People’s party on course to retain control of Madrid in snap election

Isabel Díaz Ayuso’s conservatives set to double their tally of seats while far-right Vox could place fourth Spain’s conservative People’s party is on course to retain control of the Madrid region in a snap election dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, after a bitter, fractious and polarised campaign in which six parties on the right and […]

Foreign Office revises Covid advice for non-essential travel

Update says risk in some places, including Portugal and Canaries, no longer ‘unacceptably high’ Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Hopes that holidays to popular tourist destinations could soon restart have been boosted after the government scrapped advice that said people should avoid all but essential travel to areas including mainland Portugal […]

Nicolas Pépé strikes from spot to give Arsenal a lifeline against Villarreal

Arsenal stepped back from the edge and towards the semi-final. Just when their European journey appeared virtually over, down to 10 men and trailing 2-0 to goals from Manu Trigueros and Raúl Albiol, unable to muster a shot on target, and on the verge of elimination at the hands of the manager they had sacked, […]

Barcelona installs Spain’s first solar energy pavement

Photovoltaic ground installation part of move to increase capacity close to where it’s most needed, in cities Barcelona city council has installed Spain’s first photovoltaic pavement as part of the city’s drive to become carbon neutral by 2050. The 50 sq metres of non-slip solar panels, installed in a small park in the Glòries area […]

Two Spanish journalists and Irish citizen killed by jihadists in Burkina Faso

Journalists were working on a documentary on anti-poaching initiatives in the west African country Two Spanish journalists and an Irish national have been killed after they were ambushed by jihadists, while on an anti-poaching mission in Burkina Faso, the Spanish government has said. On Tuesday, Spain’s foreign minister, Arancha González Laya, said 44-year-old David Beriáin, […]

Can magic mushrooms really help you understand bitcoin?

That’s what one German billionaire says. But it’s not why the Aztecs and the hippies were such fans Name: The shroom boom. Age: Ancient rock art in Castilla-La Mancha in Spain suggests that Psilocybe hispanica, one of the mushrooms that contains the psychoactive compound psilocybin, was taken in religious ceremonies as long as 6,000 years […]

EU states begin using single-dose J&J Covid vaccine

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus jab rolled out after backing from European Medicines Agency Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage EU member states are starting to administer Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine after Europe’s drug regulator this week backed the single-dose shot, with several expected to impose age restrictions, as with the AstraZeneca […]

Laurent Binet: ‘In France, I just feel like we are lost in space’

The acclaimed novelist on the fun of plotting a counterfactual history of the 16th century, reading in lockdown, and his despair at his country’s vaccine rollout Laurent Binet is one of the most successful French writers of his generation, author of the bestselling HHhH, which won the Prix Goncourt du premier roman, and The Seventh […]

Three men sentenced in Spain’s ‘Sabadell wolf pack’ gang-rape trial

One man sentenced to 31 years and two others given 13 years in attack that echoed notorious 2016 Pamplona case Three members of a gang that raped an 18-year-old woman in an abandoned industrial unit in the Catalan city of Sabadell two years ago have been handed sentences of between 13-and-a-half and 31 years. The […]

Eat, roam, repeat: Can the bison’s big appetite stop Spain’s forest fires?

Conservationists hope the return of the near-extinct herbivore – ‘a living strimmer’ – will clear the undergrowth that fuels fires As the temperatures begin to rise, Spain is braced for another summer of the forest fires that over the past 10 years have destroyed about 741,000 hectares (1.8m acres) of forest. Last year, fires consumed […]

The rice of the sea: how a tiny grain could change the way humanity eats

Ángel León made his name serving innovative seafood. But then he discovered something in the seagrass that could transform our understanding of the sea itself – as a vast garden Growing up in southern Spain, Ángel León paid little attention to the meadows of seagrass that fringed the turquoise waters near his home, their slender […]

Young people: how have you been affected by the pandemic?

We’d like to hear from people aged 16 to 25 from across Europe, including the UK, about the impact of Covid on their lives and futures, for a new Guardian cross-European project on Gen Z We’d like to understand more about the impact of the pandemic on young people in Europe aged 16 to 25. […]

Spain, Belgium and Italy restrict AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to older people

EU is struggling to agree a common approach, seen as vital to boost public confidence Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, Spain and Belgium have joined other European countries in limiting the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to older age groups as the EU struggles to agree common guidelines to counter […]

“You must come to our Friday night lime!” Community cricket in Trinidad

Continuing our encounters series, our cricket-mad writer recalls the night she was invited to play – and party – at a club in Port of Spain It has long been reported that cricket, once the Caribbean’s favourite sport, is dying there: that American pastimes such as basketball and baseball have stolen the younger generation’s affection. […]

