Spanish PM: ‘The virus could return and plunge us into a second wave. We have to avoid that at all costs’

Speaking the day before the state of alarm is due to be lifted, Pedro Sánchez made a televised address to 'take stock' of the situation, and to thank those on the front line during the Covid-19 pandemic


Former soldier arrested for shooting at photos of Spanish PM and ministers in a firing range

In the video of the incident, a gunman is seen firing at the images of several high-profile politicians, including Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias


Spain’s security council downplayed risk of coronavirus pandemic in early March

The report was ratified by the advisory body 10 days before the implementation of a state of alarm over the spread of Covid-19


Spain’s economy shrank 34% in the first two weeks of the coronavirus lockdown

The government is counting on EU funds to help with the economic recovery, but faces political disputes at home over the use of the money


Kristalina Georgieva: ‘Spain’s guaranteed minimum income is a good instrument to improve equality’

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund started in the role last October, and is now faced with the global economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic


Spain plans €150 billion of public investment as part of coronavirus recovery effort

The draft of the plan, to which EL PAÍS has had access, sets out a long list of structural reforms as well as support for the country’s ailing tourism sector


Spain announces it will reopen borders to EU states, including the UK, on June 21

Travelers from countries outside Schengen will be permitted to enter from July 1, providing there is a reciprocal agreement on travel and taking into account the epidemiological situation in the country of origin.


With 70% of Spain in Phase 3 of the coronavirus deescalation plan, the regions resist allowing free movement

Fear of new outbreaks is also prompting regional governments to maintain limits on nighttime bars and nightclubs


Prime minister calls for ‘patriotism’ from opposition as Spain rebuilds in wake of coronavirus

In a televised address today, Pedro Sánchez appealed for ‘unity’ among political parties ‘to achieve reconstruction’


Spanish judge shelves case tying Women’s Day march to spread of Covid-19

The political right had made much of the government's alleged role in allowing public gatherings on March 8, when the coronavirus epidemic began to be apparent


Spain edges closer to ‘new normality’ with final coronavirus phase change

Most parts of the country will enter the final stage of the deescalation process on Monday, which will end on June 21 when the state of alarm expires


EU’s call to open internal borders by June 15 increases pressure on Spain

The Spanish government so far intends to wait until July 1 to lift this coronavirus restriction, and says decisions will be made based on health criteria


Spain prepares for next phase change of coronavirus deescalation plan

Madrid authorities have said they will not request to move to the final stage, but instead wait until the state of alarm comes to an end on June 21 and the entire country enters the “new normality”


Spain issues new guidelines for safe return to school in the fall

Distance between students is reduced from two to one-and-a-half meters, but classrooms may accommodate no more than 20 children


Scandal over Covid-19 deaths at Madrid nursing homes sparks fierce political row

Regional and central government officials have warned of legal consequences after EL PAÍS revealed that internal protocols excluded some coronavirus patients from hospital admission


Spanish government approves draft bill against child abuse

The sweeping legislation on the protection of minors seeks to “end impunity,”and has been backed by British pianist James Rhodes


Spanish Cabinet approves decree for ‘new normality’ after coronavirus state of alarm ends

The new rules, which will be in place until the government considers that the coronavirus crisis is over, include the obligatory use of face masks and prevention measures in the workplace


Supreme Court prosecutors to investigate Spain’s emeritus king over kickback scheme

The probe will focus on Juan Carlos‘s connection to suspected payments made in exchange for the contract to build the AVE high-speed rail link to Mecca


Spain’s guaranteed minimum income scheme will reach 255,000 people by June 26, says PM

During a televised address today, Pedro Sánchez criticized cuts made to Spain’s regional healthcare systems, but defended how the system had coped during the coronavirus crisis


Why science should revolutionize the world of politics

Scientists Rafael Yuste and Darío Gil believe that the moment has come to elevate scientific thinking to the spheres of power, as was previously done with the economy and the law


Face masks will still be obligatory in Spain after the state of alarm

A draft decree being prepared by the government includes fines of up to €100 for people who do not wear the face coverings in closed public spaces


Spain adopts conservative attitude to restarting European travel

Most European Union states want to lift restrictions at internal borders by June 15, but Madrid is insisting on July 1


More than half of Spain moving to Phase 3 of coronavirus deescalation plan on Monday

The Madrid region and the city of Barcelona will enter the second stage, which allows social gatherings of up to 15 people and lifts the restrictions on outdoor activity


Madrid chief warned against refusing hospital aid to care home residents: ‘They’ll die in undignified conditions’

In internal emails seen by EL PAÍS, the head of social policy said that the decision to deny certain coronavirus patients medical attention would have “serious legal consequences”


Rafael del Pino: ‘We have to get people back to work as fast as possible’

The chairman of Ferrovial believes that the government should not fast-track major changes without prior debate, and that if it does, it should do so to facilitate the creation of decent jobs for all Spaniards


Madrid and Barcelona will request to move to Phase 2 of coronavirus deescalation plan

Several regional authorities will also ask the central government for permission to enter the last stage before the beginning of the so-called “new normality”


After bitter debate in Congress, Spain’s PM secures extension to state of alarm

Pedro Sánchez was harshly criticized for his handling of the coronavirus crisis by the PP and Vox, but found the votes needed for a final period of the emergency measures