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Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

In Berlin, Sánchez vows to ‘do everything to reach a deal’ at EU summit

Just before the EU Council summit on 17 July, leaders of those EU countries that suffered most from the coronavirus pandemic are meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the politician on whom they pin their hopes for a rapid recovery. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 22-06-2020

Spain lifts lockdown after 98 days to enter a ‘new normality’

Spain’s state of alarm, the emergency mechanism propping up the nationwide lockdown enforced to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, expired at midnight on Saturday (20 June), three months and one week after it first came into effect.
Transport 15-06-2020

Spain underpins car sector bailout with green goals

The Spanish government unveiled on Monday (15 June) a €3.75 billion aid package for the domestic auto industry, which includes a scrappage scheme with green strings, a bigger focus on electric charging points and funding for hydrogen power.
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.
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 04-05-2020

Masks obligatory in public transport as Spain relaxes measures

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Saturday (2 May) that face coverings will be mandatory in public transport after phase 0 of the government’s multi-staged de-escalation plan begins on Monday. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. “We know that the absolute...
Coronavirus 28-04-2020

Spain urges parents to obey rules and avoid risking children’s health

Spanish authorities have warned parents to act responsibly when taking their children out for a walk in order to ensure that the first major easing of the coronavirus lockdown does not become a public health risk.
Coronavirus 27-04-2020

Children venture out in Spain after six weeks at home

Spain’s children were allowed to go for first walks on Sunday (26 April), after spending six weeks locked in their homes, as the country continued a downward trend in the number of deaths and rate of infection.
Coronavirus 23-04-2020

Spanish government criticised over handling of health crisis

The Spanish government has been repeatedly criticised for its management of the COVID-19 health crisis, with the latest rebuke regarding the rules for children going outside. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 17-04-2020

Spanish parties bicker over ‘national pact’ for post-coronavirus reconstruction

The socio-economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus in Spain has prompted political wranglings over a national pact for the country’s reconstruction. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 16-04-2020

Opposition criticises PM Sanchez for poor crisis management

As the spread of the coronavirus pandemic has slowed down in Spain, opposition parties have intensified criticism of the government's management of the health crisis, amid fresh calls for an extension of the lockdown. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports. 
Coronavirus 13-04-2020

Spain to resume some activities, but lockdown remains ‘firmly in place’

As Spain prepares to allow some workers to resume activities Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned that the lockdown remained in place and that things would not go back to the way they were.
Economy & Jobs 06-04-2020

Spain and EU Commissioners call for common European debt instruments

Europe needs debt mutualisation and a common Marshall plan to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
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.
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