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Spanish king tasks Sanchez to form new government

Jun 07, 2019 - 3:10 PM

While they won a general poll in April, acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez's socialists fail to secure a majority in parliament and need the support of other groupings

OATH OF OFFICE. Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez takes the oath of office during a swearing-in ceremony at the Zarzuela Palace near Madrid on June 2, 2018. Photo by Emilio Naranjo/Pool/AFP

Spain to grab Catalonia powers as crisis intensifies

Oct 21, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will meet with his cabinet to set out specific powers it plans to take away from the wealthy northeast region

CATALONIA POWERS. Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is likely to announce plans to take control of Catalonia's 16,000-strong police force. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

The week in photos: October 7-13, 2017

Oct 14, 2017 - 3:29 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HARVEST. Belarusians harvesting cranberries at a farm in the village of Selishche, south of Minsk on October 9, 2017. Photo by Sergel Gapon/AFP

Spain marks national day with show of unity in Catalan crisis

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:16 AM

To mark the national holiday, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI attend the parade in central Madrid as the country struggles with its worst political crisis in a generation

NATIONAL DAY. Protesters wave Spanish and Catalan flags during a demonstration called by Catalan Civil Society under the motto 'Catalonia yes, Spain too' in Barcelona on October 12, 2017. Photo by Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Spain rejects mediation as Catalans plan to declare independence

Oct 05, 2017 - 10:00 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan leaders say they could unilaterally declare independence as early as Monday, October 9

A man holds a Catalan pro-independence 'Estelada' flag during a demonstration in support of the referendum in Catalonia on October 01, 2017, in Granada. / AFP PHOTO / JORGE GUERRERO

Spain to hold elections on June 26, the 2nd in 6 months

May 03, 2016 - 7:45 PM

UPDATED King Felipe VI signs a decree setting the elections after a deadline for installing a new government passed

epa05287959 A handout photo released by Spanish Royal Household of Spain's King Felipe VI (L) signing the royal decree for dissolution of the Chambers of Spanish Parliament and the date for new general election, set for 26 June, during a meeting with the Speaker of the Lower House of Spanish Parliament, Patxi Lopez (not pictured), at king's office in La Zarzuela Palace, in Madrid, Spain, 03 May 2016. The current legislature has been the shortest one of the current Spanish democratic era, it began on 13 January after the lastest general election held on 20 December 2015. The election were called after the Spanish parties would not have managed to reach an agreement to form a government. EPA/SPANISH ROYAL HOUSEHOLD / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Socialist chief faces hostile lawmakers in bid to lead Spain

Mar 01, 2016 - 11:57 AM

Spain s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez ventures into hostile parliamentary territory to plead with lawmakers to vote him through as prime minister and allow the country to finally get a government

FACING RESISTANCE. Leader of Spanish socialist party PSOE, Pedro Sanchez, speaks during a press conference after signing an agreement to form Government with leader of the Ciudadanos party (Citizens), Albert Rivera, at the Lower House in Madrid, Spain, on February 24, 2016. Chema Moya/EPA

Spanish king nominates Socialist chief as PM candidate

Feb 03, 2016 - 8:37 AM

As it becomes increasingly obvious that Mariano Rajoy would not succeed King Felipe VI decides to pick Pedro Sanchez whose Socialist party came second in the polls

NEXT PRIME MINISTER? Spanish Socialist Party secretary general Pedro Sanchez addresses to the media during a press conference held in Madrid Spain, February 2, 2016. Juanjo Martin/EPA

Spanish king in spotlight as he tries to end political logjam

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:58 PM

The political crisis is the biggest challenge Felipe 47 has faced since he took over the throne 18 months ago

In this file photo, Spanish King Felipe VI (R) delivers a speech during the military celebration of Epiphany Day at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 6, 2016. EPA/Juan Carlos Hidalgo/Pool

Podemos leader gives Spanish king 'Game of Thrones' DVD

Apr 16, 2015 - 11:35 AM

Pablo Iglesias gives King Felipe VI a copy of the DVD during their meet up in Brussels

