Archiv: Spain


22.05.2021 - 12:57 [ DailyMai.co.uk ]

Auf Wiedersehen BRIT! Germany BANS Britons from midnight TOMORROW after branding UK a Covid variant hotspot… while Spain lifts restrictions to welcome tourists

Britons will soon be barred from entering Germany after the country’s Public Health Institute designated the UK as a virus variant area of concern.

From midnight on Sunday people travelling there from the UK may only enter the country if they are a German citizen or resident.

21.05.2021 - 15:31 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Travel news latest: Spain to allow British holidaymakers with no PCR test from Monday

Spain will allow British travellers to enter the country without a negative PCR test from May 24, it has been announced today.

This will mean restriction-free entry from Monday even for unvaccinated Britons; though with Spain on the UK’s amber list, travellers will have to self-isolate upon their return.

10.05.2021 - 14:44 [ Fernando H. Valls / Twitter ]

Así está ahora mismo la Puerta del Sol. Gente saltando, abrazándose, unos haciendo la conga… No tengo palabras.

10.05.2021 - 14:10 [ El Pais ]

Outdoor parties erupt across Spain as state of alarm ends

The first night without the state of alarm saw an atmosphere of partying in many parts of Spain on Saturday night, as revelers took to the street from midnight onward when the emergency measures that had been in place for six months in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus expired. The festivities took place on the streets of the country despite the fact that the epidemiological data is far from good.

02.05.2021 - 09:44 [ University of Barcelona / Medrxiv.org ]

Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater anticipates the occurrence of COVID-19 cases

(13.06.2020)

This SARS-CoV-2 early detection in sewage supports the idea that COVID-19 cases may have been present in the population beforethe first imported case was reported. COVID-19 carriers may have been misclassified as influenza diagnoses in primary care, boosting community transmission before public health measures were taken(11).

(…)

Most COVID-19 cases show mild influenza-like symptoms (14)and it has been suggested that some uncharacterized influenza cases may have masked COVID-19 cases in the 2019-2020 season (11).

18.03.2021 - 12:04 [ Express.co.uk ]

‘Is VDL being pressured by Germany?!’ Macron aide speechless at C4 Covid vaccine probe

Channel 4 News presenter Matt Frei asked: „Is this all very political and does Ursula von der Leyen, as a German politician and member of Angela Merkel’s ruling CDU, is she now under pressure?

„Especially after the results of the regional elections on Sunday that she has to come out and take the gloves off.

„Is that what this is? Is it political?“

Ms Trillet-Lenoir replied: „I wouldn’t say so. I would say it’s a complicated explanation.

18.03.2021 - 12:00 [ Express.co.uk ]

BBC’s Katya Adler exposes why Italy ‚under pressure‘ to suspend AstraZeneca vaccine

BBC’s Katya Adler insisted that Italy felt under pressure to suspend the rollout of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine. While speaking on Newscast, she said despite its own advisors saying not to suspend the use of the vaccine, the Italian Government decided to plough ahead with the temporary ban. She claimed this was due to mounting pressure from their citizens with concerns due to bigger European nations Germany and France suspending the vaccine.

18.03.2021 - 11:55 [ Wall Street Journal ]

Germany, France, Italy Suspend Use of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 Vaccine

(15.03.2021)

Germany, Italy, France and Spain joined the ranks of European countries that have temporarily halted use of the Covid-19 shot made by AstraZeneca PLC over blood-clot concerns, dealing another blow to the continent’s sluggish vaccination rollout and threatening the credibility of the vaccine itself.

07.01.2021 - 18:32 [ theGrayzone.com ]

UK judge justifies CIA spying on Assange citing debunked CNN report based on… CIA spying

In one of the most brazenly political sections in her December 4 legal judgment, Westminster district judge Vanessa Baraitser cited a suspect report by CNN that accused Assange of conspiring with Russians to turn Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he was trapped in refuge for roughly seven years, “into a command post for election meddling.”

Baraitser twice pointed to this dubious CNN article in order to justify a 24/7 CIA spying operation that targeted not only Assange, but Ecuador’s embassy and its sovereign operations and internal affairs as well.

What the British judge failed to mention is that the CNN story she relied on was itself based entirely on untrustworthy intelligence reports drafted by a Spanish security firm called UC Global, which secretly worked with the CIA to spy on the WikiLeaks publisher and Ecuadorian embassy staff.

06.01.2021 - 08:09 [ El Pais ]

New leads suggest CIA spied on Assange to secure his extradition to the US

The Spanish High Court’s investigation is currently stalled. Six months after Judge De la Mata requested judicial cooperation from US authorities, asking them for identifying information about the IPs that accessed UC Global’s servers, the US justice system has yet to respond. US prosecutors demanded to know the judge’s sources, and De la Mata sent additional information, but no reply has been forthcoming.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has also failed to comply with De la Mata’s request to take statements from the lawyers who were spied on while working with Assange.

01.11.2020 - 17:00 [ RinaCanaria / Twitter ]

Spain 🇪🇦 Protests against Covid measures in Logroño, near Bilbao

01.11.2020 - 16:56 [ sbs.com.au ]

Clashes in Spain over coronavirus restrictions continue for second night

From La Rioja and Bilbao to Madrid and Malaga, protests have broken out across the country against the government’s tough new restrictions.

01.11.2020 - 16:51 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Spain: Protesters clash with police in Barcelona over squat evictions

Protesters clashed with police in Barcelona, on Saturday night, as demonstrations continued over the eviction of ‚Casa Buenos Aires‘, an occupied social centre emptied by the Mossos d’Esquadra on Wednesday.

