Descendants of Sephardic Jews, who were expelled from Spain in 1492, will now be allowed to seek Spanish nationality without having to give up their current citizenship.
The law, passed by the Spanish government Friday, will give the opportunity for a potential 3.5 million people across several countries to apply for Spanish nationality if they can prove their Sephardic ancestry. Applicants, Reuters reports, do not have to be practicing Jews.
A Guttmacher Institute report released Monday showed the U.S. abortion rate reached its lowest level in 40 years . The abortion rate in Spain also recently fell following a 2010 law that allowed abortions until the 14th week of the pregnancy.
Despite the decrease, the Spanish Parliament is considering a proposal to ban all abortions except in cases of rape or if the mother’s health is in danger. The proposal caused tens of thousands to descend upon the parliament in protest Saturday. Continue reading
Politicians in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted Thursday to demand the right to hold a referendum on independence from Spain. The vote is the latest development in an ongoing saga of Catalonia’s attempts to separate from Spain’s central … Continue reading
European governments lodged new complaints about U.S. surveillance after learning of new disclosures that the NSA tracked millions of phone calls in Spain, reports Kwame Holman. For more on the continuing fallout, Gwen Ifill speaks with former CIA official John McLaughlin and Charles Kupchan of the Council on Foreign Relations. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, a group of hackers from Russia and Ukraine were charged with stealing cash and goods totaling more than $300 million by accessing credit and debit card numbers through computers of major corporations. Also, a train derailment in Spain left 80 dead and nearly 100 more with injuries. Continue reading
In other news Wednesday, the European Union released sobering, new official figures for unemployment across the Eurozone. A record high 11.6 percent of E.U. residents (or 18.5 million people) are out of work, with Spain leading the list at nearly 26 percent unemployed. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, the International Monetary Fund sent mixed messages to the Eurozone this week, urging European leaders to move faster on management of debt crisis, while cautioning against too much austerity in Greece and Spain. Continue reading
Protesters expressed their discontent with government austerity measures on the streets of Madrid and Athens this week. Gwen Ifill talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics for the latest on the unrest in Greece and Spain as Europe comes to grips with its debt crisis. Continue reading