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EU must do more to help Spain's economy, P.M. says

Bilbao, Spain, Mar 3 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Monday that the European Union take new measures to compliment the efforts made by Spain to emerge from the economic crisis and longest recession in recent history. Rajoy made this request of the EU at the close of the Global Economic Forum held in the northern city of Bilbao. The gathering was attended by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, EU economic officials and executives from Spain's leading companies and financial institutions.

EU must do more to help Spain's economy, P.M. says

Bilbao, Spain, Mar 3 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Monday that the European Union take new measures to compliment the efforts made by Spain to emerge from the economic crisis and longest recession in recent history. Rajoy made this request of the EU at the close of the Global Economic Forum held in the northern city of Bilbao. The gathering was attended by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, EU economic officials and executives from Spain's leading companies and financial institutions.

Kidnapped Spanish journalist released in Syria

Barcelona, Mar 2 (EFE).- Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who was kidnapped in Syria on Sept. 4, has been released and is in good health in Turkey, from where on Sunday he spoke by telephone with his family and with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Marginedas was released early Sunday after spending almost six months in Syria in the hands of jihadists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, El Periodico de Catalunya, the paper for which the reporter works, said.

Kidnapped Spanish journalist released in Syria

Barcelona, Mar 2 (EFE).- Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, who was kidnapped in Syria on Sept. 4, has been released and is in good health in Turkey, from where on Sunday he spoke by telephone with his family and with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Marginedas was released early Sunday after spending almost six months in Syria in the hands of jihadists belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, El Periodico de Catalunya, the paper for which the reporter works, said.

Spanish journalist freed after being kidnapped in Syria

MADRID (Reuters) - Veteran Spanish journalist Marc Marginedas, kidnapped in Syria in early September last year, has been freed, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Sunday. "I am very happy...I spoke to him early today, he is in reasonable shape, he is happy," Rajoy told Radio 5, Spain's public radio station.

Spain PM owes 'nothing' to ETA for disarmament gesture

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Wednesday rejected calls to respond to a disarmament pledge by the Basque separatist group ETA. Rajoy insisted the group disband unconditionally despite its pledge last week, in response to questions from Basque politicians in parliament. "We do not have to give them anything in return for disbanding," Rajoy said during a state of the nation debate. International monitors last week said they had overseen the decommissioning of a small cache of weapons by the group, but Rajoy's government shrugged off the claim.

Spain PM owes 'nothing' to ETA for disarmament gesture

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Wednesday rejected calls to respond to a disarmament pledge by the Basque separatist group ETA. Rajoy insisted the group disband unconditionally despite its pledge last week, in response to questions from Basque politicians in parliament. "We do not have to give them anything in return for disbanding," Rajoy said during a state of the nation debate. International monitors last week said they had overseen the decommissioning of a small cache of weapons by the group, but Rajoy's government shrugged off the claim.

Spain raises growth outlook, plans tax cuts

Spain on Tuesday raised its growth forecast and announced tax cuts and new job creation incentives, but warned of the lingering burden of painfully high unemployment. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament his conservative government now sees the economy expanding by 1.0 percent this year, up from the current 0.7 percent forecast, with growth picking up to 1.5 percent in 2015. He credited his tough economic reforms and austerity policies with pulling Spain back from the precipice of a full-blown bailout, widely feared in mid-2012.

Spain raises growth outlook, plans tax cuts

Spain on Tuesday raised its growth forecast and announced tax cuts and new job creation incentives, but warned of the lingering burden of painfully high unemployment. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament his conservative government now sees the economy expanding by 1.0 percent this year, up from the current 0.7 percent forecast, with growth picking up to 1.5 percent in 2015. He credited his tough economic reforms and austerity policies with pulling Spain back from the precipice of a full-blown bailout, widely feared in mid-2012.

Spanish PM sees growth of 1.0% in 2014, 1.5% in 2015

Spain will raise its economic growth forecast for 2014 to 1.0 percent and sees growth of 1.5 percent in 2015, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday. "The GDP growth forecast will be revised upwards. The forecast is that we will reach growth of 1.0 percent in 2014 and 1.5 percent in 2015," he said during an annual state of the nation debate in parliament. ib-gr/ds/rmb
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