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June 25, 2019
Spain preparing to repatriate nationals from epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

Spain preparing to repatriate nationals from epicenter of coronavirus outbreak

The Spanish government is preparing to repatriate the 20 or so Spaniards who are currently trapped in the city of Wuhan, China due to the quarantine imposed there by the Chinese government in a bid to halt the spread of a new strain of coronavirus.Seguir leyendo.

Minister’s secret meeting with Venezuelan lawmaker sparks political storm

Minister’s secret meeting with Venezuelan lawmaker sparks political storm

Spanish government officials are providing few details about the Venezuelan vice-president Delcy Rodríguez’s controversial layover at Madrid airport last week despite European Union sanctions prohibiting her from entering the bloc.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

The businessman Luis de Ulibarri has just snapped up eight apartments in the center of Madrid for €1.8 million, which comes out to just €225,000 each. Given the current property market, it seems like a great deal, but there is a catch. All the apartments come with a tenant on the old rental...

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar triumphs at Spain’s Goya Awards

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar triumphs at Spain’s Goya Awards

The internationally acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar was the big winner at Saturday’s Goya Awards with his semi-autobiographical film Pain and Glory (or, Dolor y Gloria) taking home seven of the 16 prizes it was nominated for.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

The United States government’s decision to impose a 25% tariff on bottled Spanish olive oil in mid-October has pushed the industry to the point of near collapse. The situation has been worsened by a drop in the price of the product and the European Union’s slow response to private storage for olive...

The Fitur tourism fair: Around the world in 10 pavilions

The Fitur tourism fair: Around the world in 10 pavilions

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

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

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

A powerful storm that battered Spain this week has claimed at least 13 lives – four people remain missing – and devastated coastal areas along the Mediterranean with record rainfall, wind and waves.Seguir leyendo.

The shoestring superpower

The shoestring superpower

Being a superpower is not what it used to be. These days, you can do it on a shoestring.Seguir leyendo.

El Roto

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, January 27, 2020

Safety failures in Spain

Safety failures in Spain

The explosion that hit a chemical plant in Tarragona at 6.38pm on Tuesday was so powerful that it shook the windows of buildings located more than 12 kilometers away. The blast sent flying a piece of metal weighing nearly one ton for more than two kilometers, until it hit a residential building,...

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

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

Opposition parties in Spain are calling on the transportation minister, José Luis Ábalos, to confirm whether or not he met in secret with the Venezuelan vice-president, Delcy Rodríguez, in the early hours of Monday morning at Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez-Barajas airport. European Union sanctions prevent...

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

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

A policy from the far-right Spanish political party Vox is causing heated debate over education and the rights of children. Dubbed by Vox as the “parental pin,” the policy gives parents the right to stop their children from attending complementary workshops organized during school hours. The...

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

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

As was expected, Spain’s new coalition government has started its term by announcing good news. The debut measure adopted by the Cabinet, which met on Tuesday for the first time ever, was a 0.9% rise in pensions, a move that had been on hold until a government could finally be formed.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

The Spanish Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to strip Catalan premier Quim Torra of his seat in the regional parliament until a final sentence is reached on his ban from public office. In December, the Catalan Regional High Court found Torra guilty of disobedience for refusing to remove banners in...

Spanish PM to negotiate with Catalan separatists on lowering sedition sentences

Spanish PM to negotiate with Catalan separatists on lowering sedition sentences

Spain’s coalition government is planning on reforming the country’s criminal code to lower the sentence for sedition, a crime that came into the spotlight following last year’s Supreme Court ruling on the Catalan separatist leaders involved with the 2017 breakaway bid in the northeastern region....

Spanish prime minister announces date of meeting with Catalan premier

Spanish prime minister announces date of meeting with Catalan premier

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will meet with Catalan premier Quim Torra the first week of February in Barcelona to discuss issues relating to Catalonia. The meeting is part of the agreement the leader of the Socialist Party (PSOE) made with the separatist Catalan Republican Left (ERC) in...

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

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

This week saw the start of the second major trial covering the events of the fall of 2017, when pro-independence forces in the northeastern region of Catalonia organized a referendum on secession from Spain, and the Catalan parliament passed a unilateral declaration of independence.Seguir leyendo.

