Catalonia scraps independence referendum

2014-10-14 18:15

Catalan leader Artur Mas says that he had cancelled an independence referendum and that the Spanish region would instead hold an alternative vote on the same date to determine the level of support for secession.

Former Spanish prime minister Suarez dies

2014-03-23 20:55

Adolfo Suarez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister after decades of right-wing rule under General Francisco Franco, has died aged 81.

Spain PM believes Princess Cristina is innocent

2014-01-21 13:36

Spain's Prime Minister says he believes Princess Cristina is innocent despite being called for questioning as a suspect in an investigation for tax fraud and money laundering.

Spain PM admits error of trust in scandal

2013-08-01 14:01

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has admitted he made a mistake in trusting a party colleague at the centre of a major corruption scandal but has denied any wrongdoing, vowing to stay in power.

Spain mourns train crash victims

2013-07-29 14:06

Mourners have gathered for a memorial service for the 79 people killed in Spain's worst train disaster in decades, after the driver was charged with reckless homicide.

Driver in custody after train crash

2013-07-25 22:18

Police have taken the driver of a Spanish train into custody in hospital, after at least 80 people died when it derailed and caught fire.

Spain PM under pressure in party scandal

2013-07-15 12:04

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is facing calls to explain himself or resign over his alleged support for the ruling party's disgraced former treasurer, who is expected in court over a slush fund scandal.

Spain: Princess' court hearing suspended

2013-04-05 15:03

A judge who has named Spain's Princess Cristina a suspect in a corruption case has suspended her court hearing.

Damaged by scandal, Spain PM holds on

2013-02-06 09:06

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will keep his job despite being named in a corruption scandal, but the affair leaves him weakened as he tries to steer Spain out of an economic crisis, analysts say.

Spain PM denies corruption claims

2013-02-02 19:03

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has denied allegations that he received undeclared payments from his ruling party, as he seeks to douse a major corruption scandal.

Catalan voters back self-rule parties

2012-11-26 08:37

Parties vowing a referendum on self-rule for Catalonia have won massive backing in regional elections, but voters have forced the rich Spanish region's leader Artur Mas to share power.

Europe summit: Merkel vs everyone else

2012-06-28 10:04

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel is the woman to watch — or fear, or confront — in Europe.

World leaders reach out to Hollande

2012-05-07 08:59

European and world leaders have reached out to France's Socialist Francois Hollande, whose election win has been built in part on a pledge to renegotiate Europe's austerity pact.

Hundreds of thousands march in Spain

2012-02-19 19:01

Hundreds of thousands of people have protested across Spain against reforms to the labour market they fear will destroy workers' rights and spending cuts they say are destroying the welfare state.


Spain lawmakers to approve king abdication

2014-06-11 09:13

Spanish lawmakers are set to approve the abdication of King Juan Carlos, amid protests calling for a republic, paving the way for his son Felipe to assume the monarchy.

Pro-abortion rally in Madrid over planned curbs

2014-02-01 17:56

Thousands of pro-choice campaigners have converged on the Spanish capital to voice their opposition to a government plan to restrict access to abortion in the mainly Catholic country.

Fishing flotilla protests near Gibraltar

2013-08-18 17:03

Spanish fishermen in some 60 fishing boats have protested the building of an artificial reef near the disputed British territory of Gibraltar.

Spain holds memorial service for victims

2013-07-29 22:24

Spain has mourned the 79 people killed in its worst train disaster in decades with a solemn memorial service, attended by hundreds in Santiago de Compostela.

Spain train driver freed pending trial

2013-07-29 11:01

Spain is to hold a memorial service for the 79 people who died in the country's worst rail disaster in decades, hours after the driver of the train was freed pending trial on charges of reckless homicide.

Driver in Spain train crash investigated

2013-07-25 15:00

Police have put the driver of a Spanish train under investigation after at least 78 people died when it hit a sharp bend at speed and derailed near the northern city of Santiago de Compostela.

Pope racks up soccer jerseys

2013-04-15 22:15

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has given Pope Francis a national jersey, signed by all the players during a 25-minute audience in the Apostolic Palace.

Appeal for Spain PM's resignation grows

2013-02-07 21:22

A petition calling for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign over a corruption scandal has garnered more than a million signatures, an online count showed.

Spain opposition calls for PM to resign

2013-02-04 12:02

The leader of Spain's opposition Socialist party has called for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to resign amid a damaging corruption scandal.

No need for Spain bailout right now - PM

2012-12-14 20:01

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has insisted that his country currently had no need of a bailout from the Eurozone to fix its public finances.

Spain rejects proposed budget cut

2012-11-18 14:28

The Spanish Prime Minister rejected a proposal from EU President Herman Van Rompuy to cut the bloc's 2014-2020 budget by €75bn.

Sarkozy - another scalp for the debt crisis

2012-05-07 13:00

Nicolas Sarkozy is the latest national leader toppled by Europe's debt crisis after the fall of governments in Ireland, Portugal, Slovakia, Italy, Greece, Spain and the Netherlands.

Spanish deficit alarm grows

2012-03-26 17:26

Spain's ruling conservatives are wrestling with a surprise electoral setback, a looming general strike and growing alarm in Europe over the public deficit.

Spain's new PM an unlikely manager

2011-11-23 16:33

A cautious moderate, Spain’s next prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, is an unlikely manager for a crisis that demands swift action.

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