01.11.2020 - 16:48 [ euroweeklynews.com ]

Riots Continue in Barcelona for a Second Night

(31.10.2020)

It all started today at around 6.30 p.m. with a demonstration that gathered about 1,000 people, according to the local police, against the evictions that have been carried out in recent days coinciding with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The march was organized as a result of evictions this Wednesday of a family from Casa Buenos Aires, in the Vallvidrera neighbourhood of Barcelona, ​​and of a family in Nou Barris this Thursday.

01.11.2020 - 16:44 [ Global News / Youtube ]

Coronavirus: Anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in Barcelona

(31.10.2020)

Protesters angered over the latest COVID-19 measures in Barcelona, Spain took to the streets on Friday and clashed with police as they objected to the restrictions.

01.11.2020 - 16:43 [ Metro.us ]

Spain enters six-month state of emergency to tackle pandemic

(29.10.2020)

“It seems too much to me, people can’t stand it,” said Madrid resident Angela Suarez, a chef who has already had her working hours reduced because of the crisis.

“We don’t know what to do. And we pay rent, bills, we’re thinking, what, what, what to do?”

27.10.2020 - 08:03 [ Anonyme Citoyen / Twitter ]

Une manifestation contre le #CouvreFeu éclate ce soir dans les rues de #Barcelona. De grosses tensions signalées.

(@ER_JUACO) #reconfinement #COVID__19 #COVID19

27.10.2020 - 07:59 [ María Fernanda / Twitter ]

Vamooooo #Barcelona !!!!!!! al grito de #Libertad !!!!!

08.10.2020 - 18:00 [ El Pais ]

Madrid High Court strikes down Health Ministry’s coronavirus restrictions

There was confusion on Thursday as to the immediate effects of the ruling, although it was confirmed that fines cannot now be levied on citizens who flout the perimetral confinement of 10 cities in the region, including the Spanish capital. The court ruling does not, however, have an effect on the other restrictions imposed, such as capacity limits for bars and restaurants, and early closing times for all establishments, as well as a limit of six people for meetings both in public and private.

05.10.2020 - 22:19 [ Madrid No Frills ]

Selective confinement reawakens Vallekas’ ancient spirit of resistance

In contrast, in non-restricted areas, people are free to travel to different neighbourhoods and continue their regular activities. The selective confinement has left many people feeling disappointed and confused. “In the end, it’s a little absurd […] every day, people in the neighbourhood have to leave their neighbourhoods and take public transport to go to do their work in other neighbourhoods that are not confined,” explains Miguel, a local to Vallekas.

05.10.2020 - 22:15 [ Alexis Lahorra / Twitter ]

Honoured to have written an article for @madridnofrills about what’s been going on in Vallekas and in Madrid, Spain, during these past few weeks.

#Madrid #Spain #Vallecas #Vallekas

05.10.2020 - 15:38 [ Spiked ]

The revolt against lockdown

Meanwhile, protests have raged again in Madrid, following the imposition of localised measures on particular districts that protesters say are punishing the poor. Comments made by Isabel Díaz Ayuso, the president of the Madrid region, suggesting ‘the way of life of immigrants’ was partly to blame for the rises in cases, have also sparked a fierce backlash.

A manifesto signed by various neighbourhood groups denounces the new measures as racist and classist, arguing that they single out the ‘individual behaviours’ of poorer residents for scorn when in all neighbourhoods rules are being broken.

05.10.2020 - 11:42 [ Carolina Landsmann / Haaretz ]

Fascism Is Dead, Long Live Dictatorship

It’s important for me to be precise, because I know the mechanisms of thought enforcement in my political camp, which will want to turn my words into support for Netanyahu. I firmly oppose the lockdown, but the fact that Israel is enforcing it by using the army doesn’t make the paratroopers’ presence at checkpoints proof that “the dictatorship is already here.” Certainly no more than the curfew in Spain and the soldiers patrolling the streets there were proof of Franco’s return.

03.10.2020 - 18:46 [ medicalxpress.com ]

‚Hi, this is the army‘: In Spain, troops tackle track-and-trace

At the headquarters of Spain’s armed forces in central Madrid is a room with a sign on the door reading „Epidemiological surveillance department“.

Inside, a team of around a dozen people, headsets on, are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, each making between 70 and 80 daily calls to identify those who’ve been in touch with someone who’s tested positive for COVID.

„I’m a contact tracer for the region of Madrid, I got your number from someone who has tested positive. Firstly, where are you right now?“ says one, using a phrase that will be repeated throughout the day.

03.10.2020 - 18:39 [ ABC News ]

Madrid starts partial virus lockdown amid political dispute

Spain’s national government ordered two weeks of new restrictions that started at 10 p.m. Friday (2000 GMT) despite reluctance from regional officials.

The measures prohibit all nonessential trips in and out of the capital and nine of its suburbs — affecting around 4.8 million people.

30.09.2020 - 14:17 [ the Grayzone ]

Exclusive: Spanish judge seeks Sheldon Adelson security chief in Assange spying case

The judge’s interest in Nagel indicates that the Spanish investigation is now probing the suspected role of US intelligence as the guiding hand behind UC Global’s criminal spying operation.

Before he was hired as Adelson’s director of global security, Nagel serving as the top cyber-crime investigator for the US Secret Service – a role which earned him a medal of commendation from the CIA. Together with Lahav, he was likely to have played a central role in coordinating between Sands, UC Global, and US intelligence.

