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May 27, 2015

Left-wing victories in Spain’s town halls pressure service firms

MADRID, May 27 (Reuters) – For more than a century, services
group FCC has run the sewerage system in Barcelona,
northeast Spain. Now the victory of a radical left party in town
hall elections last Sunday is casting doubt over the contract.

The concession, renewed in January and worth 104 million
euros ($113 million) over seven years, is one of many FCC and
rivals ACS and OHL hold in Spain’s three main
cities Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia — all of which will have
anti-austerity mayors keen on reassessing contracts.

May 25, 2015

Rajoy’s Spanish re-election plan in doubt after local battering

MADRID (Reuters) – To anyone who doubted his re-election strategy, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has had a simple answer: “Trust me”. Now, a battering in local polls has cast doubt on his plan that an economic recovery will secure him a second term later this year.

In six months’ time, when the next general election is due, the Spanish economy will be growing at 3 percent and half a million jobs will have been created. This was Rajoy’s message as he campaigned across Spain for his conservative People’s Party (PP) before the municipal and regional polls last weekend.

May 25, 2015

Spain’s ruling PP gets worst local election result in 20 years

MADRID/VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for four years of severe spending cuts and a string of corruption scandals.

In a test of the national mood ahead of general elections expected in November, the PP suffered its worst result in more than 20 years to herald an uncertain era of coalition as new parties rose to fragment the vote.

May 24, 2015

Spain’s ruling PP party takes battering in regional vote

MADRID/VALENCIA, Spain, May 24 (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling
People’s Party (PP) took a battering in regional elections on
Sunday with Spaniards punishing Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for
four years of severe spending cuts and a string of corruption

Although the PP got more votes than any other party, it
suffered what could be its worst election result in more than 20
years, exit polls showed, as an economic rebound after a severe
recession failed to conserve the absolute majority it held in
most regions.

May 24, 2015

Spanish regional elections set to fragment political map

MADRID/VALENCIA (Reuters) – Upstart parties are expected to make strong headway in Spanish regional elections on Sunday, ushering in an era of coalition and compromise and potentially dampening Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s prospects of winning a second term later this year.

Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is likely to win most votes in elections taking place in 13 of Spain’s 17 regions and more than 8,000 towns and cities.

May 21, 2015

Spaniards to overturn 40 years of predictable politics in regional vote

VALENCIA, May 21 (Reuters) – Spaniards are expected to sweep
aside 40 years of predictable politics when they vote in
regional elections on Sunday and usher in an unstable era of
coalition and compromise, likely to curtail the authority of
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Rajoy’s conservative People’s Party and leftist Socialists
have alternated in power since the end of dictatorship in the
1970s, with virtually no tradition of coalition government at
the national or regional level.

May 14, 2015

Spanish market keeps the brakes on Telefonica’s turnaround

MADRID, May 14 (Reuters) – Spanish telecoms group Telefonica
posted higher first-quarter sales and core profits on
Thursday, despite a disappointing performance in its home
market, where a rise in customers has yet to deliver revenue

The company said it has now entered a new phase of growth
following a six-year slide in revenues and profits that was
caused by the deep economic crisis in Europe and the subsequent
restructuring of its business in an effort to reduce its debt.

May 14, 2015

First-quarter boost for Telefonica despite Spanish market

MADRID, May 14 (Reuters) – Telefonica posted higher
first-quarter sales and core profits on Thursday thanks to
growth abroad, a sign that an expected turnaround at the Spanish
company is underway even though its home market shrank again.

The telecoms company is hoping to start a new growth cycle
in 2015 following a six-year slump that was prompted by a deep
economic crisis in Europe and the subsequent restructuring of
its business to pay down high debts.

May 13, 2015

Spain’s OHL first-quarter net profit drops on Mexico hit

MADRID, May 13 (Reuters) – Spanish infrastructure group OHL
posted an 18.7 percent drop in first-quarter net profit
on Wednesday, hit by a lower contribution from its motorway
business in Mexico where the firm is investigating allegations
about overcharging the government.

Shares in OHL Mexico have fallen 20 percent
since recordings appeared on YouTube in which executives are
heard discussing overcharging for public works.

May 7, 2015

Spain’s ruling PP retains poll lead but hung parliament looms

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) is seen winning a year-end election with the socialists coming a close second, an opinion poll showed on Thursday, although the most disputed vote in 40 years is likely to lead to a hung parliament.

According to the survey, at least two parties – possibly three – would be needed to form a stable government in a country with little tradition of political alliances at a national level and many voters turning to burgeoning forces like Podemos and Ciudadanos campaigning against widespread corruption and high unemployment.

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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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