Spanish PM to announce snap election soon after budget vote: sources

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s minority Socialist government plans to announce an early general election after its expected defeat in a key budget vote on Wednesday following its refusal to negotiate Catalan self-determination, political sources said on Tuesday. Two small Catalan pro-independence parties, on whose votes the government has been relying to pass legislation, have so far maintained their blanket rejection […]

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Spanish PM set to announce snap election soon after budget vote: sources

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government expects to lose a key budget vote on Wednesday and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez plans to announce an early general election soon after, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday. The sources said the snap election date had not been set yet, but added that April 14 was the most likely date, followed by April […]

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Tensions high as Spain starts trial of Catalan separatists

MADRID (Reuters) – Twelve Catalan secessionist leaders go on trial in Spain’s high court on Tuesday, charged for their role in a failed independence bid 16 months ago that deeply divided the country and triggered the biggest political crisis in decades. Hundreds of police, including from anti-terrorism units, have been deployed around the Supreme Court building in central Madrid. The […]

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Spain's foreign minister says a hard Brexit would be a catastrophe

MADRID (Reuters) – A hard Brexit, whereby Britain would leave the European Union without any agreement, would be catastrophic, Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Monday, while adding that there were contingency plans in place. Britain’s exit from the EU on March 29 is uncertain as parliament is likely to vote against a proposed deal on Tuesday, opening up […]

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Spain to block Puigdemont as Catalan president

Puigdemont’s Together for Catalonia party to file complaint against the move, saying he is a legitimate candidate. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy asked the Constitutional Court to block the nomination of former Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont to resume his post on Friday. The move comes after the Spanish government’s Council of Ministers, headed by Rajoy, announced late Thursday night that […]

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Germany, France to add Spain to fighter program: sources

BERLIN/MADRID (Reuters) – Germany and France will welcome Spain as a full partner in their program to develop a next-generation air combat system, and expect to sign an agreement finalizing the move at the Paris Air Show in June, German government sources said on Wednesday. Paris and Berlin initially planned to offer Spain only observer status on the program, but […]

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Spanish fishing boat carrying rescued migrants heads to Malta

BARCELONA (Reuters) – A Spanish fishing boat carrying 11 migrants rescued off the coast of Libya is heading to Malta, the Spanish government said on Sunday, bringing an end to a protracted standoff to find a safe port for the boat amid increasing European resistance to accepting migrants. After offering to take more than 600 migrants rejected by Italy and […]

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Spain insists future of Gibraltar must be settled through direct talks

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain on Friday insisted that a Brexit deal should make clear Madrid would have a direct say how the future relationship between the EU and Britain could impact Gibraltar, and this would have to be discussed bilaterally. “It is clear, and the government is determined, that it must be absolutely guaranteed that any agreement between the European […]

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Spain's premier to break ice in Cuba after three decades

MADRID/HAVANA (Reuters) – Spanish premier Pedro Sanchez will embark on the first official bilateral visit by a Spanish leader to Cuba in 32 years on Thursday, at a time when the Communist-run island is looking towards Europe as its ties with the United States fester. Sanchez, who is traveling with two senior ministers and executives from two dozen companies, aims […]

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