30.09.2020 - 14:08 [ El Pais ]

Three protected witnesses accuse Spanish ex-marine of spying on Julian Assange

(21.09.2020)

Morales traveled to the US once or twice a month allegedly to hand over the material to “the Americans.” A microphone was installed on the PVC plastic base of a fire extinguisher near the meeting room where Assange met with his lawyers. The cyberactivist had placed a device that created white noise in this room, and activated it when he thought he was being spied on. He placed another device in the women’s bathroom, where he sometimes met with his lawyers.

UC Global S. L. was hired by Ecuador’s Senain secret service to provide security services to the embassy when Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa was in power. But according to the three witnesses, Morales ordered the Australian to be spied on and created remote-operated computer servers that collected the illegally obtained information, which could be accessed from the United States.

27.09.2020 - 18:49 [ Elke lopez reccio / Twitter ]

VALLEKAS SERÁ LA TUMBA DEL FASCISMO!

27.09.2020 - 18:44 [ Arganzuela 27 / Twitter ]

¡Vallekas puerto en guerra! ¡Madrid siempre antifascista!

27.09.2020 - 18:40 [ @xthetrinchox / Twitter ]

Madrid… Spain. The ghetto! They close some poor neighborhoods like Vallecas

25.09.2020 - 17:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Information Clearing House ]

Mainstream US reporters silent about being spied on by apparent CIA contractor that targeted Assange

The Grayzone has learned that several correspondents from a major US newspaper rebuffed appeals by Wikileaks to report on the illegal spying campaign by UC Global, privately justifying the contractor’s actions on national security grounds.

25.09.2020 - 14:50 [ Reuters ]

Madrid authorities extends partial lockdown in the region

The regional government of the Spanish capital Madrid extended a partial lockdown from Monday to 45 health areas of the region, affecting more than one million people,

25.09.2020 - 14:47 [ journalpioneer.com ]

Spanish government wants partial Madrid city lockdown, local authorities differ

The Madrid region authorities have ordered a lockdown in 45 areas, mainly the poorest ones, where the contagion rate is above 1000 cases per 100,000 people.

20.09.2020 - 21:04 [ BBC ]

Covid-19: Hundreds protest against localised Madrid lockdowns

The curbs on movement and gatherings start on Monday and affect 850,000 people, many in areas of lower income and with higher immigrant populations.

11.09.2020 - 10:26 [ Frannce24 ]

Mediterranean leaders ready for EU sanctions on ‘confrontational’ Turkey

After talks with the leaders of Italy, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Greece and Cyprus in the resort of Porticcio outside the local capital Ajaccio, Macron adopted a slightly milder tone, saying the leaders wanted to reengage in a dialogue with Turkey „in good faith“.

15.08.2020 - 18:41 [ DutchNews.nl ]

As coronavirus cases rise, Paris, Madrid and Ibiza are added to Dutch ‘no go list’

Britain has also been added to the code orange list, but travellers will not have to quarantine on their return to the Netherlands. Travel advice to the UK has been tightened up as a warning, because the British have introduced quarantine requirements for people from the Netherlands, the foreign ministry said.

26.07.2020 - 17:38 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚Everyone is panicking‘: British tourists scramble to get home from Spain – and straight into quarantine – after bombshell overnight axing of ‚air bridge‘

Are you in Spain and worried about having to quarantine on your return and will it have an impact on your job? Contact me: james.robinson@mailonline.co.uk

25.07.2020 - 15:48 [ Consortium News ]

CIA ‘Obsessed’ With Former UK Envoy Who Will Testify in Spying-on-Assange Case

The former British ambassador to Uzbekistan and a close associate of imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange says he was the “top target” of the 24/7 surveillance of Assange at Ecuador’s embassy in London by the Spanish security company UC Global, which, according to press reports and court documents, shared the surveillance with the CIA.

Craig Murray said he has been contacted by an attorney in the spying case on Assange and that he will be going to Madrid to testify. The founder of UC Global, David Morales, was arrested over the surveillance (including privileged Assange-lawyer conversations) and is on trial.

Murray told former CIA analyst Ray McGovern in an email, shared with Consortium News with Murray’s permission, that the CIA was “obsessed” with him.

29.06.2020 - 07:43 [ New York Times ]

Study Suggests Coronavirus Emerged Much Earlier Than Thought. Some Are Skeptical.

(25.06.2020)

Scientists not involved in the study seriously doubt the findings, which challenge the current consensus on where and when the virus originated.

29.06.2020 - 07:41 [ TechnologyNetworks.com ]

SARS-CoV-2 Traces Detected in Barcelona Waste Water From March 2019

(27.09.2020)

Please note, the study from University of Barcelona is a preprint and as such has not undergone peer review yet.

COVID-19 was announced in Wuhan (China) in early December in 2019 and it would reach every place worldwide later, including Europe.

27.06.2020 - 18:14 [ Gemma Chavarria-Miró, Eduard Anfruns-Estrada, Susana Guix, Miquel Paraira, Belén Galofré, Gloria Sánchez, Rosa M. Pintó, Albert Bosch / Medrxiv.org ]

Sentinel surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater anticipates the occurrence of COVID-19 cases

(13.06.2020)

This SARS-CoV-2 early detection in sewage supports the idea that COVID-19 cases may have been present in the population beforethe first imported case was reported. COVID-19 carriers may have been misclassified as influenza diagnoses in primary care, boosting community transmission before public health measures were taken(11).

(…)

Most COVID-19 cases show mild influenza-like symptoms (14)and it has been suggested that some uncharacterized influenza cases may have masked COVID-19 cases in the 2019-2020 season (11).

