Madrid announces new restrictions on mobility to curb spike in Covid-19 cases

The new measures will affect 37 basic health areas in the capital and in other municipalities with a very high incidence of coronavirus


Spain drafts bill against remaining legacy of Franco era

The new law will offer citizenship to the descendants of members of the International Brigades, who fought on the republican side during the civil war


Madrid’s primary healthcare crisis: not enough doctors for so many patients

Regional leaders have pledged to invest €80 million to revamp an underresourced system, but professionals are skeptical as they struggle to cope with a second wave of Covid-19

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Catalonia Day celebrations highlight divisions between separatist parties

Events were scaled back due to Covid-19 concerns but were still attended by 59,000 people, according to one estimate

DIADA 2020

Covid-19 concerns reduce scale of Catalonia Day celebrations

Pro-independence association ANC defends the need for the public events despite a call by the Barcelona Medical Association to cancel them


Spanish court sends ex-colonel to prison for 1989 Jesuit killings in El Salvador

Over three decades after a massacre that drew international attention, Inocente Orlando Montano was found guilty of "terrorist" crimes


Echoes of Franco as Spain’s far right tells PM his government is ‘worst in 80 years’

The remarks by Vox leader Santiago Abascal in Congress reminded many lawmakers of an old phrase uttered by regime nostalgics about life being better under the dictatorship


Spain to negotiate travel corridors to its islands with Britain, Germany

Foreign minister says she will also reach out to Scandinavian countries in a bid to save the winter tourism season in the Canaries


Spanish spying probe points at top Popular Party ex-officials

Court lifts the seal on investigation into scheme to steal sensitive material from former party treasurer Luis Bárcenas


Spanish diplomacy working to secure less strict travel restrictions

Madrid reaches out to Brussels, Germany and Britain in a bid to provide some relief to tourism industry which has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic


PP chief says he won’t do deal with government on budget, renewal of institutions

Pablo Casado says he will not give the coalition support while the PSOE continues to govern with junior partner Unidas Podemos


Sudden call for Covid-19 antibody testing creates long lines of teaching staff on Madrid streets

Teachers and unions heap criticism on regional government for summoning them on a 24-hour notice and for asking a private company to handle the procedure


Spain’s prime minister plays down crisis with coalition partner over upcoming budget

Speaking on the Cadena SER radio network, Pedro Sánchez committed to a financial plan “that incorporates the governing agreement with Unidas Podemos”


Spain’s business elite turns out to hear PM’s call for ‘a new political climate’

Pedro Sánchez tells heads of corporate giants such as Santander, Inditex and Telefónica that government stability is assured despite a split among coalition partners over the budget


Spanish PM offers regions their own state of alarm if needed, plus 2,000 members of the military for contact tracing

Appearing on Tuesday before reporters for the first time since his summer break, Pedro Sánchez described the “progress of the coronavirus curve” in Spain as “worrying”


Madrid will delay start of school term for some students and bring down class sizes

Regional premier Isabel Díaz Ayuso also announced on Tuesday the temporary hiring of nearly 11,000 teachers, and 100,000 coronavirus antibody tests for staff


Despite opposition calls, Spanish government leaves coronavirus crisis in hands of the regions

The Popular Party in Madrid wants the Socialist Party-Unidas Podemos administration to take charge of issues such as the reopening of schools, but the administration points out that the group demanded its powers be returned under the state of alarm


Catalonia bans social gatherings of more than 10 people in bid to slow coronavirus spread

Madrid has ruled out introducing a similar measure and has instead called on residents to limit non-essential interactions


Spanish government ups security measures over concerns for safety of ministers

Podemos politicians Pablo Iglesias and Irene Montero have been subjected to four months of harassment outside their home in Madrid, and this week were forced to cut short their vacation


Podemos leader, equality minister forced to cut short vacation due to fears for safety

The location of the holiday home in which Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias and his partner, Irene Montero, were staying was made public on social media, reportedly by supporters of far-right Vox


Government delegate in Madrid: “Predicting the anti-mask demonstration would have been impossible”

José Manuel Franco tells EL PAÍS that Sunday's protest in Colón square was communicated to the authorities as being about other issues, such as freedom of expression


Spain’s consultancy racket: How firms won tenders with fake proposals

A probe has found that a group of companies, including Deloitte and KPMG, worked like a cartel to divvy up contracts and leave other competitors out of the game


Spanish PM refuses to reveal whereabouts of emeritus king Juan Carlos

Pedro Sánchez says it is up to the Royal Household and not the government to inform the public of the location of the former monarch

Spanish royal family

How the fate of Spain’s Juan Carlos I was decided

The top-secret decision for the former monarch to leave the country came after all possible options had been reviewed – including regulating the emeritus king's tax affairs


Judge calls members of Podemos leadership to testify after accusations of irregular financing

The move comes after the latest in a series of accusations of wrongdoing by a former lawyer for the left-wing party, José Manuel Calvente


Spanish government preparing special unemployment payment that would benefit 550,000 jobseekers

Labor ministry, unions and business associations negotiating a €430 monthly benefit and seeking ways to improve the conditions of the furlough scheme for part-time workers


Catalonia’s ‘3% case’ brings political and business leaders close to trial

A judge has ended a years-long probe into alleged commissions paid by companies for public works contracts when the region was governed by Democratic Convergence of Catalonia