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Sep 18, 2013

Santander hiring of ex-Bankia boss Rato dismays hard-pressed Spaniards

MADRID, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Santander’s hiring of
Rodrigo Rato, former chairman of rescued lender Bankia
, was met with dismay on Wednesday by those Spaniards
doubtful that any top financier will be held to account for the
country’s banking crisis.

Rato, appointed by Santander to its international advisory
board on Tuesday, is under investigation over allegations of
fraud at Bankia in a court case that could drag on for years.

Aug 18, 2013

Booming Gibraltar fears new era of sour relations with Spain

GIBRALTAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) – The people of tiny Gibraltar -
a wealthy British enclave perched on a rocky outcrop near
Spain’s southern tip – have a tradition of griping about their
big neighbour, which claims the territory as its own.

But the tetchy relationship has taken a sharp nosedive as an
escalating spat over fishing has interrupted a decade of
relative calm, igniting concerns that Gibraltar’s tourism and
port industries could be hurt.

Aug 15, 2013

See you in court, Gibraltar chief tells Spain over fishing spat

GIBRALTAR, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Gibraltar is confident it will
win any legal case brought by Spain in a dispute over fishing
waters and border controls, the head of the British territory
told Reuters, challenging the Madrid government to meet him in

A defiant Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar’s chief minister, said
he welcomed Spain’s new willingness to take issues with
Gibraltar to international courts, although it has not specified
what issues and what tribunal.

Aug 9, 2013

Spain threatens unilateral steps in dispute over Gibraltar

MADRID, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano
Rajoy on Friday threatened unilateral measures in a spat with
Gibraltar over fisheries although he also said he hoped for
talks soon with Britain about the disputed territory.

Tensions over Gibraltar – a British overseas territory to
which Spain lays claim – flared up this month after Spain
complained that an artificial reef being built by Gibraltar
would block its fishing vessels.

Jul 18, 2013

Analysis: Rajoy sits out corruption storm within Spanish ruling party

MADRID (Reuters) – Dissent is growing within the usually disciplined ranks of Spain’s ruling center-right People’s Party over a corruption scandal, but there are few signs yet of any rebellion strong enough to topple Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Rajoy has denied any wrongdoing in the affair which involves Swiss bank accounts and allegations of a party slush fund, but it has eroded his credibility as he tries to plug a huge budget deficit and prove Spain is not the weak link of the euro zone.

Jul 16, 2013

Spain’s socialists threaten Rajoy with no-confidence vote

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s opposition Socialists said on Tuesday they would call a symbolic vote of no-confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy if he refused to appear before Parliament to answer questions about a deepening scandal over party financing.

Rajoy’s ruling centre-right People’s Party has an absolute majority in Parliament and unless there were significant defections from members of his party, he would survive the vote.

Jun 24, 2013

Spain’s crusading ex-judge Garzon mulls helping Snowden

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish jurist Baltasar Garzon, who made an international reputation in pursuing Chilean ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1990s, said on Monday he was considering a request from former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden for legal help.

Snowden, who exposed secret U.S. government surveillance programs in a series of leaks, left Hong Kong on Sunday to escape U.S. prosecution and the South American country of Ecuador has offered him asylum.

Jun 18, 2013

Spanish royal tax fraud case founders on mistaken identity

MADRID (Reuters) – A fraud investigation of Spain’s Princess Cristina was thrown into disarray on Tuesday when the Tax Agency said it had been mistaken in reporting she had been the seller of 1.4 million euros ($1.87 million) worth of properties.

Cristina, daughter of King Juan Carlos, is under investigation for alleged tax fraud as part of a wider corruption probe against her husband, Inaki Urdangarin, who is charged with embezzling 6 million euros of public funds.

Jun 4, 2013

Spain’s parliament calls time on subsidised cocktails

MADRID (Reuters) – A refreshing gin and tonic may have been just what Spanish members of parliament needed after sessions grappling with unemployment, street protests, a sinking economy and other problems.

But the subsidised cocktails at the parliament’s cafeterias stirred up outrage amongst the suffering Spanish public,

May 27, 2013

Insight: The maverick challenging Spanish politics

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s rising political star is a 61-year-old former Socialist whose message of changing the system from within is drawing voters in despair at economic ruin and official corruption in the euro zone’s fourth biggest economy.

Lacking the raucous anti-establishment appeal of Italy’s Beppe Grillo and Greek leftist hero Alexis Tsipras, Rosa Diez relies on sharp debate to deliver her reform message to a country pushed to the brink by the euro zone debt crisis.

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      "Fiona Ortiz is a general news correspondent for Reuters Americas based in Chicago and covering the Midwest. Previously, she was Reuters' chief correspondent in Madrid, where she covered political and economic news and ran a bureau of some 25 correspondents who wrote about everything from the debt crisis to sports. Fiona has been with Reuters since 1996 and has had assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Argentina."
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