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This photo from June 19 shows an image of Iliass Tahiri (left) and his brother and a video still capturing the death of Iliass. Iliass Tahiri, 18, died on July 1, 2019, at the Tierras de Oria detention center in southern Almeria province, Spain.

Deadly Restraints Are a Stain on the EU

The continued use of lethal restraints, as in the case of Iliass Tahiri in Spain, damages the bloc’s human rights advocacy around the world.

A tourist wearing a face mask walks on Magaluf Beach in Calvia on the Spanish island of Mallorca on July 8.

Johnson Is Bringing Brits Home, but They’re Probably Safer in Spain

The British government’s haphazard approach to quarantining travelers won’t make up for its failed domestic coronavirus containment efforts.

Former King Juan Carlos I attends a Mass in occasion of the 25th anniversary of death of his father on April 3, 2018 in El Escorial, Spain.

Is Spain’s Royal Family Finished?

Corruption charges against the former king forced him into exile—and the latest scandal could be the nail in the coffin for the monarchy.

A man leaves the Menoyia immigration detention center near the town of Kofinou in Cyprus on May 29.

The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe

The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.

Spanish deputies take part in a plenary session to discuss the "minimum vital income" plan approved by the government in Madrid on June 10.

Spain’s Post-Lockdown Culture War Has Only Just Begun

The coronavirus response has increased political polarization, threatening the country’s economic recovery.

Protesters take part in a march on International Women's Day in Madrid on March 8.

Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity

Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron

Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?

In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.

A hair salon reopens in Spain during the coronavirus pandemic

Sorry, Americans, You Haven’t Even Had a Real Lockdown Yet

Here in Spain, even easing measures leaves them stricter than in most of the United States.

A drawing by Augustus Tholey depicting leaders of the Continental Congress in 1775 (from left): John Adams, Robert Morris, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson.

Europe Needs an Alexander Hamilton, Not More Budget Hawks

Without mutual debt in the form of Eurobonds, the continent’s economic crisis will get worse, Euroskepticism will increase, and the EU could fall apart.

Spanish soldiers patrol the streets of Valencia to enforce the national lockdown due to the coronavirus on April 7.

European Hopes for Coronavirus Relief Rise—and Then Fall Again

The curve appeared to be flattening at last, but the latest numbers augur a longer crisis.

Supporters hold a giant Catalan flag

Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.

Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.

North vs. South: The Netherlands competes against Spain in the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final in Johannesburg on July 11, 2010. The Netherlands, like Germany, is resisting Southern Europe’s calls for fiscal solidarity as the coronavirus causes economic chaos across the continent.

Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines

Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”

Christine Lagard, the president of the European Central Bank, speaks in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 12.

Europe’s Central Bank, in About-Face, Swoops in to Save a Virus-Afflicted Continent

Only a week after implying she didn’t care about shielding more debt-troubled economies, the ECB's Lagarde reveals a 750 billion-euro fix. But the bitter trade war with U.S. resumes.

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Coronavirus in the Corridors of Power

Which Politicians and Senior Officials Have the Coronavirus?

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