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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

Slovenia next in line for eurozone bailout?

BRUSSELS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Eurozone faces more challenges in crisis-hit Greece and Spain and may have to bail out Slovenia next, officials say.

British frigate arrives at Gibraltar Harbor

GIBRALTAR, England, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- The British frigate HMS Westminster arrived Monday at Gibraltar Harbor amid diplomatic tension between Britain and Spain over the territory, officials said.

Dispute between Britain and Spain over Gibraltar heats up

GIBRALTAR, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A Gibraltar official is accusing the Spanish government of using a dispute with Britain to divert attention from Spain's domestic problems.

Spanish PM.: Country will respond to British actions on Gibraltar

MADRID, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday the country will respond appropriately to British provocations over Gibraltar.

Rajoy's troubles seen behind Gibraltar escalation

MADRID, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned of further curbs on British territory Gibraltar in an escalation seen by his opposition critics as a last-ditch attempt to distract attention from a brewing corruption scandal.

Britain urges Spain to scale down threats over Gibraltar dispute

LONDON, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Britain said Wednesday it had serious concerns regarding threats by Spain to impose fees and delays on travelers crossing the Spanish border with Gibraltar.
EU faces double whammy of political turmoil in Italy, Spain

EU faces double whammy of political turmoil in Italy, Spain

BRUSSELS, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Europe's southern eurozone faces the double whammy of political turmoil in Italy and Spain, where both governments are at risk of being toppled by corruption scandals.
Rajoy addresses years-long corruption scandal before lawmakers

Rajoy addresses years-long corruption scandal before lawmakers

MADRID, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told lawmakers the corruption allegations against him are lies meant to damage Spain's image.

Investigators focusing on driver in deadly Spanish train crash

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, July 27 (UPI) -- An investigation into a Spanish train crash in which at least 78 people were killed has focused blame on the driver, a government official said Saturday.
Driver of train that derailed in Spain charged

Driver of train that derailed in Spain charged

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, July 26 (UPI) -- The driver of a train that derailed in Spain, killing 78 people and injuring more than 100 others, was charged Friday with 78 counts of reckless homicide.
Train driver questioned after deadly crash in Spain

Train driver questioned after deadly crash in Spain

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, July 25 (UPI) -- Police questioned the driver Thursday of a high-speed train that derailed in Spain in a fiery crash that killed at least 80 people, authorities said.

Anger over Spanish corruption spills into streets

MADRID, July 19 (UPI) -- Public anger over claims of widespread government corruption spilled into the streets of Madrid, leaving many injured in clashes between protesters and police.

1,000 protest corruption claims in Spain

MADRID, July 19 (UPI) -- Spanish police and anti-government protesters clashed in Madrid overnight, and several people were injured, officials said.
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