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Catalan premier announces snap election amid dispute over role as deputy

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:01:18 +0100

In a surprise institutional statement, Quim Torra said the date will not be set until the regional budget is passed in parliament


Deià: The Spanish village with more tourist accommodation than residents

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 08:40:43 +0100

The picturesque spot in Mallorca is home to just over 600 people, but the high number of visitors in the summer is putting a strain on resources


Spaniard in Wuhan faces tough choice: Stay with husband or evacuate

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 11:18:13 +0100

Spain is planning to repatriate citizens who are trapped in the Chinese city due to a coronavirus outbreak, but for Dácil Sánchez that means leaving her partner behind


Jailed Catalan leader speaks in parliament on Article 155: “It did nothing to stop us”

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:20:23 +0100

Oriol Junqueras, who is serving a 13-year sentence for his role in the 2017 breakaway bid, appeared at an investigation commission into the suspension of the Catalan government’s regional powers


Iranian exile group paid salaries for two leaders of Spain’s far-right Vox

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 11:52:13 +0100

Donations from the National Council of Resistance of Iran also funded other party expenses such as rent and computer equipment in 2013 and 2014


Spanish dentist caught secretly filming colleague undress given three years

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 08:38:58 +0100

The female employee discovered a pen drive that had been used to record her when she got changed at the Madrid clinic where she worked. The victim has also won compensation


In Madrid, investors eye tenants who still pay just €7 a month

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:54:12 +0100

Despite soaring rent prices, there are still a few lucky residents on old Franco-era contracts. Real estate trusts are buying these properties as they wait for the occupants to pass away


The shoestring superpower

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 13:59:01 +0100

Some nations have acquired the capacity to cheaply and stealthily intervene in the domestic politics of rivals, exacerbating their social conflicts, undermining their institutions and making the country harder to govern


El Roto

Wed, 29 Jan 2020 12:56:26 +0100

El Roto cartoon, January 29, 2020


Safety failures in Spain

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:41:15 +0100

An investigation is urgently needed into what happened and why communication failed after the explosion in Tarragona, where the delay in adopting confinement measures could have had consequences if there had been a toxic cloud


Police: Minister met Venezuelan vice-president to avoid her entry into Spain

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 16:53:28 +0100

Media reports claim that transportation chief José Luis Ábalos had secret talks with Delcy Rodríguez inside a private aircraft in Madrid’s Barajas airport in the early hours of Monday


Spain’s political parties lock horns over far-right Vox’s ‘parental veto’

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:34:49 +0100

The controversial policy from the group would give parents the right to stop their children from attending workshops on issues such as homophobia and sex education


PM announces pension hike, defends prosecutor general pick after first Cabinet meeting

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 20:41:14 +0100

Pedro Sánchez tells press he now has “no reservations” about the leader of his coalition partner Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, despite statements he made last year


Catalan premier challenges regional parliament by refusing to give up seat

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 09:30:28 +0100

Quim Torra got his Together for Catalonia party to abstain from the day’s voting after the speaker warned him that his own vote would not be counted


Civil Guard colonel slams actions of Mossos chief during independence drive

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 16:05:46 +0100

Diego Pérez de los Cobos tells court he would have removed Josep Lluís Trapero from his role as head of the regional police force for his leadership in 2017


Catalan premier refuses to comply with Supreme Court decision to strip him of his seat

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 13:44:39 +0100

The Barcelona Electoral Commission has given the regional parliament 48 hours to name a replacement, but Quim Torra says he will not step down


Spanish PM to negotiate with Catalan separatists on lowering sedition sentences

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 12:34:55 +0100

Pedro Sánchez needs an absolute majority in Congress if he is to pass his planned reforms to the criminal code, which include possible changes to the crimes of rebellion and sexual assault


Spanish prime minister announces date of meeting with Catalan premier

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:48:26 +0100

In his first interview since being sworn back into office, Pedro Sánchez said he would see Quim Torra in February, and promised to have a new budget passed by summer


Ex-Mossos chief seeks to distance himself from Catalan independence leaders

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:41:44 +0100

This week saw the start of the High Court trial of four figures connected to the regional police involved in the events of 2017


Spain trying to evacuate its citizens from Wuhan along with French, British nationals

Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:02:10 +0100

China has recommended that foreigners stay put in the quarantined city, but added that it will not prevent them from leaving


