Tag: Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy
Saturday, April 5th 2014 - 00:45 UTC

Despite Gibraltar, Spain and UK enjoy 'excellent relations', says Rajoy

“I hope that this type of incident does not recur in the future on the basis that we have different points of view.”

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy has declared that the latest incursion into Gibraltar waters, that saw London call in his Ambassador on Tuesday, “can be clarified”, and highlighted that Britain and Spain continue to enjoy “excellent relations.” He hoped such incidents will not be repeated but admitted that Spain and UK have long held opposing positions on the question of Gibraltar.

Monday, February 3rd 2014 - 19:54 UTC

Spain's El Mundo editor steps down; Rajoy's administration denies any involvement

Ramirez founded the newspaper in 1989 and uncovered several political scandals both under the Socialist and Conservative governments

The influential founding editor of Spain’s second-biggest newspaper, El Mundo, stepped down on Thursday after a decline in circulation and a series of revelations of alleged corruption in the ruling party.

Saturday, January 18th 2014 - 04:58 UTC

Catalonia lawmakers have asked Madrid for a referendum on the region's future

Pro-independence leaders in Catalonia say PM Rajoy should follow the example of UK PM Cameron with Scotland

Lawmakers from the Spanish region of Catalonia voted to seek a referendum on breaking away from Spain on Thursday, setting themselves up for a battle with an implacably opposed central government in Madrid. The Catalan Parliament in Barcelona voted 87 to 43, with 3 abstentions, to send a petition to the national parliament seeking the power to call a popular vote on the region’s future.

Friday, January 3rd 2014 - 06:02 UTC

Catalonia president takes vote on independence case to EU heads of government

 Artur Mas: “I am confident I can rely on you”

Catalonia's president has called on European Union prime ministers for support as the region seeks a vote on independence in November this year, the source of an increasingly bitter fight with Spain's central government.

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.


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