Agence France-PresseJuly 31, 2013 22:02
Lawmakers will grill Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday demanding he explain himself over a corruption scandal that has sparked calls for him to quit.
The affair threatens to destabilise his government as it works to strengthen the public finances of the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy, anxiously watched by its neighbours since he took power in 2011.
Rajoy, 58, has denied receiving illegal payments from his Popular Party and refused to step down. The allegations come from the party's former treasurer, Luis Barcenas, who has named him in the scandal.