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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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,...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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....

  35. 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...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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,...

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