2018年6月30日 星期六

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Dear readers,

It's only been a few weeks since Pedro Sánchez became the prime minister of Spain, but already the fact that the Socialist Party is back in power is being noted. In a wide-ranging interview with EL PAÍS last week, the politician set out his stall for his legislature – which he intends to ride out, rather than calling early elections.

Among the measures the new government is working on, the issue of Historical Memory looms large, in particular plans to remove the remains of former dictator Francisco Franco from the Valley of the Fallen monument.

News about the rape case known as 'La Manada' also dominated the headlines this week, as the victim of the sexual assault broke her silence with a letter she sent to a TV station, and one of the convicted sexual abusers tried to apply for a passport, despite being banned from traveling abroad under the conditions of his bail.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition. Thanks for reading.

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter

Editor El País English Edition


Pedro Sánchez during the interview. / A.R.

Spain's new prime minister, Pedro Sánchez of the Socialist Party (PSOE), sat down with EL PAÍS to discuss his plans for reform after leading a successful no-confidence motion in Congress three weeks ago

A disagreement over the existence or otherwise of "political prisoners" in Spain ahead of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival saw a walkout at a Wednesday speech and jeers and chants

Should the Valley of the Fallen be allowed to fall into ruins?

The Valley of the Fallen monument. / J. V.

Historians Julián Casanova and Santos Juliá, and Hispanist Paul Preston, discuss what should happen to the Civil War monument

Government plans to repeal core of Spain's 'gag law' before year's end

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. / EP

The socialist-parliamentary group has begun contact with other parties to accelerate the process of reforming the norm approved by the PP in 2015

Franco-era cop accused of torture has four medals that fatten his pension by 50%

Franco-era police officer 'Billy the Kid.' / S.S.

An investigation by the Interior Ministry reveals that a notorious ex-policeman known as "Billy the Kid" was rewarded by the state despite accusations that he physically abused prisoners

US rejects entry permission to ex-NATO chief Javier Solana over Iran trips

Spanish politician Javier Solana. / S.S.

The veteran Spanish politician, who also headed EU foreign policy, was automatically turned down because of Trump's country blacklist

Eduardo Vela, an 85-year-old doctor who allegedly headed the scheme between 1961 and 1981 from his clinic, denies any recollection of events

Spain takes step closer to euthanasia law as Congress agrees to debate bill

Health Minister Carmen Montón. / J.V.

If the legislation makes it through parliament, by 2020 terminal patients could request aid from healthcare system to end their lives

Prosecutor calls for 'La Manada' member to be jailed after he requests passport

Sex offender Antonio Manuel Guerrero. / P.P.

National Police rejected the application by Antonio Manuel Guerrero, who is currently out on bail ahead of serving a nine-year jail sentence for sexually abusing an 18-year-old

Running of the Bulls rape victim sends open letter to Spanish TV show

Protest against the release of 'La Manada.' / M. T.

"Do it however you want, but tell your story," reads the text. "Do not remain quiet. If you do so, you are letting them win"

Amateur work carried out on a 16th-century wooden sculpture of Saint George in Navarre church is being slammed by restorers

Spanish king's brother-in-law, jailed in graft case, gets first prison visit

Princess Cristina on the streets of Geneva. / GAA/GEN

Princess Cristina de Borbón flew in from Geneva to spend 40 minutes with Iñaki Urdangarin, who is serving over five years in connection with the Nóos corruption scandal

As his flamboyant antics at the Argentina-Nigeria game show, the ex-player is at a crossroads that could see him undo his sporting legacy as one of the all-time greats

How to enjoy a lunchtime siesta in the middle of Madrid's financial district

A client at Siesta and Go. / A.G.

Siesta and Go is luring workers, students and tourists with the promise of an €8 hour of rest

A mix of tradition, innovation, fresh produce and healthy competition is driving the industry forward with three of the top 10 restaurants in The World's 50 Best Restaurant list from Spain

Joseba Asirón draws industry ire after suggesting the world-famous festival's "corridas" could disappear in the not-so-distant future

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