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More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 22-07-2021

Spain votes to end obligatory outdoor face mask rule

The end of the obligation to wear face masks outdoors in Spain when social distancing is practicable, as decreed on 26 June by the government, was approved by parliament on Wednesday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 21-07-2021

Spain fully vaccinates half the population

Just over half of Spain’s population, or 24.4 million people, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the health ministry. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

Brussels approves €1 bn fund for pandemic-hit Spanish firms

The European Commission approved on Monday Spain’s proposal to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund to help the recovery of Spanish companies affected by the pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EUROEFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2021

UK-Spain flights soar 400% after quarantine rules changed

Flights between the UK and Spain have increased by 400% as British holidaymakers take advantage of news rules that mean residents returning to England from destinations on the government's amber list no longer have to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Coronavirus 19-07-2021

Catalonia reimposes night-time curfew amid COVID-19 fifth wave

The High Court of Justice of Catalonia greenlit on  Friday a nighttime curfew in 161 municipalities of the northeastern Spanish region as COVID-19 cases rose and hospitals face growing pressure, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported Sunday. 
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Spain’s new COVID-19 restrictions halt return of tourism sector

Soaring COVID-19 infection rates and tough new restrictions to curb the increase have dealt a fresh blow to Spain’s pandemic-weary tourism and hospitality sectors, especially in sun-kissed resorts along the Mediterranean, the Balearics and the Canary Islands. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 15-07-2021

COVID-19 infection rate rises threefold among young Spaniards

The COVID-19 infection rate in Spain has soared to 436 cases for every 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, with young people particularly affected by a threefold increase compared to the previous fortnight, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Politics 14-07-2021

Spain’s new ‘feminist’ cabinet starts work on recovery

Spain’s most “feminist” executive in the Iberian country’s history started its work with the economic recovery topping the agenda officially on Tuesday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 12-07-2021

Spanish PM Sanchez unveils sweeping cabinet reshuffle

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Saturday unveiled a thorough reshuffle of his cabinet, swapping out heavyweight ministers in the fields of foreign affairs and justice while boosting the representation of women and reducing the average age of the government. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Politics 09-07-2021

Spanish PM’s visit to Lithuanian NATO base interrupted by jet scramble

A press conference involving the prime minister of Spain at a Lithuanian NATO base was suddenly plunged into disarray on Thursday when pilots scrambled two fighter jets to respond to an alert that an unidentified aircraft had carried out an incursion over Baltic skies. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Spanish police arrest suspects after fatal beating

Spanish police have arrested three people over their alleged involvement in the killing of a 24-year-old man named Samuel, who was beaten to death in the early hours of last Saturday near a nightclub, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 07-07-2021

Nightlife restrictions return to Spain as COVID-19 cases soar

Faced with soaring numbers of new COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated young people, the Spanish city of Barcelona has announced it will shut down nightlife venues from this weekend. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2021

Spanish regions to reimpose restrictions on nightlife

Local authorities in Spain have said they will roll back relaxations of restrictions on party venues and nightclubs as primary healthcare services are having to deal with a rise of COVID-19 cases among the country’s youth. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.  
Coronavirus 05-07-2021

Spanish health officials concerned by spike in COVID-19 cases

Spain has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the 14-day average of infections per 100,000 residents climbing to 152.8, according to the latest data provided by Spanish health authorities. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.  
Coronavirus 02-07-2021

Students leave Mallorca quarantine after super-spreader outbreak 

One hundred and eighteen Spanish students who had celebrated the end of their school year in Mallorca but got caught up in a COVID-19 super-spreader outbreak linked to a total of 1,824 new cases in Spain stopped quarantining on Thursday (1 July) after testing negative for the virus.
Politics 01-07-2021

Spanish PM: Socialists will ‘never’ endorse Catalonia independence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Wednesday that there will not be an independence referendum in Catalonia because the Socialist Party (PSOE) he leads “will never ever accept it.”
Politics 28-06-2021

PM Sanchez to meet Catalan regional president, open dialogue

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet Catalonia’s regional president and pro-independence leader Pere Aragonès in a bid to open a new era of political dialogue and solve the crisis between Madrid and the local government, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Politics 24-06-2021

Catalan separatists released from prison after pardon

Nine Catalan separatists have been released from prison after their sentences for their role in a banned independence referendum in 2017 were commuted by the Spanish government. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 23-06-2021

Spanish government pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain’s socialist-led coalition government has finalised controversial pardons for nine Catalan politicians jailed for their involvement in an unauthorised referendum and declaration of independence in 2017. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 21-06-2021

Spain to end obligatory mask-wearing outdoors before end of June

Spain is set to lift the mandatory use of face masks in outdoor spaces in Spain on 26 June, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez telling an economics forum in Barcelona that his government will formalise the rule change in a cabinet meeting. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economy & Jobs 18-06-2021

COVID-19 triggers ‘demographic tragedy’ in Spain

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating not only for the Spanish economy but also, and above all, in terms of human lives: since March 2020 Spain’s mortality rate increased by 17%, with 492,930 new deaths directly or partially related to the pandemic, a historic mark not seen in the Iberian country since 1941.
Economy & Jobs 17-06-2021

EU Commission approves COVID-19 recovery fund for Spain, Portugal

Brussels has approved the coronavirus recovery funds for Spain and Portugal during a visit by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to the two countries. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Coronavirus 17-06-2021

Spain expected to abolish mandatory outdoor mask-wearing

Face masks worn in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus may “soon” become something of the past in public spaces, Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Wednesday. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.