GAD3 polls shows Socialists hold lead ahead of election, short of majority

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialists held the lead in voting intentions ahead of the April 28 election, the latest GAD3 poll for the ABC newspaper showed on Thursday, well short of a parliamentary majority. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s party would win between 135 and 137 seats, the poll of 2,000 people taken between April 8 and 9 showed, short a […]

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Take a tasty bite out of Spain by way of Mercado at Hudson Yards

Ciao for now, Italy. After years as the world’s healthiest country, the European nation has ceded its top spot to a dark horse contender: Spain. According to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthy Country Index, Spain’s combination of a produce-rich diet, love of olive oil and focus on enjoyment gives it a boost above its Mediterranean neighbors. That’s not a surprise to […]

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North Korea says embassy raid in Spain was a 'grave terrorist attack'

SEOUL (Reuters) – A break-in at the North Korean embassy in Spain last month was “a grave terrorist attack”, a representative from North Korea’s foreign ministry said on Sunday in the North’s first official comment on the incident. The foreign ministry representative also called for an investigation and said North Korea was closely watching rumors that the U.S. Federal Bureau […]

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Thousands of Catalan separatist supporters protest in Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) – Thousands of supporters of Catalan independence marched through central Madrid on Saturday in protest at the ongoing trial of 12 separatist leaders who face years in prison for their role in organizing a failed independence bid from Spain in 2017. Demonstrators, many who made the journey from the northwestern Catalonia region for the protest, waved Catalan flags […]

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'Don't speak in my name': Women's Day exposes Spain's social divisions

MADRID (Reuters) – Global campaigners are showcasing events to mark Women’s Day on Friday with the slogan ‘a balanced world is a better world’ – but in Spain the gender equality debate is sowing divisions that appear deeper than ever. Last March 8, hundreds of thousands joined the country’s first women’s strike in protest at inequality between the sexes. One […]

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Brexit news – Spain vows to protect 400,000 Brit expats under no deal

Friday's royal decree gives Brits officially living on the Costas access to healthcare until at least the end of 2020. The Spanish government will also provide residency for an estimated 400,000 Brits and preserve freedom of movement across its border with Gibraltar. "Our main objective is that no British or Spanish citizen is left unprotected, neither they nor their relatives," […]

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400,000 Brits to get Spanish residency in the event of No Deal Brexit

Spain will grant residency to 400,000 Britons in the event of No Deal Brexit and ‘ensure smooth flow at Gibraltar border’ Spain’s government announced a decree of Brexit contingency plans on Friday Brits legally resident there to be offered permanent status and rights’ extended This includes healthcare, pensions, driving licenses and other social security  Measure hinges on Britain offering a […]

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Placards outside Montserrat Monastery expose abuse in Spanish Church

MONTSERRAT, Spain (Reuters) – Tourists and worshippers visiting Catalonia’s imposing mountain-side Montserrat Monastery on a sunny Sunday this month appeared to pay little heed to two men with placards demanding that the local abbot be defrocked for covering up sexual abuse. But the pair, who say they were sexually abused in their youth, are making themselves heard by society in […]

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Spanish PM to announce snap election soon after budget vote: sources

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s minority Socialist government plans to announce an early general election after its expected defeat in a key budget vote on Wednesday following its refusal to negotiate Catalan self-determination, political sources said on Tuesday. Two small Catalan pro-independence parties, on whose votes the government has been relying to pass legislation, have so far maintained their blanket rejection […]

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Spanish PM set to announce snap election soon after budget vote: sources

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government expects to lose a key budget vote on Wednesday and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to announce an early general election soon after, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources said the snap election date had not been set yet, but added that April 14 was the most likely date, followed by April […]

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