26.05.2020 - 15:10 [ euroweeklynews.com ]

Boozed-up woman cuffed for refusing to put on face mask and not social distancing in Spain’s holiday island Mallorca

Officers went to the city’s Calle Manacor on Friday night after a call came through on 091 reporting an incident involving the young woman.

They came across her out on the street and with clear signs she’d been drinking.

21.05.2020 - 06:25 [ okdiario.com ]

Sevilla ya es un clamor: cientos de personas marchan por cuarto día contra Sánchez

(today)

Varios cientos de personas se han vuelto a juntar este miércoles para protestar contra el Gobierno de un Pedro Sánchez del que exigen su dimisión. Se trata de la cuarta movilización celebrada en Sevilla contra el Ejecutivo.

21.05.2020 - 06:20 [ El Pais ]

Hundreds of Spaniards march against government despite social-distancing rules

The protests in Madrid intensified over the weekend, after health authorities on Friday rejected the region’s request to move to the next phase of the coronavirus deescalation plan. While much of the country is now in Phase 1, which allows some degree of social interaction and the reopening of some businesses, Madrid remains in Phase 0, although a few restrictions have been eased.

21.05.2020 - 06:15 [ okdiario.com / Twitter ]

La rebelión ciudadana se extiende a toda España: clamor general contra Sánchez e Iglesias

(17.05.2020)

21.05.2020 - 06:07 [ El Pais ]

Obligatory use of face masks in Spain: What you need to know about the new rules

According to the ministerial order, published Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE), face masks must be worn in the “public street, in open-air spaces and any closed space that is for public use or that is open to the public, where it is not possible to maintain [an interpersonal] distance” of two meters.

The new rules apply to everyone over the age of six. The use of face masks is also recommended for children between three and five years of age.

25.04.2020 - 11:43 [ Ansa.it ]

WHO and UN launch drive to accelerate vaccine development

As the deaths caused by the coronavirus passed 190,000 at the global level and the number of cases crossed the 2.7 million threshold (Johns Hopkins University data updated Friday), a „historic collaboration“ was launched to accelerate the arrival of a vaccine.

25.04.2020 - 10:41 [ UN.org ]

Secretary-General’s remarks at the launch of the Statement of Commitment and Call for Support for the Global Collaboration to Accelerate the Development, Production and Equitable Access to New COVID-19 Tools [as delivered]

This launch brings together world leaders, the private sector, scientific and humanitarian actors and other partners to promote health, keep the world safe and advance the public good.

Human health is the quintessential global public good.

And today, we face a global public enemy like no other.

25.04.2020 - 10:35 [ LA Times ]

$8-billion effort aims to speed development of coronavirus vaccines and treatments

Friday’s launch event was co-hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates.

Leaders from South Africa, Rwanda, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Italy, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Finland and Costa Rica joined the call to pledge their commitment to work with and support the ACT Accelerator.

Representatives from the United States and China were noticeably absent.

25.04.2020 - 10:21 [ World Health Organization WHO.int ]

Global collaboration to accelerate new COVID-19 health technologies

The launch of the new collaboration is being co-hosted by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The virtual event will include senior United Nations, government and public health and industry leaders from around the world.

25.04.2020 - 10:15 [ southafrica.watsupafrica.com ]

World leaders call for global collaboration in COVID-19 fight

World leaders have joined the World Health Organisation in calling for global collaboration to accelerate the development and equitable access to new COVID-19 tools, including vaccines.

07.04.2020 - 11:04 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU project in ‘mortal danger’ if Italy and Spain are abandoned

(29.03.2020)

Conte said anybody who thinks they can force Italy to accept disciplinary terms as a condition for loans – a sort of „Troika“ regime – have gravely misjudged the mood of his nation. Italy will not take the money. “We will do it alone,” he said.

The message is that if there is no EU solidarity when it matters, then it no longer makes sense for Italy to accept EU surveillance and constraints, or for Italy to forgo use of its own sovereign policy instruments in self-defence.

07.04.2020 - 11:01 [ Edmund Knowles ?? #VoteBrexitParty / Twitter ]

„When Italy invoked the EU’s formal disaster procedure with desperate calls for protective gear and ventilators, no country responded. Germany and France instead imposed export bans. The EU’s single market did not exist when push came to shove.“

(30.03.2020)

06.04.2020 - 15:52 [ Auswärtiges Amt ]

„A response to the corona crisis in Europe based on solidarity“

Article by Heiko Maas, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance, on the corona crisis in Europe. Published April 6th, 2020, in different language versions in Les Echos (France), La Stampa (Italy), El País (Spain), Público (Portugal) and Ta Nea (Greece).

05.04.2020 - 19:07 [ Bloomberg ]

NY Daily Deaths Drop, Italy Lowest Since March 19: Virus Update

New York State’s daily deaths fell for the first time, but Governor Andrew Cuomo said it’s too soon to draw conclusions. Italy reported its fewest fatalities in a single day since March 19.

The U.K. faces a tighter lockdown if needed to halt the spread after cases rose to more than 47,000 and fatalities approached 5,000. Spain’s deaths from the virus fell for a third straight day.

04.04.2020 - 18:54 [ El Pais ]

Spain sees sharp drop in daily coronavirus deaths

The total number of coronavirus deaths in Spain now stands at 11,744. Registered infections have risen by 7,027 to 124,736. This represents a day-on-day increase of 5.9%, the lowest figure registered in Spain in at least three weeks. The number of patients in intensive care has increased to 6,532, a daily rise of 1.8% that is also the lowest recorded in this period.

