Tag: Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy
Monday, December 16th 2013 - 17:16 UTC

Spain finally prepared to tackle political corruption: bill to control political parties finances

“All illegal donations will have to be paid back,” said Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria

Spain’s government proposed a law to control more tightly the financial activities of political parties, after corruption scandals in recent years involving both left and right. The law will ban legal and corporate entities from making donations to parties, and banks will no longer be allowed to cancel their debts or negotiate with them interest rates that would be below market levels. Donations are currently allowed up to a limit of 100,000 Euros a year.

Friday, December 13th 2013 - 13:14 UTC

Madrid vows to block any independence referendum in Catalonia

Catalan president Mas said agreement had been reached on the date and on two questions for the referendum

The Spanish government has vowed to block plans by parties in Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence on 9 November of next year. “The poll will not be held,” Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon told journalists moments after Catalonia's President, Artur Mas, announced a deal.

Saturday, November 30th 2013 - 19:42 UTC

Rajoy meets PM Cameron and states the diplomatic bag incident in Gibraltar border 'resolved'

The meeting took place in Lithuania during an EU summit

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy drew a line under the diplomatic bag incident at the Gibraltar border following a conversation with his British counterpart, David Cameron. The two men spoke on the side lines of an EU summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, although their conversation centered mostly on Scotland and Catalonia, according to Spanish reports. “This (incident) has been resolved” said the Spanish president.

Friday, November 22nd 2013 - 20:21 UTC

“Excellent relations with UK” but “tough controls on Gibraltar” announced Rajoy

”My duty is also to defend the interests of the Spanish and that is also how it is going to be” anticipated Rajoy

Spain’s President Mariano Rajoy has declared his intent to sustain both good relations with Britain and tough controls on Gibraltar at the border. The remarks came in an interview with Radio Nacional de España in which he defended Spain’s attitude to Gibraltar.

Monday, October 21st 2013 - 07:01 UTC

Too many summits: Ibero-American countries decide to meet every other year

Brazil's Rousseff; Venezuela's Maduro and Cristina Fernandez among others were absent from the gathering

In a poorly attended Ibero-American summit held during two days in Panama, the heads of state and government from the Americas, plus Spain and Portugal, decided that instead of holding annual meetings they would get together every other year, starting after the 2014 summit in Veracruz, Mexico.

Thursday, September 26th 2013 - 21:36 UTC

Spain out of recession “but not out of the crisis”, Rajoy tells US financial media

Moody's agreed with Rajoy that Spain is emerging from the recession.

President Mariano Rajoy making the round of financial media in New York this week, said Spain had emerged from recession in the third quarter with estimated economic growth of 0.1% to 0.2% forecast and 0.5% to 1% in 2014.

Thursday, September 26th 2013 - 21:29 UTC

Rajoy calls on UK for dialogue on Gibraltar, last ‘colonial anachronism’ in Europe

The Spanish president was less forceful on Gibraltar than expected according to the Madrid press

Addressing the UN General Assembly Spanish President Mariano Rajoy described the Gibraltar situation as a ‘colonial anachronism’ and criticized UK’s dialogue denial attitude on the Rock’s sovereignty. The speech comes at a tense moment in Gibraltar and Spain relations, but according to the Madrid press, Rajoy was less forceful than expected.

Wednesday, September 18th 2013 - 20:50 UTC

EC fact-finding mission to Gibraltar/Spain arrives next September 25

They mission will assess the border controls, free movement of people and goods, including fraud and smuggling, according to EC.

The European Commission will send a fact-finding mission to the Gibraltar-Spain border on September 25 to assess Spanish customs controls and their impact on freedom of movement. The date for the mission was confirmed on Wednesday following days of wrangling over the scope of its mandate, reports the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Saturday, September 7th 2013 - 01:22 UTC

Rajoy and Cameron meet on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Russia

Meanwhile Chief Minister accused Madrid of setting a “pre-war environment”

While Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy held a one-to-one meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron on the G20 Summit sidelines in Russia to discuss the Gibraltar sovereignty dispute, officials of the British overseas territory accused Madrid of setting a “pre-war environment.”

Tuesday, August 20th 2013 - 21:35 UTC

EC agrees to send fact-finding mission to investigate Spain controls at Gibraltar border

EC president Barroso spoke on the phone with Rajoy. Last week he did the same with PM Cameron

European Commission president Jose Manuel Durao Barroso and Spain’s Mariano Rajoy discussed Gibraltar on the phone and agreed that the Commission should dispatch observers to the border “as soon as possible” to examine controls on the movement of people and goods, the EC said in a statement.


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