About: Spain

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).

Rights court clears Spain over Melilla migrant pushbacks

Spain committed no violation when it expelled migrants trying to force their way onto EU territory by scaling fences in a North African enclave, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday (13 Fenruary). The ruling, which reverses an earlier...

North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

North Macedonia's parliament unanimously ratified NATO's accession protocol on Tuesday (11 February),  taking Skopje a step closer to becoming the military alliance's 30th member in the coming weeks.
Global Europe 07-02-2020

Morocco border clampdown thwarts Europe-bound migrants

Mustapha left his home in Guinea two years ago to make the arduous journey to Morocco, hoping to cross the fence separating the kingdom from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta.
Digital 05-02-2020

Huawei taking coronavirus ‘precautions’ ahead of Barcelona MWC

Following the deadly coronavirus outbreak in China, telecommunications giant Huawei has put in place a series of 'precautions' and 'internal rules' for international travel ahead of the company's appearance at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the end of February.
Agrifood 23-01-2020

Leave nothing to waste in agriculture: Spain’s race to top circular economy

The agrifood sector has no intention of staying behind in the race for leading the circular economy, in which everything, even the tiniest waste from crops and industries, can have an added value and help the economic, environmental and social sustainability. EURACTIV’s partner EFEAGRO reports.
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”.
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.
Brexit 14-01-2020

Spain pushes for prioritising services in EU-UK deal

Spain on Monday (13 January) called for the inclusion of services in the first phase of EU-UK negotiations on the future relationship, adding more complexity to trade talks that must be concluded before the transition period ends on 31 December.

Police bust ring smuggling Moroccans to Spain via Gibraltar

Police in Spain and Gibraltar have smashed an unusual migrant-smuggling network which flew Moroccans into the tiny British territory then sneaked them over the border to Spain, arresting 47 people.
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 11-01-2020

European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

The European Parliament declared Friday (10 January) that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.
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.
Elections 07-01-2020

Spain’s lawmakers likely to back Sanchez coalition in tight vote

Spanish lawmakers are expected to vote by the narrowest of margins on Tuesday (7 January) to confirm Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez as head of a left-wing coalition government.
Elections 19-12-2019

Spain’s socialists and Catalan separatists inch closer to deal, despite tensions

An agreement between the Republican Left of Catalonia (ERC) and caretaker socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is "within reach", paving the way for broader government  coalition talks. EURACTIV’s partner EuroEFE reports.
Politics 12-12-2019

Spain’s king taps Socialist Sanchez to form government

Spain's King Felipe VI has tasked acting Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to form a government after the country's second inconclusive election in less than seven months, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
Economic governance 21-11-2019

EU concerned over France, Italy and Spain debts

Reduction of public debt should be the main priority for France, Italy, and Spain, which have "failed to put their finances in order" during the economic upswing of recent years, the European Commission warned on Wednesday (20 November) at the presentation of the autumn fiscal package.
Agrifood 19-11-2019

Profitability, land and passion for the countryside: the magic triangle of agriculture’s generational renewal

In Spain and across the European Union, more than 90% of farmers are close to the retirement age, meaning that the problem of generational renewal poses a serious problem. Finding a solution depends on the combination of a magical triangle. EURACTIV's partner EFE reports.
Agrifood 13-11-2019

EU comes to olive producers’ rescue, Spaniards call for more

The exceptional private storage aid proposed by the European Commission won't be enough to fix the "messed" olive oil market, according to Spanish producers who have called for new measures to save the iconic Mediterranean fat.
Elections 12-11-2019

Socialists and Podemos reach deal for a ‘progressive’ government in Spain

Spain's ruling Socialists and leftist Unidas Podemos have reached an agreement for a “progressive” government after Sunday's general elections, acting Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and the leader of Unidas Podemos, Pablo Iglesias, announced on Tuesday (12 November).

EU advocate general: jailed Catalan leader has right to immunity as MEP-elect

The jailed Catalan pro-independence leader Oriol Junqueras has the right to immunity as a result of being elected member of the European Parliament in May, the EU Advocate General Maciej Szpunar said in his conclusions on Tuesday (12 November). 
Elections 10-11-2019

Tactical voting or conviction, what will drive the Spanish elections?

Spanish voters are heading back to the polls on Sunday (10 November) for the fourth general election in less than four years to see if they can finally put an end to the political deadlock. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.

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