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Spain's Rajoy vows to defeat separatists in Catalan election

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he hopes to defeat separatists in next month's Catalan election, which will be dominated by regional lawmakers' independence drive, calling for a "massive" turnout by voters.

Spain to dismiss Catalonia's government, call elections

Madrid - Spain said Saturday it will move to dismiss Catalonia's separatist government and call fresh elections in the region in a bid to stop its leaders from declaring independence.

Spain's Rajoy says 'critical point' reached in Catalonia

Brussels - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday his government has reached a "critical point" as it seeks to use emergency measures to stop Catalonia's separatist bid.

Spanish premier blames arsonists for deadly wildfires

Madrid - Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Monday that arsonists were to blame for most of the deadly wildfires raging in northwestern Spain which have so far killed three people and injured dozens.

Spanish PM won't rule out suspending Catalonia's autonomy

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he won't rule out suspending Catalonia's regional autonomy if its leaders continue to threaten a declaration of independence.

Rajoy says rule of law prevailed by blocking Catalan vote

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday that the rule of law had prevailed in Catalonia because an independence referendum in the region prohibited by the courts had been blocked.

Rajoy, a political survivor caught out by Catalan crisis

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a political survivor, now faces one of the biggest challenges of his career: a surge in separatist fervour in Catalonia which many accuse him of having fanned.

Catalans shout 'not afraid' after minute's silence over attacks

Barcelona - A crowd in Barcelona's main square defiantly shouted "not afraid" Friday following a minute's silence attended by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI, held for the victims of a double vehicle attack.

Spain's Rajoy still unscathed from corruption scandals

Madrid - With arrests, raids and tears, Spaniards this week watched another episode in a long-running corruption saga that has hit the ruling conservative party... but left Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy unscathed.

Spanish PM downplays graft trial witness summons

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy downplayed Thursday a court's decision to summon him to testify as a witness in a graft trial, saying it was "his duty" to take the stand.

Spain demands that ETA apologise and disband

Madrid - Spain on Saturday demanded that Basque separatist group ETA apologise for decades of violence and then disband "definitively" after it provided France with a list of arms caches to finalise a promise to disarm.

Mariano Rajoy, solidly in charge in Spain

Madrid - Often criticised for his "wait-and-see" approach, Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outfoxed rivals to govern without serious competition, making him a rare European leader to survive the region's debt crisis.

Spain's Rajoy takes EU defence as far-right threatens

Madrid - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy leapt to the defence of Europe in an interview, describing it as the "best region in the world" but warning it could implode if populists win elections this year.

Spanish PM Rajoy re-elected head of his party

Madrid - Spain's ruling conservatives on Saturday voted to keep Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as their leader, after a wave of high-profile corruption scandals threatened to push the party out of power.

Spain's Rajoy sworn in as prime minister

Madrid - Spain's conservative leader Mariano Rajoy was sworn in Monday for a second term as prime minister at a ceremony attended by King Felipe VI, bringing a close to ten months of political limbo.

Rajoy, the under-estimated survivor who wore his rivals down

Madrid - Spain's conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy won back power Saturday, at the age of 61, after a war of attrition against younger rivals who under-estimated his resistance after 35 years in politics.

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.

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.

PM Rajoy says will fight for Spain unity ahead of Catalan leader vote

Madrid - Spain's incumbent Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Sunday he would fight for his country's unity as the parliament in Catalonia prepared to vote in a new regional secessionist leader.

Mariano Rajoy: Spain's no-frills, austere conservative

Madrid - Mariano Rajoy, who has the uphill task of trying to form a coalition government in Spain after his party won elections without an absolute majority, has turned his perceived dullness into a political strength.

Spain's no-frills, austere PM seeks re-election

Madrid - Straight-laced and sedate, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has turned his perceived dullness into a political strength, positioning himself as a safe pair of hands who saved the country from economic collapse."Do I look as boring as some say?

Main parties in "unity" agreement against Catalan separatists: Spain PM

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday the nation's main parties have reached an agreement to defend national unity as an independence drive in the wealthy region of Catalonia gets into higher gear.

Spain PM vows to use 'all means' to block Catalan independence bid

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Tuesday to use "all political and legal means" to block a Catalan independence bid after separatist parties presented a bill on secession to the regional Catalan parliament.

Spain PM wants 'yes' vote in Greek referendum, change in govt

Atenas - Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday became the first European leader to openly back the departure of Greece's far-left government as he urged Greeks to accept bailout proposals in a crucial referendum.

Spain PM deplores Socialist rapprochement with far-left

Madrid - Spain's prime minister lashed out Friday against the rapprochement between the main opposition Socialists and new anti-austerity party Podemos to try to oust his conservative government in several areas, calling it a "tremendous mistake".

Spain hails passersby who helped military air crash survivors

Madrid - Spanish authorities on Sunday hailed as heroes three people who helped rescue two survivors from an Airbus A400M military plane crash near Seville airport that killed four people the previous day.

Spanish PM 'shocked' by French Airbus crash

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday he was "shocked" by the crash of a Germanwings Airbus plane in the French Alps with 150 people aboard which had departed from Barcelona in Spain and had set up a crisis cell.

Spanish PM urges dialogue over Catalonia independence bid

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday called for calm and dialogue as Catalonia leaders pressed ahead with a vote on independence in defiance of Madrid."The law and dialogue, these are the ways out of the situation in Catalonia...

1000's of Spaniards strike today against labour reforms (updated)

Tens of thousands of Spaniards are taking to the streets yet again, this time against the labour laws in the country. A general strike was called for March 29, 2012.

Smile you are on candid camera Mr Prime Minister

Brussels - Mariano Rajoy, the newly elected Spanish Prime Minister should be more aware of the cameras and microphones surrounding him when speaking in a public area.
 

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July 26 will see protests in 30 Spanish cities and several other European cities calling on Rajoy to...
July 26 will see protests in 30 Spanish cities and several other European cities calling on Rajoy to resign and for new elections.
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