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Socialists win Spain vote, far-right Vox surges to 3rd place

Nov 11, 2019 - 8:21 AM

The final results show the Socialists taking 120 of the parliament's 350 seats, while Vox secures 52 – more than double its mandates in the outgoing assembly

VICTORY. Spanish incumbent prime minister and Socialist Party (PSOE) candidate for re-election, Pedro Sanchez, celebrates his victory during the election night in Madrid on November 10, 2019. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain votes in repeat general election amid Catalonia tensions

Nov 10, 2019 - 11:36 AM

(UPDATED) Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls the repeat polls after an inconclusive election in April which saw no working majority in parliament

SEEKING A MAJORITY. Spanish liberal Ciudadanos party leader and candidate for prime minister, Albert Rivera, delivers a speech during their last campaign rally in Barcelona on November 8, 2019 ahead of the November 10 general election.Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain PM sounds alarm over far-right at close of campaign

Nov 08, 2019 - 11:36 PM

Surveys suggest the ballot will end with a result similar to that seen in April, with Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists winning but falling far short of an absolute majority

SPAIN ELECTION. The 5 main candidates for Spain's prime minister, (L to R) conservative People's Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, Spanish prime minister and Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, Pedro Sanchez, far-right wing Vox party leader, Santiago Abascal, far-left wing Podemos party leader, Pablo Iglesias and center-right political party Ciudadanos leader Albert Rivera, pose for a picture prior to a televised debate at the Casa de Campo's Glass pavilion in Madrid, on November 4, 2019, ahead of November 10 general election. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spanish PM under pressure over Catalan protests

Oct 20, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The center-right Ciudadanos party calls on Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to suspend Catalonia's autonomy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is running for a second term, delivers a speech on the second day of the parliamentary investiture debate to vote for a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on July 23, 2019. - Spain's outgoing socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez outlined a government programme with a boost in social spending in the hope of persuading the far-left to help him back into power amid tough negotiations. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Catalan leader says violence 'must stop right now'

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:28 AM

(UPDATED) Catalan president Quim Torra says, 'we will not permit incidents like those we are seeing in the streets. This has to stop right now. There is no reason nor justification for burning cars, nor any other vandalism.'

ESTELADA. File photo shows a man waving a 'Estelada' (Pro-independence Catalan flag) from a balcony on October 1, 2017 in Barcelona. Photo by Pau Barrena/AFP

Spain PM loses confidence vote after coalition talks fail

Jul 25, 2019 - 10:58 PM

Pedro Sanchez now has another two months to find ways of getting support, either for a minority or coalition government. Without a deal Spain would have to go back to the polls in November.

CONFIDENCE VOTE. In this file photo taken on August 3, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain PM loses first parliament vote to remain in power

Jul 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Pedro Sanchez is currently caretaker premier after coming first in the April general election but without the majority he needed with just 123 seats, forcing him to look for support

SECOND DAY. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who is running for a second term, delivers a speech on the second day of the parliamentary investiture debate to vote for a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on July 23, 2019.Photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

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

Spanish court suspends exhumation of Franco remains

Jun 04, 2019 - 8:39 PM

The court says in a statement it has decided unanimously to suspend the exhumation to avoid 'harm' that could be caused if it was ultimately found that his remains should not have been moved

Spanish parliament suspends 4 jailed Catalan MPs

May 24, 2019 - 10:21 PM

The 4 Catalan lawmakers are in custody and on trial over their participation in the failed 2017 separatist bid

CARLES PUIGDEMONT. This handout picture released by the Generalitat de Catalunya on September 19, 2017 shows Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont (C), Catalan regional vice-President and chief of Economy and Finance, Oriol Junqueras (L) and leader of Junts Pel Si (Together for Yes), Jordi Turull (R) leave after a regional government meeting in Barcelona on September 19, 2017. Photo by Ruben Moreno Garcia/Generalitat de Catalunya/AFP

Spain votes in early election marked by far-right resurgence

Apr 28, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Far-right party Vox looks set to make its first-ever entrance into the national parliament

SNAP ELECTIONS. Voters cast their ballots at the Central University of Barcelona being used as a polling station in Barcelona during general elections in Spain on April 28, 2019. Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, or...giving Spaniards their say – I choose the second,' says Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

SNAP POLLS. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. File photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Madrid says talks with Catalan separatists 'stall'

Feb 08, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo says separatist parties are asking the government to agree to holding an independence referendum, something which she says will 'never be acceptable'

