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Economy & Jobs 18-10-2021

Spanish government set to extend furlough schemes for one year

The Spanish government has proposed to extend temporary lay-off schemes. This system has significantly protected thousands of jobs endangered by the pandemic, only for one extra year. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2021

Merkel warns of ‘centrifugal forces’ in EU, calls for unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of dividing forces in the European Union and issued a plea for more unity across the continent, speaking at an award ceremony speech in Spain on Thursday (14 October).

Spanish medical experts warn about advanced breast cancer after COVID-19 slowdown

Spain’s focus on handling the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed other vital healthcare fields. Medical professionals warn that an increasing number of patients are now only accessing treatment when the cancer has already spread.
Economy & Jobs 14-10-2021

Spanish government presents ‘social’ budget for 2022

Spain’s Finance Minister María Jesús Montero presented the draft 2022 budget before parliament on Wednesday (13 October), with a record spending ceiling of €196.142 billion, fuelled by the EU's recovery fund. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Electricity 08-10-2021

Spanish electricity windfall tax requires a re-think

The 'windfall charge' imposed on Spain’s four largest electricity companies risks having far more negative consequences than the infamous 2013 law that retroactively changed the country's green energy subsidies, argues Christopher Jones.
Energy 07-10-2021

Explainer: Could a ‘strategic reserve’ ease Europe’s gas crisis?

European governments are scrambling for solutions to protect households from higher energy bills, as gas and electricity costs hit record highs across the continent ahead of the winter heating season.

Spanish energy tax threatens EU’s green hydrogen plans, industry warns

As energy prices soar across Europe, the chairman of electricity giant Iberdrola warned of short-sighted measures in Spain that are threatening the expansion of renewable electricity needed for the production of green hydrogen.
Global Europe 04-10-2021

Supporters chant ‘freedom’ at Catalan leader’s extradition heading

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont appeared in court on Monday in Sardinia where a judge will decide whether to extradite him to Spain to face sedition charges linked to Catalonia's 2017 failed independence bid.
Agrifood 30-09-2021

‘Noah’s Arc’ provides La Palma’s livestock shelter from volcanic ashes

The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the Spanish island of La Palma is not only destroying some of the most fertile agricultural land in the Canary Islands, but is also threatening livestock essential for the survival of artisan dairies and farmers. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Global Europe 29-09-2021

Canaries volcano lava reaches sea, raising toxic gas fears

Lava from an erupting volcano in the Canary Islands has reached the ocean, volcanologists said, raising fear of toxic gases being released as the lava hits the sea water.
Elections 27-09-2021

Former Catalan leader Puigdemont released on bail

The Italian court of Sassari in Sardinia on Friday (24 September) released former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont after he was detained Thursday on a European arrest warrant, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Elections 24-09-2021

Catalan separatist MEP Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Italy on Thursday (23 September), his lawyer and an aide said, four years after fleeing following an independence referendum that Madrid ruled unconstitutional.

La Palma volcano eruption could last up to November, experts warn

The area affected by the lava flow on the Spanish island of La Palma has increased by 50% since the eruption of the volcano three days ago and experts predict it will continue for an average of 55 more days but could last up to 84, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Energy 22-09-2021

EU energy ministers meet to discuss power price surge

Energy ministers from European Union countries will on Wednesday (22 September) discuss the soaring price of gas and electricity across Europe, as some governments draw up measures to protect their consumers.
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2021

Stars seem to align for Spanish economy after disastrous 2020

The Spanish economy appears to be recovering faster than expected after a disastrous 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic, with the latest forecasts pointing to a robust growth in 2022 and 2023. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

Lava flow devours property on Spanish Canary Island La Palma

A volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma has led to “devastating” scenes as a six-metre-high lava flow devoured houses, infrastructure and farmland in its path to the ocean forcing the evacuation of some 5,000 people. There have been no human casualties, a regional official said Monday (20 September), EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 20-09-2021

Volcano erupts on Spanish island of La Palma, PM suspends US trip

A volcano erupted Sunday (19 September) on the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Island archipelago, following a week of seismic activity in the area. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Coronavirus 20-09-2021

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines in Catalonia to expire due to slow immunisation pace

Thousands of COVID-19 vaccines are about to expire in the Catalonia region (northeast of Spain) due to the slow inoculation pace and the low demand, local health authorities have warned, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Global Europe 15-09-2021

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh?

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh? Stricken at the thought, Spain is making major diplomatic efforts to prevent Saudi from snatching the only UN agency headquartered in the Iberian peninsular.

Spanish PM rules out another Catalonia referendum

Spain’s socialist Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and Pere Aragonès, Catalonia’s pro-independence president, will open on Wednesday afternoon in Barcelona a new era of  "political dialogue" between Spain’s central government and the prosperous Spanish region. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 13-09-2021

Thousands of Catalans rally for independence in Barcelona

Thousands of Catalans chanted, sang and waved flags as they marched through Barcelona on Saturday (11 September), calling for the region's independence from Spain.

In Spain, prosecutors mull charging man who falsely claimed to be victim of hate crime

Prosecutors in Spain on Thursday (9 September) were considering charging a man who claimed to be the victim of a homophobic attack before admitting that the injuries he sustained in the incident were consensual. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Non-discrimination 09-09-2021

Spanish government reacts to alleged homophobic gang assault

The Spanish government has convened an urgent meeting for Friday (10 September) over an alleged homophobic gang assault on a young man in Madrid that has raised the alarm over hate crimes in the country. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Electricity 08-09-2021

Spanish government to present measures to bring down soaring electricity prices

Spain's executive will “imminently” present a new package of urgent measures to reduce the fast increase of electricity prices on the wholesale market, the Spanish government announced on Tuesday (7 September). EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.