Central Europe 27-01-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Refugees forever

The refugee problem won’t go away. No matter how hard populists try to put up walls and seal off borders, they keep on coming.

Commission calls for closer cooperation to combat foreign fighters

Poor information sharing between security services is one of the great shortcomings of European cooperation. About 5,000 Europeans are thought to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but only 1,615 appear on Europe’s official list.  EURACTIV Spain reports.
Global Europe 06-04-2016

First refugees shipped back to Turkey

The first refugees to be deported from the Greek islands of Lesbos and Quíos under the EU-Turkey agreement were taken to the Turkish port of Dikili on Sunday 3 April. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Development Policy 09-12-2015

Mixed reactions in Spain over ‘Year of Development’ impact

While many Spanish NGOs and the national Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) consider the European Year for Development (EYD2015) a positive initiative, other voices are critical. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 16-11-2015

Spain suspended election campaign after Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (13 November) has prompted the temporary suspension of Spain's election campaign. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Spain tests new refugee reception plan

Spain has launched a test programme for the reception of immigrants, focused on a group of 50 refugees mainly from Eritrea, government sources announced Monday (26 October). EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 21-10-2015

EPP Secretary General: A Podemos victory would be disastrous for Spain

Ciudadanos, Podemos and the Socialists (PSOE) won't be able to guarantee stability in Spain, according to Antonio López-Istúriz, Secretary General of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP).
Development Policy 08-09-2015

Brussels pledges €1 million to help children affected by Ebola

The European Commission will make €1 million available to help provide education and psychosocial support for children affected and left orphaned by Ebola. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 22-07-2015

Catalan separatists send shudders through Madrid

After the new Catalan separatist bloc warned it would declare independence if it wins the 27 September regional elections, Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy said he'll do everything he can to stop it. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Euro & Finance 14-07-2015

Spain fears loss of influence in EU

After Jeroen Dijsselbloem defeated Luis de Guindos to lead the Eurogroup on Monday (12 July), Spain is confronted by its lowest level of representation in the institutions since it first joined the European Union in 1986. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 09-07-2015

Podemos seeks political boost from Syriza victory

Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos, seen by many as the ideologically closest political force to Greece’s Syriza, is scrutinising how Prime Minsiter Alexis Tsipras' intransigent position with international creditors can bring political gains. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Development Policy 11-06-2015

Spain puts water and sanitation at the heart of SDGs debate

SPECIAL REPORT / Despite heavy cuts in its development budget due to the financial crisis, Spain remains committed to helping the international community achieve the Millenium Development Goals and prepare the ground for the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular in the area of water and sanitation. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Spain at odds with Commission over immigration

The Spanish government has rejected the Commission's proposal to place refugees on its territory. The executive’s plan should be “proportionate, fair and realistic”, said Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jose Manuel García-Margallo. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Med & South 06-05-2015

Ciudadanos and Podemos: A new era in Spanish politics?

Ahead of municipal elections in Spain on May 24, the centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) and leftist Podemos (We Can) parties will try to break the monopoly on power of the right-wing Partido Popular (PP) and the centre-left Socialists (PSOE). EURACTIV Spain reports.

Anti-fraud law hits Spain’s elites

Model 720, the anti-fraud law passed by the Spanish Government in 2012, has claimed its first high profile victim. Rodrigo Rato, the former director of the International Monetary Fund, as well as First Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of the Economy, is being investigated. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Development Policy 17-02-2015

Mogherini: EU’s development policy is not charity

Launching the European Year for Development in Madrid yesterday (16 February), the EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the bloc's development policy was neither charity or a luxury but an “investment for peace and stability” around the globe. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Development Policy 21-11-2014

Record-breaking survey: World should prioritise education and health

So far, more than 5 million people from all over the world have replied to a survey, called MyWorld2015, conducted both online and on paper, the preliminary results of which show that good education and better healthcare are considered to be the two main priorities to boost development.
Development Policy 03-11-2014

Peace in Colombia is peace in the world

The peace process conducted with the FARC guerillas has led profound changes for Colombia, including boosting rural development, the origin of our conflict, changing bullets for votes, and dismantling of the mafia drug trafficking structures, writes Columbia's president, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.
Development Policy 23-10-2014

Spain confident of being declared ‘Ebola-free’

Teresa Romero, who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa, is cured from the disease, after a 16-day battle for survival in Madrid's Carlos III hospital. Spain is now confident of being declared Ebola-free by December. But the crisis has also had political side-effects. EURACTIV Spain reports.