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Oct 24, 2014

Spain’s Caixabank, Bankia see core business upturn, lending lags

MADRID, Oct 24 (Reuters) – Spain’s Caixabank and
Bankia posted a rise in nine-month profits on Friday,
as their core banking performance was boosted by lower costs and
higher charges to clients.

Both banks, though, reported a drop in lending.

Spanish banks are recovering this year from a deep financial
crisis. But they are still lumbered with higher levels of soured
loans than before the 2008 property crash, when they were forced
to shed assets and shrink their balance sheets.

Oct 14, 2014

Spain picks core shareholders for Aena partial privatisation

MADRID, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Spain will sell a 21 percent
stake in its state-owned airports operator Aena to Corporacion
Financiera Alba, Ferrovial and British
investment fund TCI, Aena’s holding company Enaire said on

The deal is part of a partial privatisation of the world’s
largest airports operator.

Oct 13, 2014
Oct 13, 2014

Spain’s Catalonia to seek alternatives to independence referendum

MADRID (Reuters) – The leader of Spain’s Catalonia region will call off a referendum on independence from Spain planned for Nov. 9 and look for alternative ways to consult Catalans, a key regional political party said on Monday.

Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, a pro-independence party that backs the regional government of Artur Mas said the Catalan leader had told it and other political forces during talks on Monday that he would not organize the referendum as planned.

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Sep 29, 2014
Sep 29, 2014

Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Constitutional Court suspended on Monday an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote.

Spain’s central government earlier on Monday asked the court to declare the vote illegal on the grounds that it breaches the country’s constitution.

Sep 29, 2014
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      "Julien is based in Madrid where he covers Spain's economy and politics. He previously worked in Brussels where he reported for four years on Europe's debt crisis, financial regulation and foreign affairs. He also dealt with a wide range of EU issues and policy, from trade and competition to energy, climate change, agriculture as well as Nato and Belgium. He joined Reuters in Paris in 2006."
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