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Feb 4, 2014

Morocco says investors lining up for $9 bln solar project

MADRID, Feb 4 (Reuters) – Morocco has recruited foreign
investors to fund a $9 billion solar power project, even though
some European lenders have balked due to the location of some
planned plants in the disputed Western Sahara, its foreign
minister said.

Lending sources at German state-owned banks and at
multi-lateral lenders such as the World Bank, the European
Investment Bank and the European Union have told Reuters they
would not finance projects based in Western Sahara.

Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the go-ahead on February 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The European Union will
agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most
significant overture to the communist nation since diplomatic
sanctions were lifted in 2008, people close to the matter told
Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the
go-ahead on Feb. 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special
cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on
human rights. The pact could be agreed upon by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

Spain’s says Indra stake not for long term

MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The Spanish government’s 20
percent stake in Indra defence and technology firm is
not for the long term, and was made last year to make sure
foreign interests did not buy into the company, the defence
minister said on Thursday.

“We’ve made sure Indra is in Spanish hands,” Defence
Minister Pedro Morenes told a group of foreign correspondents.

Jan 30, 2014

Exclusive: Europe to launch talks to upgrade relations with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID (Reuters) – The European Union will agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most significant overture to the communist island since the bloc lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the go-ahead on February 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights. The pact could be agreed by the end of 2015.

Jan 30, 2014

Europe to launch talks to upgrade relations with Cuba

BRUSSELS/MADRID, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The European Union will
agree next month to deepen relations with Cuba in its most
significant overture to the communist island since the bloc
lifted diplomatic sanctions in 2008, people close to the matter
told Reuters.

Foreign ministers from the EU’s 28 countries will give the
go-ahead on Feb. 10 to launch talks with Havana on a special
cooperation accord to increase trade, investment and dialogue on
human rights. The pact could be agreed by the end of 2015.

Jan 16, 2014

Catalonia defies Madrid with push for independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) – Local lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid.

The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s future.

Jan 7, 2014

Spain no country for judges, says graft case magistrate

MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Eight months ago Spanish examining
magistrate Elpidio Jose Silva was investigating a sensational
corruption case that briefly landed politically connected former
bank boss Miguel Blesa in jail.

Now Silva, whose job combines the roles of prosecutor and
judge, is organising his own criminal defence after Blesa,
president of savings bank Caja Madrid from 1996 to 2009,
complained he was being persecuted.

Jan 7, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina charged with tax fraud, money-laundering

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish judge charged Princess Cristina – younger daughter of King Juan Carlos – with tax fraud and money laundering, possibly paving the way to an unprecedented trial of a member of the royal family, the Superior Justice Tribunal of the Balearic Islands said on Tuesday.

After a lengthy investigation, Palma de Mallorca Examining Magistrate Jose Castro said in a 200-page ruling there was evidence that Cristina, 48, had committed crimes and summoned her to appear in court on March 8.

Dec 24, 2013

Catalan public TV shuns Spanish king’s Christmas speech

MADRID, Dec 24 (Reuters) – The Spanish king’s traditional
Christmas Eve address did not air on Catalonia’s public
television on Tuesday for the first time in the broadcaster’s
30-year history, highlighting growing separatist fervour in the
wealthy north-eastern region.

Workers at the broadcaster went on a brief strike during the
king’s speech and other programming was aired instead. The
official reason was to protest cost cuts and outsourcing of some
production. Catalonia has clashed with the central government in
Madrid over cuts on spending on public services.

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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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