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Spain's Catalonia proceeds with secession referendum

Spain's Catalonia proceeds with secession referendum

MADRID, July 31 (UPI) --A November independence referendum in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia will go on as scheduled, after a compromise to cancel it was not reached.
Ed Adamczyk
Spain's Princess Cristina charged in tax fraud and money laundering case

Spain's Princess Cristina charged in tax fraud and money laundering case

MALLORCA, Spain, June 25 (UPI) --A Spanish judge on Wednesday cleared the way for Princess Cristina to face trial by formalizing charges in a money laundering and tax fraud case.
Ananth Baliga
Spanish King Juan Carlos announces abdication

Spanish King Juan Carlos announces abdication

MADRID, June 2 (UPI) --Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced Monday that King Juan Carlos I will abdicate and pass the throne to his 46-year-old son Prince Felipe.
Aileen Graef
Spanish parliament rejects Catalonian independence referendum

Spanish parliament rejects Catalonian independence referendum

MADRID, April 9 (UPI) -- The Spanish parliament rejected a request by the region of Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence from Spain.
Ed Adamczyk

Spanish bill to restrict abortion advances after secret vote

MADRID, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Spanish lawmakers voted down an attempt to derail legislation pending in Parliament that would dramatically restrict abortion access in the country.

Spain to eliminate consumer electricity price auctions in April

MADRID, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Spain will eliminate its problem-plagued auction system of setting consumer electricity prices starting in April, a government official said over the weekend.

ETA reaffirms commitment to cease-fire in internal document

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The Basque separatist terror group ETA has reaffirmed the abandonment of its armed campaign in a seized internal document published by a Spanish newspaper.

Proposed abortion restrictions in Spain face backlash in Europe

MADRID, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's proposal to enact one of the toughest abortion laws in Europe has drawn a backlash from European Parliament members.
Obama, Rajoy talk economics, security at White House

Obama, Rajoy talk economics, security at White House

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama, appearing at the White House with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, said he was looking forward to a trans-Atlantic trade pact.

Obama schedule for Monday, Jan. 13

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- President Obama welcomes Spanish President Mariano Rajoy Brey to the White House Monday to discuss issues of mutual interest, the daily scheduled indicated.
Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

Spain's PM Rajoy vows to block Catalonia's statehood referendum

MADRID, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Catalan party leaders reached agreement on referendum questions on whether the autonomous Spanish territory should be a state, officials said.
Rajoy chided, mocked for Mandela tribute comment

Rajoy chided, mocked for Mandela tribute comment

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister said Nelson Mandela's memorial service had extra emotion because it was held in the soccer stadium where Spain won the FIFA World Cup.

Rajoy won't accept Catalan 'games' with Spanish sovereignty

MADRID, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has warned pro-independence parties in Catalonia he will not accept anyone "playing games" with national sovereignty.

Gibraltar row creates new headache for Brussels

BRUSSELS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- European Union negotiators have renewed a diplomatic initiative to mediate a worsening British-Spanish standoff over Gibraltar, the British overseas territory disputed by Madrid.

Spain's double-edged recovery

MADRID, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Spanish economy, after five terrible years that saw unemployment reach 27 percent, is starting slowly and bumpily to recover. Exports are currently growing at an annual rate of seven percent.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
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