About: Spain

Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Spain unveils fresh economic relief measures for vulnerable groups

The Spanish government approved on Tuesday (31 March) a fresh package of economic relief measures to mitigate the negative effects of the full suspension of non-essential activities enforced as part of the country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak. “What...
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.
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

Spanish doctors, nurses demand action after coronavirus cases soar

Nurses and doctors demanded action after Spain reported its sharpest daily increase in coronavirus cases on Tuesday (24 March) and said about 14% of the nearly 40,000 infections were among health workers.
Coronavirus 24-03-2020

Spain lauds the medics on the front line of coronavirus crisis

Spain paid tribute on Monday (23 March) to front-line staff battling a worsening coronavirus outbreak that has infected nearly 4,000 health workers, who make up more than a tenth of known cases in the country.
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 20-03-2020

Spain to close all hotels, help nursing homes as coronavirus deaths climb

The Spanish government on Thursday (19 March) ordered the closure of all the country’s hotels and promised to implement special measures in nursing homes after a surge in the country’s coronavirus cases and deaths.
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.

Spain turns back cars from land borders as coronavirus death toll nears 500

Spain set up police checks at its land borders with France and Portugal on Tuesday (17 March) and turned back foreigners attempting to enter, part of strict measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Europe's second hardest-hit country.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

European tourism sector urges measures to mitigate COVID-19 impact

Europe's tourism industry is bracing itself for an economic impact that could potentially push several countries into recession, as a result of the ongoing coronavirus crisis on the continent.
Coronavirus 17-03-2020

Pain, distance and dilemma: Living in a quarantined city

The WhatsApp message is short and hard-hitting: "I'm waiting in the emergency room for them to bring mum. She has had a haemorrhage."
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 15-03-2020

Spaniards prepare for total isolation

Sanchez's government decided on Saturday (14 March) to limit with immediate effect the movement of people for 15 days to what is absolutely necessary: to buy food, medicine and other essential goods, to take care of the elderly or go to the hospital or the bank.
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...
Global Europe 13-03-2020

Morocco shuts off Spain’s Ceuta and Melilla enclaves over virus

Morocco closed the border with Ceuta and Melilla, Spain's two North African enclaves, early on Friday (13 March) to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus, officials said.
Energy 13-03-2020

Six EU countries join call for 100% renewable energy scenario

Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain have sent a joint letter to the European Commission calling for the inclusion of a 100% renewable energy scenario in long-term climate projections.
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.
Politics 28-02-2020

Catalan separatists pave the way for Spain’s future ‘progressive’ budget

The Spanish left-wing coalition government on Thursday (27 February) scored its first major political success, after the Parliament in Madrid approved the expenditure ceiling, a preliminary step for approving the new budget for the four-year legislature, EURACTIV's partner EuroEFE reports.
Agrifood 27-02-2020

Spain wants to set a cap on CAP subsidies

Spain's socialist Agriculture Minister Luis Planas has revived the debate on CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) subsidies, as he intends to set a cap on aid, which will range between €60,000 and €100,00 per farm. EURACTIV's partner EFE Agro reports.
Health 26-02-2020

Canaries hotel locked down over coronavirus with guests spanning 25 nationalities

A large Canary Islands hotel was locked down for coronavirus tests on Tuesday (25 February) after a guest and his wife were found to be infected, as Spain also reported its first three cases of the disease on the mainland.
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...

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