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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.

Nov 16, 2011

Spanish centre-right riding voter anger to victory

MADRID (Reuters) – Voter anger over Spain’s economic plight is certain to sweep the center-right People’s Party to an election victory on Sunday, giving it a resounding mandate to slash public spending and try to rescue the country from the euro zone crisis.

The Socialists, in power for seven years, are set to become the latest political victims of Europe’s economic woes as voters punish them for failing to heal the sickly economy or fix the worst unemployment rate in the European Union.

Nov 16, 2011

Spain’s cautious Rajoy thrust into crisis role

MADRID, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Mariano Rajoy, poised to
become Spain’s new prime minister after Sunday’s parliamentary
election, is a cautious moderate and unlikely crisis manager for
a country engulfed by euro zone debt troubles.

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

Nov 2, 2011

Greek uncertainty galling for diligent Spain, Portugal

LISBON/MADRID, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Greece’s surprise call for
a referendum on austerity measures has been a particularly harsh
slap for Portugal and Spain, where diligent belt-tightening once
again has been undermined by factors beyond their control.

Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou blindsided his own
political party and European leaders by calling on Monday for a
plebiscite on a 130 billion euro ($177.8 billion) bailout
package that imposes painful conditions for shrinking public
spending. Papandreou faced a grilling from the leaders of
Germany and France at crisis talks later on Wednesday.

Oct 17, 2011

Southern Europe’s lost generation stuck in junk jobs

MADRID (Reuters) – Sylvia knew things would be tough, but never like this.

With a masters’ degree in publicity, the 24-year-old has been working for more than two years, full-time, in an internship that is starting to feel like it will never end.

Paid 300 euros a month for the same work as the salaried public relations professionals who sit next to her, she doesn’t earn enough to move out of her parents’ house and her bus pass and lunch expenses eat up most of her pay.

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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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