SPANISH ROYAL FAMILY

Donald Trump invites Spanish royals on official visit to the United States

This is the second time King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia have been invited to the White House in less than two years, while Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has not yet been extended an invitation

US-SPAIN RELATIONS

Spain warns Trump that trade hostilities could endanger greater military cooperation

For the first time, Madrid is linking the presence of US troops to retaliation against Spanish companies

POLITICS

King Felipe VI in parliament: “Spain must be for everyone”

In a speech to open the new political term, the monarch calls on parties to restore the people’s trust in the institutions

Spanish royal family

Politicians from all sides of the spectrum respond to King Felipe’s Christmas speech

The anti-austerity Unidas Podemos praised the monarch for softening his tone on the issue of Catalonia, while Catalan and Basque parties criticized the address

DEFENSE

US seeking to add two destroyers, 600 extra personnel to Spanish naval base

The plan, which will not be finalized until Spain has a government in place, would see a 50% rise in the number of people stationed in Rota, Cádiz, as well as a reform of the relevant treaty

Terrorism

Secret services warn of risk of jihadist attack against Spaniards in Sahara region

Spanish foreign ministry advises against travel to southwestern Algeria at a time when many people fly there to visit Sahrawi refugees

SPANISH ROYALS

Spanish king defends democracy and human rights on state visit to Cuba

At a dinner attended by Cuban president Miguel Díaz-Canel, Felipe VI underscored the need for institutions to respect freedom of expression and of association

Spain’s Royal Family

Spanish royals make first official visit to Cuba

The highly symbolic trip aims to show support for businesses from Spain, and does not constitute official support for the Cuban government

November 10 General Elections

Vox, unchallenged at TV debate, enjoys boost in the polls

The leader of the far-right party, Santiago Abascal, took advantage of the silence of his rivals on Monday night to get his message across to the more than eight million viewers

Heritage

Sephardic Jews rush to apply for Spanish citizenship before deadline ends

The number of applications soared to 50,000 in September, with as many as 5,000 requests received in one day

Spanish armed forces

Spanish army to investigate soldiers pictured drinking beers while armed

The incident took place at the weekend in the Barcelona municipality of Vilafranca del Penedès. Photos of the men with their machine guns next to them quickly went viral

IMMIGRATION

‘Open Arms’ docks in Italian port of Lampedusa after 20 days at sea

The Spanish rescue ship arrived on the island around midnight following an order from a Sicilian public prosecutor, who called the situation on the vessel “of utmost urgency”

Immigration

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

IMMIGRATION

Conditions on Spanish rescue ship ‘Open Arms’ reach crisis level

Four people jumped into the sea and tried to swim to the coast of Italy, which has denied the ship entry even though six EU countries have offered to take in the migrants

MILITARY

Video: Tense incident between Spanish and Russian aircraft over Baltic Sea

Footage shows NATO-led jet closely tagging plane reportedly carrying Russian defense minister

GOOD GOVERNANCE INDEX

Political instability in Spain takes a toll on global image

A study based on 2017 World Bank figures shows the country has fallen two spots to 27th on the international index

SPANISH POLITICS

In wake of failed investiture bid, Socialists rule out coalition government

Acting deputy PM Carmen Calvo said the party would not negotiate Cabinet positions with Unidas Podemos after the anti-austerity group abstained from last week’s crucial vote

Spanish politics

Spain’s acting PM accuses center-right of shunning “the wrong party”

At Monday’s investiture debate, Pedro Sánchez argued that the far-right Vox party represents the real threat to Spanish democracy, and not his Socialist group

US-SPAIN RELATIONS

The day that Trump ignored Spain in mission to stop an Iranian oil tanker

The US partnered with London, not Madrid, to stop a vessel bound for Syria in breach of EU sanctions that passed near Gibraltar in disputed territorial waters

POLITICS

Vox sends out personal insults to Ciudadanos chief via Twitter

The official account for the far-right party posted a message calling Albert Rivera “scared” and “shameless,” and accused him of “kissing [French President Emmanuel] Macron’s ass”

POLITICS

Vox rejects City Hall deal after spat with Popular Party

The far-right group has accused the conservatives of breaking a power-sharing agreement and has said it will “move to the opposition” in Madrid in response

ARMED FORCES

Spain accepts more US troops at Cádiz naval base without redrafting defense pact

Government sources say this step was bypassed, given the difficulty involved with modifying the agreement in the current climate in Spain of political uncertainty

POLITICS

After admitting defeat, Madrid mayor may try to retain office after all

The former judge hopes to remain in her role as Vox threatens to let the left govern if Ciudadanos refuses to negotiate with the far-right party

MAY 26 ELECTIONS

Will Sunday’s elections in Spain trigger a new era of coalitions?

Polls suggest the fragmentation seen at the national vote will extend to the local and regional level, giving added clout to small parties such as far-right group Vox

ARMED FORCES

US conveys displeasure over Spain’s decision to withdraw frigate

The American embassy in Madrid has informally complained that the move to pull the ‘Méndez Núñez’ from a combat group in the Persian Gulf was communicated through military channels, not diplomatic ones

ARMED FORCES

Spain defends decision to pull frigate from US combat group headed for Gulf

Acting Defense Minister Margarita Robles insists the move is technical, not political, and that the ship will rejoin the fleet once it reaches the Indian Ocean

SPANISH ELECTIONS

Vox enters Congress for the first time but falls short of expectations

Far-right leader Santiago Abascal admitted the election result was a source of “joy but also concern” after the right-wing bloc failed to secure enough votes to form a government