The Guardian view on Podemos: desperately seeking lost momentum | Editorial

Ten years after the indignados took to the streets, the fortunes of their political heirs are flagging Spain’s regional elections in May 2011 were a lively affair, to say the least. As post-crash austerity led to soaring unemployment and abject poverty for millions, the indignados movement was born, filling Madrid and other cities with protesters […]

Spanish police arrest 100 suspected members of speedboat gang

Officers seize more than five tonnes of hashish and 230kg of marijuana during a series of raids A hundred suspect members of a gang that allegedly ferried hashish and marijuana from Morocco to Spain in high-powered speedboats have been arrested, police said. The gang is believed to have filled the boats with the drugs and […]

Haaland transfer saga is a grotesque circus we may never see again | Barney Ronay

In a time of economic hardship, it is right to feel appalled at the potential sums involved in Erling Haaland’s impending transfer At this time of year it was a common thing for elegant young men of the 19th century to set off on a Grand Tour of Europe. Shuttered inside his velveteen stage coach, […]

From cow, to cave to crepe: why Auvergne is the capital of French veined cheeses

Of the 46 French cheeses awarded the coveted AOP label, five come from Auvergne – what makes the produce from the region so special? You can tell a lot about a place by its well-known dishes. Tikka masala – supposedly invented by Asian chefs in Britain – shows us the UK’s multicultural roots. Valencia’s paella […]

Coronavirus live: Brazil records almost 58,000 deaths in a month; French schools to close for three weeks

P1 variant said to be partly driving cases in Brazil; French president extends measures in 19 French departments to rest of country France to close schools and stop domestic travel after Covid surge Pfizer/BioNTech finds vaccine safe and effective for children 12 to 15 Outdoor mask decree met with dismay by Spain’s tourism industry Germany […]

Coronavirus live news: Ireland to start easing lockdown next month; Turkey reports record daily Covid cases

Irish restrictions to ease on 12 April; Turkey has recorded 37,303 new coronavirus cases in the space of 24 hours Parts of Germany pause shots over blood clot reports Canada cites blood clot concerns in suspension WHO criticises China’s data-sharing as it releases Covid origin report Canada suspends use of AstraZeneca Covid vaccine for those […]

Tourists in Greece and Spain but most of Covid-hit Europe plans Easter at home

Several thousand Germans head to Crete and Balearic islands as pandemic third wave spreads across EU Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The first foreign tourists may have landed in locked-down Spain and Greece, but as a third wave of the pandemic accelerates across the EU, few Europeans will be enjoying an […]

Coronavirus live news: France ICU cases climbing rapidly; German lockdown row deepens

Number of patients in intensive care in France near to numbers reached in autumn 2020; state leader pushes back after Merkel criticism of inaction Merkel threat to centralise Covid response as some states refuse to act WHO: Covid probably passed to humans from bats via other animal Madeira lets in tourists who can show Covid […]

Barcelona: 5,000 to attend rock concert after same-day Covid screening

Gig by Spanish band Love of Lesbian has special permission of the country’s health authorities Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Five thousand music lovers are due to attend a rock concert in Barcelona after passing a same-day Covid-19 screening, to test the plan’s effectiveness in preventing outbreaks of the virus at […]

Coronavirus live news: doorstep vigils take place across UK; Spain to lift curbs on UK arrivals

‘Beacon of remembrance’ tribute sees public light candles, torches and phones to honour those who have died; Spain to change rules on 30 March after UK vaccination success Oslo shelves planned reopening to contain pandemic EU to widen criteria for possible Covid vaccine bans Greece and Spain to ease restrictions on flights from UK US […]

Greece and Spain to ease restrictions on flights from UK

Test-run flights from UK to Greece will be allowed from next month while Spain says restrictions will be lifted on 30 March Greece will begin accepting test-run flights from the UK next month, while Spain has announced that the entry restrictions on flights from Britain that have been in place since late December will be […]

Covid: EU unveils ‘digital green certificate’ to allow citizens to travel

Plan will also allow states most reliant on tourism to make bilateral arrangements with non-EU members – including UK Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The European commission has unveiled a “digital green certificate” that could allow EU citizens who have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from Covid-19 to travel more […]

Seville derby reminds us that magic will not return to La Liga until fans do | Sid Lowe

Sevilla’s 1-0 win over Betis lacked drama and felt like a symbol of everything football has missed and is missing in Covid times In the final seconds before Sunday’s Seville derby, the drone camera rose above the Sánchez Pizjuán, an expanse of empty red seats stretched across the screen and, if you looked carefully, you […]

‘We need to stitch Catalonia back together’: Socialist candidate vows to heal divisions

Salvador Illa, Spain’s former health minister, is contesting the election on a promise of unity, despite continuing split over independence Salvador Illa, the Socialist candidate in Sunday’s Catalan election, has promised to focus on improving public health care, reactivating the economy, and bringing the region together after “10 lost years of increased division” caused by […]