that took place under Spain’s PP government

Illegally spying on former Popular Party treasurer Luis Bárcenas was just one of the jobs carried out without judicial oversight by a group of officers who also disseminated false evidence against Catalan separatists and the leftist party Podemos. EL PAÍS has reconstructed events based on testimony from their targets


Madrid extends coronavirus restrictions on mobility to eight new areas and recommends residents stay at home

In an unusual turn of events, Health Minister Salvador Illa held a press conference on Friday where he made clear that, in the government’s opinion, the region is not going far enough


Spanish government to consider pardon requests for jailed Catalan separatists

Right-wing parties warn they will legally challenge any move to grant clemency to the imprisoned leaders of the 2017 failed secession attempt


Spanish government pressures Madrid to take tougher action against Covid-19 epidemic

The central executive is trying to get regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso to leave more decisions in the hands of her health team


Spanish PM meets Madrid chief over Covid-19 measures, warns of ‘very tough weeks ahead’

The face-to-face between Pedro Sánchez and Isabel Díaz Ayuso signaled a thaw in months of frosty relations as both leaders insisted on the need for coordinated action against soaring transmission in the region


Dutch soccer fans told to pay €1,500 to Roma women they humiliated in Madrid

The accused apologized via video link for throwing coins at beggars in Plaza Mayor ahead of a Champions League match in 2016


Bank of Spain downgrades economic forecast and warns of slower recovery

According to the central lender, GDP will fall between 10.5% and 12.6% this year as a result of the coronavirus crisis


Chaos in Madrid, as regional government denies health chief’s announcement of new lockdowns

Sources close to the premier denied that any decisions have been made yet regarding stricter coronavirus measures, directly contradicting statements made earlier in the day by Antonio Zapatero


Spain drafts bill against remaining legacy of Franco era

The new law will offer citizenship to the descendants of members of the International Brigades, who fought on the republican side during the civil war


Madrid’s primary healthcare crisis: not enough doctors for so many patients

Regional leaders have pledged to invest €80 million to revamp an underresourced system, but professionals are skeptical as they struggle to cope with a second wave of Covid-19

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Covid-19 concerns reduce scale of Catalonia Day celebrations

Pro-independence association ANC defends the need for the public events despite a call by the Barcelona Medical Association to cancel them


Spanish court sends ex-colonel to prison for 1989 Jesuit killings in El Salvador

Over three decades after a massacre that drew international attention, Inocente Orlando Montano was found guilty of "terrorist" crimes


Echoes of Franco as Spain’s far right tells PM his government is ‘worst in 80 years’

The remarks by Vox leader Santiago Abascal in Congress reminded many lawmakers of an old phrase uttered by regime nostalgics about life being better under the dictatorship


Police find crowd of 75 at clandestine bar and brothel in Madrid

No Covid-19 safety measures were being observed, and the premises did not have a license


Spanish spying probe points at top Popular Party ex-officials

Court lifts the seal on investigation into scheme to steal sensitive material from former party treasurer Luis Bárcenas


EL PAÍS reaches 110,000 subscribers after launching digital subscription model

In just four months, 64,200 readers have signed up to receive unlimited access to the publication’s online content, placing the newspaper as the leader of Spain’s press market


Total coronavirus infections in Spain rise to more than 500,000

The new figure was reported by the regions on the same day that 13 people were arrested at a protest against Covid-19 safety measures and restrictions


Spanish diplomacy working to secure less strict travel restrictions

Madrid reaches out to Brussels, Germany and Britain in a bid to provide some relief to tourism industry which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic


Spain’s health minister rules out new lockdown, Madrid perimeter confinement

Speaking during a radio interview, Salvador Illa said such measures would not be “appropriate” at the present time, despite rising coronavirus infection rates


Fresh outbreaks dampen Spanish tourism sector’s hopes for summer season

The number of people registered as unemployed rose by 29,780 in August while the Social Security system registered 6,822 new contributors


Spain’s prime minister plays down crisis with coalition partner over upcoming budget

Speaking on the Cadena SER radio network, Pedro Sánchez committed to a financial plan “that incorporates the governing agreement with Unidas Podemos”


Pedro Almodóvar shares preview of new short starring Tilda Swinton

The Spanish director's latest work will premiere at the Venice Festival, which opens on Tuesday amid heightened coronavirus safety measures


Spain’s business elite turns out to hear PM’s call for ‘a new political climate’

Pedro Sánchez tells heads of corporate giants such as Santander, Inditex and Telefónica that government stability is assured despite a split among coalition partners over the budget


Spain to participate in clinical trials of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine

Health Minister Salvador Illa announced on Friday that 190 healthy volunteers from the country would take part, with three Spanish hospitals involved


Spanish PM offers regions their own state of alarm if needed, plus 2,000 members of the military for contact tracing

Appearing on Tuesday before reporters for the first time since his summer break, Pedro Sánchez described the “progress of the coronavirus curve” in Spain as “worrying”


Madrid region recommends people in areas with highest coronavirus infections stay at home

The advice comes on the day when a judge overturned the regional government's plans to close nightclubs and restrict smoking in public, and when new cases in Spain topped 8,100


Podemos leader, equality minister forced to cut short vacation due to fears for safety

The location of the holiday home in which Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias and his partner, Irene Montero, were staying was made public on social media, reportedly by supporters of far-right Vox