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Rajoy defends Spain's austerity plan

MADRID, April 21 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said massive spending cuts were necessary, as Spain had overspent in the past.

EU unveils new statistics rules

BRUSSELS, April 18 (UPI) -- The European Union's taxation commissioner said the financial crisis in Greece underscores the importance of obtaining reliable statistics about deficits.

Spain warns regional governments

MADRID, April 17 (UPI) -- Regional governments in Spain have been warned Madrid may move to take control of their finances, a government official said.

Amid protests, Spain aims for $36B cuts

MADRID, March 30 (UPI) -- Protestors spilled into central Madrid and other Spanish cities to vent their anger at $36 billion of budget cuts the government sees essential to staving-off a Greek-style economic meltdown.

General strike hits Spain

MADRID, March 29 (UPI) -- Spanish trade unions were off the job Thursday to protest an overhaul of union rules.

Tough times far from over in Spain

MADRID, March 23 (UPI) -- Financial analysts say Spain has not reached the crisis level of Greece yet, but troubled times in Madrid are far from over.

Rajoy defends abandoning deficit target

MADRID, March 6 (UPI) -- Spain's leader defended abandoning his country's deficit target, amid European criticism, saying a deepening recession made the move necessary.

Unemployment rises sharply in Spain

MADRID, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Unemployment rose sharply in Spain in the fourth quarter, with more than 5 million people out of work, the government's statistical office said.

Argentina draws Spain into Falklands sovereignty row

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Argentina has drawn Spain into its sovereignty claims over British-ruled Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic after its naval patrols boarded Spanish fishing vessels in the area.

Spain PM: 'Difficult times,' 'no miracles'

MADRID, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Spain's new leader warned of "difficult times" ahead and "no miracles" after his conservative party swept to victory in an election forced by the debt crisis.

Spain election: 'boring and defensive'

MADRID, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- With record unemployment and borrowing costs, Spain's Socialist government will be replaced with conservatives in its general election, opinion polls show.

Spain opposition head vows to remain

MADRID, March 13 (UPI) -- The head of Spain's opposition Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy, says he will seek re-election to the conservative party's leadership.

Spain's Zapatero ahead in polls

MADRID, March 4 (UPI) -- Polls indicate Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero won the latest and final pre-election debate, it was reported Tuesday.

Spain seeks words for national song

MADRID, June 5 (UPI) -- A Spanish opposition leader is introducing an initiative to the country's parliament that would create a commission to write words for the country's anthem.

Repsol denies contact with Bolivia

MADRID, May 4 (UPI) -- A Spanish-Argentine oil company denied reports Thursday of contacting Bolivia after La Paz announced plans to nationalize its gas reserves.
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