Spain's King Felipe VI begins first visit to Morocco

Jul 15, 2014 - 7:55 AM

The neighbors have enjoyed good relations in recent years and Madrid and Rabat signed a new cooperation accord in June

FELIPE IN MOROCCO. King Felipe VI of Spain arrives at the Royal Palace, in Rabat, Morocco, 14 July 2014. Abdelhak Senna/EPA

Spain's new king, queen to visit Vatican first

Jun 20, 2014 - 8:51 PM

The king and queen have a very busy international agenda Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo says

ROYAL FAMILY. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) Spain's King Felipe VI, Spain's Queen Letizia and Spanish Crown Princess of Asturias Leonor, Spanish Princess Sofia and Jesus Maria Posada Moreno pose at the Congress of Deputies, Spain's lower House, in Madrid on June 19, 2014 for a swearing in ceremony of Spain's new King before both houses of parliament. Jorge Guerreo/AFP

Childhood changes for Spain's 8-year-old queen-to-be

Jun 19, 2014 - 5:55 PM

Princess Leonor s childhood will not be the same now that her father Felipe has been crowned king of Spain

CROWN PRINCESS. In this file photo, Spain's Princess Leonor arrives at the Royal Sailing Club after the third day of the Copa del Rey regatta, off the coast of Palma de Mallorca on August 4, 2010. Jaime Reina/AFP

Spain's new King Felipe VI sworn in

Jun 19, 2014 - 5:22 PM

UPDATED In keeping with Spain s tough economic times festivities remain restrained compared to other European royal coronations and no foreign dignitaries have been invited

ROYAL FAMILY. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) Spain's King Felipe VI, Spain's Queen Letizia and Spanish Crown Princess of Asturias Leonor, Spanish Princess Sofia and Jesus Maria Posada Moreno pose at the Congress of Deputies, Spain's lower House, in Madrid on June 19, 2014 for a swearing in ceremony of Spain's new King before both houses of parliament. Jorge Guerreo/AFP

King Felipe VI takes Spanish throne

Jun 19, 2014 - 7:22 AM

Felipe legally became king at the stroke of midnight 2200 GMT as an act of parliament signed by his father comes into force

PASSING THE CROWN. Spanish King Juan Carlos (L) hugs his son Crown Prince Felipe (R) during the ceremony where King Juan Carlos signed the constitutional law that allows his abdication, at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, 18 June 2014. Fernando Alvarado/Pool/EPA

Spain's king abdicates, people to hail new reign

Jun 18, 2014 - 6:03 PM

King Juan Carlos who led Spain from dictatorship to democracy puts his name to his last act of parliament in the late afternoon at Madrid s old Royal Palace

ABDIACATION. Spain's royal couple King Juan Carlos I (2-L) and Queen Sofia (2-R) welcome Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and Spanish Senado (Upper House)'s speaker Pio Garcia-Escudero (R) at the Zarzuela palace in Madrid, Spain, June 17, 2014. Javier Lizon/EPA

What's a king to do? Felipe faces a demanding Spain

Jun 18, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Nearly everyone admits that Prince Felipe is well prepared groomed to reign since childhood by his father King Juan Carlos But prepared for what?

THE NEXT KING. A file picture dated 31 May 2014 shows Spain's Crown Prince Felipe reviewing a guard of honor upon his arrival to 'Monsenor Oscar Arnulfo Romero' international airport in Comalapa, El Salvador. Roberto Escobar/EPA

Spanish king's abdication sparks anti-royalist fervor

Jun 03, 2014 - 8:10 PM

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdication revives anti royalist fervor in the young democracy sending thousands into the streets clamoring for a referendum on the monarchy itself

Supporters of an independent state of Catalonia and Republicans wave Catalan and republican flag as they celebrate the abdication of Spanish King Juan Carlos de Borbon in central Barcelona. Photo by Quique Garcia / AFP