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    1. February 10, 2016

      Spain: Political stalemate in Madrid

      His face gave nothing away but the king had every reason to feel weary of the visitors arriving at the Zarzuela palace...

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      February 4, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: Ireland and the bailout jinx

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    1. February 2, 2016

      King of Spain calls on Socialist party to form next government

      The King of Spain has called on the leader of the Socialist party to form the next government, in the first serious...

    2. January 28, 2016

      Spanish unemployment falls to lowest level since 2011

      The Spanish economy created 525,000 jobs last year, helping to lower the country’s unemployment rate to 20.9 per cent —...

    3. Fast FT

      January 28, 2016

      Spanish unemployment drops to post-crisis low

      The Spanish economy created 525,000 new jobs last year, helping to bring down the country’s unemployment rate to 20.9...

    4. January 25, 2016

      Q&A: King of Spain to hold talks to form government

      Spanish voters went to the polls more than five weeks ago, but they may have to wait a good deal longer for a new...

    5. Brussels Blog

      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

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    6. The World

      January 25, 2016

      Brussels Briefing: The Left also rises?

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    7. January 13, 2016

      Rajoy urges Spain’s centrist parties to join forces

      Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday urged Spain’s centrist parties to join forces and form a stable four-year government, in the...

    8. Brussels Blog

      January 11, 2016

      The endgame in Spain?

      To receive this new daily Brussels Briefing every morning via email, sign up here. It’s been three weeks since Spain’s...

    9. January 9, 2016

      Pro-independence parties to form new Catalonia government

      The two pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have struck a last-minute deal to form a new...

    10. January 5, 2016

      Spain and Ireland post steep falls in joblessness

      The number of registered unemployed workers in Spain has seen the biggest drop for at least a decade while joblessness...

    11. January 1, 2016

      Pedro Sánchez’s Socialists hold key to power in Spain

      It is almost two weeks since Spain held its general election, but for Pedro Sánchez the battle for political survival...

    12. December 29, 2015

      Spain’s business leaders warn on political deadlock

      Spanish business leaders are voicing growing alarm about the threat of prolonged political deadlock in the country,...

    13. December 23, 2015

      Socialists reject deal with Spanish PM

      The arduous task of assembling a new government for Spain got off to a bad start on Wednesday after the leader of the...

    14. December 22, 2015

      A golden opportunity for reform in Spain

      You would be forgiven for finding the outcome of Spain’s general election puzzling. All parties lost but all claimed...

    15. December 22, 2015

      Spain faces new political era stuck with old parties

      Spanish voters did a strange thing on Sunday: they gave birth to the new, but refused to kill off the old. They...

    16. December 21, 2015

      A historic blow to Spain’s two-party establishment

      Spain’s general election has produced the most confused and fragmented result since the country’s return to democracy...

    17. December 21, 2015

      Spanish banks: Rajoy there!

      Nobody expects the Spanish coalition. Hence the 3.6 per cent slide in Spain’s Ibex-35 share index on Monday after its...

    18. December 21, 2015

      Spain tries to form administration in fractured political system

      The stage from which Mariano Rajoy greeted his flag-waving loyalists on Sunday night was covered with a vast canvas...

    19. December 21, 2015

      Financial stocks fall and bond yields rise after Spanish poll

      The prospect of a period of lengthy coalition building and sustained political uncertainty in Spain after the weekend’s...

    20. December 21, 2015

      Spain’s markets rattled by inconclusive election

      Spanish bonds and stocks fell on Monday after a general election that delivered a deeply fragmented parliament and...

    21. Fast FT

      December 21, 2015

      Olé? Oh no. Spanish bonds thumped after vote

      With grim predictability, Spanish bonds do not like the look of the election results. The election over the weekend...

    22. December 21, 2015

      Spain’s general election weakens decades of bipartisan hegemony

      Spain’s general election has produced a perfectly hung parliament, something unprecedented in the country’s political...

    23. December 21, 2015

      Confusion reigns as Podemos profits from Spain’s fissures

      And now everything will be different. Sunday’s election produced the most confused outcome of any ballot since Spain...

    24. December 21, 2015

      Spain heads for turmoil after poll yields fragmented parliament

      Spain was heading for political uncertainty on Sunday night, after a general election that produced a deeply fragmented...

    25. December 20, 2015

      Spain votes in close election

      Spain is voting in an election that is expected to usher in a new political era in which four parties — including two...

    26. December 18, 2015

      Spain’s elections: how the political landscape will shift

      Spanish voters go to the polls on Sunday, after four tumultuous years that have seen the country suffer the worst...

    27. December 16, 2015

      Frayed loyalties cast Spain’s parties into the great unknown

      All his life, Juan Martínez Alonso has voted for Spain’s centre-right Popular party. This time, however, could be...

    28. The World

      December 15, 2015

      Spanish election debate: an ill-tempered, anachronistic duel

      Monday night’s pre-election television debate between Mariano Rajoy and Pedro Sánchez was laden with anachronisms –...

    29. December 14, 2015

      Spain: Rajoy plays patient election game

      The first official portrait of Mariano Rajoy hangs in a gloomy room of the provincial government building in...

    30. December 14, 2015

      Rajoy enjoys late boost ahead of Spain’s general election

      Mariano Rajoy and his centre-right Popular party are enjoying a last-minute lift in the opinion polls, raising the...

    31. December 3, 2015

      Rajoy ahead in polls but short of outright majority

      Spain’s ruling Popular party is on course to win the December 20 general election but will need the support of at least...

    32. December 2, 2015

      Spanish court strikes down Catalan independence move

      Spain’s constitutional court has struck down the pro-independence resolution that was adopted by the regional...

    33. December 2, 2015

      Rajoy kicks off Spanish election campaign by shunning rivals

      Spain’s election campaign officially kicks off on Thursday night, but the defining political image of the week appeared...

    34. The World

      December 1, 2015

      Spain needs a generational shift in politics

      How is Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s centre-right prime minister, planning to win re-election when voters elect a new...

    35. November 24, 2015

      Catalan leaders angry at Madrid’s tightened financial control

      The Catalan government accused Spain on Tuesday of committing an act of “institutional aggression” by moving to tighten...

    36. November 12, 2015

      Mariano Rajoy gains convenient helping hand from Catalans

      Mariano Rajoy wore a sober suit and a solemn face when he appeared before the media on Wednesday. He had come to...

    37. November 11, 2015

      The folly of Catalonia’s rush to independence

      Just as it faces a watershed general election next month, Spain is being convulsed by a vote in Catalonia’s parliament...

    38. November 11, 2015

      Spanish PM accuses Catalan leaders of breaking national unity

      Spain’s government has struck back at the latest Catalan bid to form a breakaway state, issuing both a legal challenge...

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