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Spain postpones summit while leader tests positive for COVID

Sep. 29, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government said a planned meeting Friday of the nine leaders of Europe’s Mediterranean countries will be postponed because Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, the event's host, continues to test positive for COVID-19. The energy crisis triggered by...

Spanish PM Sánchez says he has COVID, cancels appearance

Sep. 25, 2022 05:04 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19. The leader of Spain’s Socialist party and of the country’s coalition government said in a Twitter post that he was canceling his appearance at a Socialist event Sunday marking...

Spain, France kick off anniversary celebration of Picasso

Sep. 12, 2022 09:48 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Against the backdrop of Picasso´s iconic anti-war painting, “Guernica,” the culture ministers of France and Spain gathered Monday in Madrid’s Reina Sofía Museum to kick off a year of commemorative acts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the death of the Spanish artist who...

Spain gives labor benefits to domestic cleaners, carers

Sep. 06, 2022 09:03 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government on Tuesday passed a law giving hundreds of thousands of domestic cleaners and carers the right to unemployment benefits and other job protection measures for the first time. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said the law would benefit more than...

Portugal: EU eyes Iberia-Italy pipeline to get gas to Europe

Aug. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European authorities are considering a liquefied natural gas pipeline from Spain to Italy as a way of getting around France’s opposition to a gas link-up across the Pyrenees between the Iberian peninsula and central Europe, Portugal's prime minister said Friday. ...

Spain evacuates 294 more Afghan workers and families

Aug. 11, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A plane provided by the Spanish government has brought 294 more Afghan refugees via Pakistan to Spain, authorities said Thursday, bringing to 3,900 the number evacuated by Madrid since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year. Spain said the latest group of...

Spain fully backs Western Balkan integration into EU

Aug. 01, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

The Western Balkans are an integral part of the European Union and Spain fully backs the region's integration into the 27-member bloc, Spain's prime minister said Monday. Pedro Sanchez was in Albania's capital Tirana Monday in the first-ever trip by a Spanish prime minister to the...

Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

Spanish PM Sanchez backs EU candidacy for Bosnia

Jul. 30, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Saturday expressed support for Bosnia to become a candidate 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...

Spanish PM Sanchez opens Balkan tour with visit to Serbia

Jul. 29, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Friday kicked off a tour of the Western Balkans with a visit to Serbia, offering his country's support for the integration of the volatile region into the European Union. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez held talks with Serbia's...