SPANISH POLITICS

Spanish PM, opposition chief hold meeting but find no common ground

Pedro Sánchez needs the support of Popular Party leader Pablo Casado if he is to make changes to several key institutions, including the Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court

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

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

POLITICS

PM backs minister over meeting with Venezuelan VP during testy session in Congress

Opposition parties used their first chance to quiz the new government to call on transport chief José Luis Ábalos to quit over encounter at Madrid airport with Delcy Rodríguez

POLITICS

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

POVERTY

Spain’s social protection system is broken, says United Nations expert

After 12-day visit to country, Special Rapporteur Philip Alston concludes that ‘people in poverty have been largely failed by policymakers’

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Spanish PM meets with Catalan premier ahead of talks on region’s future

“Dialogue is the path,” says Pedro Sánchez after a 90-minute encounter with Quim Torra in Barcelona

AGRICULTURE

Hundreds of farmers rally in Madrid to demand fairer prices

Protesters are calling on the Spanish government to take action to address the crisis, which they say is threatening the future of the agriculture sector

AIR TRAVEL

Air Canada flight makes emergency landing in Madrid

The plane, with 128 passengers on board, had suffered damage to one of its wheels during takeoff

EDITORIAL

Britain: Friend or rival

Europe must strongly and calmly defend its own interests in the post-Brexit agreement with London

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Prime minister puts talks with Catalan premier on hold until after elections

The central government has committed to talks with politicians in Catalonia to discuss the future of the northeastern region within Spain

CORONAVIRUS

Spain preparing to repatriate nationals from epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya announced on Twitter today that the government is working with the Chinese authorities to bring 20 or so people home from Wuhan

SPANISH FILM

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar triumphs at Spain’s Goya Awards

The internationally acclaimed director won in seven categories, including Best Film, for his semi-autobiographical movie ‘Pain and Glory’

AMERICAS

Police sources: Minister met Venezuelan vice-president to avoid her entry into Spain

Media reports claim that transportation chief José Luis Ábalos had secret talks with Delcy Rodríguez inside a private aircraft in Madrid’s Barajas airport in the early hours of Monday

Weather

Effects of Storm Gloria in Spain: “Recovery will be very tough”

Valencia leader Ximo Puig demands swift action from the central government to deal with the aftermath of a weather event that has killed at least 13 people

WEATHER

Nine dead, four missing as Storm Gloria leaves trail of destruction in Spain

Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearics start to tally the damage to infrastructure caused by rain, wind, snow and waves

CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Ex-Mossos chief seeks to distance himself from Catalan independence leaders

This week saw the start of the High Court trial of four figures connected to the regional police involved in the events of 2017

SPANISH WEATHER

Conditions from ‘Storm Gloria’ claim three victims across Spain

Nine provinces are on red alert today, with areas such as the Valencia region and the Balearics struggling to cope with heavy snowfall, rain showers and record waves of more than eight meters

POLITICS

Spain’s political parties lock horns over far-right Vox’s ‘parental veto’

The controversial policy from the group would give parents the right to stop their children from attending workshops on issues such as homophobia and sex education

EDITORIAL

Safety failures in Spain

An investigation is urgently needed into what happened and why communication failed after the explosion in Tarragona

EDITORIAL

A political error

The government must explain why it has chosen former justice minister Dolores Delgado to be prosecutor general

Explosion at Tarragona chemical plant, in photos

SPANISH POLITICS

Spain’s public prosecutors uneasy about government’s pick for prosecutor general

Critics warns that naming ex-Justice Minister Dolores Delgado to the top role jeopardizes the judiciary’s image of impartiality

ACADEMY AWARDS

Spanish film legends get Oscar nominations for ‘Pain and Glory’

Director Pedro Almodóvar and his leading man Antonio Banderas are in the running for Best International Feature and Best Actor, respectively, at the upcoming Academy Awards

POLITICS

Spain’s new Cabinet is sworn in before King Felipe VI

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias, one of the new deputy prime ministers, called on social movements to “not stop criticizing us, not stop pressuring us” while in power

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

European Parliament withdraws deputy status from jailed Catalan politician

While former colleagues Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comín will be able to take their seats in Strasbourg today, Oriol Junqueras will remain in custody based on a Supreme Court ruling

SPANISH POLITICS

Trickle of Cabinet announcements creates unease among Spain’s new coalition partners

The disclosure that PM Pedro Sánchez will have a fourth deputy in charge of environmental affairs came as a surprise to Unidas Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias