MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s centre-right opposition leader Mariano Rajoy will implement an economic “shock plan” if he wins a general election that could come within months, senior advisers and members of his Popular Party have told Reuters.
Rajoy, who polls show will be Spain’s next prime minister, anticipates strikes and protests in his first year in office, but not enough to derail an intensive reform agenda.
MADRID, July 19 (Reuters) – Spain’s centre-right opposition
leader Mariano Rajoy will implement an economic “shock plan” if
he wins a general election that could come within months, senior
advisers and members of his Popular Party have told Reuters.
Rajoy, who polls show will be Spain’s next prime minister,
anticipates strikes and protests in his first year in office,
but not enough to derail an intensive reform agenda.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba courted disillusioned leftist voters on Saturday after the ruling Socialists anointed him candidate for prime minister in an uphill battle to retain power.
In a televised speech, Rubalcaba said bank profits should finance job creation and proposed reviving a tax on the wealthy, although he stressed he would maintain austerity measures to cut Spain’s deficit.
MADRID, July 6 (Reuters) – Spain’s economy is on track for
growth this year, and the government does not plan any new taxes
as it works to cut the deficit, Economy Minister Elena Salgado
said on Wednesday.
Salgado also defended three government initiatives seen as
playing to leftist voters, who punished the ruling Socialist
party in regional elections in May over pro-market austerity
measures and the European Union’s highest jobless rate.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ability to meet deficit reduction targets was thrown into doubt on Monday after voters angry over austerity and the EU’S highest jobless rate gave the ruling Socialists a fierce drubbing in local elections.
A week of protests by youth fed up with the stagnant economy and a 21.3 percent jobless rate preceded Sunday elections that left the Socialists without a single important mayor’s office and only a handful of Spain’s 17 regional legislatures.
MADRID, May 23 (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling Socialists reeled
on Monday from stinging losses in local elections, and now face
a balancing act between voter anger over sky-high unemployment
and investor demands for strict austerity measures.
A week of protests by Spaniards fed up with the stagnant
economy and the EU’s highest jobless rate preceded Sunday’s
elections, which left the Socialists out of power in most of the
country’s cities and almost all the 17 autonomous regions.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spaniards began voting on Sunday in local and regional polls expected to deal heavy losses to the ruling Socialists, who are blamed for widespread unemployment that has off a wave of pre-election protests.
Tens of thousands of Spaniards demonstrated in the past week in city squares around the country against austerity measures that have kept a fiscal crisis at bay but aggravated the highest jobless rate in the European Union.
MADRID (Reuters) – Hundreds of young Spaniards camped out in Madrid and other cities on Saturday to protest against high unemployment and austerity, defying a ban on demonstrations in the run up to local elections.
The number of protesters, dubbed “los indignados” (the indignant), was expected to swell by the evening, after 25,000 people crammed into Madrid’s main plaza on Friday night.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain is reviewing a ban on protests on the eve of Sunday’s local elections to avoid a standoff with the anti-austerity demonstrators who have filled Spain’s squares this week, the prime minister said on Friday.
The electoral board said late on Thursday that electoral rules prohibit any campaigning on the “day of reflection” on the eve of voting, as well as on polling day.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s electoral oversight body ruled that jobs protests which young people are staging across the country would be illegal over the coming election weekend, but some demonstrators said they would defy the ban.
Dubbed “the indignant,” youth protestors angry about unemployment and austerity measures have demonstrated for five days in the central squares of cities all over Spain, marking a shift after years of patience with an economic downturn.