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    August 26, 2014

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

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    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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  1. August 12, 2014

    Catalonia’s shame, a stain on Spain

    Spaniards opposed to Catalan independence, who include Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, must be rubbing their hands in...

  2. July 30, 2014

    Spain and Catalonia fail to narrow divide over breakaway quest

    The leaders of Spain and Catalonia launched a last-ditch attempt on Wednesday to halt an escalating confrontation over the...

  3. July 27, 2014

    Funds scandal hits Catalan independence campaign

    Catalonia’s independence campaign has suffered a setback after a leading figure of Catalan nationalism admitted keeping...

  4. July 24, 2014

    Spain’s labour market turns the corner

    Spain’s economic recovery has finally started to spread into the labour market, which recorded its first annual rise in jobs...

  5. June 23, 2014

    Spain’s jobs picture may prove vital to Rajoy election fortunes

    Mariano Rajoy knows that his chances of winning the next general election are likely to turn on one simple fact – whether...

  6. June 20, 2014

    Spain to cut taxes in bid to boost economic recovery

    Spain’s government will cut both corporate and income taxes early next year in an attempt to strengthen the economy and...

  7. FT Photo Diary

    June 19, 2014

    The newly crowned King Felipe VI

    Andres Kudack/AP Spain’s newly crowned King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor arrive at the Parliament in Madrid....

  8. June 6, 2014

    Spain to repay part of EU bailout early

    Madrid will repay part of its €42bn EU bailout package earlier than planned, in the latest attempt to boost confidence in...

  9. June 2, 2014

    Spain’s King Juan Carlos abdicates after nearly four decades on throne

    King Juan Carlos of Spain abdicates King Juan Carlos is to abdicate from the Spanish throne, ending a four-decade reign that...

  10. June 1, 2014

    Spain aims to boost recovery with €6.3bn stimulus package

    The Spanish government is planning to bolster the country’s nascent economic recovery through tax cuts and a €6.3bn stimulus...

  11. May 18, 2014

    Austerity-battered Spaniards look set to return old guard

    After years of punishing austerity and a banking crisis that brought it to the brink of a humiliating international bailout,...

  12. May 13, 2014

    Parties cancel TV debate after politician shot dead in Spain

    Spain’s main political parties suspended campaigning for the second day on Tuesday, in response to the fatal shooting of a...

  13. May 5, 2014

    Time to tackle the Catalonia crisis

    Spain is starting to emerge from the crisis that has blighted the country, with recent data showing the economy growing at...

  14. April 23, 2014

    Catalonia to forge ahead with referendum on independence

    Catalonia’s president has vowed to press ahead with a fiercely contentious referendum on independence from Spain, warning...

  15. April 21, 2014

    Foreign investors snap up Spanish debt

    Strong demand from global investors for the bonds of former crisis-hit eurozone economies has pushed foreign ownership of...

  16. April 9, 2014

    Italy’s PM wades into CVC’s victory for Spain’s Deoleo

    A bidding war for Deoleo, owner of the Bertolli olive oil brand, took on an added piquancy on Wednesday, after London-based...

  17. April 8, 2014

    MPs to stoke tensions with refusal of Catalan referendum request

    The Spanish parliament has delivered the clearest signal yet that it will not tolerate any move by Catalonia towards...

  18. March 25, 2014

    Legal blow to Catalan vote

    Spain’s constitutional court has dealt a blow to the Catalan push for independence with a ruling that has nullified the...

  19. February 25, 2014

    Spain’s Mariano Rajoy promises tax cuts and more jobs

    Mariano Rajoy has promised to lower taxes for 12m Spaniards and stimulate job creation by cutting payroll contributions, in...

  20. February 25, 2014

    Spain’s Popular party challenged by newcomers

    Mariano Rajoy delivers his annual state-of-the-nation address to parliament later on Tuesday, but it is the state of his...

  21. February 21, 2014

    Basque militants agree to decommission weapons but not to disband

    Eta, the militant Basque separatist organisation, revealed on Friday that it had agreed to decommission some of its cache of...

  22. February 9, 2014

    Spain plans overhaul of tax system as Rajoy eyes election

    Spain is planning a sweeping reform of its inefficient tax system, in a move that Madrid hopes will shore up the country’s...

  23. January 28, 2014

    Abortion furore in Spain rocks Mariano Rajoy just as he finds his feet

    As the economic clouds over Spain start to lift, a political storm over abortion is brewing. The controversy unleashed by...

  24. January 23, 2014

    Q&A: What’s wrong with Spain’s job market?

    The number of unemployed people in Spain dropped slightly in the final quarter of last year, the first such fall in a decade...

  25. January 3, 2014

    Planned tightening of abortion laws prompts backlash in Spain

    A backlash is growing in Spain against a plan to sharply tighten the country’s abortion regime, amid accusations that the...

  26. December 15, 2013

    Spain’s next crisis

    Last week, parties representing nearly two-thirds of Catalonia’s parliament called a referendum on independence, tilting...

  27. November 24, 2013

    Politics is a game of two halves for Spain’s Mariano Rajoy

    As an avid football supporter, Mariano Rajoy knows well that one should never draw conclusions about a match at half-time....

  28. November 7, 2013

    No takers for euroscepticism in Spain

    Mariano Rajoy has every reason to look ahead to next year’s European Parliament elections with trepidation. Recent polls...

  29. October 30, 2013

    France says NSA spying denial ‘implausible’

    France has refused to accept US denials of mass spying on its citizens, branding them implausible. General Keith Alexander,...

  30. October 29, 2013

    Spain picks itself up

    Only 12 months ago, Spain was engulfed in a twin economic and constitutional crisis. Madrid had to go cap in hand to its...

  31. October 28, 2013

    Spain’s economy strengthens but gloomy mood lingers

    Spain may be on the road to economic recovery, but it is recovery of a joyless as well as jobless kind. The harsh recession...

  32. October 28, 2013

    NSA monitored 60m phone calls in Spain, say media

    The US National Security Agency secretly monitored as many as 60m phone calls in Spain in just one month, Spanish media...

  33. October 18, 2013

    Spain’s ruling party hit by fresh slush fund allegations

    Spain’s ruling Popular party was confronted with a fresh batch of damaging allegations about a party slush fund on Friday,...

  34. October 17, 2013

    Crisis looms as Catalan disenchantment with Spain deepens

    Just over a month ago, hundreds of thousands of Catalans joined hands to form a human chain stretching across the region. It...

  35. September 12, 2013

    Catalan question

    Catalans on Wednesday turned out in vast numbers to lay claim to their rights as a nation. Last year, commemorating their...

  36. September 5, 2013

    Mas eyes delay to referendum on Catalan independence

    The president of the Spanish region of Catalonia has signalled his readiness to push back a controversial referendum on...

  37. August 30, 2013

    Spain targets Gibraltar with plan to introduce refuelling ban

    Spain has taken steps to outlaw the refuelling of ships at sea in the waters surrounding Gibraltar, in a move that takes...

  38. August 13, 2013

    Catalan separatists express solidarity with Gibraltar

    The largest separatist party of Catalonia has written to the chief minister of Gibraltar to express its “solidarity” against...

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