Who is who in the latest trial covering the 2017 Catalan independence drive

Who is who in the latest trial covering the 2017 Catalan independence drive

Last year saw the Supreme Court trial of the pro-independence leaders involved in the 2017 secessionist drive in Catalonia. That case concluded with nine politicians and civic association leaders given lengthy prison sentences for offenses including sedition and misuse of funds. Around 20...

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

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

The Spanish foreign minister traveled to Morocco on Friday amid diplomatic tension over Rabat’s attempt to take control of waters near Spain’s Canary Islands.Seguir leyendo.

Tests on two possible cases of coronavirus in Spain come back negative

Tests on two possible cases of coronavirus in Spain come back negative

The Spanish Health Ministry announced on Friday that two people in the country were under observation for symptoms of coronavirus. Both of them had recently arrived in Spain from the center of the current outbreak, the Chinese city of Wuhan. But later on Friday afternoon there was confirmation that...

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

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

It all began with a photo. In April 2018, the then-chief of the education department of Spain’s southeastern Murcia region, Adela Martínez Cachá, of the conservative Popular Party (PP), posed for a press photo at a school with members of No Te Prives (Don’t Deprive Yourself), an LGBTQ+ collective...

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

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

Tickets for Spain’s new low-cost high-speed rail service, known as AVLO, will go on sale for as little as €5 a ticket on Monday. The cut-price offer from state operator Renfe will last for 10 days, with a thousand tickets available each day. That’s according to the transport and mobility minister,...

Nine dead, four missing as Storm Gloria leaves trail of destruction in Spain

Nine dead, four missing as Storm Gloria leaves trail of destruction in Spain

The death toll from a powerful storm that swept through parts of Spain earlier this week has risen to nine.Seguir leyendo.

Why Venezuelans from all generations are flocking to Madrid

Why Venezuelans from all generations are flocking to Madrid

In 2008, there were so few people from Venezuela in Madrid that José Luis Marín and his son-in-law Fernando Rodríguez had to seek out their compatriots by driving their Opel Astra around the city with the trunk filled with the Venezuelan cheese they made. They struck lucky in Las Tablas district,...

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

Two of the witnesses confirm what EL PAÍS revealed before the legal investigation began – that in December 2017, the owner of UC Global S. L. ordered workers to change the surveillance cameras in the embassy and replace them with others that could capture audio. From that moment on, they recorded...

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

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

This week on our podcast we take a look at the second major trial covering the Catalan independence drive of 2017, which this time puts four figures connected to the regional police force, the Mossos d’Esquadra, in the dock.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

A four-day week on the same salary has become a reality in Spain as a company in the southern Spanish city of Jaén, Software Delsol, this month reduced the hours of its 181 employees.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

The Spanish airport authority Aena is planning to invest around €1.5 billion in remodeling its Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas facility as part of its 2022-2026 Strategic Plan.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

Spaniards traveled less in the summer of 2019 than they did the previous year, with a significant drop in domestic tourism that a rise in foreign trips failed to balance out. That’s according to the Familitur survey carried out by Spain’s National Statistics Office (INE), which focused on the third...

Population slowdown is holding back Spain’s economy

Population slowdown is holding back Spain’s economy

Imagine two tribes that owe 40 sacks of grain each. Both tribes have 40 members. But as time passes, the first tribe doubles in size to 80 members, while the second one remains stuck at 40. Although both groups have the same amount of debt, the effort of paying it back has been halved for the first...

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

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

Britain’s imminent departure from the European Union means that Spain is embarking on a special task: negotiating Gibraltar’s own exit from the European club.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

They want to stay in the United Kingdom, they point to the contribution of Europeans to British prosperity and they fear Brexit more for its impact on the domestic economy than the possible effect the country’s departure from the European Union could have on their ability to stay in their adoptive...

Gibraltar braces for British election as Brexit deadline looms

Gibraltar braces for British election as Brexit deadline looms

Conchita was among the 95.91% of Gibraltarians who voted against Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union in the 2016 referendum. Like her neighbors, she was shocked to find out the following day that the United Kingdom would be leaving the EU, a process commonly referred to as “Brexit.” There...

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

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

On June 23, 2016, Emma O’Sullivan spent the evening in her apartment in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, initially concerned and later shocked by what she was hearing on the BBC: that 52% of her fellow Brits had voted to exit the European Union, leaving her and around 1,300,000 more British...

