CORONAVIRUS

Portugal and Spain: same peninsula, very different coronavirus impact

Early action by Portuguese authorities is being credited for the country’s low death and infection figures

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The secret memorandum to President Trump

“I am convinced that you can still win re-election. But in order to do so you must be willing to do whatever it takes”

SPANISH ROYALS

Spain’s former king received alleged €1.7m donation from ruler of Bahrain, Swiss probe shows

Arturo Fasana, the former monarch's fund manager, tells prosecutors he deposited the money in a bank account for Juan Carlos I

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Big problems, small leaders

It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that leaders are, with a few exceptions, in over their heads in responding to the coronavirus and its economic debacle

CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

Spain proposes a €1.5 trillion coronavirus recovery fund financed through perpetual EU debt

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will be taking an ambitious plan to the upcoming European summit, but one that could be negotiated with northern countries such as Germany

WIKILEAKS

Spanish firm that spied on Julian Assange tried to find out if he fathered a child at Ecuadorian embassy

Owner of the security company watching the diplomatic building ordered a baby diaper stolen in a bid to find DNA

INTERNATIONAL

Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi diplomat who endorsed the $100m donation to Spain’s King Juan Carlos

According to a Swiss public prosecutor, the government minister met on two occasions with the manager of one of the former monarch’s bank accounts

THE GLOBAL OBSERVER

Unprecedented

In our current crisis, individual isolation saves lives. But, between countries, isolation will make the costs – both human and economic – much higher

INTERNATIONAL

Close friend of Spain’s emeritus king transferred $39 million from “donation” to a US bank

A request for judicial cooperation sent by Swiss prosecutors to a Spanish judge reveals multiple payments to Corinna Larsen, who used part of the money to purchase real estate

Coronavirus

“Our motivation is to get a vaccine as quickly as possible so we can hug each other again”

Spaniard Juan Andres is VP for technical development at Moderna Therapeutics, a biotechnology company that has the first candidate for a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus

POLITICS

Spanish Congress refuses to investigate former King Juan Carlos for alleged ‘irregular’ donation

With the backing of a report from parliamentary lawyers, the governing board of Spain’s lower house has rejected the creation of a special committee into the monarch’s financial dealings

International

Spanish judge asks Swiss prosecutor for information on alleged donation to friend of former King Juan Carlos

Documents discovered in Geneva related to a multi-million transfer received by Corinna Larsen could see a legal probe reopened in Spain

INTERNATIONAL

Swiss prosecutor investigating alleged million-euro donation to friend of Spain’s former king

Corinna Larsen says the money was given to her by Juan Carlos I, but insists that it was a gift

Business

The story of the Spanish potato chip that walked Hollywood’s red carpet

Sales of the Bonilla a la Vista brand, which is still family-owned, have skyrocketed in Spain after the South Korean movie ‘Parasite’ triumphed at the Oscars

CORONAVIRUS

Spain reports first locally transmitted coronavirus case

A man in the Madrid region is in serious condition as the national tally rises to 17, confirming suspicions that the virus had been circulating for days without being detected

RACISM IN SPAIN

Israel condemns Spanish carnival troupe for so-called “tribute” to the victims of the Holocaust

The participants in the parade, which took place in Campo de Criptana in Ciudad Real, were dressed as Nazis and concentration camp prisoners

CORONAVIRUS

Spanish Erasmus exchange students leave Italy amid coronavirus fears

Many Spaniards have returned home to avoid being trapped if a quarantine is declared in the affected areas

CORONAVIRUS

Spain ready “for any scenario” amid global coronavirus outbreak

Two potential cases in the Basque Country have tested negative; another patient is under observation in La Rioja

INTERNATIONAL

Russian spy detected in Catalonia accused of poisoning Bulgarian arms dealer

General Denis Sergeev, who is linked to the elite military group Unit 29155, is being investigated by Spain’s High Court for two visits he made to Barcelona ahead of the illegal referendum on Catalan independence

IMMIGRATION

Spain to introduce tougher asylum requirements

The Interior Ministry is planning more restrictions in order to adapt to European Union guidelines

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

AMERICAS

US disconcerted at Spain’s apparent change of tack on Venezuela

Official calls PM Pedro Sánchez’s failure to meet with Juan Guaidó during the latter’s visit to Madrid “unfortunate”

EUROPEAN UNION

Berlin, Paris hoping Spain will stay close to EU’s French-German bloc

The new Spanish foreign minister has said that the country could form different alliances depending on its interests

IMMIGRATION

European Court of Human Rights backs Spain in express deportation case

The magistrates ruled that the Spanish government acted lawfully when it returned to Morocco two migrants who had jumped the border fence at the exclave city of Melilla

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

CORONAVIRUS

Mobile World Congress organizers cite ‘force majeure’ for cancellation

Postponement or a smaller event were also on the table, says GSMA group, which was forced to take the drastic decision on Wednesday given the stream of firms pulling out over coronavirus fears

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