Politics of Spain http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/23616/all en Spanish regions angry at "provocative" defence minister speech http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><body></body></p> <p>By Clare Kane</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Two Spanish regions with strong<br /> independence movements reacted angrily on Monday to a speech by<br /> the country's defence minister that said the military was<br /> prepared and calm in the face of "absurd provocations".</p> <p>Defence Minister Pedro Morenes made the comments at Spain's<br /> annual Epiphany military parade on Sunday, provoking reaction<br /> from politicians in Catalonia, where leaders are moving towards<br /> a referendum on independence from Spain, and the Basque Country.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130107/spanish-regions-angry-at-provocative-defence-minister-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Basque conflict Basque nationalism Basque politics Batasuna Catalonia ETA Europe Francoist Spain Person Career Politics Politics of Spain Quotation Spain Thomson Reuters Mon, 07 Jan 2013 17:21:49 +0000 5731376 at http://www.globalpost.com Support for Spain's leaders drops to a new low - poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/support-spains-leaders-drops-new-low-poll <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Support for Spain's political leaders has fallen to a new low, according to a poll published by El Pais on Sunday, in the midst of a deep economic recession and record high unemployment.</p> <p>In a survey by Metroscopia Jan. 9 and 10, only 29.8 percent said they would vote for Spain's ruling People's Party (PP), the lowest level of support since the November 2011 election when it won an absolute majority and over half of the vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/support-spains-leaders-drops-new-low-poll" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Congress of Deputies Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:30:17 +0000 5733753 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain's PM defends party from corruption inquiry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/spains-pm-defends-party-corruption-inquiry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed action against wrongdoers in his ruling People's Party (PP) after revelations of a former treasurer's Swiss bank account threatened to stir a deeper party crisis.</p> <p>An ongoing judicial investigation of former PP treasurer Luis Barcenas last week showed he had a Swiss bank account which at one point held as much as 22 million euros ($29 million), according to a court document and statements by court officials.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/spains-pm-defends-party-corruption-inquiry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Government of Spain Labor Politics of Spain Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 14:00:42 +0000 5736563 at http://www.globalpost.com Protests become way of life in Spanish recession http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/protests-become-way-life-spanish-recession <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Raquel Castillo Lopez</p> <p>MADRID, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Spanish workers are increasingly walking off the job to protest wage reductions and privatisations by the government as it tackles a steep public deficit that last year threatened to bankrupt the country.</p> <p>Judges, garbage workers, doctors and bus drivers are among those involved in a wave of disruptive strikes and demonstrations as workers lose patience with the centre-right government's spending cuts after four years of economic crisis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/protests-become-way-life-spanish-recession" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Government of Spain Health Labor Law Politics of Spain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:30:25 +0000 5737209 at http://www.globalpost.com Catalan lawmakers pass resolution on sovereignty http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/catalan-lawmakers-pass-resolution-sovereignty <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Braden Phillips</p> <p>BARCELONA, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Catalonia's parliament approved on Wednesday a declaration of sovereignty signalling the start of an uncertain journey towards a referendum on independence from Spain for the northeastern region.</p> <p>The non-binding and largely symbolic resolution - which states that the people of Catalonia have a democratic right to decide on their sovereignty - was passed with 85 votes for, 41 against and two abstentions in the 135-seat legislature. Two deputies were absent and five refused to vote.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130123/catalan-lawmakers-pass-resolution-sovereignty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Autonomous communities of Spain Business Catalonia Politics of Spain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Wed, 23 Jan 2013 19:00:25 +0000 5738442 at http://www.globalpost.com Could Scottish, Catalan independence votes reshape Europe? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/could-scottish-catalan-independence-votes-reshape-europe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> Business Europe Politics Politics of Spain Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:45:24 +0000 5740994 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain's Prado Museum gets biggest art donation in decades http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/spains-prado-museum-gets-biggest-art-donation-decades <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MADRID, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Spain's Prado museum received its biggest private donation in decades on Tuesday with the gift of 12 medieval and Renaissance works by Spanish artists.</p> <p>The paintings and sculptures include "The Virgin of Tobed", the central panel of the altarpiece of a church in northeastern Spain and an exceptional example of Catalan Italo-Gothic painting attributed to Jaume Serra.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/spains-prado-museum-gets-biggest-art-donation-decades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Entertainment Politics of Spain Spain Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:31:15 +0000 5741104 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain ruling party denies alleged secret payments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's ruling Popular Party blasted as lies a newspaper report Thursday of hand-written ledgers purportedly showing secret payments to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other top party officials.