EU AFFAIRS

Spain’s nominee loses Eurogroup presidency in surprise defeat

Nadia Calviño was backed by Germany, France and Italy, and the reversal weakens the Spanish position ahead of a key summit on an EU coronavirus recovery fund

CORONAVIRUS

Brussels forecasts a 10.9% contraction of Spanish economy in 2020

This is more than the 9.4% decline predicted in the spring, and it creates a wider gap between Spain and the euro zone

CORONAVIRUS

Spain could get €140 billion from EU’s Covid-19 recovery plan

If approved, the Spanish economy would be the second top beneficiary of the historic program after Italy

ECONOMY

Brussels raises Spain’s 2020 growth forecast to 1.6%

The European Commission has acknowledged potential risks from the coronavirus to the bloc’s economy

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

European Parliament begins procedure that could strip Catalan MEPs of immunity

Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín will be open to extradition to Spain depending on a vote by the chamber, but would not lose their seats until convicted of an offense

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Ousted Catalan premier collects provisional accreditation as MEP-elect

Carles Puigdemont and former regional health minister Toni Cómín have begun the process of taking their seats in the European Parliament, after a favorable EU court ruling on parliamentary immunity

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

EU court: Jailed Catalan politician had immunity as soon as he was elected MEP

According to the ruling, Oriol Junqueras should have been considered a Member of the European Parliament from the moment he won his seat at the May 26 election

Economy

Brussels urges Spain to form “stable government” to deal with high debt

The European Commission warns about the risk of non-compliance with EU rules after Madrid submitted a budgetary plan for 2020 “based on a no-policy-change scenario”

POLITICS

Spain will propose economy minister as new IMF chief if backed by EU

The government is waiting to see what other candidates are put forward before suggesting Nadia Calviño as the successor to Christine Lagarde

BUSINESS

EU justice settles partner war at iconic Café del Mar in Ibiza

Court of Justice in Luxembourg rules that one of the shareholders acted in bad faith when he registered the brand name to sell music, fashion and other products

ECONOMY

A decade on, Spain set to exit EU’s excessive deficit procedure

EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has congratulated the country and encouraged the government to continue down the path of responsible budget management

EUROPEAN ELECTIONS

European Parliament refuses to issue pass to former Catalan premier

Carles Puigdemont, who fled Spain in 2017 to avoid arrest over his role in the independence drive, was recently voted in as an MEP, but will be unable to take his seat unless he travels to Madrid

INTERVIEW | Pierre Moscovici

EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici: “We need a pro-European, proactive government in Spain”

The European official praises the strong performance of the Spanish economy but warns of the threat posed by far-right parties like Vox

SPAIN’S BUDGET

In new blow to blocked budget, Brussels slams Spain’s plan

The EU thinks the Spanish economy will deviate significantly from medium-term goals, and warns about the need for new structural reforms

BREXIT

Spain demands greater “clarity” on Gibraltar in Brexit deal

Government wants to change the agreement to make it clear that future negotiations on The Rock are not included in the pact

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Ryanair accuses competitors of inciting work stoppages ahead of “biggest ever strike”

The budget airline has called on the European Commission to investigate what it calls “anti-competitive behavior” as it braces for a mass walkout on Friday

INDUSTRIAL ACTION

Ahead of “biggest ever” Ryanair cabin crew strike, Brussels sides with workers

European Commission says low-cost airline must comply with the laws of the countries in which it operates

INTERVIEW

Pierre Moscovici: “Spain is not Italy: it complies with the rules”

The EU finance commissioner talks about the need for more economic reforms and the danger posed by illiberal forces as Europe faces elections next year

Tourism in Spain

Tourist arrivals in Catalonia see 13.9% year-on-year fall in December

Spain broke its tourism record in 2017 with 81.8 million visitors, but the last month of the year saw the first fall since 2013

Catalan elecion

Ciudadanos under pressure to try and form government in Catalonia

But party says it does not have the numbers and is watching moves of secessionist bloc

CATALAN ELECTIONS

Carles Puigdemont: “The Catalan republic has won the elections”

Arrest warrant still pending for ousted premier which could complicate pro-independence government

Catalan elections

The false election promises of the Catalan pro-independence parties

The challenge for pro-secession groups has been how to win over voters after recent failures

Crisis in Catalonia

Business creation drops 14.3% in Catalonia as independence push bites

Corporate leaders seeking economic stability eye Constitutionalist parties in run-up to regional election

Catalan crisis

Catalan politician Josep Rull on time in prison: “The food was very gassy”

Sacked minister spent month behind bars playing table tennis, reading letters and watching television

CATALAN ELECTIONS

Catalan separatists keep independence plans, but stay vague on time frames

Key parties ERC and JuntsxCat pushing for “dialogue” with Spanish state after December 21 election

Crisis in Catalonia

The parallel reality of the Catalan economics chief

Oriol Junqueras maintains that massive company flight from the region will not affect the economy

Catalan independence

How and why capital fled Catalonia

The global repercussion of the Catalan crisis has alarmed international companies, pushing them to move their legal headquarters