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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.

May 27, 2013

The maverick challenging Spanish politics

MADRID, May 27 (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.

May 8, 2013

Spain’s Rajoy balks at making deeper reforms

MADRID (Reuters) – After a year of radical reforms that made Spain more competitive but also exacerbated a deep recession, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has largely lost his appetite for aggressive and unpopular cuts to pensions or state bureaucracy.

His plunging approval rating at home is holding him back as unemployment soars to 27 percent. Sources within the government say he has also reached the view that deeper reforms at home will win him few points in negotiations with European partners.

Apr 22, 2013

Spain’s population falls as immigrants flee crisis

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s official population fell last year for the first time since the 1940s as immigrants fled a five-year on-and-off recession that has sent unemployment soaring.

The number of residents fell by 206,000 to 47.1 million, the National Statistics Institute said on Monday, a figure entirely accounted for by the fall in the number of registered foreign residents.

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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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