CORONAVIRUS

Spanish tourism industry feeling the loss of high-rolling visitors

The restrictions on travel into the EU have taken a toll on Madrid, Barcelona and Costa del Sol, which are popular with tourists from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Brazil and the US

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

Spain’s public employment services swamped by millions of coronavirus-related jobless claims

Agencies have increased staff to process filings tied to temporary layoff schemes in a bid to start paying benefits by early May

SPANISH POLITICS

Spain’s far-right Vox stages marches against “traitor” PM Pedro Sánchez

The third-largest force in Congress says the Socialist leader is betraying the nation over his deal with Catalan separatists, who endorsed his government in exchange for talks

Catalonia

Tens of thousands attend march against Catalan independence

Around 80,000 people protested in Barcelona this weekend against the recent street violence in the city that erupted following the Supreme Court ruling, which sentenced nine separatist leaders to prison

Catalonia

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

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Catalan parliament blocks Spanish PM’s choice for Senate speaker

Miquel Iceta received 25 votes in favor, 65 against and 39 abstentions despite warnings from Pedro Sánchez that vetoing his pick would hurt the spirit of dialogue

ELECTIONS

Catalan leader defies electoral board with new display of separatist symbols

Quim Torra resorts to color variations to circumvent campaign rules on political neutrality

TRANSPORTATION

Cabify returns to Barcelona using loophole against new restrictions

The ride-hailing service will only apply the 15-minute waiting period that was established by Catalan regulations to a customer’s first journey

CATALONIA

Road disruptions as Catalan separatists strike against Madrid trial

But walkout has little impact on business, industry or public services due to lack of support from major unions

TAXI STRIKES

Uber, Cabify announce they are pulling their services out of Barcelona

The move by the ride-hailing services comes in the wake of a new regional law that would force passengers to book their journeys 15 minutes in advance

TAXI STRIKES IN SPAIN

Barcelona taxi drivers end strike; Madrid stoppage enters day four

Sector accepts Catalan government’s new pre-booking requirements for ride-sharing services such as Uber and Cabify

CATALONIA

Barcelona on high alert ahead of Spanish Cabinet meeting

Schools and businesses are taking measures to ensure they are not affected by the protests and strikes against the event

TRANSPORTATION

Nearly half of all flights at Barcelona airport delayed in peak holiday season

Spanish authorities are requesting explanations from Vueling, one of the least punctual airlines in Europe

Running of the bulls gang rape case

Spanish government considers legal reform after court releases ‘Manada’ sex-attack culprits

Protests in Madrid and Pamplona over decision to set free five men who were found guilty of sexually abusing an 18-year-old

Housing crisis

Living on commercial property to escape Barcelona’s soaring rent

Some people have resorted to buying or renting business premises even though they lack occupancy licenses

Crisis in Catalonia

Freixenet will keep its HQ in Catalonia after the application of Article 155

In a statement, the cava company celebrates the “affirmation of the constitutional and statutory order”

TRAVEL CHAOS IN SPAIN

Spanish government to send Civil Guard to man airport security checks

Move comes after striking staff at Barcelona’s El Prat reject latest proposal

TRAVEL CHAOS IN SPAIN

New strike postponed at Barcelona’s El Prat airport, but long lines persist

Security staff in charge of checked baggage and entrances call off stoppage in “gesture of good faith”

AIRPORT STRIKE IN SPAIN

End to Barcelona airport strike in sight as company accepts proposal

Travelers have faced major delays at El Prat due to protests against work conditions

Travel chaos

Hour-long lines on third day of security staff strikes at Barcelona airport

If no solution found at meeting on Monday, 24-hour strike is due on August 14

tourism

More delays as Barcelona airport security workers go on partial strike

Passengers stand in line for over 30 minutes on Friday during first of several hour-long stoppages

TRAVEL CHAOS

Two-hour waits at security leave Barcelona airport passengers fuming

With industrial action planned by employees, suspicions abound of a covert strike already underway

TRANSPORTATION

As their licenses lose value, Spain’s taxi drivers fight Uber and Cabify

Nationwide strikes focus on getting the government to reduce the number of livery cars

SEXISM

Barcelona club under fire for €100 offer to women without underwear

Women’s lawyer group says Bailódromo Caña Dulce’s poster is “insulting and humiliating”

TOURISM

Spain’s cities closing the door on Airbnb-type rental sites

Barcelona leads the way with tougher requirements and fines for letting out unlicensed properties