CORONAVIRUS

Spain’s Basque region admits to second wave of Covid-19

More European countries are introducing travel restrictions as the coronavirus incidence continues to rise

WEATHER

Spain experiences first heat wave of the summer

The three-day spell will bring temperatures of up to 42ºC in places like the Basque city of Bilbao, which has not seen such readings since 1947

ENVIRONMENT

New law protecting Spain’s Mar Menor leaves nobody satisfied

Environmentalists say it allows a similar use of fertilizers, while farmers claim it will seriously harm the sector

CARTOONS

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El Roto cartoon, January 29, 2020

CORONAVIRUS

Spaniard in Wuhan faces tough choice: Stay with husband or evacuate

Spain is planning to repatriate citizens who are trapped in the Chinese city due to a coronavirus outbreak, but for Dácil Sánchez that means leaving her partner behind

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

coronavirus

Spain trying to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan along with French, British nationals

China has recommended that foreigners stay put in the quarantined city, but added that it will not prevent them from leaving

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Jailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”

Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powers

CARTOONS

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El Roto cartoon, January 28, 2020

politics

Iranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right Vox

Donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran also funded other party expenses such as rent and computer equipment in 2013 and 2014

catalan independence drive

Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seat despite ban

Quim Torra got his Together for Catalonia party to abstain from the day’s voting after the speaker warned him that his own vote would not be counted

PRIVACY VIOLATIONS

Spanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three years

The female employee discovered a pen drive that had been used to record her when she got changed at the Madrid clinic where she worked. The victim has also won compensation

CATALONIA INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Civil Guard colonel slams actions of Mossos chief during Catalan independence drive

Diego Pérez de los Cobos tells court he would have removed Josep Lluís Trapero from his role as head of the regional police force for his leadership in 2017

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

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

Americas

Spanish minister’s secret meeting with Venezuelan vice-president sparks political storm

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez claims that José Luis Ábalos “did what he could to avoid a diplomatic crisis” given that Delcy Rodríguez is banned from entering the European Union

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’

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El Roto cartoon, January 27, 2020

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

coronavirus outbreak

Tests on two possible cases of coronavirus in Spain come back negative

Both the people under observation have recently arrived from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. The Health Ministry said the risk of infection is very low

CATALAN INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan premier refuses to comply with Supreme Court decision to strip him of seat

The Barcelona Electoral Commission has given the regional parliament 48 hours to name a replacement, but Quim Torra says he will not step down

CARTOONS

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El Roto cartoon, January 24, 2020

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

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

MIGRATION IN SPAIN

Why Venezuelans from all generations are flocking to Madrid

No other influx of immigrants has been this intense in Spain’s recent history, with more than 20,000 people from Venezuela arriving every year since 2018

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