Minister’s secret meeting with Venezuelan lawmaker sparks political storm

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:36:23 +0100

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez claims that José Luis Ábalos “did what he could to avoid a diplomatic crisis” given that Delcy Rodríguez is banned from entering the European Union


Effects of Storm Gloria in Spain: “Recovery will be very tough”

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:43:20 +0100

Valencia leader Ximo Puig demands swift action from the central government to deal with the aftermath of a weather event that has killed at least 13 people


Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar triumphs at Spain’s Goya Awards

Mon, 27 Jan 2020 11:35:04 +0100

The internationally acclaimed director won in seven categories, including Best film, for his semi-autobiographical movie ‘Pain and Glory’


Spain’s foreign minister travels to Morocco amid territorial water dispute

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 11:42:24 +0100

Rabat’s decision to pass laws appropriating an area near the Canary Islands encroaches on Spanish maritime borders at a spot that is rich with a rare mineral in high demand by technology companies


Which school talks are under threat from the far-right’s ‘parental veto’?

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 14:51:23 +0100

Vox is pushing for a system to be introduced in regional education programs targeting workshops on the prevention of homophobia, sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy


€5 tickets for Spain’s new low-cost rail service to go on sale on Monday

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:15:05 +0100

The AVLO, which will cover the popular Madrid-Barcelona route, will begin operating in April, and will offer an average discount of 60% on the cost of the existing AVE train


Why Venezuelans from all generations are flocking to Madrid

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 09:09:56 +0100

No other influx of immigrants has been this intense in Spain’s recent history, with more than 20,000 people from Venezuela arriving every year since 2018


¿Qué? podcast, S04E2: A new Catalan trial and Vox’s idea for a parental veto

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 15:13:02 +0100

This week we discuss the latest court case covering the 2017 events in Catalonia, and examine the far-right Vox party’s plan to give parents full control of their children’s studies


Spain’s olive oil industry is already feeling the impact of Trump’s tariffs

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 08:47:05 +0100

The 25% levy on the product, combined with low prices and the European Union’s failure to address storage issues, has hit the sector hard, with exports falling by 15,000 tons from November


The pioneering Spanish company where staff work a four-day week

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 08:40:42 +0100

Software Delsol, located in the southern city of Jaén, has introduced the new timetables this year in a bid to boost productivity but without cutting salaries


Airport authority plans €1.5-billion overhaul for Madrid’s Barajas

Tue, 7 Jan 2020 08:54:47 +0100

The facility manager, Aena, wants to merge Terminals 1, 2 and 3 and to expand Terminal 4 in order to raise potential passenger volume to 80 million


Spaniards’ new travel trends: more trips abroad, fewer at home

Thu, 2 Jan 2020 11:31:00 +0100

Despite the overall drop in holidaymakers during the third quarter of last year, tourist spending continued to rise from the same period in 2018


Spain and Britain set date to negotiate on post-Brexit Gibraltar

Mon, 23 Dec 2019 11:03:18 +0100

With the UK set to leave the EU, the Spanish government wants to protect the conditions of residents on both sides of the British Overseas Territory


Spaniards in the UK: “I have a Plan B but Britons are trapped if things don’t go well”

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 15:17:16 +0100

As the United Kingdom heads to the polls today, the Spanish community shares their concerns about how both the result and Brexit could affect their futures


Gibraltar braces for British election as Brexit deadline looms

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 09:23:21 +0100

Gibraltarians cannot vote in the polls on Thursday even though the results will have a significant impact on their lives


Brits in Spain resort to Irish ancestry to stay in the EU after Brexit

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 15:55:21 +0100

Ireland used to receive around 6,000 applications for citizenship a year before the 2016 referendum. But last year alone it received 25,000, some from British nationals living in Spanish territory


Barcelona man reclaims art of small talk through free street conversations

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 08:48:09 +0100

Adrià Ballester, 26, sees the act of chatting with complete strangers as a form of activism in an internet-dependent world where face-to-face interaction is becoming increasingly rare


Video: Spanish photographer’s speech on happiness at work goes viral

Mon, 13 Jan 2020 08:55:36 +0100

Pedro Correa’s talk on the importance of listening to your inner voice at a university in Belgium has been seen more than five million times on Facebook


“We have medication that prevents breast cancer, yet nobody uses it”

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 11:40:50 +0100

Spanish oncology expert Miguel Martín wants to see state-funded research in treatments that the pharmaceutical industry ignores because they are not financially profitable


An inside look at drug-fueled “personal growth” weekends in a Madrid villa

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 08:39:18 +0100

Experts warn that so-called therapeutic experiences involving hallucinogenics such as ayahuasca and toad venom could have negative side effects


Is Spain’s Antonio Banderas an ‘actor of color’?

