About: Spain

Economy & Jobs 22-05-2018

Saving Europe’s biggest salt water lagoon

Clean-up squads, co-financed with European funds, stepped up their efforts in recent weeks in the Mar Menor region in southeast Spain, to remove dead algae and other waste from the shoreline of Europe's largest salt water lagoon.
Politics 11-05-2018

Puigdemont steps down, names successor for Catalonia’s presidency

Carles Puigdemont, the former president of Catalonia who organised the illegal independence referendum in October 2017, nominated on Thursday (10 May) a pro-independence politician as his successor at the head of Spain’s rebellious region.

Spain’s navy wants big role in post-Brexit European defence

With naval power Britain at the EU's exit door, Spain has gone on the offensive to be the next major player defending European shores.
Enlargement 27-04-2018

We are aware of ‘Europeisation fatigue’, warns Albanian minister

Albanian Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati briefed a small group of Brussels journalists on Thursday (26 April) about his country’s EU ambitions, following the Commission’s proposal to start accession negotiations with Tirana and a visit of Prime Minister Edi Rama to Berlin last Wednesday.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2018

Southern Europe activists join forces against mass tourism

Neighbourhood associations and activist groups from 14 southern European cities formed a network to join forces in their fight against mass tourism which was presented Thursday (26 April) in Barcelona.

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledges harm caused, apologises to victims

Basque terrorist group ETA acknowledge on Friday (20 April) the harm it had caused, saying it was directly responsible for the suffering of the Basque people and apologised to the victims. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports from San Sebastian, Spain.
Agrifood 19-04-2018

Spanish agriculture is campaigning for the development of agricultural insurance

Spanish farmers and stockbreeders want the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to redirect its financial resources to a system of agricultural insurance. EURACTIV's partner EFEAgro reports.
Future EU 19-04-2018

Ex-French PM Manuel Valls: no separatist solution in Catalonia

The former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday (19 April) he believed there would be a political solution to the uncertainty in Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia, but that the answer did not lie with the separatist campaign...
Brexit 19-04-2018

Brexit raises fears among Gibraltar population

The people of Gibraltar voted almost unanimously to remain in the European Union in the Brexit referendum. However, the small British overseas territory will be forced to leave the EU next March, and both the British population and the Spaniards that come to work on ‘the Rock’ fear an uncertain future.

The Brief – Spain’s judicial headaches

Spain became embroiled this week in various judicial quagmires. Cases affecting two fugitives, one of its nationals abroad and a foreigner in the Peninsula, tested the relationship between politics and justice, and Spain’s handling of the Catalan issue.
Enlargement 06-04-2018

Kosovo conundrum looms large over Western Balkans summit

As Bulgaria prepares for a Western Balkan summit in May, seen by many as the centrepiece of its EU Council Presidency, Sofia has realised that not all its guests want to sit at the same table.
Elections 06-04-2018

German court bails Puigdemont, rejects Spanish extradition request

A German court yesterday (5 April) refused Spain's request to extradite Catalan ex-leader Carles Puigdemont on a rebellion charge following his arrest in Germany last month, ordering his release on bail pending a hearing on a lesser charge.
Energy 04-04-2018

Portugal breaks 100% renewables mark but remains isolated

Portugal produced more power from clean energy sources in March than it actually needed, marking the first time in the 21st century that renewables have topped 100% of its production. But a dearth of energy connections with the rest of Europe remains problematic.
Enlargement 23-03-2018

Rajoy has an issue with Western Balkans summit in Sofia

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told his Bulgarian colleague Boyko Borissov in no uncertain terms that he has a problem with the Western Balkans summit in Sofia, scheduled for 17 May, and may not even come if Kosovo is participating.
Economy & Jobs 09-03-2018

Spanish women stage unprecedented strike for rights

Spain marked International Women's Day yesterday (8 March) with an unprecedented strike in defence of their rights that saw hundreds of trains cancelled and massive protests held in Madrid and Barcelona.

Spain’s top court exonerates woman who tweeted jokes about Franco’s PM

Spain's supreme court exonerated on Thursday (1 March) a young woman sentenced in 2017 to a year in prison and seven years of complete disqualification for tweeting several jokes about a former prime minister assassinated in a 1973 bombing by Basque separatists.
Economic governance 20-02-2018

Eurogroup picks ‘pragmatic’ De Guindos for ECB vice-presidency

Eurozone finance ministers chose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to become the next vice-president of the European Central Bank (ECB), marking the return of Spain to top EU posts after the country lost its chair in the bank's Executive Council.
Brexit 16-02-2018

NHS facing ‘Brexit cliff-edge’ from immigration delay

The most popularly supported public service in the UK, the national health service (NHS) is also the country's largest single employer. Throughout its nearly 70 year history, it has been reliant on migrant workers and may face a serious shortage of staff because of Brexit.
Climate change 16-02-2018

Balearics launch pioneering plan to phase out emissions

The Balearic islands’ government has launched a pioneering plan to phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, potentially setting itself on a collision course with the Spanish government. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.

Catalonia parliament speaker visits jailed former colleagues

Spanish journalists hoping for clarification on the political contingency plan in the affluent Catalonia region were left disappointed on Thursday (8 February) when the regional parliament speaker shunned the topic following his meeting with the ousted Catalan vice president in a Madrid...
Politics 09-02-2018

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview yesterday (8 February).
Brexit 31-01-2018

Gibraltar says it can implement Brexit selectively

Gibraltar can choose elements of any Brexit deal Britain agrees with the European Union and avoid those it considers detrimental, the chief minister of the British territory said.
Energy 25-01-2018

11 member states smash 2020 renewables targets early

Eleven EU countries have already met their 2020 renewable energy goals ahead of schedule while the bloc as a whole has reached 17%, just shy of the overall target with two years to go, according to new data from Eurostat.

Spain’s top court rejects new bid to arrest exiled Catalan ex-president

The Spanish Supreme Court dismissed on Monday (22 January) a request by top Spanish prosecutors to reactivate a European arrest warrant for the ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, who has been in exile since November. EURACTIV'S partner EFE reports.