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


Spanish government may maintain ERTE furlough scheme until end of year

Two ministers have indicated that they are open to extending these measures, implemented due to the coronavirus crisis, in sectors such as tourism beyond June 30


Prime Minister Sánchez seeks final extension to state of alarm in Congress

The emergency measure is expected to be extended until June 21 thanks to the support of Ciudadanos and the Basque Nationalist Party


Spain planning to raise €724 million with new plastic-packaging tax

The Cabinet approves draft legislation that also bans single-use items and encourages the circular economy


Opposition calls for minister to quit over leaked memo about Civil Guard colonel’s sacking

The confidential document contradicts Interior chief Fernando Grande-Marlaska’s version of events about the dismissal last week of Diego Pérez de los Cobos


Spain to withdraw troops from main Iraqi base this summer

The Defense Ministry is also planning a complete exit from Afghanistan at the end of this year or the beginning of 2021


Spain’s PM puts final stage of coronavirus deescalation in hands of the regions

During a televised address on Sunday afternoon, Pedro Sánchez said that the last period of the state of alarm “would be different, lighter”


Pedro Sánchez tells regional chiefs he will request a sixth and final extension to the state of alarm

During weekly videoconference call, Catalan premier Quim Torra insisted that all powers suspended under the emergency measure should be returned to the regions immediately


Spanish government secures support for sixth and final extension to state of alarm

Deal with the Basque Nationalist Party and the Catalan Republican Left will ensure that the executive’s emergency powers for dealing with the coronavirus crisis remain in place until June 21


Spain records single coronavirus death in 24-hour period

Despite the drop, the Madrid region is preparing for the possibility of new outbreaks as the country scales down confinement measures


Ignacio Galán: ‘If we accelerate clean energy, we could create 300,000 jobs now’

The chairman of utilities giant Iberdrola discusses his experience of the coronavirus health crisis and proposes measures to take us into recovery


70% of Spain will be in Phase 2 of coronavirus deescalation plan by Monday, government announces

The entire region of Valencia will enter this stage, while four islands have been given the green light to move to Phase 3


Spanish regions request to move to new phases of deescalation plan

Regional authorities in Valencia have asked to move to Phase 2, while some islands may enter the last stage before the beginning of the “new normality”


Civil Guard dismissal sparks political row in Spain

Deputy PM asks opposition whether it is encouraging insubordination by the law enforcement agency, and PP spokeswoman calls him “the son of a terrorist”