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Coronavirus 26-08-2020

Spain won’t declare another national state of alarm, allows regions to lockdown if necessary

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez ruled out declaring another national state of alarm over the coronavirus following his first cabinet meeting after the summer vacation. Regional governments have the power to impose local measures if necessary, he said. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 28-05-2020

Spain holds minute’s silence for COVID-19 victims, begins 10-day mourning period

Spain held a minute’s silence yesterday (27 May) to pay tribute to the more than 27,000 people who have died from COVID-19 in the country as it begins a 10-day mourning period. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Madrid toasts lockdown easing as outdoor terraces partially reopen

Four friends sat around a table in Madrid’s central La Latina neighbourhood and enjoyed a round of beers in the late Monday morning sun, a toast to rediscovered freedoms. A year ago, it would have seemed like a perfectly ordinary spring day, but for most Madrid residents today, it was almost a landmark event.
Coronavirus 25-05-2020

Spain to reopen borders to foreign tourists from July

Spain's tourism sector should prepare to welcome holidaymakers over the summer season as the country will reopen its borders to foreign visitors from July, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told a press conference in Madrid on Saturday (23 May). EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 06-05-2020

Coronavirus waste: Burn it or dump it?

Masks, gloves, and other contaminated garbage from hospitals and households, which have been piling up by the thousands of tons as Spain battled through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, have undermined recycling chains and overwhelmed processing plants.
Climate change 16-12-2019

Europe ‘disappointed’ with COP25’s mediocre outcome

Sixteen days of negotiations were not enough to find common ground on international carbon trading rules, one of the main issues of contention at the COP25 climate summit in Madrid. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 12-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid (part 3)

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: Badges taken away, German satisfaction, French absence, and fighting in Tokyo.

European Green Deal gives COP25 a ‘breath of fresh air’

EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen jolted the COP25 conference in Madrid when she presented her European Green Deal yesterday (11 December). But many observers, including young people, are calling for more ambition. EURACTIV France reports.
Climate change 11-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid (part 2)

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: ambition, carbon pricing, dunce cap, and getting mad for climate.
Climate change 10-12-2019

COP25 news and views: What’s happening in Madrid

As UN climate negotiations enter their second and decisive week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into the goings on of the 25th climate conference in Madrid (COP25) and what is driving the conversation there. In this edition: train ride, ray of the day, reality check-point, and climate finance big time.
Climate change 25-11-2019

COP25 will determine climate’s ‘crucial’ year

This year's COP25, which takes place in Madrid in December, will be the start of a crucial year for the environment. By next March, the EU needs to fine-tune its Green Deal and by the end of 2020, China and India will have to be able to anchor themselves to raise ambitions on a more global level. EURACTIV France reports.
Transport 17-06-2019

Is Madrid really about to kill Europe’s most successful clean air zone?

Madrid’s clean air zone could be axed by the city’s new mayor, despite the reported benefits. Jens Müller urges the new leadership to take a look at the hard facts.
Air Quality 18-05-2018

European cities take Commission to court over air quality in landmark case

In the same week that the European Commission announced it would take six countries to court for breaking air pollution limits, three major cities said they would start legal action against the EU executive. They accuse the Commission of  giving in to automotive lobbies. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
Climate change 22-03-2016

European mayors urge clampdown on diesel emissions

The mayors of 20 European cities including Madrid, Paris and Copenhagen, but excluding London, have called for more stringent regulations to be put in place across the continent to tackle the deadly levels of air pollution caused by diesel vehicles. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.

EPP leaders: populism a ‘cancer’ spreading across Europe

Leaders from the European Peoples Party (EPP) meeting in Madrid on Thursday (22 October) warned that populism was a “disease” spreading “like a cancer” in the EU.
Elections 15-10-2015

Spain’s ‘Dr’ Rajoy mocked for party election ad

A self-congratulatory party election advert shown yesterday (14 October) by Spain's ruling Popular Party (PP) has sparked controversy, ahead of elections due to be held in eight weeks time.
Euro & Finance 17-09-2014

ECB stress tests to challenge Germany’s Landesbanken

For the first time since the financial crisis struck in 2008, the European Union is carrying out stress tests that could force change at banks with strong political connections, such as Germany's regional banks - the "Landesbanken".
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Development Policy 11-06-2013

The 2014-2020 EU Aid Budget: Enough to do the job? – Madrid 2013

Europe is going through one of the worst economic and financial crisis in decades and governments across the continent have implemented tough austerity measures. In Spain, where cutbacks have been particularly tough, the government recently decided to reduce the budget for development aid by 80%.
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Euro & Finance 30-01-2013

Good results drag Spain away from bailout territory

Madrid announced on Tuesday (29 January) that it had beaten revenue targets for 2012 as tax hikes offset a shrinking economy, moving the country further away from an EU-IMF sovereign bailout which seemed unavoidable a few months ago.
Euro & Finance 23-07-2012

Only a political suicide or national unity government can save Spain and the euro

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, his voters are being bled dry on all sides. At the same time, an impatient EU is piling on the pressure to inflict even more pain at speed. It is a difficult balancing act for Rajoy, who needs his voters to believe that he has their best interests at heart under relentless pressure from the markets and the EU, writes Andy Langenkamp.
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Economy & Jobs 11-06-2012

Spain joins ‘the Group of Debt’

It is not a bailout, but a nearly condition-free loan. This is the message sent by the Spanish government after euro zone finance ministers agreed on Saturday to lend Madrid up to 100 billion euros for recapitalising its banks. Following weeks of denying the need for financial assistance, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gave in to international pressure. He requested a rescue package that he portrayed as a triumph, but which caused outrage among Spanish citizens.
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Economy & Jobs 11-04-2012

Spain denies bailout talks

Is Spain next in line for a Greek style bail-out? Spanish Finance Minister Luis de Guindos does't think so, at least not for the moment. Spain is at the center of a financial storm as markets pushed the cost of its bonds to soar above 6%. In a bid to calm the markets and keep Brussels happy, the Spanish government on Tuesday announced a 10 billion euro slash in its public spending. The European commission welcomed the move, which comes on top of 78 billion euros in cuts presented in March.
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