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Aug 26, 2015

Barcelona mayor’s tourism crackdown puts Airbnb in firing line

BARCELONA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s new mayor is
picking a fight with home rental websites as she tries to crack
down on uncontrolled tourism that she fears could drive out poor
residents and spoil the Catalan capital’s charm.

Ada Colau is threatening to fine firms like Airbnb and
Booking.com if they market apartments from tourists without a
number showing that they are on the Catalan tourism register.

Aug 19, 2015

Spanish reggae festival changes tack, reinvites Jewish musician

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish reggae festival, bowing to an international outcry, on Wednesday reversed its decision to cancel an invitation to an American Jewish musician because he had failed to spell out his views on Palestinian statehood.

The organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash festival were forced into a U-turn after the Spanish government and Jewish organizations condemned their decision last weekend to bar Matisyahu from playing.

Aug 14, 2015

Former IMF chief Rato fears for his safety: Spanish minister

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s interior minister on Friday denied interfering in a legal case against former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato, saying Rato had sought a controversial meeting with him because he feared for his safety.

Jorge Fernandez Diaz has faced a political storm since it emerged he held private talks with Rato, a former deputy prime minister and economy minister, at his ministry on July 29 to discuss what he said were personal matters.

Aug 11, 2015

Spanish minister under fire over talks with ex-IMF chief Rato

MADRID, Aug 11 (Reuters) – Spain’s interior minister said on
Tuesday he would give an explanation to parliament over a
private meeting he held with Rodrigo Rato, a former IMF chief
who is the focus of a tax and money laundering investigation.

Opposition politicians say it was improper for the minister,
Jorge Fernandez Diaz, to meet someone who is under investigation
and suggested Rato, a former leading light in Spain’s
conservative ruling People’s Party (PP), might be receiving
preferential treatment.

Aug 4, 2015

Spanish prime minister lambasts Catalan independence drive

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday lambasted Catalan plans to test support for independence by holding a regional election, saying he would not allow anyone to break up Spain or to derail an economic recovery.

Rajoy’s broadside against Catalan President Artur Mas’s scheduling of regional elections for Sept. 27 came as his government presented a 2016 budget intended to show the ruling People’s Party as the best qualified to maintain economic stability after national elections due by the end of the year.

Jul 6, 2015

Insight – Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe’s security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow.

Some NATO allies, anxious to avoid a new Cold War or being dragged into an expensive arms race, had hoped the crisis in relations caused by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region last year would blow over quickly, just as a chill over Russia’s 2008 war with Georgia did.

Jul 6, 2015

Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

BRUSSELS, July 6 (Reuters) – NATO is preparing for a long
standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine
conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe’s security
landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive
relationship with Moscow.

Some NATO allies, anxious to avoid a new Cold War or being
dragged into an expensive arms race, had hoped the crisis in
relations caused by President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of
Ukraine’s Crimea region last year would blow over quickly, just
as a chill over Russia’s 2008 war with Georgia did.

Jun 26, 2015

EU urges more defense spending in dangerous times

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk urged European leaders to spend more on defense on Friday as deadly attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait drove home his point about dramatic changes to the security situation in Europe and its neighborhood.

Although their talks were overshadowed by the Greek debt crisis, Britain’s attempt to renegotiate its membership and a row over migration, European Union leaders also discussed at a Brussels summit how to strengthen Europe’s defense industry and how to make Europe a stronger player in the security arena.

Jun 25, 2015

NATO to assess Afghan fighting season before deciding on mission’s future

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – NATO will decide how quickly to scale back its mission to train Afghan security forces after judging how well they perform in this summer’s “fighting season”, the alliance’s chief said on Thursday.

Afghan government forces, now with little foreign military support, have suffered heavy casualties this year battling the Taliban, who have increased their attacks in the north as well as their traditional southern and eastern strongholds.

Jun 25, 2015

Putin not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO’s top general says

BRUSSELS, June 25 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir
Putin is not done in eastern Ukraine, NATO’s top commander said
on Thursday, cautioning that Russia has been building up
supplies on its border with Ukraine and keeping its military
options open.

U.S. General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied
commander, said the border between Ukraine and Russia was “wide
open,” allowing free movement of equipment and supplies.

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