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Spain's Socialists refuse to back conservatives after election

Madrid - Spain's Socialists said Monday they would not back a government led by Mariano Rajoy, in the first sign that the incumbent prime minister may have a tough time forming a coalition after yet more inconclusive elections.

Spain's PM calls for government by early August after polls

Madrid - Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called Monday for a government to be formed by early August after his conservative Popular Party (PP) emerged stronger from another inconclusive general election.

Spain's Rajoy: The no-frills, under-estimated survivor

Madrid - Criticised as dull and uncharismatic, Spain's outgoing prime minister Mariano Rajoy retorts that he represents stability in the face of inexperienced upstarts, especially the "radicals" of the anti-austerity Podemos party.

Spain's conservatives steal show from Podemos in polls

Madrid - Spain's incumbent conservatives stole the show away from a far-left coalition led by Podemos Sunday, finishing stronger in repeat elections with more seats than in December polls though still falling short of a majority.

Spain's PP wins election, Podemos second: exit poll

Madrid - Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) took first place in a repeat general election on Sunday but fell well short of a majority while far-left formation Unidos Podemos came second, an exit poll showed.

Polls open in Spain repeat elections

Madrid - Polls opened in Spain Sunday for the second elections since December aimed at unblocking six months of political paralysis, just days after a shock Brexit.

Spain's PP wins election, Podemos coalition second: exit polls

Madrid - Spain's repeat polls ended Sunday with the incumbent conservatives appearing to have won the most seats tailed closely by a far-left coalition led by Podemos, exit polls said.

Spain struggles to reduce unemployment, debt despite growth

Madrid - Spain, which goes to the polls on Sunday in a repeat general election, is the eurozone's fourth largest economy and one of the fastest-growing nations in Western Europe, although it suffers from high unemployment and debt.

Radical change or safety first? Spain wavers before vote

Jerez De La Frontera - In Spain's southern tourist hotspot Jerez de la Frontera, Cristian Garcia whiles away the day sitting on a bench with his mates. Unemployed, he will vote for a far-left coalition led by Podemos in Sunday's elections.

Brexit bursts into Spain election campaign

Madrid - Brexit burst into Spain's election campaign Friday, with the outgoing conservatives pledging stability in the face of the rising far-left, anti-austerity coalition Unidos Podemos.

For now, Brits in Spain will have same rights, Madrid says

Madrid - Spain's premier on Friday sought to reassure Britons living in Spain after the Brexit vote, saying that for now, they would keep the same rights to live and work there.

After Brexit, Britons in Spain fear time in sun is over

Orihuela - For years, thousands of Britons made a home of the warm beaches of Orihuela on Spain's Costa Blanca. But after Brexit, many feared Friday their golden time in the sun could be over.

Brexit: Spain proposes 'shared sovereignty' over Gibraltar

Madrid - Spain proposed on Friday sharing sovereignty over Gibraltar after Britain voted to leave the European Union, saying this could be a prelude to bringing the overseas territory back under its control.

Solar Impulse 2 completes first-ever Atlantic flight

Seville - The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Spain Thursday after completing a 71-hour flight from New York in the first "magical" solo transatlantic crossing in a solar-powered airplane.

Spain interior minister faces calls to resign over leak

Madrid - Spain's interior minister faced calls to resign Wednesday over a conversation leaked four days before elections in which he appears to discuss with an anti-fraud official ways to incriminate his political rivals.

Spain awaits verdict as trial of king's brother-in-law ends

Madrid - A Spanish court on Wednesday wrapped up the embezzlement trial of the Spanish king's brother-in-law and his wife, accused of tax evasion, ahead of a verdict expected in a few months' time.

Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Madrid - The Solar Impulse 2 plane went through "a long night of turbulence" over the Atlantic, its weary pilot said Wednesday as he continued on the challenging leg of its sun-powered trip around the world.

Spain elections: What are the possible outcomes?

Madrid - Spaniards will cast ballots for the second time in six months in repeat polls on Sunday that may see the conservatives remain in power, even if many vote for left-wing parties.Here are the possible outcomes.Same again?

Stay home, Spain tells Cameron before Gibraltar trip

Madrid - Spain's acting prime minister took a swipe Thursday at his British counterpart David Cameron who is due in Gibraltar to campaign against Brexit in a "historic" trip, telling him to stay home.

Catalans worn down by long independence drive

Barcelona - The vivid red and yellow Catalan separatist flag is a familiar and colourful sight on balconies across Barcelona, though many have become faded and torn over the years.

Spain's disposable workers, a hot-button election issue

Madrid - "They hire you, they ditch you, they hire you and they ditch you again.

Spain prosecutors want 19 years jail for king's brother-in-law

Palma - Spanish prosecutors called Friday for the king's brother-in-law to be given a 19-and-a-half year jail term for alleged embezzlement in a trial that has also seen his wife Princess Cristina accused of tax evasion.

Spain's Socialists in historic struggle before polls

Madrid - For the first time in modern Spanish history, the Socialist party could be demoted in upcoming elections and replaced as the main left-wing force by anti-austerity Podemos and its allies.

Catalonia's pro-independence coalition breaks down

Barcelona - The pro-independence coalition ruling Spain's Catalonia broke down Wednesday after its most radical component refused to back the government budget, forcing the regional president to call a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

Slovenian brown bear released in Pyrenees in survival plan

Barcelona - A brown bear imported from Slovenia has been released in Spain's northern Pyrenees mountains as part of a programme to ensure the species' survival in the region, local officials said Tuesday.

If Brexit happens, Spain suggests joint Gibraltar sovereignty

Madrid - Spain's foreign minister on Tuesday revived the idea of sharing sovereignty over Gibraltar with Britain if Brexit happens, saying it would allow the Rock to maintain access to the European Union.

Obama to make last trip to Europe

Washington - US President Barack Obama will visit Poland and Spain in July, in what will likely be his final trip to Europe, a continent that has often presented more problems than opportunities during his presidency.

Spain's Podemos overtakes Socialists in pre-election polls

Madrid - Spain's anti-austerity party Podemos and its allies could leapfrog the Socialists in this month's repeat general election to become the country's main opposition, three polls showed Sunday.

Spanish PM's tax cut pledge ignites election campaign

Madrid - Spain's opposition on Tuesday blasted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative government for campaigning for a June general election on promises to lower taxes as well as slashing the public deficit.

Spain asylum system 'obsolete': Amnesty

Madrid - Amnesty International called Tuesday on Spain to reform an asylum system it labelled "inefficient, obsolete and discriminatory", blasting the "embarrassing" low number of refugees that have been taken in.
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