MADRID, March 12 (Reuters) – Spain pledged 3.5 billion euros
($4.6 billion) over four years on Tuesday to easing mass
unemployment among the country’s youth, as the government tries
to stem a relentless tide of layoffs and lengthening jobless
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy presented 100 different
measures including tax breaks for young freelance workers and
for companies that hire workers in their twenties.
MADRID, Feb 21 (Reuters) – When Luis Barcenas, a former
treasurer of Spain’s ruling People’s Party now at the heart of a
growing corruption scandal, deposited 14 million euros in a new
account at his Swiss bank in 2005 the bank asked him to explain
how he came by the money.
Barcenas told Dresdner bank, since acquired by LGT bank, the
funds came from his involvement with eight Spanish and Argentine
companies and from real estate and fine art deals, according to
documents from the examining magistrate’s evidence file in a
Spanish High Court investigation seen by Reuters.
MADRID (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Otto Perez said on Wednesday he is feeling less alone in his drive to re-think the fight against drug-trafficking than a year ago, when he shocked fellow Central American leaders with a proposal to decriminalise narcotics.
Guatemala, like its neighbour Mexico, is racked by violence from drug-trafficking cartels that ship South American cocaine to the United States. A Central American nation of 15 million people, Guatemala has one of the world’s highest murder rates.
MADRID (Reuters) – The tortuous procedures of the Spanish court system and a weak political opposition mean corruption allegations are unlikely to force Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy from office.
Uproar in the media and some street protests have helped raise doubts among investors on the government’s future, pushing its borrowing costs back up at a time when its priority has been to save money and pay off debts to stave off insolvency.
MADRID, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy on Saturday strongly denied wrongdoing in a growing
corruption scandal that threatens to erode his credibility just
as he is making headway against a deep economic crisis.
The ruling People’s Party (PP) has been buffeted all week by
media reports alleging that its former treasurers operated a
slush fund with donations from construction industry executives
that were then doled out to Rajoy and other party leaders.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling People’s Party denied on Thursday that Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other leaders received payments from a slush fund after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.
El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People’s Party treasurers. The newspaper said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros a year.
MADRID (Reuters) – Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Spain’s ruling People’s Party denied on Thursday that the party made unofficial payments from business donors to the premier and other party leaders after a newspaper published what it said were secret party accounts.
El Pais published images of excerpts of almost two decades of handwritten accounts that it said were maintained by People’s Party treasurers. El Pais said the accounts showed 11 years of payments to Rajoy of 25,200 euros ($34,200) a year.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s conservative prime minister is preparing a package of small measures – such as tax breaks for young entrepreneurs – to stimulate the economy even as he vows to stick to budget cuts.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose popularity has plummeted after a year in the job, will announce the steps on February 20 in his first State of the Union address in an effort win back public trust after severe spending cuts.
MADRID/CARACAS (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for splashing a “false photo” of Venezuela’s cancer-stricken leader Hugo Chavez on its front page, prompting a furious response from the government in Caracas, which vowed to take legal action.
Within minutes of posting the image online as a global exclusive, El Pais said it had discovered from social media that the photo was not of Chavez. It removed it from its website and withdrew its print edition.
MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper apologized on Thursday for publishing a “false photo” of elusive, cancer-stricken Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, removed the image from its website and withdrew its print edition.
Chavez is currently convalescing in Cuba after undergoing surgery for cancer for the fourth time on December 11. He has not been seen publicly for six weeks, fuelling rampant speculation over how serious his condition is.