SPANISH NEWS

Woman arrested for surfing in northern Spain after testing positive for Covid-19

The lifeguard was handcuffed and taken away by police for ignoring calls to return to the shore. A video of the arrest went viral within hours

CORONAVIRUS

“I lost my mother and my father in 15 days”

The Txagorritxu hospital is where half of the Covid-19 patients are being treated in the Basque Country. The area was the first site of an outbreak of the coronavirus in the region

CORONAVIRUS

Spain recommends sports matches be played behind closed doors over coronavirus fears

The Health Ministry has also advised the cancelation of medical congresses and meetings in order to keep medical staff available

SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Spanish king’s brother-in-law enjoys Christmas break from prison

Iñaki Urdangarin was seen with his wife, Cristina de Borbón, after being granted a four-day leave from jail, where he is serving a five-year sentence for embezzlement

SQUATTERS IN SPAIN

Angry crowd forces squatters out of elderly lady’s home in Basque Country

The family that had moved in to 94-year-old Victoria de Castro’s house ended up securing police protection in exchange for leaving the premises

SPANISH MEDIA

Basque politician refuses to condemn ETA violence during interview on public TV channel

The controversial broadcast with Arnaldo Otegi has led to calls from right-wing parties for the head of RTVE, Rosa María Mateo, to resign

VIOLENCE

Basque university student beaten for being “a Spanish shithead”

Victim spent five days in hospital after being targeted for heading a club that defends unity of Spain

GENDER VIOLENCE

Tragic week for domestic violence in Spain, with five deaths registered

Police are currently searching for the killer of a woman who was stabbed early Thursday morning in Torrox, Málaga

IMMIGRATION

Migrants stranded in Basque Country as France steps up border controls

Hundreds of people from Sub-Saharan Africa have been sent back into Spain by French police, regardless of whether they have the right to apply for asylum

POLITICS

Spanish government transfers two ETA prisoners to Basque Country

Critics say move is tied to Basque nationalists’ support for no-confidence vote that placed Pedro Sánchez in power

TOWARD THE END OF ETA

Basque terror group ETA apologizes ahead of dissolution next month: “We are truly sorry”

After decades of avoiding responsibility for its victims’ pain, Friday’s statement expresses contrition

BASQUE POLITICS

Basque ruling party wants to include “right to decide” in new regional charter

The debate to review the 1979 Statute begins today amid disagreement over independence issues

CRIME

Bilbao’s juvenile killers: kids on the outside, ruthless on the inside

Institutions criticized for not doing more to stop the teens who murdered an 87-year-old couple

CRIME

Concerns rise in Bilbao as city hit by wave of juvenile violence

Alarm bells are going off after the arrest of five teenagers for three murders in the Basque city

YOUTH VIOLENCE

Two 14-year-olds held for murdering elderly couple in Spain’s Basque country

The double murder comes amid a wave of violent crimes committed by minors in the area

Terrorism

Spain’s skateboard hero to be honored in new memorial center

Ignacio Echeverría died after using his skateboard to protect a woman during London terror attack

Regional financing

Basque leader defends region’s fiscal deal amid claims of special treatment

Premier Iñigo Urkullu says arrangement provides a reference point in debate over regional financing

History

Rape and war mural in Spanish church baffles historians

Art experts trying to get to the bottom of disturbing paintings discovered in Álava in 1985

tourism

The Basque shrine being overwhelmed by its ‘Game of Thrones’ fame

In July alone, 75,000 tourists climbed the 241 steps to the top of the islet that doubles as Dragonstone

Technology

Super-fast data cable now links America and Europe

Work begins on the Spanish side to install the joint Facebook, Microsoft and Telefónica project

ECONOMY AND BUSINESS

Why jobs are going unfilled in a country with 18% unemployment

Spanish companies complain they are often unable to fill positions due to a lack of suitable candidates

Wine

Spanish wine fit for a pope

Heras Cordón winery is the Vatican’s only official supplier from Spain’s famous La Rioja region

TERRORISM

Spaniard injured in Berlin: “The truck ran into me and right over my legs”

University student shares personal account of the Christmas market attack on social media

TRANSPORT

The Basque Y: the very slow tale of a very fast train

Three decades on, high-speed rail link in northern Spain is still far from reaching its destination

SPANISH POLITICS

Political deadlock in Spain takes toll on increasingly divided parties

Main opposition Socialists cannot agree on whether to let conservatives form a government

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Exit polls predict PP victory and Unidos Podemos in second place

The Socialist Party (PSOE) gets bumped down to third place for the first time in democratic history

AIR SCARE

Passenger flight dodges three drones before landing in Bilbao

Devices were flying at an altitude of 900 meters and represented a collision threat; police fail to find owners