About: Spain

Brexit 03-04-2019

Gibraltar is a ‘colony,’ MEPs say

MEPs in the European Parliament's justice committee have backed a regulation that refers to the British Overseas Terrority Gibraltar as a 'colony.' The main purpose of the text put forward by the EU member states is to offer visa-free access to the EU for UK citizens after Brexit, but has caused controversy over its choice of language.
Brexit 02-04-2019

British MEP kicked out as rapporteur for Gibraltar visa waiver law

A British member of the European Parliament lost his role negotiating a post-Brexit visa law on Monday (1 April), amid a dispute over a draft that refers to Gibraltar as a colony.
Brexit 29-03-2019

Madrid’s British contingent face uncertain Brexit future

Spain is the most popular destination of choice for British expats and with Friday's (29 March) passing of another key Brexit date, they are more anxious about their future than ever before. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
Transport 28-03-2019

Europol helps unearth Dieselgate leftovers in Spain

A Spanish haulier has been caught using emission cheating devices by law enforcement agencies, just as the European Parliament declared that Europe has not recovered from its Dieselgate hangover.
EU Elections 2019 07-03-2019

Spanish far-right joins Orban in his defence of the Europe of nations

The Secretary-General of Spanish far-right party Vox defended the need to safeguard Europe by defending its nations face to “Merkel, Macron and Soros’ globalism” during an event in the European Parliament on Wednesday (6 March).
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

Feminism is the word in Spain’s electoral campaign

Women's rights have taken centre stage in election campaigns for Spain's left- and right-wing parties as International Women's Day approaches even as ultra-conservative groups hit back at what they dub "radical feminism."
Cybersecurity 27-02-2019

Chinese cybersecurity law is a ‘loaded weapon,’ senior US official says

China’s cybersecurity law allows the state to conduct foreign espionage projects, and its legislation is comparable to a “loaded gun” that the rest of the world should not want to stand in front of, a senior US official told EURACTIV on Wednesday (26 February). But Chinese officials were adamant that this was not the case.
Digital 26-02-2019

Not ‘one single cybersecurity issue’, Huawei says

A senior Huawei representative said on Monday (25 February) that there has never been one legitimate “cyber security issue” with the company. The statement came as EU Digital Commissioner Mariya Gabriel said that 5G security is a "priority".
Future EU 25-02-2019

Europe facing ‘winds of xenophobia’, Spain’s Sanchez warns

Spain's Pedro Sánchez on Sunday (24 February) urged Europeans to resist the "winds of xenophobia" threatening the continent, as he marked 80 years since the flight of 475,000 Spaniards to France after Francisco Franco seized power after a brutal civil war.
Climate change 21-02-2019

Spain in last-ditch attempt to submit EU climate plan

Madrid lawmakers are racing against time to sign off on an energy and climate plan for 2030 before domestic politics derail the process. Spain is now the only member states that still has not submitted its national plan, originally due by the end of 2018.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

France, Spain condemn Venezuela’s expulsion of EU fact-finding team

The foreign ministers of France and Spain condemned on Monday (18 February) the Venezuelan government's decision to expel a group of EU lawmakers who had travelled there on a fact-finding mission and wanted to meet with the self-appointed but widely recognised interim president. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Elections 15-02-2019

Spain to hold early elections on 28 April

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on Friday (15 February) for snap elections on 28 April, only nine months after he took office, after failing to secure the Parliament’s support for his 2019 budget.
EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

Spain’s right, far-right rally against PM over Catalonia

Tens of thousands of people waving Spanish flags joined a rally on Sunday (10 February) in Madrid called by right-wing and far-right parties against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who they accuse of treachery over his negotiations with Catalan separatists. Police said around 45,000...
EU Elections 2019 11-02-2019

Catalan separatist trial gives Spanish far right global platform

Far-right Spanish party Vox is on track to get a global soapbox as it takes part in the much-hyped trial of Catalan pro-independence leaders as a "popular prosecutor" -- a Spain-specific legal mechanism that has left Madrid embarrassed.

France and Germany to launch first contracts on future combat jets

France and Germany will on Wednesday (6 February) announce a 65 million euros contract financed equally by both countries over two years as the first act of the joint programme to design a next-generation combat jet, a French army source said.
Global Europe 05-02-2019

No more ships to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean

Italy’s decision to block the ship of German NGO Sea-Watch in the port of Catania, Sicily, means that there are currently no ships from humanitarian organisations to rescue migrants in the Mediterannean. EURACTIV’s media partner Euroefe reports.
Global Europe 04-02-2019

EU leaders recognise Guaido in Venezuela

A dozen EU countries formally recognised Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaidó as the country's interim president on Monday (1 February), after their ultimatum for calling elections in the Latin American country expired.
Global Europe 01-02-2019

EU to establish contact group in Venezuela, Guaidó recognition up to member states

The EU will establish an international contact group to mediate in the crisis but leaves to member states the decision to recognize  Juan Guaidó as the president of Venezuela, EU28 agreed on Thursday (31 January).
Global Europe 31-01-2019

Parliament recognises Guaidó in Venezuela and calls on 28 to follow

The European Parliament recognised on Thursday (31 January) the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president of the country and called on the EU and its member states to follow suit.
Global Europe 29-01-2019

EU’s Iran payments vehicle ready – but stuck

A payment mechanism the EU hopes will save the Iran nuclear deal by bypassing US sanctions is ready, diplomats said Monday (28 January), but is held up by disagreements among European countries.
Global Europe 24-01-2019

Merkel champions multilateralism, Conte and Sánchez share two different visions in Davos

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected the so-called new approach and its questioning of international systems and instead championed multilateralism, while Italy and Spain's prime ministers presented two different visions of the world.
Energy 23-01-2019

Regulators reject key section of planned France-Spain gas pipeline

The energy regulators of Spain and France have rejected an investment request to build the central section of the planned Midi-Catalonia (MidCat) gas pipeline linking the two countries, in a move that could spell the end of the entire project, green activists said.
EU Elections 2019 17-01-2019

Spanish PM: If Europe protects us, we need to protect Europe

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stood up for a more social, feminist, greener and united Europe, in his speech on the future of the EU before the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday (16 January). 
Climate change 15-01-2019

EU climate plan no-shows submit excuses instead

EU nations that missed an end-of-2018 deadline to submit their draft energy and climate plans to the European Commission have started to offer up their excuses for their lateness.

Want to know what's going on in the EU Capitals daily? Subscribe now to our new 9am newsletter.