A selection of my news coverage and analysis of Spain.

Basque regional elections

Sept 2016- Five years after the ETA ceasefire, the Basque Country has regional elections. What has changed since then and will this have any national repercussions?

The fight for the hijab in Spain

Sept 2016- After a girl was denied entry to a school for wearing a hijab, the Valencian government announced they would change the rules to ensure women are allowed to wear them. But what are the rules in the rest of Spain? What is it like to wear a hijab here?

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Countdown on to third elections

Sept 2, 2016- Mariano Rajoy loses his investiture vote to form a government. He did not receive the support of the Socialists, so politicians now have two months to form a government or third elections will be triggered for December.

2nd elections: Political deadlock remains

June 2016- The second round of elections since December produced little change. The PP continues to hold a minority government but the prospects of forming a coalition are still bleak.

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Spain finally has a government

October 2016- After more than ten months of political deadlock, Rajoy has managed to form a government. Now, which challenges does the re-elected leader face when it comes to actually governing?

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Spain's Socialist Party implodes

Sept, 2016- In a dramatic turn of events, Pedro Sanchez, Socialist leader resigns amid the party crisis. What will this mean for the already suffering party?

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Catalan president announces referendum

Sept, 2016- Before a vote of confidence, Catalan leader calls for a referendum in September 2017- with or without Madrid's permission.

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Muslim women fight against Hijab discrimination

Sept, 2016- A woman in Valencia wins a battle to wear the hijab at her school. However, Spain's laws surrounding the hijab are vague and discrimination is common.

Basque elections come at critical point

Sept 2016- Five years after the ETA ceasefire, the Basque Country has regional elections. What has changed since then and will this have any national repercussions?

 

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Sleepless in Spain despite siesta

April, 2016- Despite the "siesta," Spanairds are among the Europeans who get the least amount of sleep and work the longest hours. What are politicians doing to improve work-life balance?

Catalan Independence

In September of 2015, Catalans elected a separatist government that has sworn to break away from Spain in 2017. Madrid has also promised that Spain will stay united. Below is a timeline to explain how the Catalan independence plan is progressing and what Spain is doing to stop it.