Sánchez Confirms PSOE 'No' After Meeting Rajoy
NEWS: "We could absolutely have done without that meeting, in my opinion", said Pedro Sánchez after a 30-min encounter with Mariano Rajoy, adding that "t...
29 Aug 13:51
The Abhorrent Killing Of Baby Bulls In Spanish Villages
EDITORIAL: Defenders of bullfighting in Spain argue that it is art, tradition, philosophy even, a way of representing man's struggle with the uncertain vagari...
28 Aug 18:45 EDITORIAL
Rajoy And Rivera Sign Stillborn Confidence Vote Deal
NEWS: A dull Mariano Rajoy and a more enthusiastic Albert Rivera signed their deal on Sunday morning in Congress to support Mr. Rajoy at a confidence deb...
28 Aug 14:45
New Animal Rights Scandal After Video Shows Baby Bull Being Tortured And Killed By Villagers At Local Fiesta
NEWS: A new animal rights scandal has erupted in Spain after the country's animal rights party PACMA published a new video showing a bull calf being bait...
27 Aug 20:32
Rajoy Says New Government "More A Wish Than A Fact"
NEWS: "Putting together a government in Spain is more a wish than a fact", Mariano Rajoy said on Saturday morning, speaking at a PP meeting in Pontevedra...
27 Aug 13:28
Daily Spain Briefing: Friday, August 26, 2016
SUMMARY: PP-Ciudadanos talks + Deputy PM warning + Iglesias on PSOE + Gerry Adams + Venezuela attack + Earthquake victim
26 Aug 21:00
Ciudadanos Gives PP 48 Hours To Sign A Deal
NEWS: "We're giving ourselves 48 hours to sign the deal with the Popular Party", said Ciudadanos spokesman Juan Carlos Girauta during a press conference ...
26 Aug 00:13
Two Months After Election, MPs Agree On Seating Plan
NEWS: Tomorrow, August 26, marks two months since the last inconclusive general election in Spain, on June 26. Nearly nine weeks; 50 or so days. There is...
25 Aug 14:36
Daily Spain Briefing: Wednesday, August 24, 2016
SUMMARY: Otegi + PP-Ciudadanos talks + Murder in Salou + Immigrants escape + Drought in Galicia + Santander + Spanish Nobel chances
24 Aug 20:42
Electoral Commission Rules Otegi May Not Stand In Basque Elections
NEWS: The Electoral Commission in Guipúzcoa (Basque Country) ruled on Wednesday morning that Arnaldo Otegi may not stand as a candidate for First Ministe...
24 Aug 10:49
Daily Spain Briefing: Tuesday, August 23, 2016
SUMMARY: Tourism + "Corruption" + PSOE pressure + Reservoirs + Child porn arrests + Wert's Paris garden + "Wolf"
23 Aug 17:55
Spain Posts New Record Foreign Tourist Total In July
NEWS: The number of foreign visitors to Spain rose above six million in July, a new monthly record, beating even the 5.8 million who visited the country ...
23 Aug 12:20
Daily Spain Briefing: Monday, August 22, 2016
SUMMARY: Forest fires + Gibraltar + Tourism + Government talks + Olympics + Traffic deaths + Almodóvar + Judge rants on youth
22 Aug 20:30
Polls Probe Voters On PSOE Abstention, Socialists Split
NEWS: Two polls published since Sunday attempted to shed some light on voters' perceptions of the current political stalemate and whether or not Pedro Sá...
22 Aug 11:22
Spain's Problem With Major Accidents And The Truth
EDITORIAL: 13 years ago, in May 2003, a Yak 42 aircraft bringing 62 Spanish soldiers back from a tour of duty in Afghanistan slammed into a hillside in Turkey...
20 Aug 20:54 EDITORIAL
Sánchez Repeats PSOE 'No' And Will Vote Against Budget If Rajoy Is Reappointed PM
NEWS: PSOE leader Pedro Sánchez responded to Mariano Rajoy's August 30 confidence vote and the threat of a Christmas election by announcing that the Soci...
19 Aug 12:58
Rajoy Bullies Sánchez With Threat Of Christmas Election
EDITORIAL: On Wednesday, Mariano Rajoy was non-committal about accepting Ciudadanos' six pre-conditions for talks, contemptuous of his supposed ally and journ...
19 Aug 11:30 EDITORIAL
Daily Spain Briefing: Thursday, August 18, 2016
SUMMARY: Rajoy confidence vote + PSOE-Podemos option + Irishman murdered in Mallorca + Arms cache seized + Lorca + Burkinis
18 Aug 21:02
Rajoy U-Turns & Says He's Ready For A Confidence Vote
NEWS: Mariano Rajoy announced he was ready to submit to the will of parliament at a confidence vote in Congress shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday, less th...
18 Aug 17:16
Rajoy Does Not Deserve The Confidence Of The House
In the annals of world rhetoric, in the world records of political visions, Mariano Rajoy's 36-page discourse on Tuesday will come near the very bo...
30 Aug 23:03 EDITORIAL
Editorials Demand PSOE Abstention
Monday editorials in Spain and abroad pressured Socialist Party leader Pedro Sánchez into changing his party's 'no' vote to an abstention to allow ...
29 Aug 11:35 IN-DEPTH
Homs Reminds Rajoy He Wouldn't Have Governing Majority Anyway
Catalan Democratic Party (PDC, formerly CDC, Convergencia, Artur Mas's party) spokesman Francesc Homs also rejected Mariano Rajoy's plan and said h...
31 Aug 17:26 LIVE BLOG
Basque Nationalist Party Slams Madrid's Centralist Policies
Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) spokesman Aitor Estéban criticised Mariano Rajoy's centralist policies and said they would only get worse after the ...
31 Aug 16:36 LIVE BLOG
Esquerra's Tardà Rails Against Rajoy's "Altar Boy" And Nationalist Spain
Esquerra MP Joan Tardà railed at the PP's economic record and its social effects and defended the secession of Catalonia as the best way forward fo...
31 Aug 14:11 LIVE BLOG
Rivera Attempts To Rise Above Petty Bickering
Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera began his remarks in parliament by attempting to rise above the petty bickering between Rajoy and Sánchez or Rajoy ...
31 Aug 12:23 LIVE BLOG
Rajoy And Iglesias Clash On Communist, Francoist Party Origins
Mariano Rajoy replied to "the Podemos spokespersons" after listening to their shouting and criticism. "Mr. Iglesias, are you the only democrat in t...
31 Aug 11:38 LIVE BLOG
Pablo Iglesias Shouts At Everyone, The PP "Is Corruption"
An angry, frowning Podemos leader decided to shout ferociously at the chamber for 30 minutes on Wednesday morning, waving his arms furiously as he ...
31 Aug 10:56 LIVE BLOG
Rajoy Admits Changing Constitution "In 15 Minutes" With Zapatero
During one of his replies to Pedro Sánchez, Mariano Rajoy spoke of how, in his very long political career, he had managed to do deals with both reg...
31 Aug 10:48 LIVE BLOG
Rajoy Bickers With Sánchez, Says Ciudadanos Agreement Not Historic
To raucous applause from the PP benches, Mr. Rajoy hit back at Pedro Sánchez and, after mentioning new ally Ciudadanos and Albert Rivera very infre...
31 Aug 10:04 LIVE BLOG
Aggressive Pedro Sánchez Attacks Rajoy & Speaker Ana Pastor
An energetic and aggressive Pedro Sánchez (PSOE) began his reply to Mariano Rajoy in the Spanish Congress on Wednesday morning, charging rhetorical...
31 Aug 09:28 LIVE BLOG