Leader of Spain's conservatives expected to lose on his first chance to become prime minister
Barring a last-minute surprise, the leader of Spain’s conservatives will miss on his first shot to become the country’s next prime minister when the parliament votes on his petition to form a government.
A Spanish soccer official’s kiss unleashed fury, soul-searching over sexism, and a hunger strike
Spain’s victory at the Women’s World Cup was a momentous occasion for the soccer-crazed country, but the joy on and off the field was soon sullied by the leader of the country’s soccer federation when he planted an unwanted kiss on the lips of a star player during the medal ceremony.
Spain's acting prime minister criticizes federation head for kissing player from World Cup champs
Spain’s acting prime minister has greeted the country's Women’s World Cup champions at the presidential palace in Madrid and slammed the head of the Spanish soccer federation for kissing a team member on the lips without her consent.
Socialist wins key Spanish parliament vote that could pave way for new center-left government
Spain’s newly elected Parliament has voted by a majority to elect a Socialist candidate as chamber speaker, breathing some life into acting Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez´s aspirations to form another leftist government.
Spain's political escape artist Pedro Sánchez has odds against him yet again in national election
After seeing his Socialists take a drubbing in local and regional elections in May, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez stunned his buoyant rivals by bringing forward general elections from December to this Sunday.
Sánchez visits Kyiv on the day Spain starts EU presidency to underline bloc's support for Ukraine
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has started Spain’s six-month presidency of the European Union with a lightning visit to Kyiv to underline the bloc’s support of Ukraine in the face of the invasion by Russia.
Spain's Socialists have won the Barcelona mayor's office after getting help from conservative rivals
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez's Socialists have received an unexpected boost from its main rival in next month’s national elections after his party won the mayor’s office of Barcelona following a tight vote at city hall.
Small leftist parties in Spain unite before July election in pact that could help Sánchez
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s chances of getting reelected after a July election have received a potentially important boost following an agreement between more than a dozen small leftist parties to run on a joint ticket.
US, Spain collaboration on migration looms large as Biden, Sánchez hold talks at White House
President Joe Biden and Spain's Pedro Sánchez are set to hold talks as their countries are collaborating along with Canada to establish migration hubs in Latin America where asylum seekers fleeing poverty and violence in their home countries can go to apply for protection.
Spain's leader apologizes to victims of sexual consent law
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has apologized to the victims of a government-sponsored sexual freedom law passed last October that was aimed at increasing protection for women, but inadvertently allowed hundreds of convicted sex offenders to have their sentences reduced.
EU energy ministers seek way forward for more energy unity
European Union energy ministers are seeking some common ground to flesh out the barest of tentative agreements that their leaders could find last week to soften the blow of the energy crisis while maintaining a united front during Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Spanish PM Sanchez backs EU candidacy for Bosnia
Spain’s prime minister has expressed support for Bosnia to become a candidate country for European Union membership amid fears that uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine could fuel instability in the ethnically torn Balkan nation that went through a devastating conflict in the 1990s’.
The AP Interview: Spanish PM says NATO summit to show unity
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the NATO summit in Madrid this week aims to showcase the Western allies' united front in defense of democratic values in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, while providing a platform to increase the bloc’s deterrence capabilities.
Spain's govt steps in to halt record rise in power prices
Spain’s Socialist-led coalition government is slashing energy taxes and imposing a temporary windfall tax on the gains of energy companies in an attempt to drive down household electricity bills, which have surged to record highs and triggered an outcry.
Brutal attack prompts Spanish PM to hold hate crime meeting
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is convening an urgent meeting of a committee that oversees efforts to fight hate crime after hooded attackers beat a 20-year-old man in Madrid and used a knife to carve a profanity on one of his buttocks.
Fighter jets scramble, interrupt leaders in Lithuania
A news conference at a NATO air base in Lithuania featuring Lithuania’s president and Spain’s prime minister got abruptly cut off when the pair of Spanish fighter jets serving as the backdrop were scrambled to monitor errant military aircraft in the Baltic skies.
EU moves toward stricter export controls for COVID-19 shots
Spain resumed the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)BRUSSELS – The European Union moved Wednesday toward stricter export controls for coronavirus vaccines, seeking to make sure its 27 nations have more COVID-19 shots to boost the bloc's flagging vaccine campaign amid a surge in new infections. Ad“I mention specifically the U.K.,” said EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis. That was heading to Australia, which has a very limited coronavirus outbreak compared to the third surge of infections now facing many EU nations. The EU has been feuding with AstraZeneca for months over exactly how many vaccine doses would be delivered by certain dates.
