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King Dissolves Parliament And Calls New Spanish General Election For June 26

NEWS: Parties failed to agree on a solution but the poll of polls shows the situation is similar to December.

about 20 hours ago
27 Mar 19:40 EDITORIAL

Islamic State Terror: Has Spain Just Been Lucky?

Citizens have a right to more information, not less, after terrorists win another battle in Europe.

03 May 11:23 IN-DEPTH

No Party Close To 44% Needed For Overall Majority At New General Election, Says Poll Of Polls

No Prime Minister in modern Spanish history has won an overall majority with less than 44%.

Spanish Politics

03 May 11:23
No Party Close To 44% Needed For Overall Majority At New General Election, Says Poll Of Polls
No Prime Minister in modern Spanish history has won an overall majority with less than 44%.
03 May 10:08
King Dissolves Parliament And Calls New Spanish General Election For June 26
Parties failed to agree on a solution but the poll of polls shows the situation is similar to December.
01 May 14:42
Spain's Top Policeman Says A "Totalitarian" Podemos Is A "Threat To Spanish Democracy"
Ignacio Cosidó said that "in their political doctrine is the seed of the justification of violence".
01 May 13:04
Polls Confused About Podemos & United Left Overtaking PSOE As Second Party In Spain
El País says it could happen, ABC says it won't happen, and La Sexta says it has already happened.
30 Apr 13:59
Spanish Congress Rejects Inquiry Into 2013 Santiago Train Crash
The victims were thrown out of the visitors' gallery by the Speaker after the result was announced.

Spanish Economy

28 Apr 09:53
Unemployment In Spain Back Up To 21% In First Quarter, Says INE
Youth unemployment at 46.5% eight years after the economic crisis began.
08 Apr 18:43
Candian Agency DBRS Cuts Spain From "Positive" To "Stable" On Political Ineptitude & Deficit Miss
Voters did not behave as expected and "it is not clear that another election would provide a decisive result".
03 Apr 21:35
Pedro Almodóvar, Former King's Sister And Wife Of Miguel Arias Cañete Appear In Panama Papers
Footballer Lionel Messi, under investigation for tax fraud in Spain, is also named.
31 Mar 11:39
Spain 2015 Deficit Balloons To 5.16%, Almost Full Percentage Point Above EU Target
Even worse result than the EU's gloomy winter forecast of 4.8%. Spain's 2015 GDP is €1.098 trillion.
18 Mar 18:16
S&P Downgrades Catalonia To Even Worse Junk Bond Status On Very Weak Financial Management
Financial management and budget performance "very weak", debt burden "very high".

Spanish Foreign Affairs & Military

08 Apr 18:43
Candian Agency DBRS Cuts Spain From "Positive" To "Stable" On Political Ineptitude & Deficit Miss
Voters did not behave as expected and "it is not clear that another election would provide a decisive result".
05 Apr 22:00
Spain And Argentina "Bullies And Ignorant", Say Gibraltar And Falkland Islands In Joint Statement
UK Foreign Office says it will respect the people of the two British territories.
05 Apr 14:10
New Allegations Of €7 Million In Venezuelan Funding For Podemos Think Tank CEPS
Deputy PM quick to label foreign state party financing criminal on morning TV show.
28 Mar 17:22
Spaniards Troll UK Contest To Name New Ship After Spanish Admiral Who Resisted British Fleet
The one-eyed, one-legged, one-handed Blas de Lezo thrashed Admiral Vernon at Cartagena de las Indias.
28 Mar 14:20
Former Chief Of Spanish Defence Staff Says US And Turkey Financed Islamic State
General Julio Rodriguez, now a senior Podemos leader, wants to see a "diplomatic, cultural" solution.
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2 Minute Spain News, 06 Apr 09:20
Earthquake 3 7 lorca may 3 2016

A minor earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter Scale was recorded near the south-eastern town of Lorca (Murcia) at 1:56 p.m. Spanish time, the National Geographic Institute reported.

A spokesman for Lorca Town Hall told The Spain Report that no damage to bui...

about 17 hours ago
El mundo newsroom empty

The El Mundo newsroom is empty today and neither the website nor the El Mundo Twitter feed have been updated with any news since 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning, when a strike across Unidad Editorial began in protest at a lay-off plan that will sack 224 workers, most ...

about 20 hours ago

Civil Guard anti-terrorism officers arrested four people in Pinto and Ciempozuelos (Madrid) in the early hours of Tuesday morning on suspicion of "spreading terrorist ideology of a jihadi nature online", the institution said in a statement: "as well as the recru...

about 20 hours ago

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Monday that: "the FIFA Executive Committee is ordered to transmit the Gibraltar Football Association’s application for FIFA membership to the FIFA Congress, which shall take all necessary measures to admit the Gibralta...

1 day ago

On Monday evening, workers' committees at El Mundo publisher Unidad Editorial issued a final statement in preparation for Tuesday's 24-hour strike action that will call on all Unidad Editorial staff to lay down their keyboards.

"Tomorrow, Tuesday May 3, at 7 ...

1 day ago

The full list of measures announced by workers at Spanish dailies El Mundo, Expansión, Marca and publisher Unidad Editorial includes four different types of strike and a demand senior management, including Unidad Editorial chairman Antonio Fernández Gali...

11 days ago

Journalists covering a conference given by Pablo Iglesias at Madrid's Complutense University abandoned the lecture hall after he singled out El Mundo reporter Álvaro Carvajal for commentary.

"I have to avoid Álvaro Carvajal, who looks like an epistemologist b...

