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  1. August 12, 2012

    Number of state sell-offs cut in half

    The pace of privatisation around the world has slowed sharply, with an unprecedented number of asset sales delayed or...

  2. May 8, 2012

    Doubts spread to Spain’s big banks

    Just before Bankia and Banca Cívica, its smaller, now defunct rival, listed on the Madrid stock market last summer, Elena...

  1. February 27, 2012

    Spain’s 2011 budget deficit exceeds 8.5%

    Spain’s public sector deficit reached 8.51 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product last year, well beyond the 6 per...

  2. December 21, 2011

    Ex-Lehman chief to run Spain’s economy

    Spain’s new government has placed the economy in the hands of Luis de Guindos, former head of Lehman Brothers in Spain, as...

  3. November 28, 2011

    Spanish regions produce budget surplus

    Spain’s autonomous regions collectively produced a small budget surplus in the third quarter of this year, a surprising...

  4. November 21, 2011

    Spain: bail-out challenge

    This is no time for a fiesta. When the euphoria subsides over Mariano Rajoy’s landslide victory – his party’s most...

  5. FT Alphaville

    November 18, 2011

    Mariano Rajoy – Europe’s quarterback

    Europeans tend not to understand American football, not least because the ‘ball’ seems to rarely make contact with the...

  6. November 11, 2011

    Spain seen as next eurozone victim by analysts

    Spain may be the next victim of bearish investors in the eurozone bond markets because of its difficulty in meeting deficit...

  7. November 8, 2011

    Banco de Valencia teeters under bad loan load

    Elena Salgado, Spanish finance minister, on Tuesday said Banco de Valencia, a small listed bank based on the Mediterranean...

  8. November 1, 2011

    Athens vote threatens bail-out deal

    When European leaders emerged bleary-eyed from a closed-door meeting in Brussels in the wee hours last Thursday, it seemed...

  9. October 18, 2011

    Moody’s cuts Spain’s sovereign rating

    Moody’s has cut Spain’s sovereign credit rating, making it the last of the big three rating agencies to take action in less...

  10. October 13, 2011

    Spain delays airports auction

    Spain’s multibillion-euro privatisation programme has ground to a halt after its government scrapped plans to sell the...

  11. October 13, 2011

    Spain set to miss deficit reduction target

    Spain will find it almost impossible to meet its ambitious target for cutting the budget deficit this year to 6 per cent of...

  12. beyondbrics

    October 10, 2011

    Roubles for Madrid?

    Having agreed to back Cyprus,  Russia is now considering supporting Spain, but only when the European Union has put in place...

  13. October 6, 2011

    Spain forces banks to meet rescue losses

    Spain will force its banks to shoulder any losses from its multibillion euro bank rescues under new measures that will be...

  14. September 30, 2011

    Spain yields to pressure and cancels privatisation

    Spain’s Socialist government yielded to two unforgiving forces - its political opponents and the financial markets – when it...

  15. September 29, 2011

    Spanish airports auction on course

    The Spanish government has vowed to press ahead with the privatisation of part of the country’s airport authority, despite...

  16. September 27, 2011

    Spanish bond yields rise

    The Spanish government’s short-term borrowing costs rose in a €3.2bn ($4.3bn) auction that followed comments from the...

  17. September 20, 2011

    Spain’s T-bill auction close to maximum target

    Spain’s treasury sold €4.46bn of 12- and 18-month treasury bills in an auction on Tuesday, paying higher yields than in...

  18. September 13, 2011

    Spain revives wealth tax plan amid crisis

    Spain’s Socialist government has resurrected a hotly contested plan to impose a wealth tax next year, according to party...

  19. September 6, 2011

    Spanish PM ‘feared bail-out’ in August

    José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish prime minister, told union leaders last month that the country had been perilously...

  20. August 31, 2011

    IMF and eurozone clash over estimates

    International Monetary Fund staff have provoked a fierce dispute with eurozone authorities by circulating estimates showing...

  21. August 21, 2011

    Spain: out of time

    The European Central Bank’s recent purchases of Spanish government bonds have taken some of the sting out of the country’s...

  22. August 19, 2011

    Spain seeks to boost ailing property market

    Spain’s government halved the tax on new home purchases on Friday in a fresh move aimed at stimulating the stricken property...

  23. August 8, 2011

    Spain pledges fresh €5bn action on deficit

    Spain’s finance ministry has promised budget measures worth €5bn ($7bn) to ensure it meets this year’s deficit reduction...

  24. August 7, 2011

    Zapatero’s policies likely to be kept

    Leaders of Spain’s Popular party (PP), the rightwing opposition, cannot hide their impatience to run the country again after...

  25. August 4, 2011

    Spanish bond sale eases eurozone debt nerves

    The Spanish treasury on Thursday sold €3.3bn of medium-term sovereign bonds, close to the maximum of €3.5bn it wanted, in an...

  26. July 13, 2011

    Spain eyes further budget cuts

    Elena Salgado, Spain’s finance minister, has raised the possibility of yet more budget cuts next year to control the...

  27. June 24, 2011

    Spain approves more spending cuts

    The Spanish government has approved a fresh round of cuts to public spending as part of an ongoing austerity drive to...

  28. June 21, 2011

    IMF calls for more reforms from Madrid

    The repair of Spain’s crisis-stricken economy is incomplete and the risks of further setbacks are “considerable”, the...

  29. June 7, 2011

    Brussels criticises Spain’s budget

    Spain has adopted overly optimistic economic growth assumptions and runs the risk of its public pension system destabilising...

  30. June 3, 2011

    Barclays’ message will be ‘tu caja es mi caja’

    There is more than a dash of la prensa rosa in speculation that Barclays is planning to buy a Spanish savings bank, or caja....

  31. FT Alphaville

    May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  32. May 17, 2011

    Strauss-Kahn faces pressure to quit

    Senior European officials on Tuesday called on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to quit as head of the International Monetary Fund...

  33. April 27, 2011

    Spain’s regions urged to stick to deficit limits

    Spain’s finance minister has insisted that all 17 autonomous regions cut their budget deficits to agreed levels amid revived...

  34. April 20, 2011

    Spanish bond sale eases debt fears

    Spain has sold €3.4bn in long-term bonds in an auction attracting solid investor demand, helping to assuage fears that the...

  35. April 19, 2011

    Austria names new finance minister

    The conservative Austrian People’s party has appointed Maria Fekter as finance minister following the resignation of Josef...

  36. April 7, 2011

    Spain plays down contagion fears

    The Spanish government on Thursday insisted there was no danger of the country following Portugal towards a bail-out after...

  37. February 13, 2011

    Investors seek to profit from cajas reform

    A branch of Caja Madrid in the Spanish capital: a number of savings banks have formed bigger groups with a view to listing...

  38. February 1, 2011

    Cajas eye IPOs as key to survival

    The managers of Spain’s 45 cajas de ahorros, unlisted regional savings banks, knew a year ago they faced restructuring and...

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