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Jan 24, 2013

Spanish newspaper withdraws “false photo” of Venezuela’s Chavez

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s influential El Pais newspaper withdrew what it said was “false photo of Hugo Chavez” that it had published in its on-line and print editions on Thursday.

Venezuelan President Chavez has cancer and has been under medical treatment in Cuba where he underwent surgery in December. He has not been seen publicly for six weeks.

Jan 15, 2013

Strong T-bill showing puts Spain on debt auction roll

MADRID, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Spain saw its short-term
borrowing costs sink on Tuesday in an auction that drew strong
demand, tapping an upturn in investor sentiment to make early
inroads into its debt issuance programme for the second year

The Treasury sold 3.2 billion euros ($4.28 billion) of a
12-month bill and 2.5 billion euros of an 18-month bill. Yields
on both fell sharply, with the shorter paper dipping under 1.5

Dec 20, 2012

Rajoy counts benefits of stick-in-mud tactics

MADRID (Reuters) – Brussels may never build a monument to notoriously stubborn Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy but he has won grudging respect at home and in some quarters abroad for dragging out a request for an EU bailout.

Rajoy has resisted immense pressure from the European Commission, the European Central Bank (ECB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Spanish business leaders and even his own cabinet as he seeks the perfect political timing to ask for aid.

Dec 11, 2012

Spain beats target selling 3.9 billion euros in bills

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain sold 3.9 billion euros ($5.04 billion) of short-term debt on Tuesday, beating the target amount for the auction and shrugging off political risk contagion from Italy by securing lower borrowing costs.

The treasury sold 2.4 billion euros of a 12-month bill and 1.5 billion euros of an 18-month bill. Together they surpassed the government’s target to issue 2.5 billion to 3.5 billion euros.

Nov 26, 2012

Separatist parties win Catalonia election

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov 26 (Reuters) – Separatists in
Catalonia won a large majority in regional elections but a poor
result for the biggest local nationalist party complicates a
push for a referendum on independence from Spain.

A deep recession and high unemployment have fuelled
separatism in Catalonia, which represents a fifth of Spain’s
economy, piling political uncertainty on top of Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy’s economic problems.

Nov 26, 2012

Catalan election weakens bid for independence from Spain

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Separatists in Spain’s Catalonia won regional elections on Sunday but failed to get the resounding mandate they need to push convincingly for a referendum on independence.

Catalan President Artur Mas, who has implemented unpopular spending cuts in an economic crisis, had called an early election to test support for his new drive for independence for Catalonia, a relatively wealthy region in northeastern Spain.

Nov 25, 2012

Separatists winning in Catalonia, Spain – early results

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Four separatist parties
in Spain’s Catalonia looked set to win a majority in regional
elections on Sunday, partial results showed, but the main one
was on course to lose some seats, possibly undermining its bid
to call an independence referendum.

With half of votes counted, the ruling Convergence and Union
alliance, or CiU, was winning 48 seats in the 135-seat local
parliament, well down from its current 62 seats.

Nov 25, 2012

Catalonia to test Spanish unity with separatist vote

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Spain’s Catalonia region, fed up with the tax demands of cash-strapped Madrid, was expected to elect on Sunday a separatist government that will try to hold a referendum on independence.

Pro-independence flags, a star against red and yellow stripes, hung on balconies in Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, as people cast ballots in a vote that could plunge Spain into a constitutional crisis even as it struggles to avoid an international bailout.

Nov 25, 2012

Spain’s Catalonia set to vote in separatists

BARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Spain’s Catalans, angry over rising unemployment and persistent recession, were expected to deliver their separatist leader a mandate in Sunday’s regional vote to press for secession.

Opinion polls show two-thirds of voters will vote for parties that want Catalan independence, and the election may therefore provoke a constitutional crisis over the legality of a referendum on independence.

Nov 24, 2012

Catalonia election tests Spanish unity

BARCELONA, Spain, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Voters in Spain’s
Catalonia region go to the polls on Sunday and are likely to
elect a pro-independence leader who will test Spanish unity at a
time of deep economic crisis.

Opinion polls show two-thirds of voters in this region on
the French border will cast ballots for parties, both rightist
and leftist, that want Catalan independence from Spain.

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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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