Tag: Mariano Rajoy

Mariano Rajoy
Monday, September 29th 2014 - 08:15 UTC

Spain's constitutional court to decide on Catalonia's referendum announcement

Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria warned that no one “was above the national will of the Spanish people”.

Catalonia's president on Saturday formally called a referendum to decide whether Spain's richest region should be independent, defying Madrid which vowed to block the move. Shortly after Artur Mas set the vote for November 9, the Spanish government said the referendum would not take place because it was “unconstitutional”.

Friday, September 12th 2014 - 03:37 UTC

Emilio Botin, “El presidente” and the 'unofficial king of Spain'

Botin took advantage of cultural and language ties to expand rapidly into Latin America, and in 2004 snapped up Britain's Abbey National for 14.5bn dollars

Emilio Botin, “El Presidente” to co-workers and the third generation of Botins to run Santander, was at the forefront of a drive to create global banks, offering a one-stop shop to multinational companies and a range of services to consumers.

Friday, August 1st 2014 - 08:08 UTC

Catalonia's independence referendum is on, underlines president Mas

Mas and Spain' PM Rajoy met for over two hours but positions remain deadlocked

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalan President Artur Mas failed to break the deadlock over Catalonia’s independence drive, with both holding firm on their positions when they met for the first time in a year.

Tuesday, June 3rd 2014 - 05:16 UTC

Spanish king abdicates: time for a new generation 'to move to the front line'

The abdication after four decades on the throne follows health problems and corruption allegations in the royal family

King Juan Carlos of Spain announced on Monday that he was abdicating in favor of Crown Prince Felipe, his 46-year-old son, explaining in an address to the nation that it was time for a new generation to “move to the front line” and face the country’s challenges.

Thursday, April 10th 2014 - 06:02 UTC

Mas defies Madrid: Catalonia will go ahead with the independence referendum

Mas already has a date for the referendum, November 9

Catalonia President Artur Mas said he would forge ahead with his region's plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain's parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition. After a seven-hour debate in Madrid, and despite heavy support for the separatist movement in the wealthy northeastern region, 299 lawmakers voted against, 47 voted for and one abstained.

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.


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