Catalan separatists deal blow to Madrid

2017-12-22 21:07

With their leaders in exile or jail, Catalan separatists are scrambling to reap the benefits of defeating Spain's central government in a divisive regional election.

Puigdemont says polls must 'ratify' Catalonia's desire for independence

2017-11-25 17:06

Catalonia's deposed leader Carles Puigdemont has launched his campaign for regional elections by calling on Catalans to make known their desire for independence.

Spanish PM urges Catalans to defeat separatists at polls

2017-11-13 06:07

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urges voters in Catalonia to defeat separatists in snap regional elections he called for December

Madrid dissolves Catalan parliament after independence declaration

2017-10-27 21:44

Spain has dissolved Catalonia's parliament and called new regional elections after separatists have voted for independence in a sharp escalation of a constitutional crisis that has stoked alarm in Europe.

Spain court strikes down Catalan referendum law

2017-10-18 05:29

Spain's Constitutional Court has ruled that a referendum law passed in Catalonia, which paved the way for a contested secession referendum, was not valid.

Spain PM appears in parliament over corruption scandals

2017-08-30 16:57

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is appearing before lawmakers to give his view of an alleged kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that supposedly helped fund his ruling Popular Party.

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.


Rajoy pledges economic boost if 'normalcy' returns to Catalonia

2017-12-03 08:06

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says the country's economic growth could reach 3% next year if Catalonia returns to "normalcy" after the region's secessionist drive.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

2017-11-19 09:36

Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions.

Thousands rally in Madrid, urge jailing of deposed Catalan leader

2017-10-28 16:28

Thousands of people have gathered in central Madrid, shouting "Prison for Puigdemont" in anger over Catalonia's unilateral declaration of independence.

Spanish PM seeks Senate backing to take over Catalonia govt

2017-10-21 17:08

The Spanish government has moved decisively to use a previously untapped constitutional power so it can take control of Catalonia.

Leftist politicians call on Spanish PM to resign

2017-10-02 05:34

Several left-wing Spanish politicians have demanded Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy resign after police used force to block voting in a banned independence referendum in Catalonia, injuring dozens of people.

Spain crisis gives way to new battles for PM

2016-10-31 12:51

When conservative political survivor Mariano Rajoy takes control of Spain once again this week he will be faced with unprecedented opposition as he grapples with painful economic reforms and resurgent Catalan separatism.

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.

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