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Nov 21, 2011

Debt crisis sweeps towards heart of Europe

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Nov 22 (Reuters) – The euro zone’s
debt crisis swept closer to the heart of Europe despite a
clear-cut election victory in Spain for conservatives committed
to austerity, adding to pressure on the European Central Bank to
act more decisively.

Spain’s Socialists became the fifth government in the
17-nation currency area to be toppled by the sovereign debt
crisis this year. Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece went
before, while Slovakia’s cabinet lost a confidence vote last
month and faces a general election in March.

Nov 21, 2011

Pressure for fast action after Spain election

MADRID, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Spain’s next prime
minister, Mariano Rajoy, kept his silence on Monday on his plans
to rescue the country from economic disaster despite pressure
from anxious Spaniards and impatient investors following his
election triumph.

The landslide victory of his conservative People’s
Party’s at the polls on Sunday failed to lift markets, who fear
Spain could go the way of other euro zone members in having to
resort to an international bail-out.

Nov 21, 2011

Debt crisis strikes at heart of Europe

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The euro zone’s debt crisis struck again at the heart of Europe on Monday despite a clear-cut election victory in Spain for conservatives committed to tougher austerity.

Spain’s Socialists became the fifth government in the 17-nation single currency area to be toppled by the debt crisis this year. Portugal, Ireland, Italy and Greece went before.

Nov 21, 2011

Spain’s new leaders feel euro zone heat with Greece

MADRID/ATHENS (Reuters) – Spain’s newly-elected leadership must act fast to shore up investor confidence, analysts say, after the Socialist government became the fifth in the euro zone to be toppled by the debt crisis.

In Greece, whose financial woes touched off the market nervousness now felt around the world, more political wrangling cast a pall over the new technocrat prime minister’s bid to win the nod from European leaders on Monday for bailout funds.

Nov 21, 2011

Spain’s new leaders feel euro zone heat with Greece and Italy

MADRID/ATHENS, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Spain’s
newly-elected leadership must to act fast to shore up investor
confidence, analysts say, after the Socialist government became
the fifth in the euro zone to be toppled by the debt crisis.

In Greece, whose financial woes touched off the market
nervousness now felt around the world, more political wrangling
cast a pall over the new technocrat prime minister’s bid to win
the nod from European leaders on Monday for bailout funds.

Nov 20, 2011

Centre-right roars to victory in Spain election

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Spain’s centre-right
opposition stormed to a crushing election victory on Sunday as
voters punished the outgoing Socialist government for the worst
economic crisis in generations.

The People’s Party, led by former Interior Minister Mariano
Rajoy, won an absolute majority in parliament and is expected to
push through drastic measures to try to prevent Spain being
sucked deeper into a debt storm threatening the whole euro zone.

Nov 20, 2011

Newsmaker: Spain’s cautious Rajoy thrust into crisis role

MADRID, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Mariano Rajoy, poised to become Spain’s new prime minister after Sunday’s election, is a cautious moderate who makes an unlikely crisis manager for a country engulfed in the euro zone’s debt crisis.

The colourless 56-year-old former interior minister struggles to crack a smile and his huge, 17 percentage point lead in opinion polls is built more on mistakes by the Socialists, in power for the past seven years, than on his own vision or inspiration.

Nov 18, 2011

Spain’s likely next PM pleads with markets for time

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s likely new leader, center-rightist Mariano Rajoy, pleaded with financial markets on Friday for breathing room to start tackling the country’s economic crisis if he wins power in a parliamentary election this weekend.

Opinion polls before Sunday’s election show the People’s Party (PP), led by Rajoy, has a double digit lead over the ruling Socialists, widely seen by Spaniards as having mishandled the response to the growing euro zone debt crisis.

Nov 18, 2011

Rajoy says will boost business in bid to save Spain

MADRID, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Spain’s likely new leader,
centre-rightist Mariano Rajoy, pledged on Friday to restore
confidence to the troubled economy and boost business after a
parliamentary election in which voters are set to throw out the
Socialist government.

Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s election show the People’s
Party, led by Rajoy, has a double digit lead over the
Socialists, widely seen by Spaniards as having mishandled the
response to the mounting euro zone debt crisis.

Nov 18, 2011

Spain’s Rajoy to boost business after voters dump Socialists

MADRID, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Spain’s likely new leader,
centre-rightist Mariano Rajoy, pledged on Friday to restore
confidence to the troubled economy and boost business after a
parliamentary election in which voters are set to throw out the
Socialist government.

Opinion polls ahead of Sunday’s election show the People’s
Party, led by Rajoy, has a double digit lead over the
Socialists, widely seen by Spaniards as having mishandled the
response to the mounting euro zone debt crisis.

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      "Fiona Ortiz is Reuters' chief correspondent for Spain. She has also lived and worked as a journalist in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Portland, Oregon."
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