TAX EVASION

Spain delays ‘Google tax’ until December due to US pressure

The government is planning on approving the signature policy today but will not collect any money for now, in the hope that the OECD soon comes up with a global digital levy

DEPOPULATION

Why college graduates are leaving Spain’s deserted interior for Madrid

Faced with limited job opportunities, more and more young Spaniards are moving from their hometowns to find work in the capital

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

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish government and WHO question cancellation of Mobile World Congress

Organizers of the trade fair are citing causes outside their control to avoid paying compensation

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Alcohol-laced gummi bears pit Basque youths against German giant Haribo

The maker of the popular candy has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the young entrepreneurs behind Ositos & Co, citing trademark infringement

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

CORONAVIRUS

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress cancelled as firms drop out over coronavirus fears

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, BT Group and Nokia were among the latest companies to announce that they would not attend the upcoming tech event

DRUGS

Spain’s invisible multi-million-euro marijuana business

Criminal groups are paying as much as €5,000 per harvest to low-income families who agree to grow the drug in their homes

EMPLOYMENT

The job vacancies that Spain constantly struggles to fill

In a country with persistently high unemployment, there is a dire need for digital experts but also for mechanics, crane operators and ham carvers

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

ECONOMY

Sluggish January sees 244,000 jobs destroyed in Spain

Registered unemployment rose by 90,248 from December, making this the worst month of January since 2014

AGRICULTURE

Why Spain’s farmers are up in arms

Across the country, agricultural organizations are planning street action to draw attention to the precarious conditions of nearly one million businesses

GAMBLING

Spanish mother’s fight against betting: “My son has been gambling for 10 years. I can’t go on”

Susana Fonseca discovered a decade ago that her child had been stealing money from her to place bets and is now calling for a ban on advertising

TOURISM

Deià: The Spanish village with more tourist accommodation than residents

The picturesque spot in Mallorca is home to just over 600 people, but the high number of visitors in the summer is putting a strain on resources

CITY HOUSING

In Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a month

Despite soaring rent prices, there are still a few lucky residents on old Franco-era contracts. Real estate trusts are buying these properties as they wait for the occupants to pass away

Madrid’s Fitur tourism trade fair: Around the world in 10 pavilions

SPAIN-MOROCCO RELATIONS

Spain’s foreign minister travels to Morocco amid territorial water dispute

Rabat’s decision to pass laws appropriating an area near the Canary Islands encroaches on Spanish maritime borders at a spot that is rich with a rare mineral

ECONOMY

Spain’s olive oil industry is already feeling the impact of Trump’s tariffs

The 25% levy on the product, combined with low prices and the EU’s failure to address storage issues, has hit the sector hard, with exports falling by 15,000 tons from November

RAIL TRAVEL IN SPAIN

€5 tickets for Spain’s new low-cost rail service to go on sale on Monday

The AVLO, which will cover the popular Madrid-Barcelona route, will begin operating in April, and will offer an average discount of 60% on the cost of the existing AVE train

BUSINESS

The pioneering Spanish company where staff work a four-day week

Software Delsol, located in the southern city of Jaén, has introduced the new timetables this year in a bid to boost productivity but without cutting salaries

RURAL SPAIN

Spain’s dying railroad towns: Trying to catch a new train to prosperity

These once-bustling centers of activity were largely abandoned when other forms of transportation took over. But the few remaining residents are fighting to preserve their legacy, and to find a new purpose for their crumbling infrastructure

TOURISM

Last call: Spain’s Balearic Islands crack down on ‘booze tourism’

The regional government has approved a new law that restricts the sale of alcohol in popular tourist destinations and bans bar crawls

AIR TRAVEL

Airport authority plans €1.5-billion overhaul for Madrid’s Barajas

The facility manager, Aena, wants to merge Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and to expand Terminal 4 in order to raise potential passenger volume to 80 million

ENVIRONMENT

Greenhouse gas emissions drop in Spain as power plants ditch coal

Energy produced at coal-fired thermal stations made up less than 5% of all electricity generated in 2019, as natural gas and renewables become more profitable options

SPANISH BARS

Spanish city of Málaga calls time on new bars in bid to combat noise pollution

Local authorities have introduced a five-year ban on new dining and drinking establishments in downtown areas that are already saturated with venues

TOURISM

Spaniards’ new travel trends: more trips abroad, fewer at home

Despite the overall drop in holidaymakers during the third quarter of last year, tourist spending continued to rise from the same period in 2018

ECONOMY

French lamb and Turkish bass: The not-so-Spanish Christmas feast

Misleading labeling means that many people are not aware that many food products are being imported