26th September 2023
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Spain 2021 in review: the main (non-Covid) stories, month by month

From Storm Filomena to riots against jailed rappers … from Pablo Iglesias leaving politics to Isabel Díaz Ayuso sweeping to victory in the Madrid elections … from the pardons granted to the jailed Catalan leaders to Messi leaving Barça, plus Mar Menor, Afghanistan, Juan Carlos I and much more … there’s been a lot going on in Spain during 2021, not just the pandemic. Here’s a round-up and links to one or two of the key stories from each month, without mentioning Covid!  

January 2021

Snow and Storm Filomena cause havoc across Spain

February 2021

Police van torched in Barcelona as protests resume against rapper’s jailing

March 2021

Pablo Iglesias leaves role as deputy PM to stand as president in Madrid elections

April 2021

Sánchez: ‘Economic Recovery Plan most ambitious in Spain’s recent history’

May 2021

Isabel Díaz Ayuso sweeps to victory in the Madrid election

Pere Aragonès voted in as Catalan President after ERC and JxCat reach agreement

June 2021

Catalan leaders walk free from prison

July 2021

New ‘Democratic Memory’ law will help find mass graves of the Franco regime

August 2021

Tearful Messi confirms he will be leaving Barça

Spain concludes its evacuation operation from Afghanistan

September 2021

Spain suspends Barcelona airport expansion plans due to lack of support from Catalan government

October 2021

Puigdemont ‘free to travel’ after Italian extradition hearing suspended, pending EU rulings

November 2021

€382m for environmental regeneration of Mar Menor lagoon

December 2021

Swiss prosecutors close corruption probe against Spain’s former king Juan Carlos

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