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Rajoy uses Japan visit to emphasize Spain's strengths

Tokyo, Oct 2 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday in Japan presented his country as one that has left behind the "somber perception" of its economy and that, after the reforms his government has implemented, is a ideal location in which to invest. This is the message that Rajoy transmitted on the first day of his official visit to Japan. The Spanish premier, who was received at an audience by Emperor Akihito, earlier met in private with representatives of Japan's leading companies and presided at a business meeting between the two countries.

Rajoy touts Spain's economic comeback

New York, Sep 26 (EFE).- The reforms implemented by his government have put the Spanish economy firmly on the road to recovery, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said here Thursday in a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. "Spain has taken on the lessons of the past" and will pursue the measures needed to foster economic growth and job creation, he said. While crediting recent positive economic data to the reforms already in place, Rajoy stressed that much remains to be done, given continuing high unemployment in the Iberian nation.

Spain to raise 2014 growth forecast to 0.7 percent

The Spanish government plans to raise its economic growth forecast for next year to 0.7 percent from 0.5 percent, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday, the latest sign that the outlook for the eurozone's fourth-largest economy has improved. The updated growth forecast will be part of new official economic targets that will be released on Friday after cabinet approves the 2014 budget, he said during a debate in parliament.

Spain exits recession in third quarter

Spain has emerged from recession in the third quarter, with estimated economic growth of 0.1 to 0.2 percent, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in a newspaper interview Tuesday. He also forecast growth of between 0.5 and 1.0 percent in 2014, stronger than the government's previous estimate, in an interview published in the Wall Street Journal. "Spain is out of recession but not out of the crisis," the newspaper quoted him as saying. "The task now is to achieve a vigorous recovery that allows us to create jobs."

Spain's Rajoy offers Catalonia talks, but no independence vote

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday offered to hold talks with Catalonia, but gave no indication he would allow the wealthy northwestern region to vote on independence. The offer of talks was made in a letter sent to the head of Catalonia's regional government, Artur Mas, only three days after hundreds of thousands of Catalans formed a 400-km human chain to push their independence bid and demand a referendum.

Spanish P.M. says tax cuts on the horizon, recession coming to an end

Pontevedra, Spain, Aug 31 (EFE).- Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Saturday his government would announce plans to cut taxes within a year and predicted that the Spanish economy was "on the cusp" of growth. Speaking at a political rally in this northwestern city, the premier forecast that the country's economic situation would improve sufficiently to enable his administration to lower taxes, though he did not provide specifics.

Spaniards believe Rajoy lied over slush fund scandal

Spaniards overwhelmingly believe Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy lied when he denied being corrupt after his name appeared in a slush fund scandal, an opinion poll showed Saturday. Rajoy was grilled in parliament after documents published in Spanish media showed he and other members of his conservative Popular Party had received kickbacks from construction companies. He survived mounting calls for his resignation by denying he had ever received any cash illegally but admitting he had been wrong to trust his party's former treasurer Luis Barcenas.

Spain PM admits error in scandal but refuses to resign

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted Thursday he made a mistake in trusting a party colleague at the centre of a major corruption scandal but rejected repeated calls to resign. Rajoy, 58, came out fighting in parliament, scorning calls for him to step down over allegations surrounding his ruling Popular Party's disgraced former treasurer, Luis Barcenas. The affair has threatened to destabilise his government as it works to strengthen the public finances of the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy, anxiously watched by its neighbours.

Spain's Rajoy says he was wrong to trust treasurer in party funding scandal

By Andrés González MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy apologized on Thursday for mishandling a major corruption scandal, but denied he or his center-right People's Party accepted illegal payments and rejected opposition calls to step down. It was the first time Rajoy had admitted any error since it emerged in January that the ruling party's former treasurer Luis Barcenas - in jail pending trial on charges of bribery and tax evasion - hid up to 48 million euros in Swiss bank accounts.

Spain PM admits error in scandal but refuses to resign

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted Thursday he made a mistake in trusting a party colleague at the centre of a major corruption scandal but rejected repeated calls to resign. Rajoy, 58, came out fighting in parliament, pouring scorn on calls for him to step down over allegations surrounding his ruling Popular Party's disgraced former treasurer, Luis Barcenas. The affair has threatened to destabilise his government as it works to strengthen the public finances of the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy, anxiously watched by its neighbours.
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