Several Spanish regions to propose curfew as country battles coronavirus surge

Valencia, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha are in favor of nighttime confinements, but Madrid’s position remains unclear


Vox’s motion of no confidence fails, securing only the votes of its own deputies

In a surprise move, Popular Party leader Pablo Casado launched a scathing attack on the far-right group in Congress today, symbolically breaking all links with its leader Santiago Abascal


Political poison

The limelight afforded to Vox’s radical ideas at the no-confidence debate in Spanish Congress casts a shadow on the country


At first day of no confidence debate, Vox’s bid for power fails to find any support

Party leader Santiago Abascal spent more than two hours listing catastrophes he attributed to the Spanish government, citing George Soros, the Taliban and ISIS


At no-confidence debate, Spain’s PM urges opposition PP “not to fall into the abyss of the far right”

Vox leader Santiago Abascal launched blistering attacks against the coalition government, calling it “social-communist,” “criminal” and “illegitimate,” among other epithets


Ex-chief of Catalan police force acquitted of sedition over 2017 secessionist drive

Spain’s High Court has cleared Josep Lluís Trapero and three other defendants of all charges related to the events in Catalonia, which included an illegal referendum on independence


Vox’s motion of no confidence against the government: what you need to know about the two-day debate

The far-right party’s leader, Santiago Abascal, is running as a candidate to replace Socialist Party Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, but the bid is almost certainly doomed to failure due to lack of support from other groups


Spanish government considering nationwide state of alarm to implement a curfew

Health Minister Salvador Illa today confirmed the possibility was being studied, but stressed it would require the support of the regions and opposition parties such as the PP


Navarre declares perimetral lockdown of entire region to contain coronavirus spread

The regional government has also ordered the closure of all bars and restaurants after the incidence rate of the virus reached 945 cases per 100,000 inhabitants


Why Spain will not ask for €70 billion of its share of EU recovery fund

With interest rates near zero and soaring public debt, the Spanish government would rather focus on the non-repayable grants than on the loans it is entitled to - and it is not the only one


With state of alarm set to end in Madrid, government looks for new ways to control coronavirus spread

The central administration is seeking an agreement on Covid-19 restrictions with all of the regions before the emergency measure expires on Saturday


‘The Lancet’ criticizes Spain’s management of the coronavirus crisis

Prestigious scientific publication says that ‘some regional authorities were probably too fast at reopening and too slow at implementing an efficient track-and-trace system’


Spain’s health minister predicts ‘short confinements,’ a ‘different Christmas’

Salvador Illa also said he thought that a vaccine would be ready by the start of next year. ‘There are between five and six complicated months left,’ he said


Spain defends its judicial reform plans despite warning from Brussels

Government says reducing the required majority to name members of the CGPJ legal watchdog will help unblock stalled appointments, but EU cautions against a risk of ‘politicization’


Spain’s new coronavirus alert system shows four regions at ‘extreme risk’ level

A draft project that must still be discussed with regional officials aims to clarify the criteria for adopting restrictions on mobility


Spanish health minister on pandemic: ‘The situation is worrying, unstable and fragile’

During another tense session in Congress, the conservative Popular Party and far-right Vox called on Salvador Illa to resign and for the state of alarm in Madrid to be lifted


Spain’s Supreme Court confirms convictions in Gürtel graft case

Justices ratified criminal penalties against 29 members of the corrupt network and upheld the civil liability of the Popular Party


Minister’s warning to Madrid government: ‘You can’t play with public health’

The ongoing battles between the two administrations continued last night, with regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso of the PP claiming Madrileños are being ‘held hostage’ by new coronavirus confinements


Spanish government rules out lifting state of alarm in Madrid

Health Minister Salvador Illa says the emergency measure will remain in place until the region sees a larger fall in coronavirus transmission


Several Spanish regions announce new measures to curb coronavirus spread

Health authorities introduce two weeks of restrictions while Madrid hopes to emerge from the state of alarm in 15 days


Spain’s National Day celebrations marked by political tension and protests

The event paid tribute to the frontline workers of the coronavirus crisis as the central and Madrid governments continue to clash over how to contain the virus


“Patience has its limits,” says health minister after government declares state of alarm in Madrid

The National Police and the Civil Guard deployed 7,000 officers in different parts of Madrid on Friday afternoon, in order to ensure that the new restrictions were observed and that those confined to their municipalities did not leave the region


Spanish Cabinet declares state of alarm in Madrid to slow coronavirus spread

The decision was taken by the Socialist Party-Unidas Podemos government after the regional administration of premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso failed to propose restrictions by a 12pm deadline


PM to hold a Cabinet meeting to declare state of alarm in Madrid

The move comes after Pedro Sánchez gave the regional premier an ultimatum: if she does not implement coronavirus measures, the government will act unilaterally


Spain’s PM mulls state of alarm for the Madrid region

Pedro Sánchez said he would like to reach an agreement with regional authorities and assured that the latter's powers will be respected


David Remnick: ‘The United States has been an imperfect democracy since its founding’

The editor of ‘The New Yorker’ talks to EL PAÍS about Donald Trump and the deepening ideological differences his country faces as it heads towards elections in November


Madrid High Court strikes down Health Ministry’s coronavirus restrictions

As a result of the decision, fines cannot be levied on citizens who break the perimetral confinements of 10 cities and the continuance of the measures themselves is now hanging in the balance