Boat caught in Europe’s migration spat brings hundreds to Spain

By Luis Felipe Fernandez and Jordi Rubio VALENCIA, Spain, June 17 : Rescued migrants turned away by Italy and Malta arrived at the Spanish port of Valencia on Sunday, ending a gruelling Mediterranean odyssey that became symbolic of Europe’s failure to agree on immigration. Spain swooped to help 629 mainly sub-Saharan Africans on board the […]

Spain’s new government lifts budget controls on Catalonia

By Robert Hetz and Isla Binnie MADRID, Jun 8 : Spain’s new Socialist government said on Friday it had lifted financial controls on Catalonia and would seek dialogue with the region’s administration to relieve tensions over an independence bid which pitched the country into political crisis. Catalonia’s secessionist drive is one of the thorniest issues […]

Sanchez takes charge in Spain as tarnished Rajoy departs

By Sonya Dowsett and Julien Toyer MADRID, June 1 : Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez took over as Spain’s prime minister on Friday, after parliament toppled his predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote triggered by a corruption scandal involving members of his centre-right party. Lawmakers stood and cheered as Sanchez – who had earlier promised […]

Italian bonds rebound on coalition deal, no-confidence vote in Spain looms

By Dhara Ranasinghe LONDON, June 1 : Italy’s borrowing costs fell sharply on Friday after anti-establishment parties revived a coalition deal, apparently averting snap elections just as focus switched to Spain where the prime minister is set to be toppled. Pedro Sanchez was almost certain to become Spain’s new leader after his Socialist party secured […]

Spanish prime minister to face confidence vote on Friday

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID, May 28 : Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a vote of confidence in his leadership on Friday as corruption convictions handed down to dozens of people linked to his centre-right People’s Party (PP) threatened his six-year rule. Spain’s parliament agreed on Monday that the debate and vote would take […]

Spanish prime minister to face confidence vote on Friday

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID, May 28 : Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will face a vote of confidence in his leadership on Friday as corruption convictions handed down to dozens of people linked to his centre-right People’s Party (PP) threatened his six-year rule. Spain’s parliament agreed on Monday that the debate and vote would take […]