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Spanish prime minister rejects calls to step down over scandal

By Emma Pinedo and Andrés González MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday rejected calls to resign over a ruling party financing scandal and said he would not allow the matter to hold back his reform plans. The political pressure mounted on Rajoy as the former treasurer of his center-right People's Party gave new testimony before a judge looking into the affair, saying he had made 90,000 euros in cash payments to Rajoy and party secretary-general Maria Dolores Cospedal in 2009 and 2010.

Spanish PM refuses to resign over corruption scandal

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday refused to resign over a corruption scandal rocking his government as it fights to rescue the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy from an economic crisis. He batted off calls from his political opponents to step down over allegations that he received secret payments through his Popular Party before he became premier in 2011. Pressure intensified on Rajoy, 58, when the man supposedly behind the payments, the party's jailed former treasurer Luis Barcenas, defended his allegations for the first time formally in court on Monday.

Spanish PM refuses to resign in corruption scandal

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refused on Monday to resign over a corruption scandal rocking his government as it fights to rescue the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy from an economic crisis. He batted off calls from his political opponents to step down over allegations that he received secret payments through his Popular Party when he was a government minister in the late 1990s.

Olympics: Madrid can strike gold third time round

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been present in the auditorium when Madrid lost out for the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games but this time he believes it will be third time lucky and they will win the right to host the 2020 Games. The 58-year-old - who has been in power since December 2011 having attended the previous two Games votes as Leader of the Opposition - was unable to be at the presentation to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) members on Wednesday in Lausanne, but flew in afterwards to speak to IOC president Jacques Rogge.

Rajoy sees hope for Spain in jobless figures

MADRID (Reuters) - Jobless figures to be released next week in Spain will be encouraging and the recession-hit country has started to turn a corner, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Saturday. "I'm not counting chickens here, however I recommend that you pay attention to unemployment and social security numbers on Tuesday the 4th ... If the patterns we've seen are confirmed they will be clearly encouraging," Rajoy said at an economic conference.

Spain's Rajoy balks at making deeper reforms

By Fiona Ortiz MADRID (Reuters) - After a year of radical reforms that made Spain more competitive but also exacerbated a deep recession, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has largely lost his appetite for aggressive and unpopular cuts to pensions or state bureaucracy. His plunging approval rating at home is holding him back as unemployment soars to 27 percent. Sources within the government say he has also reached the view that deeper reforms at home will win him few points in negotiations with European partners.

Rajoy: Spain will emerge stronger from economic crisis

Lisbon, May 12 (EFE).- Spain will emerge stronger from the economic crisis and will return to prosperity, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said in comments ahead of this week's Iberian Summit. The crisis has had a "tremendous social impact," Rajoy said in comments e-mailed to Portugal's Lusa news agency. It is "logical and symptomatic of the good health of democracies" that there be a "social response to many of the political measures taken to allow an exit from the crisis on solid and stable foundations," Rajoy said.

Pope Francis meets with Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy

Vatican City, Apr 15 (EFE).- Pope Francis had a private audience Monday with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, with the two men speaking alone for 24 minutes. Francis received Rajoy in the Private Library, the two exchanged greetings and then sat face to face. The Spanish leader told the pope he attended the 2006 World Meeting of the Families in Valencia with his then 1-year-old son. The doors of the library closed and the two men continued their meeting in private.

Rajoy says Spain will revise 2013 economic forecast

Madrid, Mar 20 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Wednesday that his government will almost certainly revise its economic outlook for 2013. He made the remarks in Parliament to the leader of the main opposition Socialists, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, who inquired whether the government was maintaining the economic forecasts it sent to Brussels in April 2012.

Spain's Rajoy to join royals on Vatican trip

Brussels, Mar 14 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday that he will travel to Rome next week with Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia to attend the installation of Pope Francis I. Rajoy said he would make the trip next Tuesday in remarks to reporters upon his arrival at the meeting of the European People's Party, or EPP, here a few hours before the European Union summit is set to begin.
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