POLITICS. In this file photo, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (L) and Deputy Prime Minister and minister of equality Carmen Calvo attend commemorative acts marking the 40th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution at the parliament in Madrid on December 6, 2018. File photo by Oscar Del Pozo/AFP

Major EU nations rally behind Guaido as Venezuela leader

Feb 04, 2019 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATED) Russia, one of the main allies of Maduro's regime, slams what it dubs European 'interference' in the oil-rich but impoverished Latin American country, saying it is an attempt 'to legitimize usurped power'

VENEZUELA. Opposition leader Juan Guaido gestures as he delivers a speech before thousands of supporters, in Caracas on February 2, 2019. File photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Spain prime minister defends weapons sale to Saudis

Sep 17, 2018 - 7:34 AM

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez defends his government's decision to deliver laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia, reversing earlier pronouncements of blocking the sale

U-TURN. In this file photo taken on August 03, 2018 Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez gives a press conference after a cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace in Madrid on August 3, 2018. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain PM Sanchez calls for Venezuelan migrant quotas

Aug 31, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says it's a similar deal to that which Spain is proposing in the European Union in the face of mass migration from Africa in particular

PERU-BOUND. Venezuelans heading to Peru walk along the Panamerican highway in Tulcan, Ecuador, after crossing from Colombia, on August 21, 2018. File photo by Luis Robayo/AFP

Spain passes decree allowing Franco exhumation

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) Friday's decision is announced by Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo, but the decree will still have to be approved in parliament

PEDRO SANCHEZ. Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a press conference to announce his new cabinet members at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on June 6, 2018. File photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Macron backs sanctions on EU states that refuse migrants

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:01 AM

France and Spain also declare support for the creation of closed reception centers where migrants would be held while their asylum claims are considered.

FRANCE AND SPAIN. French President Emmanuel Macron (L) gestures as he speaks with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez as they arrive for a joint press conference at The Elysee Palace in Paris on June 23, 2018. Photo by Thibault Camus/AFP

New Spain PM to move Catalan, Basque prisoners closer to home

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Moving the prisoners will satisfy demands made by Catalonia's two separatist parties and the Basque Nationalist Party which helped Pedro Sanchez topple his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy

MEETING DEMANDS. In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

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Jun 07, 2018 - 1:53 PM

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Spain's new PM unveils pro-EU government dominated by women

Jun 07, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says his executive is 'a reflection of the best in society' – a society he describes as composed of women and men, old and young, rooted in the European Union

CABINET. Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez speaks during a press conference to announce his new cabinet members at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on June 6, 2018. Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP

Catalan leader calls for talks with new Spain PM

Jun 02, 2018 - 8:15 PM

'We need to sit down at the same table and negotiate, government to government,' says Catalonia's separatist president Quim Torra

TALKS. In this file photo, Catalan regional President Quim Torra talks to the media in Waterloo on May 30, 2018. Photo by Aris Oikonomou/AFP

Socialist Pedro Sanchez sworn in as new Spanish PM

Jun 02, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Sanchez replaces Mariano Rajoy, who was ousted in a historic no-confidence vote sparked by fury over corruption woes afflicting his party

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's Socialist Party chief steps down

Oct 02, 2016 - 8:20 AM

Spain s Socialist chief Pedro Sanchez quits after high ranking party members staged a rebellion against him in a move that could pave the way to unblocking the country s political paralysis

In this file photo, the leader of the Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid, December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Spain's Socialists, far-left Podemos resume talks to form gov't

Mar 31, 2016 - 8:25 AM

Spain has been locked in political paralysis since December s elections put an end to the traditional two party system

Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE) leader Pedro Sanchez (L) and Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias (R) sit for talks at Lower House of Spanish Parliament in Madrid, Spain, March 30, 2016. JJ Guillen/EPA

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

Spain's Socialists refuse to back Rajoy bid to form new gov't

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:32 PM

If the Popular Party fails to form a government Pedro Sanchez says the Socialists would explore all options for there to be a government of change

DEFIANT. The leader of Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) Pedro Sanchez gestures during a press conference at the PSOE headquarters in Madrid after meeting the Spanish caretaker Prime Minister on December 23, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Militants beat up police, storm gov't office

Jan 31, 2013 - 1:11 PM

UPDATED In fear National Anti Poverty Commission employees hole up in their office Militants however blame the police for violence