CORONAVIRUS

Face masks and class ‘bubbles’: Spain prepares plans for a safe return to school

But regional officials say the central government's coronavirus guidelines for social distancing are impossible to observe due to space shortages

CORONAVIRUS

Spain issues new guidelines for safe return to school in the fall

Distance between students is reduced from two to one-and-a-half meters, but classrooms may accommodate no more than 20 children

CORONAVIRUS

For Spain’s youngest students, no going back to school this academic year

Regional education chiefs reject recommendations by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to open up classrooms for children up to six years of age when Phase 2 of the deescalation plan goes into effect

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government considering limiting class sizes to 15 students

Education Ministry and regions are planning a mixed model of online and on-site teaching, but the sector is calling for more resources

EDUCATION

Spain’s universal pass plan for students runs into regional rejection

Madrid, Murcia, Basque Country and others say they disagree with the central government's proposal to make up for the negative impact of the school closures due to the coronavirus crisis

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish students to get a passing grade due to coronavirus confinement

Education officials will let teachers award varying grades depending on performance during the first two terms

CORONAVIRUS
CORONAVIRUS

Spain reports its first coronavirus death

Infections push past the 200 mark while Israel announces that travelers from Spain and other countries will be quarantined

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish Erasmus exchange students leave Italy amid coronavirus fears

Many Spaniards have returned home to avoid being trapped if a quarantine is declared in the affected areas

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Spanish farmers stage fresh demonstrations in protest at low prices for their products

Hundreds of tractors took to the streets of Valencia and Córdoba on Friday, with protestors unhappy at the practices of major distribution chains

AGRICULTURE

Why Spain’s farmers are up in arms

Across the country, agricultural organizations are planning street action to draw attention to the precarious conditions of nearly one million businesses

ENVIRONMENT

Heaven or hell? The declining state of Valencia’s La Albufera natural park

Lack of water, pollution from urban and industrial waste, unsustainable hunting and climate change are threatening the freshwater lagoon and estuary in the east of Spain

Security

Why Spain’s courts are becoming a stage for violence

In addition to the lack of security, many old courthouses make plaintiffs and defendants wait in the same area, which can lead to severe altercations

MURDER INVESTIGATION

Suspect admits chopping up body of Spanish woman but may avoid prison

Jorge Ignacio Palma claims Marta Calvo died from a heart attack after she took cocaine, and might only be fined for irregularly disposing of the corpse

Languages

Spain continues to have one of the worst levels of English in Europe

A new study places the country in 25th spot on a list of 33 European states with respect to its proficiency in the language

Gender equality

Spanish region to ban gendered school uniforms

The initiative from the Valencia regional government will ensure that no student will be “forced to wear a skirt because of their sex”

MIGRANT CRISIS

A year after the ‘Aquarius’ sea rescue operation, migrants rebuild lives

Over a period of six months, Spain took in 1,000 people who were stranded in the Mediterranean while other EU countries turned them away. These are some of their stories

PUBLIC WORKS

How a failed “inland sea” project made this Spain’s most debt-ridden village

Vallada is home to just over 3,000 people but is saddled with up to €37 million in debt thanks to a ruinous scheme put forward by the former mayor

FOOD SAFETY

Woman who died after eating at Michelin-starred restaurant choked on own vomit

A preliminary report has revealed the cause of death of the 46-year-old woman, who, along with 28 other people, became ill after a meal at the Valencia establishment RiFF

LGBTQ+ Rights

Valencia doctor performs pioneering sex change surgery in 17 hours

The Spanish medical team created a man’s body, a process than can take up to 10 years, in under a day

ENVIRONMENT

Valencia backtracks on plan to ban cremation of very obese bodies

Concerned about the air pollution created by a practice that is in growing demand, regional authorities have come up with a list of measures to curtail emissions from incineration

ARTS

Why sculptures based on 2,600-year-old Greek ceramics are shocking Valencia

An outdoor exhibition by Antoni Miró is causing a stir in the city, with some parents saying the erotic artworks should not be visible to children

MUSIC

The “perfect crime” in Valencia that saw Daddy Yankee lose €2 million

The Reggaeton star behind the hit ‘Despacito’ saw the contents of his safe looted last week after thieves passed themselves off as members of his entourage

SUMMER FIRES

Wildfire in Valencia under control, but many still unable to go home

Collapsed structures and debris prevent half of the 3,000 evacuees from returning to houses in or near Gandía

SUMMER FIRES

Wildfire in Valencia: “It was like a war scene”

Over 3,000 hectares have been devoured in the flames which threaten to spread towards the west

SUMMER FIRES

Wildfire in Gandía forces 3,000 from their homes

Authorities warn that the success of the firefighting operation will depend on winds today

FOOD & DRINK

Valencia village lays claim to original Coca-Cola recipe

The world’s most famous soft drink was supposedly first concocted in a small town in eastern Spain