The Day in Spain #27: The trial of the year

Yesterday I had to rush out and couldn’t post this one. The biggest story of the day, hands down, was the kick off of the Gürtel case trial. This is the case that has changed Spain’s political landscape, fueled Podemos and Ciudadanos rise, created the deadlock and, as a longer time side effect, destroyed PSOE. The trial will only end in the Spring, so I’ll be posting updates from time to time.

I wrote an article on it for Deutsche Welle where I explain all that. It will possibly be published today, so I’ll be sure to update you all!


  • Gürtel case kicks off, with 37 defendants, including several high ranking PP officers. This is the largest corruption case ever to hit a Spanish political party (not in money, but in geographical and amount of people involved)


  • 22.800 new unemployed in September. This is a normal tendency, as Spain’s tourism summer season comes to an end.

The Day in Spain #24

Hi again!

Well, it’s been a while. Sorry for my long absence. Unfortunately, the previous Day in Spain model was not sustainable timewise. I couldn’t keep up with my daily work and those long  posts, and the quality of both was starting to go down. I was also struggling as a journalist, having to leave out some topics that I consider of paramount importance.

So, although I’d love to keep on doing political analysis, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do it on a daily basis. I’ll try other periodicities. Keep tuned.

But I’ve decided to keep on coming here on a daily basis, and leaving you some headlines on Spanish news. You will see that I include smaller and less mainstream stories. If you need help or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out using the comments below or through email, Twitter or Facebook.


Rodolfo Martín Villa, one of the defendants required to be questioned by the Argentinian judge


  • PSOE implodes:Pedro Sanchez calls for primaries while conservative sectors demand his resignation.
  • PP wins an absolute majority in Galicia and PNV will choose government partner in the Basque Country


  • The “Black cards” trial against 65 politicians, businessmen, union leaders and bankers kicks off. Among the defendants there is Rodrigo Rato, former Finmin and chairman of the IMF.


  • NGO Ecologistas en Acción start crowdfunding campaign to protect the legendary “España” building in Madrid. The funds will be used to finance the legal proceeding against reducing the level of protection.
España Building, Madrid Credit: Malouette (Flickr)

Human Rights

  • The Andalusian Association for the Defense of Human Rights (APDHA) denounces that the government hasn’t included the 64 dead and 131 disappeared in its “Report on the fight against illegal immigration”. These and other human right violations are unaccounted for, according to APDHA.
  • Argentinian judge María Servini demands that 19 defendants accused of human rights violations during the Francoist dictatorship are questioned in Spain.

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BREAKING: Ciudadanos willing to negotiate with Rajoy if PP accepts 6 conditions

BREAKING: Ciudadanos willing to negotiate with Rajoy if PP accepts 6 conditions

Ciudadanos’ leader Albert Rivera has announced that his party would negotiate support Mariano Rajoy if he schedules a date for the confidence debate and accepts the following six conditions:

  • Politicians indicted for corruption must be immediately fired
  • End of parliamentary immunity
  • New electoral law
  • End of pardons in cases of political corruption
  • Maximum 2 terms per PM
  • More transparency, including parliamentary investigation of PP’s illegal funding.

Deutsche Welle: Spaniards are fed up with political deadlock

This article was originally published in Deutsche Welle.

After seven months of negotiations to form a new government, Spain is likely to head to the polls for the third time in under a year. People are growing more and more indifferent. Santiago Saez reports from Madrid.



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