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Apr 13, 2011

China studies $13 bln investment in Spain banks -source

MADRID, April 13 (Reuters) – Chinese investors including the
country’s sovereign wealth fund may inject $13 billion into
Spanish banks, a government source said on Wednesday after
Spain’s premier met financial authorities in Beijing.

Concerns about delays in recapitalising Spain’s ailing
savings banks — heavily exposed to bad loans from a burst
property bubble — have overshadowed the euro zone state’s
efforts to convince markets it is in no danger of needing a
bailout.

Apr 12, 2011

Spain gets Chinese investment pledges – source

MADRID, April 12 (Reuters) – China will carry on buying
Spanish debt and will help fund a restructuring of the euro zone
state’s savings banks, a Spanish government source said after
the countries’ leaders met in Beijing.;

“China has shown itself to be a very good friend to Spain as
we’ve confronted the difficulties of the financial crisis, which
fortunately are being solved,” Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis
Rodriguez Zapatero told Spanish radio stations from Bejing.

Mar 18, 2011

Aid groups say most of Japan displaced have basics

MADRID (Reuters) – International humanitarian groups are finding pockets of suffering in northern Japan, but say most victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and snow blizzards are keeping warm and getting food, water and medical attention.

A week after the devastating quake and massive ocean wave wiped out towns on the northeast coast, international search and rescue teams are abandoning the search for survivors in below-freezing temperatures.

Feb 22, 2011

Scenarios – Spain’s Zapatero unlikely to run again

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is seen as unlikely to seek a third term as his popularity sinks due to high unemployment, tax increases and wage cuts.

Polls show the opposition Popular Party has a wide lead before a March 2012 general election and officials in the centre-right party have promised to deepen public spending cuts and fiscal austerity measures if they win.

Feb 22, 2011

Corrected: Spain’s Zapatero seen unlikely to run again

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is seen as unlikely to seek a third term as his popularity sinks due to high unemployment, tax increases and wage cuts.

Polls show the opposition Popular Party has a wide lead before a March 2012 general election and officials in the center-right party have promised to deepen public spending cuts and fiscal austerity measures if they win.

Feb 22, 2011

Spain hopeful for stronger EFSF fund, Weber has doubts

MADRID/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Spain is confident euro zone leaders will agree to strengthen their multi-billion euro rescue fund at a summit next month, but European Central Bank member Axel Weber cast doubt on whether that should happen.

In an interview with Reuters, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said he was making headway in convincing financial markets Spain was getting its economy in order, and said he was confident Germany would support a stronger euro zone fund despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic problems.

Feb 22, 2011

Zapatero says winning financial Battle of Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain is winning the struggle to restore financial market confidence and is convinced Germany will back a stronger euro zone rescue fund despite Chancellor Angela Merkel’s domestic troubles, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said.

“We are winning the battle, but I still have my guard up because we have to implement all the reforms that have generated more confidence,” Zapatero told Reuters Insider in an interview.

Feb 22, 2011

Scenarios: Spain’s Zapatero seen unlikely to run again

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is seen as unlikely to seek a third term as his popularity sinks due to high unemployment, tax increases and wage cuts.

Polls show the opposition Popular Party has a wide lead before a March 2012 general election and officials in the center-right party have promised to deepen public spending cuts and fiscal austerity measures if they win.

Feb 22, 2011

Spain urges Europe to embrace Middle East democracy

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero applauded the birth of new democracies in the Middle East and North Africa on Monday, and urged Europe to give them economic and political support.

He also condemned violence after dozens died in escalating conflict in Libya.

In an interview with Reuters, Zapatero said the European Union should consider creating a bank to help emerging new democracies in the region rebuild, as it had for eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Feb 3, 2011

France, Germany inching forward on euro zone deal

MADRID/PARIS (Reuters) – France and Germany will present joint proposals to improve economic competitiveness in the euro zone at an EU summit on Friday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday.

But decisions will only be taken in March along with a strengthening of the currency bloc’s rescue fund, on which much work remains to be done, EU officials said.

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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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