01.04.2020 - 13:31 [ El Pais ]

Getting around Spain’s lockdown rules: the motorcyclist who traveled 21km to buy bread

According to Santiago, thanks to the work of the nearly 14,000 Civil Guard officers who were patrolling Spain’s cities and towns on Sunday, 62,056 people were identified and 2,101 cars intercepted. In total, the Civil Guard issued 4,620 reports for breaking the lockdown rules – 7.4% of those identified – and arrested 21 people for resisting authority and disobedience. The National Police also made 63 arrests (823 have been made since the state of alarm was implemented) and filed 4,810 reports for disobedience, bringing the total to 66,990.

25.03.2020 - 14:32 [ El Pais ]

640,000 rapid coronavirus tests arrive in Spain

Rapid testing kits that will detect the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have now arrived in Spain, after the Spanish government spent days promising that they were on their way. A total of 640,000 testing kits, which will be distributed “fairly” between Spanish regions, have been acquired from China and South Korea.

19.03.2020 - 18:26 [ teleSUR ]

Chile’s Communist Mayor to Import Cuban Meds to Fight COVID-19

“We started import procedures for Interferon 2b, a Cuban medicine used successfully in China and Spain. This will be for high-risk infected people,” the Mayor from Communist Party said on Twitter.

19.03.2020 - 15:53 [ El Pais ]

At least 19 dead at Madrid senior home due to a coronavirus outbreak

On Tuesday morning, officials announced 706 new cases in the last 24 hours, for a total of 4,871 since the beginning of the epidemic. According to Health Ministry figures, 43% of positive cases and 72% of coronavirus deaths in Spain have occurred in Madrid.

17.03.2020 - 23:18 [ medicalxpress.com ]

Spain looks to China for help in fighting virus

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez spoke Tuesday with China’s President Xi Jinping to ask for medical supplies to help fight the coronavirus epidemic which has infected more than 11,000 people in Spain.

16.03.2020 - 18:56 [ EL Pais ]

Spain records second-highest daily rise in coronavirus infections in the world

Spanish health authorities reported on Monday that the number of coronavirus infections in Spain had risen by 1,000 to 9,191 cases. The jump of 13% makes Spain the country with the second-highest number of new daily cases in the world, according to the latest comparable data from the World Health Organization. With 9,191 infections, Spain has also overtaken South Korea to become the country with the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.

15.03.2020 - 19:48 [ El Pais ]

Coronavirus deaths in Spain double in a day to reach 288, with more than 7,750 infections

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez holds video conference call with regional premiers, after state of alarm gives central government powers across the entire Spanish territory

27.02.2020 - 15:18 [ Hurriyet ]

Turkish navy’s star frigate joins NATO drill

The Dynamic Manta 2020 drill – an annual advanced anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare exercise – kicked off on Feb. 24 off Italy’s Sicily Island and will continue through March 6.

29.12.2019 - 02:18 [ Reuters ]

Bolivia is not a Mexican colony, acting foreign minister Longaric tells El Pais

Spain’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it would send a mission to investigate the incident.

In a statement, the Spanish ministry said “the objective of the visit … was exclusively courtesy”, and added it “roundly denies that (the visit) could have been aimed at facilitating the exit of the people granted asylum on the premises”.

26.12.2019 - 10:38 [ theTrumpet.com ]

The Persian Gulf Is About to Become Dangerously Crowded

(12.12.2019)

France and Qatar signed an agreement allowing France to deploy and station military forces within Qatar.

The Netherlands said on November 25 that it would join Denmark and France in the European naval mission, reported the NLTimes. The Netherlands said it would deploy a navy ship to the Persian Gulf for six months but said it would play an “observing” role. Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden are also expected to join the European coalition, the Tehran Times reported.

21.12.2019 - 03:57 [ Stefania Maurizi / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

A Massive Scandal: How Assange, His Doctors, Lawyers and Visitors Were All Spied on for the US

Meetings and conversations were recorded and filmed, and all the information was sent to US intelligence. Sometimes the espionage operations were truly off the wall:

21.12.2019 - 02:55 [ El Pais ]

Spanish security company spied on Julian Assange in London for the United States

(26.09.2019)

The UC Global S. L. team was also ordered by its boss to install stickers that prevented the windows of the rooms that the WikiLeaks founder used from vibrating, allegedly to make it easier for the CIA to record conversations with their laser microphones. They also took a used diaper that from a baby that was on occasions taken to visit the activist in order to determine if the child was his by a close collaborator.

The former military man also planted microphones in a number of decorative elements inside the embassy, which were photographed for their reproduction in Spain. He also wanted to install them in the room used by “the guest,” as Assange was referred to in his reports, but some of his workers, concerned over the illegality of these jobs, warned him that they could be discovered. “The WikiLeaks founder was obsessed with being spied on,” a former employee of the company said.

21.12.2019 - 02:43 [ Yahoo.com ]

WikiLeaks‘ Assange testifies in embassy spying case

Assange, who is currently serving time at a high-security prison in Britain, was to answer questions from a judge at Spain’s National Court in Madrid, testifying by videoconference from Westminster Magistrates Court in London, his legal team said.

21.12.2019 - 02:02 [ Reuters ]

Wikileaks‘ Assange appears in court in Spain spying investigation

Owner and director of UC Global S.L. David Morales declined to say whether his company spied on Assange. “All the information is confidential and it belongs to the government of Ecuador,” Morales told El Pais in July. “We simply did a job.” …

Speaking outside the court in Westminster, former Ecuadorean consul in London Fidel Navraez accused Undercover Global of betraying Ecuador and Assange.