</p> <p>Leading daily El Pais ran photographs of the supposed ledgers on its front page, a potentially explosive story at a time when Rajoy's government is imposing steep spending cuts and higher taxes on a population suffering a jobless rate of 26 percent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:00:45 +0000 5741892 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 4-Spain corruption scandal turns up heat on PM Rajoy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-3-spain-corruption-scandal-turns-heat-pm-rajoy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* PM Rajoy allegedly received secret payments - El Pais</p> <p>* Ruling PP party says all party payments are legal</p> <p>* Report is latest twist in PP corruption scandal</p> <p>* Hundreds gather to protest outside PP headquarters (Adds protests)</p> <p>By Fiona Ortiz and Iciar Reinlein</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-3-spain-corruption-scandal-turns-heat-pm-rajoy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Politics of Spain Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:01:08 +0000 5741901 at http://www.globalpost.com Reuters World News Highlights 1800 GMT, Jan 31 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-31 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VIENNA - Iran has announced plans to install and operate advanced uranium enrichment machines, in what would be a technological leap allowing it to significantly speed up activity the West fears could be put to developing a nuclear weapon.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p>BEIRUT/AMMAN - Syria warned on Thursday of a possible "surprise" response to Israel's attack on its territory and Russia condemned the air strike as an unprovoked violation of international law.</p> <p>- - - -</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/reuters-world-news-highlights-1800-gmt-jan-31" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Congress of Deputies Government of Spain Politics of Spain War Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:16:16 +0000 5742064 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain ruling party denies alleged secret payments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's ruling Popular Party blasted as lies a newspaper report Thursday of hand-written ledgers purportedly showing secret payments to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other top party officials.</p> <p>Leading daily El Pais ran photographs of the supposed ledgers on its front page, a potentially explosive story at a time when Rajoy's government is imposing steep spending cuts and higher taxes on a population suffering a jobless rate of 26 percent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:15:43 +0000 5742318 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain ruling party denies alleged secret payments http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's ruling Popular Party denied a newspaper report Thursday of hand-written ledgers purportedly showing secret payments to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other top party officials.</p> <p>Leading daily El Pais ran photographs of the supposed ledgers on its front page, a potentially explosive story at a time when Rajoy's government is imposing steep spending cuts and higher taxes on a population suffering a jobless rate of 26 percent.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/spain-ruling-party-denies-alleged-secret-payments-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 23:45:22 +0000 5742344 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain ruling party chiefs to meet over corruption crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/spain-ruling-party-chiefs-meet-over-corruption-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's ruling Popular Party has called a crisis meeting over the explosive publication of hand-written ledgers purportedly showing secret payments to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other top party officials.</p> <p>Rajoy called an extraordinary meeting of the party's national executive committee on Saturday, a party spokeswoman said Friday, after the report by leading daily El Pais ignited a political firestorm.</p> <p>The 57-year-old grey-bearded prime minister was holding a weekly cabinet meeting with his top ministers in Madrid.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/spain-ruling-party-chiefs-meet-over-corruption-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Politics of Spain Social Issues AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 11:15:38 +0000 5742817 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Spain PM to speak Saturday on corruption scandal: govt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/urgent-spain-pm-speak-saturday-corruption-scandal-govt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will speak out on Saturday after being named in a scandal over alleged undeclared payments in his party that has threatened to destabilise him, his deputy said.</p> <p>"The prime minister will make his position known tomorrow," Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference, insisting that the government had "great stability".</p> <p>rlp/sg</p> Congress of Deputies Government of Spain Politics of Spain Prime Minister AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:30:28 +0000 5743003 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain's government jumps to calm corruption scandal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/spains-government-jumps-calm-corruption-scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's government leapt to calm a growing corruption scandal Friday over alleged undeclared payments in the ruling party, with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy set to speak out after being named in the affair himself.</p> <p>The government run by Rajoy's conservative Popular Party insisted the publication of hand-written ledgers purportedly showing secret payments to Prime Rajoy and other top party officials had not threatened its stability.</p> <p>"The prime minister will make his position known tomorrow," Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria told a news conference.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130201/spains-government-jumps-calm-corruption-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Congress of Deputies Entertainment Government of Spain Mariano Rajoy Politics of Spain Social Issues AFP Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:45:35 +0000 5743017 at http://www.globalpost.com