Madrid region to face early election after coalition split
Spains central region of Madrid will face snap elections after regional vice president Ignacio Aguado announced Wednesday, March 10, 2021 that its right-wing coalition government has dissolved. Aguado, of the liberal Citizens party, told Spanish media in an impromptu televised appearance that regional president Isabel Diaz Ayuso had decided to break up their coalition. (Kiko Huesca/Pool via AP, File)MADRID – Spain’s powerful central region of Madrid will face an early election after infighting between two right-wing parties caused the capital’s coalition government to collapse on Wednesday. Regional president Isabel Díaz Ayuso, one of the rising stars of Spain’s conservative Popular Party, dissolved the regional legislature after breaking with her government’s junior party, the liberal Citizens party. If successful, that would give Citizens the regional presidency of the rural region that the Popular Party has ruled for over 25 years.
EU leaders weigh sanctions over Turkey's Med drilling work
European Council President Charles Michel, center, arrives for a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. European Union leaders meet for a year-end summit that will address anything from climate, sanctions against Turkey to budget and virus recovery plans. From left, Latvia's Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. “Any decision to impose sanctions against Turkey won’t be of great concern to Turkey,” Erdogan told reporters. Turkey also plays a military role in Libya, a main jumping-off point in Africa for migrants hoping to reach Europe.
Spain orders nationwide curfew to stem worsening outbreak
FILE - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. “The reality is that Europe and Spain are immersed in a second wave of the pandemic,” Sánchez said during a nationwide address after meeting with his Cabinet. With the mainland curfew, Spain is following the example of neighboring France, where the government ordered a 9 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew for major cities and large swaths of the country this week. Several regional leaders, who run Spain's decentralized health care system, had asked in recent days for the national government to declare a national state of emergency. Under the first state of emergency, Spain’s military battalions were deployed to disinfect retirement homes and set up field hospitals.
The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne
It is not appropriate for us to do that now.”″Victoria reported seven new coronavirus cases on Sunday, with six linked to the latest outbreak, which involves 39 people across 11 households. Eight countries now have more than 1 million confirmed cases, and three are in Latin America. Argentina hit 1 million confirmed cases on Monday. ___OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma has registered more than 1,800 newly confirmed coronavirus cases. ___ATHENS, Greece — Greece officials introduced mandatory wearing of masks everywhere Saturday, with the country reaching records for new daily coronavirus cases.
Spain lawmakers set to reject far-right no-confidence motion
Vox party leader Santiago Abascal walks past Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament brought by the nation's far-right Vox party. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Pool via AP)MADRID – Spanish lawmakers on Thursday were set to reject a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez that was called by far-right party Vox over what it says was the government's poor handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Opposition leader Pablo Casado announced Thursday that the 88 lawmakers of his conservative Popular Party would vote against Vox's motion and lambasted the far-right party for “wasting everybody's time” with the debate as the country grapples with a resurgence of the virus. Vox leader Santiago Abascal responded by saying that Casado's position was showing the true colors of the Popular Party.
Spain's parliament debates no-confidence vote to oust govt
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez listens to a speech by Vox party leader Santiago Abascal during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces a no confidence vote in Parliament put forth by the far right opposition party VOX. If the no-confidence vote were to succeed, it would replace the current left-wing coalition government with one led by Vox leader Santiago Abascal. The leading opposition party, the conservative Popular Party, however, has already said it won't back Vox. Many observers of Spanish politics consider the no-confidence vote as a way for the upstart Vox to put more pressure on the Popular Party.
The Latest: Imported workers test positive in New Zealand
All remain in quarantine at a Christchurch hotel, and health officials say they expect more to test positive. — British PM Johnson imposing strict coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester, England’s second-largest urban area, after talks fail on financial support. Local health officials said Tuesday that the surge is overwhelming their ability to confront the pandemic. Officials say coronavirus cases related to the university represent 61% of the total in Washtenaw County, compared to just 2% in August. ___PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases for the second time in a week.
Spanish govt imposes state of emergency in virus-hit Madrid
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is holding a Cabinet meeting to consider declaring a state of emergency for Madrid in order to impose stronger anti-virus restrictions on reluctant regional authorities. That successful legal challenge by Madrid officials was part of a long quarrel between the country’s main political parties over their coronavirus response. He told a press conference it was “undeniable” that there is community transmission in the Madrid region, not just isolated outbreaks, at a crucial juncture as winter approaches and respiratory problems increase. A Madrid court on Thursday upheld the regional government’s appeal, saying the national government’s imposition of restrictions violated people’s fundamental liberties. “They (the Spanish government) don’t really like the regional government of Madrid.
