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Spain's Rajoy, embroiled in scandal, refuses to quit

MADRID, July 16 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejected a growing clamor to resign over a slush-fund scandal that has rocked his party.

Southern Europe fears eurozone downturn

MADRID, July 15 (UPI) -- Eurozone troubles are not over yet and a new downturn could target southern European economies struggling to fire up growth and productivity, latest cumulative EU data indicates.

Socialists threaten to oust Spanish president

MADRID, July 13 (UPI) -- The Spanish Socialist Workers' Party has threatened to oust President Mariano Rajoy through a vote of no-confidence, officials said.

Spain's Eurovegas stalled amid demand to allow smoking

MADRID, July 13 (UPI) -- Las Vegas gambling mogul Sheldon Adelson said he would delay the start of construction of a resort in Spain until smoking restrictions are lifted.

Report: Rajoy receiving widely divergent assessments of ETA threat

MADRID, May 7 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is dealing with three conflicting assessments of the threat posed by Basque separatists, a newspaper report indicated.

Spain unemployment tops 27 percent

MADRID, April 25 (UPI) -- Unemployment in Spain reached a modern record of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013, the government said Thursday.

Spain's left condemns abortion law changes

MADRID, April 17 (UPI) -- Spain's socialist opposition party officials said they will legally challenge any changes to the abortion law that will make the measure more restrictive.

Man appeals Spanish citizenship denial

ALMERIA, Spain, April 10 (UPI) -- A man said he is appealing a decision to deny his application for Spanish citizenship on the basis that he did not know the name of the prime minister's wife.

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Thousands protest corruption in Spain

MADRID, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Tens of thousands of protesters calling themselves the Citizens' Tide flooded Madrid Saturday, angry over unemployment and alleged government corruption.

Spain's president releases tax returns

MADRID, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The president of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, said he has released copies of his tax returns dating back to 2003.

Rajoy denies secret payment allegations

MADRID, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has denied allegations that he and other Popular Party members have benefited from secret party accounts.

Rajoy denies receiving party payments

MADRID, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has denied allegations he received more than $340,000 in payments from his party that he hid from tax authorities.

Report: Spain's 2012 protests set a record

MADRID, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Spain had a record number of demonstrations in 2012 and, with the economic outlook poor, will probably have even more this year, a member of Parliament said.

Spanish suicides point to worsening crisis

MADRID, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Suicides by economically hard-pressed Spanish individuals accentuated the Iberian nation's financial crisis as Eurozone leaders warned of more trouble ahead in 2013.

Repsol will drag Argentina through courts

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Spanish energy major Repsol warned Argentina it will drag its government through international courts to secure fair compensation for the loss of YPF.

Spain jobless spillover worries neighbors

MADRID, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Spain's spiralling unemployment and a simultaneous increase in the number of Spanish and other citizens fleeing the country in search of better prospects is worrying neighbors of the economically troubled nation.

Spanish voters give Rajoy mixed result

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Spain's ruling party kept control in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Galicia home region, but separatists won the neighboring Basque region, results indicated.

Spain PM sweats out regional elections

MADRID, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- Regional elections in Spain this weekend will provide the first indications of how the public is reacting to the government's austerity policy, analysts said.

Spanish P.M. faces regional vote test

MADRID, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Early regional elections in Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's native Galicia are being seen as a referendum on his austerity program, experts say.
EU leaders agree to one banking overseer

EU leaders agree to one banking overseer

BRUSSELS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday balked at providing aid directly to Spanish banks on the second day of a two-day summit in Brussels.

At Merkel's insistence

Spain may actually win a standoff with the European Union, where leaders now say international aid could soon go directly to Spanish banks.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

View from Wall Street

Moody's Investors Service put a positive spin on markets Wednesday, refusing to drop Spain's credit rating.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Rajoy's hesitation could hurt Spain

MADRID, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Economists say Spain's hesitation to ask for international assistance could make matters worse when the government gets around to asking for help.

Euro slides after S&P lowers Spain rating

MADRID, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The euro slid against the dollar Thursday after Standard & Poor's reduced Spain's credit rating almost to junk status and said it might downgrade it further.
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