“That company was contracted by Ecuador in order to protect the embassy, protect Julian Assange, protect the embassy staff … but it is a corrupt company – we know that now,” he said.

16.12.2019 - 03:32 [ Hürriyet Daily News ]

Spain extends Patriot deployment since NATO ally’s security is crucial: Ambassador

Spain has decided on the extension of Patriot air defense missiles deployed in Turkey’s southern Adana province for the next six months because Madrid attaches importance to its NATO ally’s security concerns, Spanish Ambassador Juan Gonzales Barba has told the Hürriyet Daily News.

02.12.2019 - 19:30 [ El Pais ]

WAR IN SYRIA: Spain helping US identify European jihadists in Syria

(04.03.2019)

Spanish agents in Syria are cooperating with Operation Gallant Phoenix, a U.S.-led effort to identify fighters from Western nations who have joined Islamic State (ISIS) and Al Qaeda-affiliated groups in the region, counter-terrorism sources told EL PAÍS.

13.09.2019 - 00:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

Spain, Saudi sign $991m defence deal

Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia signed a $991 million deal to adapt Navantia’s combat management systems for Saudi navy corvette ships.

An announcement, reported by the Saudi state news agency SPA, said the contract was signed earlier in the week at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019 exhibition at London’s ExCeL .

07.09.2019 - 07:56 [ Arab News ]

Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan

Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities, alongside members of the security forces of the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Jordan and Egypt.

10.07.2019 - 09:09 [ Gibraltar Chronicle ]

Laboratory tests confirm Grace 1 was carrying crude oil

„The Grace 1 was detained last week in Gibraltar when it freely navigated into British Gibraltar territorial waters to a point two miles off the Eastside of Gibraltar, having previously exited the international waters of the Straits of Gibraltar, on a pre-arranged call for provisions and spare parts,“ the Gibraltar Government spokesman said.

The ship was „well inside BGTW“ when it was boarded and remains detained in that area, the spokesman added.
To illustrate that point, the Gibraltar Government issued a screen grab from the Port of Gibraltar’s vessel traffic monitoring system taken on the night of detention.

10.07.2019 - 09:06 [ Press TV ]

Gibraltar court extends detention of Iranian tanker for 14 days: Attorney general

(05.07.2019)

Spain, which challenges the British ownership of Gibraltar, has said the seizure was prompted by a US request to Britain and appeared to have taken place in Spanish waters.

06.07.2019 - 11:42 [ Independent.co.uk ]

UK finds itself in diplomatic maelstrom with Iran and Spain after seizure of Syria-bound oil-tanker

Analysis: UK officials say the aim is to calm the situation and not make it more incendiary – as some in Washington appear to be intent on doing

30.05.2019 - 12:10 [ Politico.eu ]

Portugal’s Costa says Weber should not be Commission chief

(28.05.2019)

The interview took place late Monday, just after Costa had a conference call with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the Netherlands‘ Mark Rutte and Belgium’s Charles Michel.

01.05.2019 - 10:35 [ Roberto Ampuero, Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores ‏/ Twitter ]

Quiero actualizar información: Lilian Tintori y Leopoldo López -de ascendencia española- se trasladaron a embajada de España. Se trata de una decisión personal, considerando que nuestra embajada ya tenía huéspedes.

01.05.2019 - 10:33 [ Times Now / Twitter ]

Report: Venezuelan opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez left the Chilean embassy in Caracas and moved to the city’s Spanish consulate on Tuesday after earlier being freed from house arrest, Chile’s foreign minister Roberto Ampuero said.

01.05.2019 - 10:23 [ venezuelanalysis.com ]

Venezuelan Military Putsch Defeated as Leopoldo Lopez Takes Refuge in Spanish Embassy

Brazilian authorities also confirmed at the time that 25 soldiers who had taken part in the failed insurrection had taken refuge in the Brazilian embassy in Caracas.

28.04.2019 - 19:03 [ Jacobin ‏/ Twitter ]

We sat down with Podemos MP Txema Guijarro to talk about today’s election, the party’s strategy, and its transformative program focused on the Green New Deal.

28.04.2019 - 18:45 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Spain elections: WhatsApp suspends left-wing party Podemos’s communication channel days before vote

(25.04.2019)

Podemos had been using a WhatsApp channel with tens of thousands of supporters in to deliver campaign messages ahead of the 28 April contest, and planned to use it to get out the vote on election day – but the channel was taken offline without warning this week.

11.04.2019 - 14:09 [ Consortium News ]

Spanish Police Probe Extortion Scheme Involving Surveillance on Assange

In an apparent reference to Moreno, Hrafnsson said: “We know from reports that this is the work of one person to service the interests of the United States government who want to indict and imprison a publisher for the crime of publishing truthful material.”

Robinson said WikiLeaks would file a “fresh complaint” to the UN special rapporteur on privacy rights, who has said he will visit Assange on April 25. The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer will also visit Assange that day, WikiLeaks said.

02.03.2019 - 22:20 [ Dawn ]

Spain to guarantee British residents’ rights in event of no-deal Brexit

Spain said on Friday it would allow its British residents to stay on if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal, giving them until the end of 2020 to apply for permanent residency and making it automatic for many.