Barcelona man reclaims art of the small talk through free street conversations

Barcelona man reclaims art of the small talk through free street conversations

Raquel Frohlinger, a 26-year-old from New York, was passing through Barcelona on a recent day when she stopped to chat with a complete stranger under one of the Catalan capital’s landmarks, the Arc de Triomf.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

Pedro Correa’s life took a dramatic turn the day his father died. “He was 56 years old and I was 29,” he said to engineering students at Belgium’s Catholic University of Leuven during their graduation ceremony. “One day he was as strong as an oak, and the next day he was gone. We all know we are...

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

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

Harold Varmus, one of the first researchers to define cancer as a genetic disease, described it as “a distorted version of ourselves.” Unlike a infection caused by a virus or bacteria, which can be annihilated in order to restore health, tumors are the result of a malfunction by the very same...

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

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

The session starts and the 12 participants gather to introduce themselves. One of them is Fernando, 55, who works in a shelter housing program in Ciudad Real and wants “to put his life in order” and improve his feelings about the state of humanity. Franka, 52, is finding it hard to get past her...

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

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

Even as this year’s Academy Award nominations were being criticized earlier this week for their lack of diversity, a related social media controversy broke out when some US media outlets described Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, who is in the running for an Oscar, as “an actor of color.”Seguir leyendo.

Why tourists are digging deep in Asturian mines

Why tourists are digging deep in Asturian mines

There was never such perfect darkness. The blackness is absolute and the silence is broken only by the breathing of the other visitors in the group. We are hundreds of meters underground, in a small passage that connects two drifts in the Pozo Sotón mine in Spain’s northwestern region of Asturias....

Discovering Chillida Leku and the magic of San Sebastián

Discovering Chillida Leku and the magic of San Sebastián

The reopening of the Chillida Leku Museum is the perfect excuse to visit San Sebastián – known in Basque as Donostia – in Spain’s northwestern Basque Country. As are the city’s delicious pinxtos, the tapas-like creations that are an art in themselves. Indeed, there are more than enough reasons to...

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

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

If the weather conditions hold, this ski season promises to be a long one. Autumn snowfalls have meant that resorts are opening early, with Masella in Girona in the northeastern region of Catalonia getting a head start as usual; this year its lifts powered into action on November 13.Seguir leyendo.

A journey to Spain’s magical Las Alpujarras region

A journey to Spain’s magical Las Alpujarras region

Las Alpujarras is a region of mountain villages nestled among the Sierra Nevada range in Granada province, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Three such villages, which belong to the Spanish Beautiful Villages Association, lie in the Poqueira gorge – Capileira, located 1,400 meters above...

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

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

A setting sun casts oblique rays over the hamlet of Algodor. In this spur of Madrid territory that bites into Toledo province, a solitary building made in the neo-Mudejar style rises over the reddish-greenish plain. The old train station with its arched windows was erected in 1929 to replace an...

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

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

It’s breakfast time. On the second floor of a building in one of the most expensive areas of Madrid, a young man opens the door of a luxury apartment that has been seized by the authorities from a drug dealer, and is now being used by a special team from Spain’s internal affairs unit to investigate...

Ten temples of Spanish tapas

Ten temples of Spanish tapas

In Spain, food is a religion. That's why there are bars and restaurants where a specific tapa may be an object of worship. EL PAÍS SEMANAL tried 10 places around the country where people flock for a taste of deceptively simple dishes, prepared the right way.Seguir leyendo.

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

Piqué shakes up the tennis world

While Gerard Piqué was helping Spain win the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, he was also carving himself a new future. The cup was won due to collective effort; the vision was the product of boredom.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

If you have walked through Puerta del Sol square in downtown Madrid, you may have seen them. Among the people dressed up as Super Mario and Mickey Mouse, the cigarette stands and the buskers, they slip in and out of the crowd, often approaching passers-by with signs asking for money.Seguir leyendo.

Eco-friendly Barcelona: Trend or truth?

Eco-friendly Barcelona: Trend or truth?

As I walk down Gràcia’s narrow tree-lined streets, it is hard to ignore the contrasting décor of “eco-friendly” businesses surrounded by overflowing garbage bins, which are filled with plastic and non-recyclable material.Seguir leyendo.

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

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

In recent years I’ve experienced increasing levels of anger, frustration and despair with the scale of the climate emergency and the lack of urgency in tackling it.Seguir leyendo.

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