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Spain PM awaits backing from Catalan separatists for new term

Jan 02, 2020 - 10:04 PM

Such support from the ERC, Catalonia's oldest and biggest pro-independence party, would be a clear sign that months of political deadlock in the major European Union country will be coming to an end

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 PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Feb 15, 2019 - 6:26 PM

'Between two options – not doing anything and continuing without a budget, 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 begins talks with Catalan separatist leaders

Aug 02, 2018 - 10:09 AM

Representatives of both executives meet for almost 4 hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011

TALKS. Catalan regional government Transparency Foreign, Institutional Relations and Affairs chief Ernest Maragall (3L) and Spanish minister of terrirorial administration Meritxell Batet (3R) attend a Catalan-Spanish bilateral commission on August 1, 2018 in Barcelona. Photo by Josep Lago/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

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

Puigdemont rejects being chosen as next Catalan leader

May 11, 2018 - 10:43 AM

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont proposes political newcomer Quim Torra as his successor, urging the next regional executive to build an independent country

WHO'S NEXT? Carles Puigdemont proposes Quim Torra as his successor. AFP file photo

Spanish court blocks Puigdemont's return to power in Catalonia

Jan 28, 2018 - 8:47 AM

Puigdemont, who fled to Belgium after the Catalan parliament declared independence in October, was earlier this week chosen as a candidate to lead Catalonia again

SUSPENDED. The Spanish constitutional court prevents Catalan leader to grab back power in the country. AFP photo

Campaigns go silent ahead of knife-edge Catalan vote

Dec 20, 2017 - 2:43 PM

The regional election pits leaders of the wealthy northeastern region's separatist movement against candidates who want to stay part of a unified Spain

CATALAN VOTE. This file photo taken on September 11, 2016 shows people waving 'Estaladas' (pro-independence Catalan flags) during a pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona during the National Day of Catalonia 'Diada'. File photo by Josep Lago/AFP

Assange told not to interfere in Catalonia – Ecuador president

Dec 17, 2017 - 9:50 PM

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has angered Madrid by using Twitter to pump out messages of support for Catalonia's independence drive and accuse Spain's central government of 'repression'

ASSANGE. This file photo taken on February 05, 2016 shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange coming out on the balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy to address the media in central London. File photo by Ben Stansall/ AFP

Deposed Catalan leader urges separatist 'unity' for election

Nov 04, 2017 - 11:19 PM

(UPDATED) Carles Puigdemont's rallying cry comes a day after a Spanish judge issued an arrest warrant against him

Spain ends 10-month political crisis

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:25 AM

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wins a parliamentary confidence vote pledging to plough on with his economic policies

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leaves a press conference following the results of the regional election in Catalonia at Moncloa palace in Madrid on September 28, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU

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 PM's bid to form new gov't rejected again, elections loom

Sep 03, 2016 - 7:10 PM

Political leaders now have two months to explore alternative alliances but if their efforts come to nothing election weary Spanish voters will be asked to return to the polls in December

Spanish interim Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy looks on in the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) on August 30, 2016, in Madrid. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Rajoy seeks support for second term as Spanish PM

Aug 31, 2016 - 6:17 AM

If there is no breakthrough two months after Wednesday s August 31 parliamentary ballot vote weary Spaniards will be asked to return to the polls on December 25 due to the timings set out in Spanish election law

Spanish interim Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy looks on in the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) on August 30, 2016, in Madrid. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain's conservatives, Podemos dominate unprecedented pre-poll debate

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:22 AM

The event brought together the 4 main candidates for June 26 elections in a country better used to one to one debates between the leaders of two long standing parties

(L to R) Party leaders Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (PP), Pedro Sanchez (PSOE), Albert Rivera (Ciudadanos), and Pablo Iglesias (Podemos), pose prior to a televised debate at the congress centre IFEMA in Madrid on June 13, 2016 ahead of Spain's general election. Javier Soriano/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 ruling party official quits over graft scandal

Feb 15, 2016 - 12:57 AM

Esperanza Aguirre says the gravity of the allegations though not proven forced her to quit

epa05160480 Madrid Popular Party leader Esperanza Aguirre adresses to the media during a press conference held in Madrid, Spain on 14 February 2016 where she has announce her resigned after the search of the Spanish Civil Guard in the headquarters of the ruling party, Popula Party, in order to take the computer of the former manager of the party Beltran Gutierrez Moliner last 11 February. The operation was ordered by judge Javier Lopez during the operation 'Punica' , which began last October 2014 after investigated several Spanish mayors from four Spanish regions for their alleged involvement in a network for collecting commissions to award contracts, worth at 250 million euro. EPA/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

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

Spain faces uphill struggle to form government after polls

Dec 21, 2015 - 8:12 PM

The results of the most closely fought elections in modern history create huge uncertainty for a country only just starting to recover from a devastating financial crisis

'UN PAIS CONTIGO' Supporters of left wing party Podemos leader and candidate for the upcoming December 20 general election, Pablo Iglesias celebrate the results of the Spain's general elections with other members in Madrid on December 20, 2015. Pedro Armestre/AFP

Catalonia holds 'historic' election on independence

Sep 27, 2015 - 12:53 PM

Leaders of Spain s richest region say Sunday s regional election will serve as an indirect vote on breaking away from Spain

Mobile phones light up the crowd of people attending the last leg of the election campaign of the pro-sovereignty bloc 'Junts pel Si' (Together for the Yes) in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, 25 September 2015. Catalans go to the poles on 27 September to elect the Catalonian parliament. EPA/ALBERTO ESTEVEZ

King Felipe boosts scandal-hit crown in changing Spain

Jun 16, 2015 - 1:31 PM

With new protest parties carving up the vote ahead of a general election due by the end of this year royal watchers say the 47 year old king is re tuning the role of the monarchy

NEW BLOOD. Spanish King Felipe VI inspects the guard during a military parade on the occassion of the 2015 Armed Forces Day in Madrid, Spain, 06 June 2015. Sergio Barrenechea/EPA

Spain's Podemos fails to break two-party hold in key Andalusia vote

Mar 23, 2015 - 11:05 AM

Podemos wins 14 8 of the vote in the southern region according to the regional government not enough to challenge the country s two traditional political heavyweights

Podemos candidate in the Andalusia regional election, Teresa Rodriguez (C), speaks to supporters after knowing the first counting for Andalusian regional elections in Sevilla, southern Spain, March 22, 2015. Rafa Alcaide/EPA

Hard-left Podemos rises with stark portrait of divided Spain

Feb 02, 2015 - 12:24 PM

Podemos amps up the populist themes that have won it considerable support in its mere year of existence – and without detailing many concrete proposals to right the wrongs it denounces

MARCH FOR CHANGE. People hold a banner reading the words 'is now' as they attend the 'March for change' in Madrid, Spain, 31 January 2015. Chema Moya/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

Spain ruling party vows legal action in corruption scandal

Feb 05, 2013 - 9:13 AM

Spain s ruling Popular Party said it would take legal action against anyone who published or leaked information implicating its executives in a case of alleged corruption that has sparked calls for the prime minister to resign

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy addresses a press conference with the German Chancellor at the Chancellery in Berlin on February 4, 2013 after their meeting. AFP PHOTO / ODD ANDERSEN