The number of jobless in Spain reached 5,639,500 at the end of March, with 365,900 people having lost their jobs in the first three months of the year, according to the country’s national statistics agency.
Sixty-three senators voted for the bill in the early hours of Thursday morning, with three parliamentarians voting against and four abstaining, leaving little doubt as to the popularity of the expropriation.
The report, which focuses on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland, comes two days after Marine Le Pen’s right-wing National Front party secured a record result in the first round of France’s presidential elections.
The resolution also warns that Buenos Aires’ actions could “put a strain on the climate of understanding and friendship needed to reach” a trade deal currently being negotiated between the EU and the Mercosur bloc of Latin American countries led by Argentina and Brazil.
The strike is the government’s first major challenge since taking office and comes a day before PM Mariano Rajoy is to unveil the country’s 2012 budget, expected to contain measures to save billions of dollars in order to keep Spain on track for deficit targets agreed with the European Commission.