09.02.2019 - 10:51 [ WSWS.org ]

Brazil’s Workers Party praises imperialist officials and Brazilian military involved in Venezuela regime change operation

The European tour of the Brazilian Workers Party’s (PT) 2018 presidential candidate, Fernando Haddad, meeting with and praising imperialist officials at the forefront of the regime-change operation in Venezuela, is yet another exposure of the party’s bogus claims to represent an “anti-fascist” opposition, both in Brazil and abroad.

Haddad was in Portugal and Spain in the third week of January in order to promote the formation of a so-called Progressive International, announced in late 2018 by US Senator Bernie Sanders and former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis.

07.02.2019 - 08:14 [ telesur ]

Uruguay, Mexico Present Outline for Montevideo Conference

The conference will foster a platform for respectful negotiations between Venezuela and its opposition.

The agenda for the “Montevideo Mechanism” being held in Uruguay on Thursday will be a four part process, foreign ministers said Wednesday.

03.12.2018 - 17:35 [ Matthew Goodwin ‏/ Twitter ]

The nightmare for Europe’s centre left continues

03.12.2018 - 17:27 [ Andrew Neil, BBC presenter #politicslive @bbcthisweek / Twitter ]

Another terrible election result for Europe’s mainstream centre-left and centre-right parties.

27.11.2018 - 17:21 [ theSun.co.uk ]

THE SUN SAYS: This Brexit deal is BAD for Britain as France threatens our fishing communities and Spain threatens us over Gibraltar

The Prime Minister is doing the wrong thing by saying the people are tired of Brexit because we’ll be more than tired of it when we become a puppet at the end of Brussels‘ strings

25.11.2018 - 11:16 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexiters accuse May of Gibraltar betrayal ‘under cover of darkness’

That reassurance came on Saturday in the form of a letter from the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow, laying out the British government’s acceptance that the withdrawal agreement “imposes no obligations regarding the territorial scope” of a future trade deal.

25.11.2018 - 11:08 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

LIVE: EU leaders hold Brexit summit in Brussels: arrivals and roundtable

European Union leaders hold an exceptional summit in the EU27 format to endorse the Brexit deal in Brussels on Sunday, November 25. The leaders are expected to finalise and formalise the draft Brexit agreement and to discuss the future relationship between the UK and the EU.

24.11.2018 - 20:42 [ Alberto Nardelli, Europe Editor at BuzzFeed News. Ex-Guardian. / Twitter ]

Spain got what it wanted: letter from UK confirming legal interpretation + strong statement to be endorsed by EU27 tomorrow

24.11.2018 - 19:35 [ Nadine Dorries, Member of Parliament (MP) ‏/ Twitter ]

May has capitulated to every single EU demand. She’s abandoned NI, and now Gibraltar. At no time does she push back. As Barnier said, they have given May the deal she asked for and she has given them everything they have asked for. It’s almost beyond words how bad this is.

24.11.2018 - 19:10 [ Josep Borrell Fontelles, Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Unión Europea y Cooperación (Foreign Minister of Spain) / Twitter ]

The agreement on #Gibraltar reached today within the framework of the #Brexit negotiations is highly positive for #Spain and the most important one since the #Utrecht Treaty of 1713. I want to personally thank the Secretary of State for the #EU, our Permanent Representation (1/2)

24.11.2018 - 18:15 [ El Pais ]

Spanish PM announces deal on Gibraltar ahead of Brexit summit

Pedro Sánchez will vote on Sunday in favor of the United Kingdom’s Withdrawal Agreement, something he had been saying he would not do due to the text’s position on the British Overseas Territory

24.11.2018 - 10:27 [ El Pais ]

Spain rejects EU offer to create separate declaration on Gibraltar after Brexit

The Spanish government has reiterated its threat to veto the Withdrawal Agreement if the position of the British Overseas Territory is not clarified

23.11.2018 - 16:47 [ El Pais ]

Spain still ready to vote against Brexit unless it sees changes on Gibraltar

“Following my conversation with Theresa May, our positions remain distant. My Government will always defend the interests of Spain. If there are no changes, we will veto Brexit,” he tweeted as he landed in Havana for a two-day visit to Cuba.

21.11.2018 - 09:05 [ Politico.eu / Facebook ]

Ryan Heath, POLITICO’s Political Editor, sits with the foreign minister to discuss a multitude of hot topics including Catalonia, the Spanish political economic landscape, Brexit and the 2019 European election.

(Video)

21.11.2018 - 09:03 [ Politico.eu ]

Spanish foreign minister: UK will split before Spain

And he reiterated Spain’s insistence that negotiations over the future relationship between Gibraltar and the EU should be handled separately to those with the U.K.

“I am very much [more] worried about the unity of the United Kingdom than the unity of the Kingdom of Spain. I think the United Kingdom will split apart before the Kingdom of Spain,” he said, in an apparent reference to movements in both Scotland and Northern Ireland to leave the U.K. over its EU departure.

21.11.2018 - 08:56 [ Express.co.uk ]

Brexit SPLIT: UK will BREAK UP and Scotland should rejoin the EU, says Spanish minister

Spain has faced its own independence claim from the region of Catalonia, which voted to separate in a referendum dubbed illegal by Madrid. The Spanish government has always opposed Scotland being allowed to join the EU, apparently worried that it would start a precedent for newly independent European states to join, encouraging Catalan separatists.

10.11.2018 - 07:14 [ unian.info ]

European defense coalition launched in Paris – media

A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the 10th country to join, amid calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a „real European army.“

The French-led initiative would not conflict with the almost 70-year-old, U.S.-dominated NATO alliance, proponents say, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump, as reported by Reuters.

