About: Pedro Sanchez

Politics 30-03-2020

Spain toughens restrictions as coronavirus death toll surges

Spain prepared to enter its third week under near-total lockdown on Sunday (29 March), as the government approved a strengthening of measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus and the death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528.
Economy & Jobs 27-03-2020

Leaders clash over stimulus against pandemic, pass hot potato to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as "corona bonds", proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery.
Coronavirus 20-03-2020

How self-isolation can bring us closer together

A strange side effect of government-mandated self-isolation is that it can bring you closer to people than ever. When Spain ordered a nationwide lockdown last weekend, friends and family I hadn’t spoken with in months, and sometimes years, reached out on social media to ask after my safety.
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.
Economy & Jobs 18-03-2020

Spain unveils ‘unprecedented’ €200 billion coronavirus package

Spain announced a €200 billion package on Tuesday (17 March) to help companies and protect workers and other vulnerable groups affected by the spiralling coronavirus crisis.
Coronavirus 16-03-2020

Sisters flee Madrid, only to be stranded in Catalonia summer retreat

Carmen and Ana Ibáñez fled Madrid last week to escape the threat of coronavirus in Spain's hardest-hit region. But for the two elderly sisters, it was not the end of the nightmare as the pandemic quickly spread to the rest of the country, forcing authorities to confine people to their homes. EURACTIV's media partner EFE reports.
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 15-03-2020

Spain goes under lockdown to fight coronavirus

Spain put its 47 million inhabitants under partial lockdown on Saturday as part of a 15-day state of emergency to combat the coronavirus epidemic in Europe’s second worst-affected country by the disease after Italy.
Coronavirus 14-03-2020

Former EU foreign affairs chief Solana has coronavirus

Former European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Javier Solana is being treated at a Madrid hospital for coronavirus, a source close to the Spanish politician said Saturday (14 March). “He tested positive and is evolving favourably,” the source told...
Coronavirus 13-03-2020

Coronavirus hits Spain’s government

The impact of the coronavirus hit the Spanish government on Thursday (12 March) as the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, was diagnosed with COVID-19.
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.
Politics 28-02-2020

Catalan separatists pave the way for Spain’s future ‘progressive’ budget

The Spanish left-wing coalition government on Thursday (27 February) scored its first major political success, after the Parliament in Madrid approved the expenditure ceiling, a preliminary step for approving the new budget for the four-year legislature, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Spain wants to set a cap on CAP subsidies

Spain's socialist Agriculture Minister Luis Planas has revived the debate on CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) subsidies, as he intends to set a cap on aid, which will range between €60,000 and €100,00 per farm. EURACTIV's partner EFE Agro reports.
Brexit 18-02-2020

Gibraltar encouraged by Spanish ‘pragmatism’ on post-Brexit ties

Gibraltar is encouraged by Spain's "pragmatism" on its key demand that their mutual border remain fully open after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of 2020, its deputy chief minister said on Monday (17 February).
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.
Global Europe 12-02-2020

Spanish MEPs clash over minister’s meeting with Venezuelan vice-president

Spanish MEPs held a heated debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday (11 February) over whether the EU should bring Spain to heel over the country's violation of EU sanctions against Venezuela. 
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.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

OECD chief: ‘Sánchez government is a response to Spain’s political reality’

OECD Secretary-General Ángel Gurría is one of the most-wanted men in the corridors of the World Economic Forum, held this week in Davos (Switzerland). On Wednesday (22 January) he introduced Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in the forum as “one of the great champions of multilateralism”.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #3

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Global Europe 23-01-2020

Spain announces 5.5% hike in minimum wage as ‘tool’ against inequality

Spain's new government on Wednesday (22 January) announced a 5.5% rise in the minimum wage retroactive to 1 January, the third major economic initiative the left-wing coalition has announced since taking office this month.
Climate change 22-01-2020

Spain declares climate emergency, signals move to renewables

Spain's new government on Tuesday (21 January) declared a "climate emergency" and pledged to unveil a draft bill on transitioning to renewable energy within its first 100 days in office.
Politics 14-01-2020

Separatist MEPs bring Catalan conflict to the heart of EU democracy

Pro-independence Catalan leaders Carles Puigdemont and Toni Comin sat for the first time as members of the European Parliament on Monday (13 December), calling on the EU to take a stance on the political conflict currently gripping Spain. 
Elections 10-01-2020

Former Commission officials top new Spanish government

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appointed former European Commission spokesperson Arancha González as his new foreign affairs minister, while Nadia Calviño, who used to be a director-general in the EU executive, will become vice-president for economy, and former EU official Luis Planas will stay on as agriculture minister.
Elections 08-01-2020

Allied with far-left, Spain’s Sanchez stays on as PM

Spain's parliament on Tuesday (7 January) narrowly confirmed Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as premier for another term, paving the way for the country's first-ever coalition government since its return to democracy in the 1970s.

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