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FT: EU, Spain meet privately on bailout

BRUSSELS, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- European officials are working privately to prepare Spain to meet lender bailout demands ahead of a financial audit report, officials told the Financial Times.

Awkward

Economy research firm Markit said Thursday that a key business index for Europe showed the steepest contraction since June 2009.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Germany thwarts Spain's timeline

NICOSIA, Cyprus, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Finance ministers from Spain and Germany differed over the weekend on a timetable for new eurozone policies that would allow aid to go directly to banks.

Catholic Church targeted for taxes

ALCALA DE HENARE, Spain, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Local governments in cash-strapped Spain are leading efforts to tax Catholic Church property used for non-religious purposes.
Not calling ECB's bluff

Not calling ECB's bluff

Yields on benchmark government bonds across Europe headed lower Friday -- exactly what the European Central Bank was looking for a day after announcing a bond-buying plan..
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Spain more receptive to EU bond assistance

Spain more receptive to EU bond assistance

MADRID, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Spain's conservative prime minister said this weekend his government was considering making a request to the European Central Bank for bailout assistance.
Spain's Rajoy says he needs clarification

Spain's Rajoy says he needs clarification

MADRID, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he needs clarification on European Central Bank policy before deciding whether or not to apply for international aid.

Germany's triple-A credit rating in danger

BERLIN, July 24 (UPI) -- Germany's triple-A credit rating was threatened Tuesday amid fears it will be pulled down by Spain, which analysts said was near needing a full-scale bailout.
Spanish deal fails to ease eurozone fears

Spanish deal fails to ease eurozone fears

MADRID, July 20 (UPI) -- A deepening Spanish debt crisis has raised fears that Spain, not Greece, is most likely to sink the eurozone unless its financial wizards perform a miracle before September.
Finance markets pessimistic about Spain

Finance markets pessimistic about Spain

MADRID, July 20 (UPI) -- Eurozone finance ministers agreed Friday to provide as much as $122.6 billion to shore up the Spanish banking system, officials said.

Spain meets the Midwest

PARIS, July 16 (UPI) -- U.S. corn traders, Spanish miners, Russian farmers and German judges are twirling together in a dance that reminds us that all aspects of the global economy are ever more mutually dependent.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
EU seeks a reprieve for Spain

EU seeks a reprieve for Spain

BRUSSELS, July 9 (UPI) -- The European Commission is looking to give Spain more time to meet its budget deficit targets, a commission official said.
Spanish court upholds same-sex marriage

Spanish court upholds same-sex marriage

MADRID, July 5 (UPI) -- The Constitutional Court Thursday rejected an appeal against the Spanish law that allows same-sex marriage, a decision that upholds such unions as legal.
EU makes the plays

EU makes the plays

There is not much in the playbook about leaders in Europe suddenly forming a block to oppose German Chancellor Angela Merkel on key financial strategies.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Bailout terms changed for eurozone

Bailout terms changed for eurozone

BRUSSELS, June 29 (UPI) -- Eurozone ministers agreed Friday to restructure Spain's $125.8 billion bank recapitalization plan.
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