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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 will not take place because it would be illegal. "This referendum can't take place, it is not legal," he told parliament during an annual state of the nation debate. "It is the entire Spanish people who have the capacity to decide what Spain is. No one can unilaterally deprive the entire Spanish people of the right to decide on their future."

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 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 will not take place because it would be illegal. "This referendum can't take place, it is not legal," he told parliament during an annual state of the nation debate. "It is the entire Spanish people who have the capacity to decide what Spain is. No one can unilaterally deprive the entire Spanish people of the right to decide on their future."

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.

Monitors appear before Spain tribunal over ETA

Three international monitors appeared before a judge in Spain on Sunday to give evidence about their meeting with militants from the armed Basque separatist group ETA. The move came after the International Verification Commission announced Friday that it had overseen ETA militants handing over a small cache of weapons as the first step towards disarmament. It released a video, shot in January, that showed two of its members receiving guns and explosives from militants in balaclavas.

Spain press dismisses ETA disarmament 'farce'

Spanish newspapers Saturday dismissed moves by Basque separatist group ETA to start handing over weapons as insignificant, with leading conservative dailies branding it a "farce" and demanding the movement disband. International monitors on Friday said that a video of ETA members presenting a cache of guns and explosives was a step towards the full disarmament of western Europe's last major violent separatist movement.

Goldman Sachs to advise Spain on Bankia stake sale: FROB

By Jesús Aguado MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's bank rescue fund FROB said on Friday it chose Goldman Sachs to advise it on the sale of part of the government's controlling stake in nationalized lender Bankia <BKIA.MC>. The government is taking steps to start selling part of its 68 percent holding in Bankia, but will maintain control. Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told Reuters this week that small stakes could be sold during the year before a bigger sale in the medium-term.

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.
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