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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

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 picking up to 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. The government's existing official forecast for 2014 predicts growth of 0.7 percent.

Spain PM says Catalan independence vote 'can't take place'

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday that a referendum on Catalan independence planned for November 9 "can't take place" because it would be illegal. "No one can unilaterally deprive the entire Spanish people of the right to decide on their future," he told parliament during an annual state of the nation debate. gr-sg/ds/dh

Spain's Rajoy raises economic growth forecast

By Blanca Rodríguez MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's economy is on track to expand by a better-than-expected 1.0 percent in 2014, allowing moderate job creation for the first time in six years, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Tuesday in his annual state-of-the-nation address to Parliament.

Spain PM revises 2014 growth upward to 1 per cent; pledges tax reforms, job creation incentives

MADRID - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has revised Spain's economy growth for 2014 upward to 1 per cent and announced tax reduction reforms and job creation incentives to give the country a boost after punishing years of recession. Rajoy told a parliamentary state-of-the-nation debate Tuesday that Spain had turned the corner thanks to his conservative government reforms and sacrifices made by Spaniards. He said jobs would be created in 2014 but he would not be satisfied until the 26 per cent unemployment rate is reduced substantially.

Google deal is no 'gentlemen's agreement', says EU antitrust chief

By Foo Yun Chee PARIS (Reuters) - The EU antitrust chief defended a deal with Google over how it displays web search results, following criticism from rival firms and his own colleagues, saying there had been no gentlemen's agreement to close the case. The world's most popular search engine has been under investigation for three years by the European Commission, which acts as the bloc's antitrust regulator, over complaints it was blocking competitors in search results.

Spanish P.M. says Ankara Metro project shows what Spain can do

Ankara, Feb 12 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took part Wednesday in the inauguration of a new Ankara Metro line, an event with a campaign feel as Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party gears up for municipal elections in next month. Rajoy and Erdogan held a high-level bilateral summit in the Turkish capital on Tuesday and the Spanish prime minister extended his stay in the city by a day to attend the inauguration of the M3 line, which Spain's Comsa Emte helped build.

China pressuring Spain on human rights case: Tibetan monk

A Tibetan monk who pushed a human rights case against former Chinese leaders through Spanish courts accused China on Tuesday of pressuring Madrid to change the law that made the complaint possible. Thubten Wangchen, a member of the exiled Tibetan parliament, said Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government had moved to limit the use of "universal jurisdiction", which allows judges to try certain cases of human rights abuses committed in other countries, only to appease China.

Spain lawmakers reject proposal to scrap abortion reform

A controversial plan to ban women in Spain from freely opting for abortions overcame a key hurdle on Tuesday when lawmakers voted against a motion to scrap the reform. The plan has outraged pro-choice groups and brought thousands of people out onto the streets to protest, but has sparked division even within the conservative ruling party. Lawmakers rejected a proposal submitted by the opposition Socialists to "immediately withdraw" the bill by 183 votes to 151. Six lawmakers abstained.

Rajoy reaffirms Spanish support for Turkey's EU bid

Ankara, Feb 11 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said here Tuesday that Madrid's economic reforms exemplify the kind of decisions Turkey must take in order to obtain acceptance into the European Union, an ambition that he said Spain will continue to support without reservations. Rajoy and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan presided in Ankara over the bilateral 5th High-Level Meeting. Both leaders said relations between their two countries have no significant problems and that they seek growing collaboration in all fields.
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