Spain’s new state of alarm: more regions close their borders

Aragón, Asturias and the Basque Country join Navarre and La Rioja in sealing their territory, while Catalonia is considering weekend home confinements


Spanish government planning a new state of alarm that will last for many weeks

The Cabinet is due to meet on Sunday morning to approve the emergency measure, which counts on the backing of the majority of the regions to give them a legal framework for coronavirus restrictions


15% of residents in Madrid care homes died during the coronavirus pandemic

The figure represents the total number of fatalities between March 8 and May 15, and includes victims who were not tested for Covid-19 as well as those who may have died from other causes


Pedro Sánchez tells regional chiefs he will request a sixth and final extension to the state of alarm

During weekly videoconference call, Catalan premier Quim Torra insisted that all powers suspended under the emergency measure should be returned to the regions immediately


Spanish PM considering lifting state of alarm in some regions before others

Speaking to regional premiers on Sunday, Pedro Sánchez said that the exceptional measures would begin to be lifted in the coming days “if nothing goes wrong”


Regional chiefs temper criticism of government during weekly video conference

But premiers of Madrid, Andalusia and Valencia had complaints for Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez after being excluded from moving to Phase 1 of the deescalation process


Regional premiers voice their opposition to extending Spain’s state of alarm

During a weekly video conference with the prime minister, politicians object to the Spanish government’s coronavirus deescalation plan


Regional premiers call on Spanish PM to allow citizens to exercise in the open air

During a conference call with the regions’ chiefs, Pedro Sánchez called for a strengthening of primary care systems ahead of the deescalation of the coronavirus lockdown


Spanish PM to opposition parties: ‘Nobody can win this war alone’

Pedro Sánchez has called for cross-party support during the coronavirus crisis but has been met with the rejection of the PP and Vox


Spanish government preparing centers to isolate asymptomatic Covid-19 patients

The Health Ministry is preparing mass testing programs among essential workers in order to avoid new outbreaks once social distancing measures are lifted


Spanish government tightens lockdown to include all non-essential workers

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will convene a Cabinet meeting to approve the measure, which is aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in Spain


Spanish government to extend state of alarm for 15 days

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez made the decision after warning Spaniards that the number of coronavirus cases was set to rise over the next week


Galicia, Basque Country to hold early regional elections in April

The vote will take place ahead of polls that have been announced in Catalonia, but that are yet to get an official date


Pedro Sánchez’s investiture debate to take place on January 4, 5 and 7

The caretaker prime minister will need to secure an absolute majority at the first vote or a simple majority at the second if his bid to get back into office is to prosper


Negotiations over Spanish PM’s investiture enter final phase

Despite a public clash, the Socialist Party and the separatist Catalan Republican Left continue to talk about a possible abstention that would allow Pedro Sánchez to be sworn into office

Spanish politics

Spain’s caretaker PM reaches out to more nationalist parties for support

For the first time, Pedro Sánchez will meet with the Catalan anti-capitalist CUP and with the Basque far-left EH Bildu in a bid to get confirmed in office and avoid a third general election

'ERE' Corruption case

Spain’s Socialists try to contain fallout from ERE corruption case ruling

As caretaker PM Pedro Sánchez struggles to form a government, the opposition tells him to take responsibility for a sweeping scandal affecting former regional leaders of Andalusia

November 2019 General Election

Vote count gives extra seat to PP, further complicating Pedro Sánchez’s chances

The conservatives have picked up a deputy in the Basque Country, meaning the caretaker PM will need to secure key abstentions or support from another party to retake power

November 2019 General Election

Spain: How an “impossible” governing coalition was clinched in an hour

Within two days of Sunday’s repeat election, the Socialist Party and Unidas Podemos struck a deal that they had been unable to agree on for six months

November 10 general election

Latest CIS opinion poll gives Socialists more than 30% of the vote

The party of caretaker Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez would still, however, fall short of an absolute majority, meaning new attempts at a deal with Unidas Podemos would be needed


PM: Franco’s presence at the Valley of the Fallen was “an affront to Spanish democracy”

Pedro Sánchez today applauded the exhumation of the Spanish dictator and said that society has taken “one more step toward reconciliation”


Barcelona takes stock of damage from week of street violence

Retailers and hotels have suffered losses, while the city assesses impact at €2.7 million in destroyed urban furniture


Latest voter survey sees Socialists put on five points compared to April poll

Data from the CIS public research institute also reveals that more people than ever consider Spain’s politicians and parties to be a problem since records began

Spanish elections

With new election in sight, Spain’s Socialists seek to win over disgruntled centrist voters

Party leaders believe there are around a million people who voted for Ciudadanos in April who could switch allegiances at upcoming polls


As deadline for new election looms, Spain’s PM reaches out to Podemos

Pedro Sánchez today launched 370 policy points, many aimed at persuading the anti-austerity group to vote in favor of a minority Socialist Party administration


Fifteen migrants rescued by ‘Open Arms’ arrive in Spain

Deputy PM deflected criticism about government ’s handling of latest immigration crisis in Europe


Spain sending Navy ship to collect 100 migrants still on board the ‘Open Arms’

Conditions on the NGO rescue vessel have been worsening, with several immigrants jumping overboard in a bid to swim the 800 meters to the Italian island of Lampedusa