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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    1. 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,...

    2. 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...

    3. October 2, 2014

      Banks and investors awaken to Catalan independence debate

      The surge in political tensions between Spain and its Catalonia region has fuelled furious debate among the country’s...

    4. 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...

    5. September 26, 2014

      Spain raises forecast for economic growth

      The Spanish economy will grow faster than expected, and create as many as 350,000 jobs next year, according to a government...

    6. September 25, 2014

      Catalan leader to sign decree calling independence referendum

      Artur Mas, the Catalan president, will on Saturday sign a decree calling an independence referendum in the Spanish region,...

    7. 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...

    8. September 19, 2014

      Catalans remain defiant after Scottish vote

      The Catalan independence movement sought to shrug off the result of the Scottish referendum, and vowed to press ahead with...

    9. 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...

    10. September 17, 2014

      Madrid is determined to prevent ‘secession contagion’

      They are too polite to say so directly, even in private. But Spanish officials find it hard to disguise their baffled...

    11. September 17, 2014

      Fact and friction in Catalonia’s quest for independence

      I’m in a Scottish-themed bar in Barcelona, staring at the tartan-patterned chairs, listening to an old Phil Collins tune and...

    12. September 14, 2014

      Catalan activists look to Scottish campaign as an object lesson

      It hangs from thousands of balconies overlooking the great avenues of Barcelona. It flutters outside millionaires’ beach...

    13. September 11, 2014

      Catalans stage mass protest in Barcelona to back referendum

      The Catalan independence movement held a mass rally in Barcelona on Thursday as part of an intensifying campaign in support...

    14. 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....

    15. August 27, 2014

      European Council presidency race is wide open with six contenders

      The mounting consensus that Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini will be chosen as the EU’s next foreign policy chief...

    16. 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...

    17. July 16, 2014

      Spain ‘can cut taxes and tame deficit’

      Spain’s budget minister has dismissed criticism of the government’s controversial tax reform, insisting that Madrid can pull...

    18. July 15, 2014

      Madrid to approve Canaries drilling as oil trumps renewables

      Madrid is poised to grant final approval to a controversial €7.5bn oil exploration project off the Canary Islands, ending a...

    19. July 10, 2014

      Spain’s Socialists prepare to pick new leader

      Spain’s opposition Socialists will elect a new leader on Sunday, in a bid to reverse the party’s dramatic electoral decline...

    20. June 18, 2014

      Spain’s new king Felipe VI sworn in

      Spain prepares for day of ceremony Spain’s new monarch Felipe VI has been sworn in as head of state in parliament having...

    21. June 17, 2014

      Spain gets a king for austere times

      Spain will have a new king this week but anyone wandering the streets of Madrid would find it hard to tell. The image of...

    22. June 3, 2014

      Juan Carlos abdication gives Spain’s Republicans a brief chance

      For Spanish Republicans, the abdication of King Juan Carlos is more than just a moment to savour and celebrate. It is a rare...

    23. June 2, 2014

      Juan Carlos makes ultimate sacrifice to save Spain’s monarchy

      It is unlikely that Juan Carlos wanted it to end this way. Like most monarchs, the king of Spain had always made clear that...

    24. 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...

    25. May 26, 2014

      Spain’s opposition Socialist leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba quits

      The leader of Spain’s opposition Socialists announced his resignation on Monday, the first prominent victim of the broader...

    26. 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,...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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