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Spain To Top Up Incomes Of Poorest As Coronavirus Hits Livelihoods

Spain To Top Up Incomes Of Poorest As Coronavirus Hits Livelihoods

An income support programme approved by the Spanish government on Friday to help those most vulnerable during the coronavirus pandemic is a step in the right direction in a country that has long lacked a proper social safety net, analysts have said. Spain is among the countries worst hit by the virus and the scheme is designed […]

Spain Provides Lockdown Support For Trafficking Victims, Prostitutes

Spain Provides Lockdown Support For Trafficking Victims, Prostitutes

Spain unveiled on Tuesday a series of measures aimed at helping prostitutes and victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation survive the country’s coronavirus lockdown. Under the new measures, victims will be able to access improved support services, emergency accommodation and claim a new social benefit for those at risk of extreme poverty, the Ministry of […]

The Wave Of Teenage Feminists In Spain

The Wave Of Teenage Feminists In Spain

Spanish teenagers Ari and Kalus may still be in school but they are already part of a young feminist collective, organising talks, performances and protests to fight for gender equality. At 17, they are among a growing number of teenagers at the forefront of Spain’s new wave of feminism, fighting for change in the face […]

Anger Erupts In Spain As Five Men Acquitted Of Gang-Raping Teenager

Anger Erupts In Spain As Five Men Acquitted Of Gang-Raping Teenager

Women’s rights campaigners in Spain called for a change in the law on Friday after a court in Barcelona cleared five men of raping a 14-year-old girl and jailed them for the lesser charge of sexual abuse, ruling that they did not use violence. The men, who denied the charges, took turns to have sex […]

Tensions In Catalan As The Spanish Government And Catalonia Administration Disagree

Tensions In Catalan As The Spanish Government And Catalonia Administration Disagree

The Spanish government is threatening to deploy its police force in Catalonia as tensions escalate between the two administrations.   The national government sent three letters to the pro-independence Catalan administration this week warning that the regional police had failed to ensure basic security during recent protests. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said that he may […]

New Leaders Grab the Reins of Power in Italy and Spain

New Leaders Grab the Reins of Power in Italy and Spain

Spain’s new leader began harnessing the unlikely forces that brought him to power while a populist government took over in Italy, capping a week of political drama that sent financial markets into turmoil as the future of the euro region again rose to the fore. In Madrid, Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez was sworn in Saturday […]

The Catalonia Saga – What Catalonia’s Vote Can, and Can’t, Accomplish

The Catalonia Saga – What Catalonia’s Vote Can, and Can’t, Accomplish

An election in Catalonia Dec. 21 gives voters another chance to express their view on whether the region should press ahead with its fight to break away or remain within Spain. The vote was called in October, when Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy fired the Catalan government and dissolved the regional parliament in a bid […]

De Guindos Says Catalonia’s Independence Push Is Doomed

De Guindos Says Catalonia’s Independence Push Is Doomed

Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos ruled out any sort of mediated talks with separatist leaders and said Catalan banks have signaled they may move out of the region if the push for independence continues. Speaking on Thursday in a Bloomberg Television interview, de Guindos slammed the Catalonia’s administration for its illegal actions and said […]

Catalonia Tells Spain It Will Push For Secession With Or Without Assent

Catalonia Tells Spain It Will Push For Secession With Or Without Assent

The Catalan government has intensified its war of words with Spain by vowing to use its democratic mandate to forge a separate Catalan state with or without the approval of Madrid. Catalonia is preparing to defy Spain’s constitutional court this week by debating the conclusions of a working group on sovereignty, nine months after the […]

Spain Sees First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe

Spain Sees First Zika-Related Microcephaly Birth In Europe

A hospital in Spain says it has registered Europe’s first case of a baby born with microcephaly associated with the Zika virus. Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona said the baby’s mother contracted the virus after a trip to Latin America. The baby, born on Monday, is believed to be the only recorded case of Zika-related […]

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