What Christmas in Catalonia will look like under coronavirus restrictions

The regional government's plan for a gradual reopening of activities preserves strict limits on social gatherings and travel during the holiday season


Spain adds 435 coronavirus deaths to official toll, the highest single-day figure of the second wave

The incidence rate has been falling since November 2, but more than 1.5 million cases have been detected since the beginning of the pandemic


Spanish government drafting legal reform that could lead to release of jailed Catalan separatists

Justice ministry wants to reduce the penalty for sedition to adapt the crime to “current reality"


Regional border closures extended in parts of Spain

Valencia, Cantabria and Castilla-La Mancha decide to keep their perimeters sealed, while Catalonia plans to partially reopen bars and restaurants


Mission to launch Spain’s first Earth observation satellite fails after rocket veers off course

The European Space Agency reported a deviation of trajectory eight minutes after lift-off


BBVA-Sabadell merger talks cap decade of forced consolidation for Spanish banks

The tie-ups and acquisitions taking place in Spain since 2009 are unmatched elsewhere in Europe, and the trend is expected to continue


Spain reports 38,273 new coronavirus cases and adds 484 victims since Friday

The incidence rate has fallen in nearly all regions and territories, while pressure on intensive care units is also beginning to ease


Alicante, 1918: The other pandemic that also stigmatized the poor

Historical studies show that efforts to eradicate the "Spanish flu" by razing low-income districts in the Mediterranean city probably helped spread disease even further


The young Spanish woman who went from ‘fallera’ to jihadist

Cristina B., whose social media pictures show her at Valencia’s Las Fallas festival or at sports competitions, was arrested last week for belonging to a terrorist organization after she tried to cross into the conflict zone in Syria to join ISIS forces, according to police sources


Most Spaniards support a second home lockdown, according to new poll

A survey conducted for EL PAÍS shows that 71% of respondents believe coronavirus restrictions aimed at protecting health should be prioritized over the economy


Growing migrant crisis in Canary Islands pushes Spanish government to action

Madrid promises more facilities, deportations and diplomatic efforts to stem the surge, while regional leaders warn about the risk of political profit for the far right


Just 24% of Spaniards would get Covid vaccine as soon as possible

According to a survey carried out by 40dB for EL PAÍS, four in every 10 people in Spain believe there is a conspiracy behind the vaccinations


New documentary breaks silence on Franco-era cop’s culture of torture

In his latest project, director Max Lemcke is giving back a voice to the victims of “Billy the Kid,” one of the dictatorship’s most notorious police officer


Madrid region lifts coronavirus restrictions in 10 areas

But transparency watchdog criticizes the Health Ministry for its failure to reply to citizens' requests for information during coronavirus pandemic


Long Covid: young, female and feeling sick six months after recovery

A survey of over 2,000 cases in Spain shows how the disease can have lingering after-effects, including extreme fatigue and "brain fog"


Spain’s latest ‘Ecce Homo’: how a botched restoration made global headlines

What was once the face of a shepherdess has been completely disfigured, with the figure now drawing comparisons to Donald Trump


Thousands of workers in Spain could be laid off as second coronavirus wave bites

Unions and employer associations warn that distressed companies will not be able to retain workers returning from the ERTE furlough scheme, while the understaffed national employment services struggle to pay out jobless benefits with as much as four-month delays


Coronavirus incidence rate falls in 12 Spanish regions, but deaths continue to rise

The Health Ministry added 356 fatalities to the official toll on Thursday, bringing the average number of daily reported victims this week to close to 300


Spain prepares support package to aid bars and restaurants hit by coronavirus crisis

Businesses are calling for urgent help as new restrictions threaten to cause more damage to the already ailing sector


Catalonia’s bars and restaurants to remain closed 10 more days

With most of Spain experiencing a new surge in coronavirus cases, authorities in Burgos are urging residents to self-isolate


Spain’s official coronavirus death toll rises above 40,000

The grim milestone was recorded after the Health Ministry added 329 victims in its daily report on Wednesday


Spain will require a negative PCR test from travelers coming from more than 60 countries

The measure goes into effect on November 23 and affects residents from most EU member states


The Madrid exception: Why not even a pandemic has killed the city’s nightlife

While many European countries have closed bars and nightclubs in a bid to contain the coronavirus, the regional government says such a measure is “unthinkable”


Spanish government to reduce sales tax on face masks from 21% to 4%

Finance minister says government is also considering a new reduction on the maximum sale price for surgical face coverings


What’s really behind Madrid’s improved coronavirus figures?

Experts warn that data being reported may not accurately represent the real situation, as changes in testing methods are affecting the numbers


Ahead of Joe Biden’s arrival in the White House, Spain allows extension of US military deal

Treaty regulating American troop presence in Rota and Morón expires in May, and Madrid hopes that the review will give it an edge on trade issues


Spain prepares to deal with challenges of coronavirus vaccination campaign

Authorities must decide who gets first 20 million doses of a drug that requires ultra-cold storage