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      Detention marks new low for ex-IMF chief

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    2. April 16, 2015

      Rodrigo Rato released from police detention

      Rodrigo Rato, the former head of the International Monetary Fund, was released from police detention in the early hours of...

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    1. April 7, 2015

      Mariano Rajoy seeks to quell unrest in Spain’s Popular party

      Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday sought to end simmering unrest inside Spain’s ruling Popular party, telling party leaders that the...

    2. Brussels Blog

      April 2, 2015

      New eurogroup president: Dijsselbloem vs de Guindos

      The second quarter of 2015 will not only bring a crescendo in the ongoing Greek crisis for the 19 eurozone finance ministers...

    3. FT Photo Diary

      March 25, 2015

      Nations in mourning

      French President Francois Hollande bows his head as he stands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime...

    4. March 24, 2015

      Spain’s recovery brings few political dividends for Rajoy

      Andalucia has always been a cursed land for Spain’s ruling Popular party. In more than three decades, it has never managed...

    5. March 22, 2015

      Socialists on course to win Andalucia poll despite Podemos challenge

      Spain’s Socialist party managed to defend its Andalucían stronghold in a closely watched regional election on Sunday, with...

    6. The World

      March 19, 2015

      Popular parties blight Rajoy's electoral fortunes

      It seems as if good news is gushing out of Spain these days like water from a Seville fountain. The economy is expanding at...

    7. March 9, 2015

      Spanish housing prices rise at fastest rate in 6 years

      Spanish house prices have risen at the fastest rate since the start of the country’s financial crisis, fuelled by a broader...

    8. February 24, 2015

      Rajoy promises jobs and growth as fringe parties gain ground

      Mariano Rajoy has promised financial relief for Spain’s middle classes, more social spending and 500,000 new jobs before the...

    9. February 4, 2015

      Greece owes a debt to Spain

      What are Spaniards to make of the news from Greece? A radical leftwing party that barely existed as a political force before...

    10. February 3, 2015

      Spain keeps hawkish eye on Greece as southern solidarity crumbles

      The travel schedule of Greece’s new finance minister says a lot about the state of the eurozone — and the political shifts...

    11. January 23, 2015

      Spanish slush fund scandal re-erupts

      The slush fund scandal that has tormented Spain’s ruling Popular party over the past two years re-erupted on Friday when the...

    12. January 22, 2015

      Spanish job growth confirms recovery and boosts Rajoy

      Spain created more than 430,000 jobs over the course of 2014, confirming that the country is now well on the road of...

    13. January 14, 2015

      Spain’s politicians keep a nervous watch on the rise of Syriza

      As Greece heads towards a crucial general election later this month, few are watching the campaign more closely — and...

    14. December 15, 2014

      Spain to pay out benefits to long-term unemployed

      Spain has unveiled a series of measures to combat long-term unemployment, including a new monthly payment for about 450,000...

    15. The World

      December 7, 2014

      A new slant on the meaning of global lobbying

      After a frenetic period of travel involving 10 separate trips overseas in the past three months, I am trying to catch my...

    16. November 27, 2014

      ‘Spain is not corrupted,’ says Rajoy, after minister quits

      Mariano Rajoy insisted that Spain was not institutionally corrupt on Thursday, amid rising popular anger at scandals that...

    17. November 26, 2014

      Spain’s health minister quits after judge’s comments

      Spain’s health minister resigned on Wednesday, making her the first senior politician from the government of Mariano Rajoy...

    18. November 12, 2014

      Mariano Rajoy greets Catalan independence poll with a shrug

      Three days after more than 2.3m Catalans took part in an informal poll to test the Spanish region’s appetite for...

    19. November 12, 2014

      Britain and the cuts: Spain’s rising spend

      At the height of Spain’s economic crisis, no anti-government rally was complete without scissors. Some protesters held aloft...

    20. November 10, 2014

      Unity of Catalan independence campaign faces political test

      The voting in Catalonia is over. Now watch the political scheming begin. Almost one in three Catalans – 2.3m according to...

    21. November 5, 2014

      Rajoy must go if Spain is to confront the threats it faces

      A stable two-party political system has been among Spain’s greatest strengths in the post-Franco era. But since 2008 the...

    22. November 2, 2014

      Sorry does not expunge Spain’s political scandals

      Case by case, Spanish prosecutors are painting a disturbing picture of national and regional political structures riddled...

    23. October 29, 2014

      Spain’s voters are furious but refuse to punish corrupt leaders

      Spain’s political class can find no respite from the attention of prosecutors, and no shelter from the storm of popular...

    24. October 21, 2014

      Franco-Spanish energy spat tests EU

      When it comes to Europe’s energy networks, Spain is an island – and it blames France for its isolation. After decades of...

    25. October 17, 2014

      Catalan leader demonstrates talent for survival

      In recent weeks, Artur Mas has been mocked for committing career suicide and dismissed as a political zombie. Critics...

    26. The World

      October 16, 2014

      Spain gets some breathing space over Catalonia

      It was an interesting week to visit Spain. On Tuesday, I interviewed Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, on stage at...

    27. October 14, 2014

      Catalan leader calls off independence referendum

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, has called off his government´s controversial plan to hold an independence referendum on...

    28. October 13, 2014

      Doubts emerge over Catalan independence vote

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, seemed on the verge of calling off a controversial independence referendum planned for...

    29. October 13, 2014

      Spain’s Rajoy follows the fish through shark-infested waters

      There is a simple little chart that is doing the rounds in Moncloa, the government compound outside Madrid. Officials call...

    30. October 10, 2014

      Spain’s Ebola victim becomes subject of political fight

      Teresa Romero has spent the past four days in the silent world of an isolation ward at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital,...

    31. October 5, 2014

      Spain must steer away from a collision course

      The tug of war between Barcelona and Madrid about how or whether Catalonia fits into the Spanish state has reached a climax...

    32. September 29, 2014

      Madrid calls on court to block Catalan referendum

      Madrid has called on Spain’s constitutional court to strike down a planned independence referendum in the region of...

    33. September 27, 2014

      Catalan leader calls independence referendum

      BARCELONA, Spain — The president of Spain’s powerful northeastern region of Catalonia on Saturday formally called an...

    34. September 23, 2014

      Mariano Rajoy scraps plan to tighten Spain’s abortion laws

      Mariano Rajoy has dropped a plan to tighten Spain’s abortion regime, in a bid to prevent a backlash from centrist voters and...

    35. September 17, 2014

      Spain calls Scottish independence a ‘torpedo’ against Europe

      The Spanish government on Wednesday launched its most outspoken attack yet on Scotland’s bid for independence, describing...

    36. September 10, 2014

      Catalonia: Another country

      Lluís Ballús knows perfectly well that Berga, a small town in the foothills of the Catalan Pyrenees, is still part of Spain....

    37. The A-List

      August 26, 2014

      The French crisis reflects the eurozone's woes

      As soon as the latest gross domestic product figures emerged, showing that the French economy was becalmed in the second...

    38. August 25, 2014

      Angela Merkel backs Luis de Guindos to chair eurozone finance ministers’ group

      Angela Merkel has thrown her crucial support behind Spain’s bid to win one of the top jobs in the EU, declaring on Monday...

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