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 08:47:07 +0100

Several US media outlets have been criticized for claiming that the Spaniard, who has been nominated for an Oscar this year, falls into this category


The Fitur tourism fair: Around the world in 10 pavilions

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 17:15:12 +0100

Belgian chocolate from Flanders, virtual reality from Moscow, dance rhythms from Colombia and much more are all on display in the Spanish capital until January 26


Why tourists are digging deep in Asturian mines

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 15:42:43 +0100

They were once an economic engine, but now the pits in the northwestern Spanish region have been shuttered and instead receive visitors, who can walk through the underwater tunnels of the Arnao, take a train through forests in Langreo, and even dig for coal themselves


Discovering Chillida Leku and the magic of San Sebastián

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:43:23 +0100

Enjoy a stroll around the recently reopened outdoor art museum in Hernani, while experiencing the culture and delicious cuisine of the Basque city


Let it snow: Spain’s ski season kicks off in style

Fri, 6 Dec 2019 16:36:52 +0100

Spanish resorts and those in nearby Andorra are offering lots of exciting innovations on and off-piste


A journey to Spain’s magical Las Alpujarras region

Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:47:05 +0100

Summit the highest peak in the Spanish peninsula, wander through labyrinthine streets, and sample traditional food on a visit to the picturesque villages of Bubión, Capileira and Pampaneira


Spain’s dying railroad towns: Trying to catch a new train to prosperity

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:27:11 +0100

These once-bustling centers of activity were largely abandoned when other forms of transportation took over. But the few remaining residents are fighting to preserve their legacy, and to find a new purpose for their crumbling infrastructure


Alleged fraudster ‘Little Nicolás’: “They sent me to a school where everyone was rich except for me”

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 15:52:10 +0100

Francisco Nicolás Gómez Iglesias talks to EL PAÍS about how he went from rubbing shoulders with Spain’s political elite to facing up to 30 years in jail for fraud


Ten temples of Spanish tapas

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:48:45 +0100

EL PAÍS SEMANAL has traveled across the country to find out why people are willing to stand in line for as long as it takes just to get a taste of these deceptively simple dishes


Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Fri, 15 Nov 2019 16:39:28 +0100

Loved and hated in almost equal measure, the Barça soccer star was a mainstay of Spain’s greatest ever national team, but when it comes to business, tennis is his game. In the run-up to his makeover of the Davis Cup, he talks to EL PAÍS about his venture and how Shakira is a source of inspiration


Why an American photographer is fighting for Madrid’s Romani community

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 13:26:57 +0100

Shocked by the level of racism against Gypsies in Spain, Michael Damanti has made it his mission to show that they are not “criminals” but people with names, stories and families


Eco-friendly Barcelona: Trend or truth?

Thu, 31 Oct 2019 08:43:51 +0100

This week on our Trans-Iberian blog, May Ponzo explores the Gràcia neighborhood to see whether locals are genuinely environmentally conscious, or whether new habits are just an extension of a health fad


Why I’m joining the climate protests, and you should too

Tue, 22 Oct 2019 15:12:13 +0100

James Bryce, a Briton living in Spain, may not be an environmental “saint” but regular folks like him still can and must do their part to pressure governments into taking urgent action, he argues


Could this be the last original craftsman of the Toledo sword?

Thu, 4 Jul 2019 14:40:49 +0100

For centuries, blacksmiths have been making the special blade but today the art has all but disappeared, and only a few remaining artisans, such as Mariano Zamorano, are keeping the tradition alive


Expensive murders

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 13:45:48 +0100

While it is too early to know the full extent of the fallout from Iranian General Qassim Suleimani’s assassination, there is no doubt that it will be significant


Revolting alliances

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:59:18 +0100

In the 21st century, compromise between political groups that hate each other may become a requirement for the survival of democracy


Junk TV is more toxic than we thought

Thu, 28 Nov 2019 16:56:01 +0100

Researchers are finding that mindless television can undermine democracy


The world’s most dangerous place: Washington D.C.

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 13:49:26 +0100

With ever-increasing audacity, President Donald Trump is testing the Constitution and the rules on which democracy depends


EL PAÍS launches new application for cellphones

Tue, 29 Oct 2019 17:48:03 +0100

Readers can now access exclusive articles and read content even when they are offline


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