11.10.2018 - 23:31 [ El National.cat ]

Catalan Parliament censures king Felipe VI and calls for the abolition of the monarchy

That wasn’t the only bill the Parliament passed today. With 90 votes in favour from JxCat, PSC, En Comú and CUP, ERC’s bill condemning Francoism and the rise of the far-right sailed through. Notably, however, both Ciutadans and PP abstained. The text restates the chamber’s commitment to „democracy and freedoms“ and urges the Catalan government to eliminate any and all Francoist and fascist symbolism from public spaces, official buildings and monuments.

04.10.2018 - 01:43 [ El Pais ]

Spain’s Supreme Court upholds conviction against ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato

The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld a four-and-a-half year prison conviction against Rodrigo Rato, a former banker, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief (2004-2007) and deputy prime minister of Spain between 2003 and 2004.

In February 2017, Rato was found guilty of embezzlement in a high-profile case involving corporate credit cards used by top executives at the lenders Caja Madrid and Bankia, which Rato headed between 2010 and 2012.

21.09.2018 - 02:22 [ teleSUR ]

Spain to Push EU to Recognize Independent Palestinian State

A delegation from the European Parliament tried to enter Gaza Strip to learn more about the humanitarian situation in the territory but were banned from entering by Israel Wednesday. Israel has repeatedly denied the delegation access to visit the Strip since 2011 and the Palestinian parliament has condemned the ban.

04.09.2018 - 01:18 [ Press TV ]

Spain cancels €9.2mn deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it will return the 9.2 million euros already paid by Saudi Arabia to buy 400 Spanish-made precision bombs amid fears that they could be used to target the innocent people of Yemen, the El Mundo reported.

The arms deal had been negotiated and finalized by former Spanish defense ministers Pedro Morenés Eulate and Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

04.09.2018 - 01:15 [ The Local Spain ]

Smiles all round: Saudi crown prince visits Spain to sign €2.2 billion arms deal

(12.4.2018) Spain’s King Felipe VI met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as defence minister and also controls economic policy for the world’s top oil exporter, at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, before hosting a luncheon in his honour attended by senior Spanish officials and businessmen. The Saudi prince then held talks behind closed doors with Defence Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

30.07.2018 - 18:26 [ EL PAÍS ]

Taxi strikes to continue across Spain after talks with government fail

The confrontation has become political as well. José Alberto Herrero, a national deputy for the conservative Popular Party (PP), has accused the Socialist (PSOE) government of “yielding to separatists’ blackmail and leaving the taxi and VTC sectors defenseless.” According to Herrero, “the Public Works Ministry has given up on defending state powers against the radical administration of Ada Colau.”

20.07.2018 - 07:06 [ Al-Manar TV ]

Saudi Arabia Signs Deal for Five Warships with Spain’s Navantia

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned defense company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state media said Thursday.
The agreement was signed between the state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spain’s shipbuilder, Navantia, on Thursday, paving the way for the two sides to set up a joint venture in the kingdom for constructing the five battleships, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

19.07.2018 - 04:07 [ EL PAÍS ]

New Spanish high-tech submarine has one hitch: it doesn’t fit in its naval base

The Spanish government is due to approve the new spending ceiling for the sub project, bringing the total tab up to €3.9 billion from an initial budget of €2.1 billion. That means that each of the four submarines will come with a price tag of nearly €1 billion, nearly twice as much as initially expected.

08.07.2018 - 13:37 [ Tommy J ‏ / Twitter ]

EU have killed the Economies in Greece, Italy & Spain. Southern Europe is in a mess. Have you seen the unemployment figures for people U/24? 40-50% out of work. The Euro has been an utter disaster, caused poverty, all cos the EU want to turn Europe in a State. Bolloxs to them.

23.06.2018 - 11:27 [ Marxist.com ]

La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state

(30.4.2018) Significantly, one of the men belonged to the Civil Guard, a militarised police unit with a long history of repression and abuse, the latest episode being the violent crackdown on the Catalan 1 October referendum. Incredibly, this individual was part of a division dealing with violence against women. Another member of the group belonged to the Spanish military. During the two-year criminal proceedings, and until this very day, both continue to be on the public payroll and receive 75 percent of their wages.

01.06.2018 - 14:07 [ El Pais ]

As it happened: Pedro Sánchez becomes new Spanish prime minister

This is the first time in Spanish democratic history that a head of government has been ousted. Rajoy, 63, refused to step down ahead of the vote, saying he had the trust of the people who voted for him at the 2016 election.

Rajoy is being replaced by Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, whose 84 seats were insufficient for the majority of 176 required in the 350-seat house. This forced the PSOE to seek support from a range of other parties, including regional nationalists in the Basque Country and Catalonia.

19.05.2018 - 18:00 [ Außenministerium der Volksrepublik China ]

Wang Yi to Visit France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina and Attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting

At the invitation of French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Marcelo Faurie, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to the aforementioned four countries and attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Argentina from May 16 to 24. 20-21 May 2018,

13.04.2018 - 06:30 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Spain: Madrid students demand resignations over fake degree scandal

Students at King Juan Carlos University protested in Madrid’s Sol Square on Thursday, calling for the resignation of the President of Madrid’s regional government Cristina Cifuentes and the university rector Javier Ramos. The Popular Party (PP) leader has been accused of being fraudulently awarded an MBA by the public university without taking courses or writing a dissertation. Students held banners in front of the city hall in Madrid, chanting „Mafia, get out of the university“ and „Resign, Cifuentes! Leave your hiding place!“