Spain to bid for euro zone chair in challenge to Dijsselbloem


RIGA - Spain will make a bid to EU leaders in the coming weeks to take over as chair of euro zone finance ministers' meetings, Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on Saturday, seeking a post that shapes key policies in the single currency bloc.


Spain rejects U.S. extradition of 'London Whale' supervisor 23 Apr 2015

MADRID - Spain on Thursday rejected a U.S. extradition request for Javier Martin-Artajo, an ex-JP Morgan Chase & Co executive indicted over the "London Whale" scandal which led to over $6 billion (4 billion pounds) in trading losses in 2012.

Bomb explodes at Spanish embassy in Libyan capital 21 Apr 2015

TRIPOLI - A bomb exploded in front of the Spanish embassy in the Libyan capital late on Monday, residents said, the latest in a string of attacks on foreign missions in the North African country.

Boy detained after Barcelona school killing 20 Apr 2015

BARCELONA, Spain - A Spanish schoolboy armed with a crossbow and a knife killed a teacher and wounded four other people in an attack at a Barcelona high school on Monday, police said.


Upset for Spain's ruling party seen in stronghold Valencia - poll 19 Apr 2015

MADRID - Voters in Spain's Valencia region, a bastion of conservatism for two decades, are likely to desert Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's party in droves in May's regional election, a poll published on Sunday found, in a taste of nationwide politics to come.


Spain's latest political upstart rides high on message of moderation 19 Apr 2015

BARCELONA - Albert Rivera, the 35-year-old leader of upstart political party Ciudadanos, has become Spain’s best-rated politician by cutting through his country’s increasingly volatile politics with a simple message: moderation.


Spanish government seeks distance from Rato affair 17 Apr 2015

MADRID - Spain's government on Friday sought to distance itself from a money-laundering investigation into a former heavyweight of the ruling People's Party (PP), Rodrigo Rato, in an election year in which corruption has become a major theme.


Ex-IMF head Rato in preliminary corruption probe 17 Apr 2015

MADRID - The home and office of former International Monetary Fund chief Rodrigo Rato were searched on Thursday as part of a tax and money laundering investigation into his personal wealth, Spanish judicial officials said.


Spain investigates sinking of fuel-laden ship off Canary Islands 16 Apr 2015

MADRID - Spain launched an investigation on Thursday into the sinking of a Russian ship off the Canary Islands, as coastguards battled a six-km (3.7-mile) oil slick close to tourist beaches.


Spain urges more cooperation to handle attacks, migration 13 Apr 2015

BARCELONA - Europe, North Africa and the Middle East need to cooperate more to confront illegal immigration and "terrorist barbarism", Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday