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Coronavirus 27-03-2020

Spain returns faulty test kits to China as COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000-mark

As Spain's death toll hit 4,089, the Chinese embassy in Madrid said on Thursday (26 March) that the Spanish government bought a batch of faulty COVID-19 testing kits from an unauthorised Chinese company. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports. 
Coronavirus 23-03-2020

Spain’s coronavirus death toll rises 32% as hospitals near capacity

The coronavirus death toll in Spain surged 32% on Saturday (21 March), bringing the total number of fatalities to over 1,300 just a week after the government declared a state of emergency. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.  There were more than...
Coronavirus 19-03-2020

Spain challenged with returning tourists amid COVID-19 lockdown

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said on Wednesday (18 March) that Madrid would facilitate the return of foreign tourists to their home countries after Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez warned that the “worst was still to come". EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Italy approves parental leave, grants for the self-employed

Italy has rolled out a series of measures to cushion the economic impact of the coronavirus, including parental leave.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Spain in absolute quarantine as coronavirus cases rise to 7,700

Spain has declared an absolute quarantine, allowing only trips to buy food, medicines or essential products, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced in a television appearance on Sunday (15 March) as the number of coronavirus cases exceeded 7,700, with 288 deaths.
Coronavirus 12-03-2020

Spain’s Sánchez warns about ‘difficult weeks’ to contain coronavirus

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez sent out on Wednesday (11 March) a message of “unity, serenity and stability” to the Spanish people, pointing to the “difficult days and weeks” that Spain faces in order to contain the coronavirus outbreak and get the country back to normal.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2020

Spain adopts legislation to curb sexual assaults and gender violence 

The Spanish government, a coalition of moderate socialists and radical leftists, adopted new legislation on Tuesday (3 March) to prevent gender violence and sexual assaults, which are on the rise in Spain, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported. The progressive coalition of...
Digital 19-02-2020

Spain delays collection of ‘Google tax’ amid US pressure

The Spanish Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday (18 February) a national digital services tax known as the "Google tax", as well as financial transactions tax, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reported.
Global Europe 13-02-2020

Spanish PM describes Guaidó as Venezuela’s ‘opposition leader’

Spain’s socialist PM Pedro Sánchez described on Wednesday (12 February) Venezuela’s interim president Juan Guaidó as “opposition leader” of the Latin American country.
Health 12-02-2020

Barcelona won’t cancel Mobile World Congress despite fears over coronavirus

The Barcelona city council has said there will be neither cancellation nor delays to the Mobile World Congress (BMWC), due to start on 24 February, despite concerns over the coronavirus crisis and a cascade of cancellations from tech giants, EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports. 
Elections 11-02-2020

Leftist Podemos chief to join talks with Catalan separatists

Pablo Iglesias, the leader of the leftist Unidas Podemos party who is also Spain's Minister for Social Rights, will take part in a “Mesa de Diálogo” (dialogue table) with Catalan separatist leaders, alongside members of the socialist party (PSOE), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Spanish, Catalan leaders agree to start ‘constructive dialogue’ this month

Spain’s socialist prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Catalonia's regional president Quim Torra agreed on Thursday (6 February) to start a "constructive dialogue" in order to break the country's political impasse and solve the "political conflict" in Catalonia, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Brexit 31-01-2020

Barnier and Sánchez discuss top priorities in post-Brexit era

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, met in Madrid on Thursday (30 January) to discuss the Iberian country’s main priorities after Brexit, among them taxation and Gibraltar-related issues.
Politics 22-10-2019

Sánchez praises Spanish police, as far-right rises in polls

Spain's caretaker socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has praised the National Police deployment in Catalonia saying it is “an example of professionalism and vocation of public service”. Meanwhile, the far-right and conservatives are expected to benefit from the violence in Catalonia.
Agrifood 07-10-2019

Tug of war between Madrid and Washington over US tariffs

The Spanish government summoned the US ambassador to Spain, Duke Buchan, on Friday (4 October) to express its opposition to the new tariff increases announced by the Trump Administration. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Electricity 13-07-2018

Decarbonisation not just an option but an opportunity, insist energy experts

Decarbonising the economy and energy production is now a necessity for states and companies, although it can also be a source of business opportunities and innovation, according to experts. EURACTIV's Spanish partner reports.

EU relies on stability in the Sahel for its own security

“Europe’s security, and that of Spain, depend on security in the Sahel," said the EU Special Representative for the Sahel, Ángel Losada. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Future EU 02-07-2018

Austria takes control of the EU, focusing on immigration

The Austrian government (a mix of Christian-democrats and far-right eurosceptics) has taken over the rotating presidency of the Council with a programme focused on tackling immigration. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Energy 17-04-2018

Cañete: Need for energy transition is ‘ever more urgent’

The need for energy transition is becoming more urgent, according to EU Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

EU calls on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian children

Alarmed by the conditions of Palestinian children in the Israeli military judicial system, the EU has called on Israel, through its representatives in Jerusalem and Ramallah, to respect the children's rights. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2018

EU now better prepared to tackle tax evasion

Two years after the Panama Papers scandal revealed the scope of tax haven activities, the EU has adopted new legislation and is now better prepared to tackle tax evasion and fraud. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
Development Policy 05-04-2018

Commission announces €180 million to support refugees in Greece

The European Commission has announced new funding of 180€ million for aid projects in Greece, including the expansion of an aid programme for refugees. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
ASEAN 05-04-2018

EU launches project against counterfeiting in Southeast Asia

The European Union has put forward a project to strengthen intellectual and industrial property rights in all ASEAN countries. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.
EU-Africa 28-03-2018

Food insecurity on the rise

According to the United Nations, conflicts and droughts increase the number of food-insecure people in the world, many of whom need urgent help. EURACTIV’s partner Euroefe reports.

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