Facing 2nd virus wave, Spain tracks infections with soldiers
Sanchez has offered officials running the country's 17 regions help from the military to conduct coronavirus contact tracing. He has also pledged to declare regional emergency orders if the expansion of the pandemic continues, facilitating regional officials' ability to issue lockdowns, restrict mobility or other basic freedoms. He also pledged to declare regional emergency orders if virus continues spreading, something that should in theory help regional officials level issue new stay-at-home orders, restrict mobility or to curtail other activities. Regional officials, in turn, have complained that their hands are tied because only central authorities can legally declare a state of emergency. Officials at the Health Ministry have said that more than 60% of the new infections happen in social gatherings, including within families.
Spain, Portugal leaders mark border reopening with pomp
From left to right: Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Portugal's President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Spain's King Felipe VI during a ceremony to mark the reopening of the Portugal/Spain border in Badajoz, Spain, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The border was closed for three and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
World joins US protests but leaders restrained about Trump
But leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly. But at the top, the leaders of traditional allies of the United States have taken pains to avoid criticizing Trump directly, walking a fine line to reconcile international diplomacy with domestic outrage. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sidestepped questions from ZDF public television about Trump last week, saying the killing of Floyd was "really, really terrible. Trump, he has, amongst many other things, he is president of the United States, which is our most important ally in the world today, Johnson said. I share and stand in solidarity with the demonstrations that are taking place in the United States, he said.
Spain's parliament approves new 2-week lockdown extension
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez sits in the Spanish parliament wearing a protective face mask in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday May 20, 2020. (Ballesteros, Pool photo via AP)MADRID Spains left-wing minority government succeeded Wednesday in maintaining the countrys lockdown in place despite criticism from opposition parties, as the national parliament endorsed a new the fifth in a row two-week extension of the state of emergency. Spains lockdown which has succeed in reining in a COVID-19 outbreak that has claimed over 27,000 lives in the country will now last at least until June 7. To endorse your extension would be irresponsible.But Snchez has proven adroit at cobbling together support from opposition parties across the political spectrum. Stop using the pandemic to seek political gains, Citizens spokesman Edmundo Bal told the parties that voted against the extension.
Spain to exhume, move former dictator's remains this week
Franco was buried in a grand mausoleum called the Valley of the Fallen, northwest of Madrid, soon after his death in 1975. His remains will be relocated to the Mingorrubio state cemetery in El Pardo, 12 miles north of Madrid, where his wife is buried. Thousands of executions were carried out by his nationalist regime during the Spanish Civil War and in the following years. After World War II, he was seen by many as the last surviving fascist dictator and was ostracized by the United Nations. It also recognizes the victims of the civil war and the Francoist state and pledges aid to those victims and their descendants.
Catalonian president calls for negotiations with Spain
At a press conference on Saturday, Torra urged Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to "set day and time for a negotiating table." The Barcelona City Council said that 700 bins have been burned during the riots over the past three nights. Oriol Junqueras, the former vice president of Catalonia, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and banned from holding public office for the same amount of time. Their supporters accuse Madrid of political persecution and are calling for another independence referendum, which Madrid says would be illegal. The pro-independence group CDR has called for demonstrators to set up a permanent camp in the city center.
3 dead as extreme weather batters southeast Spain
(CNN) - A third person has died in Spain as extreme weather continues to sweep across the southeast of the country. The country's meteorological office (AEMET) has issued an "extreme risk" weather warning for Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Almeria and the Balearic Islands. "These adverse weather conditions affect the airports of Almera, Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat and Palma de Mallorca. There is a further "risk of loss of life," as well as "damage to property and infrastructure," a spokeswoman for Britain's Met Office weather service told CNN. Britain's Foreign & Commonwealth Office advised those traveling to the regions to "exercise extreme caution and follow the advice of the local authorities."
Spanish singer Camilo Sesto dies at 72
MADRID, Spain (CNN) - Popular Spanish singer Camilo Sesto died Sunday in Madrid, his manager said. Sesto died of a cardiorespiratory arrest, according to his manager, Eduardo Guervos. Guervos told state-run Televisin Espaola that Camilo was admitted to a Madrid hospital Saturday after feeling unwell. "Dear friends, We very much regret to inform you that our great and dear artist Camilo Sesto has just left us," said a tweet from Sesto's Twitter account. All of Spain and the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world will "lament the loss of Camilo Sesto," Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in a tweet.