Tag: Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy
Monday, January 11th 2016 - 14:13 UTC

Agreement in Catalonia puts more pressure on Madrid for a grand coalition

Puigdemont, the 53-year-old mayor of Girona who comes from a fervently pro-independence family, will now appoint his cabinet.

A fiercely secessionist leader was elected president of the wealthy region of Catalonia thanks to a last-minute show of unity, giving fresh impetus to attempts to break away from Spain after months of infighting. The appointment of Carles Puigdemont, just hours before a deadline which would have forced fresh regional elections, drew an immediate rebuke from Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Thursday, December 31st 2015 - 08:35 UTC

Spain's Socialists rules out any partner that supports Catalonia independence referendum

“We will not discuss questions about the territorial integrity of the country,” Sanchez said at a news conference. “We will not form a government at any cost.”

Spain's Socialist party ruled out forming a new government with any party that supported a referendum on independence in Catalonia, a stand that prolongs political uncertainty after this month's inconclusive national election.

Thursday, December 24th 2015 - 08:08 UTC

Italy's PM Rienzi looks to Spain and warns about the results of austerity in political systems

“It's the Spain of today, but it seems like the Italy of yesterday,” Renzi commented in a blog post on his website after the Spanish elections.

After Spain's elections on Sunday left the ruling Popular Party and president Mariano Rajoy well short of an absolute majority, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi argued this showed Europe does not want austerity, and those who apply them, even successful, are knocked out politically.

Thursday, December 24th 2015 - 07:55 UTC

Socialists reject Rajoy's offer to join a PP government, but all parties want to avoid new elections in two months

 “We were clear: we will vote against the continuity of the Popular Party at the helm of the government, with Mariano Rajoy as prime minister,” Sanchez said

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy suffered a first major setback in his bid to stay in office as the Socialists refused Wednesday to back his attempt to form a new government following an inconclusive general election. Rajoy's conservative Popular Party won the most ballots in Sunday's vote but lost its absolute majority in the 350-seat lower house of parliament, taking just 123.

Monday, December 21st 2015 - 07:14 UTC

Spain's left-right draw ends two-party system and marks time of coalitions

“We are about to begin a period that won’t be easy,” admitted Rajoy, who was first elected in 2011 and has tightened the reins on Spain’s spendthrift economy

Spain is heading for a period of difficult coalition-building after Sunday’s elections in which Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservatives came first, but were far short of a majority and with no obvious coalition partner after the centrist Ciudadanos (Citizens) did worse than expected, finishing fourth.

Saturday, December 19th 2015 - 02:43 UTC

Rajoy rejects the idea of a grand coalition, German style, after Sunday's vote

“I don’t know who proposed that; I certainly didn’t,” Rajoy said on the last day of the campaign. “No one in the PP has made a proposal for such a coalition.”

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected any idea of his ruling Popular Party (PP) trying to form a grand coalition with the main opposition Socialist Party (PSOE) after Sunday's general election, in a bid to stop emerging political forces Podemos and Ciudadanos from entering government.

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - 06:56 UTC

Spain's electoral debate dominated by corruption accusations

“The head of the government, Mr Rajoy, has to be a decent person, and you are not,” said Sanchez, accusing the premier of repeatedly lying to the public

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was accused of being unfit to govern by his socialist challenger Pedro Sanchez on Monday night in an unusually ferocious election debate held before this week's general election. Sanchez performance makes him a first line contender for highest office in Spain, even if Rajoy's party as forecasted wins the election

Tuesday, December 15th 2015 - 06:41 UTC

Spain's Rajoy expected to win next Sunday's election but without a majority

Polls are predicting PP will conquer less than 30% of votes, followed by PSOE, the liberal Citizens and Podemos (Yes We Can), with slight differences.

The latest surveys on the Spanish legislative elections to be held next Sunday, predict a victory for the ruling center-right People's Party, or PP, but without an absolute majority, so the party will have to form a coalition to establish a government.

Tuesday, December 1st 2015 - 08:19 UTC

Spanish minister anticipates 'spectacular' relationship with Macri government

García-Margallo underlined Spain's president Mariano Rajoy's close relationship with Argentine president elect Macri

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo became on Sunday the first foreign official to be received by president-elect Mauricio Macri after he won the November 22 runoff election, and announced a new 'spectacular' era is beginning in Madrid’s relations with Argentina.

Tuesday, November 10th 2015 - 05:56 UTC

Rajoy says “Catalonia is not going anywhere, nothing is going to break”

In a nationally televised address, Rajoy said his government will appeal the decision at the constitutional Court, which has in the past blocked such moves

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced on Monday his government would file an appeal with the Constitutional Court to ensure that an independence declaration backed by the Catalan regional parliament has “no consequences”, he told a news conference.

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