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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. March 18, 2014

    Catalan business takes a nervous look at independence

    So much noise on the streets, so much silence in the boardrooms. For the past few years, Catalan politics has been shaken by...

  2. March 14, 2014

    Government panel urges Spain to cut taxes

    Spain should slash its income and corporate tax rates in an attempt to boost growth and employment, a panel of tax experts...

  3. March 4, 2014

    Eta needs Spain’s help to put its arms beyond use

    We in the UK know how hard the issue of decommissioning terrorist weapons can be. It bedevilled the Northern Ireland peace...

  4. 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...

  5. February 8, 2014

    Spain: Princess Cristina de Borbón y Grecia testifies in corruption case

    The royal family in Spain suffered a day of anguish and humiliation on Saturday, as the king’s younger daughter appeared in...

  6. 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...

  7. January 16, 2014

    Catalonia heads for clash with Spain on independence

    Catalonia is set for a clash with Madrid after its regional parliament voted to seek permission from the Spanish government...

  8. January 10, 2014

    Juan Carlos: Spanish monarch struggling to revive a tarnished crown

    The King of Spain could not have wished for a better occasion, or more loyal company, to mark his return to public life on...

  9. 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...

  10. November 29, 2013

    Spain gives lenders green light to reclassify €30bn of DTAs

    The government of Spain has told Banco Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and other domestic lenders that they can reclassify €30bn...

  11. November 27, 2013

    Catalans look to Scots to lead the way towards independence

    Catalan nationalists looked with envy to Glasgow this week, where Scottish leaders unveiled a 667-page blueprint detailing...

  12. November 26, 2013

    Repsol likely to accept Argentina’s $5bn YPF compensation offer

    The board of Repsol is poised to accept an offer of $5bn compensation from the Argentine government for the nationalisation...

  13. 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....

  14. November 19, 2013

    Madrileños rubbish the mayor

    Madrid’s Plaza del Dos de Mayo was never the tidiest of squares. By day, the tree-lined plaza is firmly in the hands of...

  15. 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...

  16. November 6, 2013

    Spanish judge orders arrest of five senior bankers

    A Spanish judge has ordered the arrest of five senior bankers over their role in the collapse of CAM, the now-defunct...

  17. 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,...

  18. October 3, 2013

    Spain: Seeds of recovery

    Look closely at the hulking container ships that leave the port of Barcelona these days and you may catch a glimpse of a...

  19. 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...

  20. September 4, 2013

    Spain reaps benefit of austerity measures, says economy minister

    Spain’s nascent recovery shows that the eurozone’s austerity measures have worked after all, the economy minister has said,...

  21. August 29, 2013

    Spain reveals plans to radically simplify labour contracts

    The Spanish government has revealed plans for a fresh overhaul of the country’s troubled labour market, saying it wants to...

  22. August 27, 2013

    Spanish austerity comes to tomato-throwing festival

    Buñol is bracing itself for a fresh eruption of squishy anarchy on Wednesday, when thousands of revellers will cram into the...

  23. August 19, 2013

    Brussels to help broker settlement in Gibraltar dispute

    European observers will be despatched to the Gibraltar border in an attempt to defuse the increasingly fractious dispute...

  24. 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...

  25. August 5, 2013

    UK weighs legal action against Spain over Gibraltar border delays

    Britain is looking at whether it can take Spain to the European courts over its treatment of British nationals at the border...

  26. August 1, 2013

    Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy admits mistake over slush fund

    Mariano Rajoy on Thursday offered the fullest defence yet of his conduct in the slush fund affair that has rocked Spain’s...

  27. July 30, 2013

    Spain’s Bárcenas still has much to explain in slush fund scandal

    When Luis Bárcenas appeared in court this month to speak about his role in the slush fund scandal that has engulfed Spain’s...

  28. July 22, 2013

    Spain’s Rajoy agrees to parliamentary questioning over scandal

    Mariano Rajoy has bowed to mounting pressure over the slush fund scandal that has engulfed his ruling Popular party and said...

  29. July 21, 2013

    Mariano Rajoy faces renewed pressure over slush fund scandal

    More than six in 10 Spaniards believe that Mariano Rajoy accepted undeclared cash payments from a party slush fund, piling...

  30. July 19, 2013

    Spanish corruption scourge claims new scalp with Bárcenas affair

    As the crowd waiting outside Spain’s national criminal court on Monday morning grew denser, it was easy to miss the slender...

  31. July 16, 2013

    Spain’s poisonous slush fund scandal

    Mariano Rajoy, Spain’s prime minister, swept into office in November 2011 after his conservative Popular party won its...

  32. July 16, 2013

    Spain’s Socialists to force Rajoy’s hand in vote of censure

    Spain’s opposition Socialists have threatened to call a formal motion of censure against the government of Mariano Rajoy,...

  33. July 16, 2013

    Spanish disenchantment offers Mariano Rajoy cover in slush fund affair

    There are only two men in Spain who can know for sure how deep the trouble is in which the government now finds itself. One...

  34. July 15, 2013

    Rajoy dismisses calls to step down as PP loses support

    Mariano Rajoy was battling on Monday to contain the political fallout from the slush fund scandal that has rocked his party,...

  35. July 15, 2013

    Q&A: Spain’s slush fund scandal

    What are the allegations faced by Mariano Rajoy and his party? Spain’s ruling Popular party faces accusations that it funded...

  36. July 15, 2013

    Bárcenas testifies as Spain’s political crisis deepens

    Spain’s political class was holding its breath on Monday, as the former treasurer of the ruling Popular party appeared in...

  37. July 14, 2013

    Spain’s Rajoy faces calls to quit over messages to treasurer

    Mariano Rajoy on Sunday faced a fresh barrage of calls to resign over the slush fund scandal that has enveloped Spain’s...

  38. July 12, 2013

    Gibraltar’s 300th anniversary marred by rows

    Gibraltar is gearing up for a historical anniversary, but you could walk from one end of the tiny territory to the other...

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