12 days ago

Unidad Editorial, the publisher of Spanish newspapers El Mundo (generalist), Expansión (business) and Marca (sports), is to sack 224 of its 1,400 staff in a new round of mass layoffs, the trade union committee confirmed in a statement on Thursday.

It said the...

13 days ago

Moncloa, the Prime Minister's office, confirmed to The Spain Report late on Thursday evening that Industry Minister José Manuel Soria will not be attending cabinet tomorrow morning.

Asked if the decision had anything to do with the minister's problems in expl...

19 days ago

One person has been found dead in the rubble of the building that collapsed on Thursday morning in the town of Arona (Tenerife, Canary Islands), Emergency services in the Canary Islands confirmed to The Spain Report.

The only details about the dead victim are...

20 days ago

Two women and a man have been injured after a building collapsed in Tenerife (Canary Islands) on Thursday morning, police and emergency services confirmed to The Spain Report.

Two of the casualties have been taken to hospital: one of the women is seriously in...

20 days ago

In a brief statement on Wednesday evening, the Popular Party announced the chairman and secretary of the party's Rights & Guarantees committee had "provisionally suspended" the Mayor of Granada, José Torres Hurtado and his town planning councillor, Isabel Nieto,...

20 days ago
Rivera granada tweet

Ciudadanos has announced it is walking away from the local coalition deal it had done to allow the Popular Party to govern City Hall in Granada, after Mayor José Torre Hurtado (PP) was arrested on Wednesday morning along with the town planning councillor...

21 days ago

The Mayor of Granada (Andalusia), José Torres Hurtado (Popular Party), was arrested by police from the tax & economic crimes squad on Wednesday morning in a fraud operation, local media reported, along with the town planning councillor, Isabel Nieto, and...

21 days ago
Empar moliner gone

Catalan public broadcaster Televisió de Catalunya issued a statement late on Tuesday evening "lamenting" the "symbolic burning of some pages of a book with false covers that emulated the Spanish Constitution".

The TV station took down the online copy of prese...

21 days ago
Empar moliner

Empar Moliner, a presenter on TV show Els Matins (Mornings), broadcast on Catalan public channel TV3, burnt a copy of the Spanish Constitution live on air during her commentary segment on the show on Monday morning.

Ms. Moliner ripped pages out of a copy of...

22 days ago
Soria i know nothing

Spain's Industry, Energy & Tourism Minister, José Manuel Soria, named as a director in a Panama Papers company called UK Lines Limited for two months in 1992, denied any involvement with the company and "the Panama stuff" during a press conference on Mon...

23 days ago
Interior is weapons cache ceuta

Spain's Civil Guard was investigating "possible Islamic State links" to a box of weapons and an Islamic State flag found buried in a field in the Spanish North African city of Ceuta, the Home Office said on Saturday.

On Friday, the Civil Guard issued a st...

25 days ago
Hernando podemos document

The Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) watched the Podemos press conference on Friday morning "with surprise and outrage", spokesman Antonio Hernando said during his own press conference just before lunch, angrily criticising Pablo Iglesias, whose attitude w...

26 days ago
Long faces podemos

Podemos got a "very explicit rejection" from the PSOE to exploring a progressive coalition together, Pablo Iglesias said during a group press conference on Friday: "the only frame of reference they are not going to budge from is their agreement with Ciud...

26 days ago
2009 siesta study

There are few studies on how many Spaniards really sleep a siesta 16 years into the 21st Century, or how often. One—organised by the Spanish Bed Association (ASOCAMA) in 2009—shed some light on the topic.

16% of Spaniards—or about 7.5 million people—said they...

27 days ago
Vargas llosa panama papers

Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize for Literature, appears in the Panama Papers, Spain's El Confidencial and La Sexta reported on Wednesday.

El Confidencial said it had accessed "abundant documents" in the terabytes o...

28 days ago
Ana botin santander

Spanish bank Santander is to cut up to 1,200 jobs in Spain by the end of the year, sources close to the negotiations told The Spain Report, some 5% of the total workforce.

Some of the cuts would be related to the closure of 450 branches the bank announced...

28 days ago

Oxford University told The Spain Report on Monday that no changes had been made to the plan to award Pedro Almodóvar an honorary degree on June 22 at the university's annual Encaenia ceremony, following his being named in the Panama Papers scandal alongside ...

30 days ago

Agustín Almodóvar, the brother of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, issued a statement on Monday saying he "deeply laments" the damage to his world-famous brother's public image, which he blamed on his own lack of business experience at the time.

"From t...

30 days ago

Spain's National Public Prosecutor's Office is to launch an investigation into the Spanish elements of the Panama Papers, in order to prosecute any possible crimes in Spanish courts, the office said in a statement e-mailed to journalists on Monday evening.
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30 days ago

Answering questions at the midday briefing, European Commission Chief Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said that he saw no conflict of interest in Climate & Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete's wife, Micaela Domecq Solís-Beaumont, being involved in a com...

30 days ago
Icc marzo 2016 3

Consumer confidence in Spain has plummeted from record highs prior to the general election on December 20, after more than three months of political uncertainty and an inability to form a new government.

The numbers continued their decline in March, the c...

30 days ago
Paro marzo 2016

58,216 fewer people were registered as unemployed in Spain at the end of March, a fall of 1.4%, the Employment Ministry reported in its latest data set, leaving the total at 4.094 million Spaniards.

The seasonally-adjusted figure was slightly lower, at 45,466...

30 days ago
Sigma dos el mundo april

A new Sigma Dos poll for El Mundo published on Sunday evening suggests the combined results of the Popular Party and Ciudadanos might be enough for a right-wing coalition after a new general election in June.

This is the third poll this weekend to show a larg...

30 days ago
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