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Spanish court overturns Catalonian bull-fighting ban


MADRID Spain's Constitutional Court on Thursday overturned a ban on bull fighting imposed in Catalonia, calling it a cultural asset protected under national law in a ruling likely to fuel political tensions between the region and Madrid.

In Italian bond market, politics starts to outweigh ECB backstop 20 Oct 2016

LONDON The premium that Italy must pay over Spain to borrow is at its highest in two years, suggesting political risks suppressed for years by central bank largesse are coming to the fore of investor concern.


Spain's white villages offer glimpse of vanished past 19 Oct 2016

ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA, Spain Dazzling clusters of cube-shaped houses perched on top of Andalusia's olive tree-studded mountains, the "Pueblos Blancos", or white villages, of southern Spain are named for the lime wash the buildings are painted with to keep the interiors cool.


Spain's Socialists shift towards enabling new Rajoy government 17 Oct 2016

MADRID Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moved a step closer to breaking Spain's 10-month political deadlock on Monday as a regional powerhouse of the main opposition party backed allowing him to form a new government by abstaining in a confidence vote.


A third election would break Spain's political deadlock - poll 16 Oct 2016

MADRID Spain would finally get a stable government led by the centre-right People's Party (PP) if it held its third national election in a year, a poll suggested in Sunday.

Former Catalonia head to stand trial over 2014 independence vote 13 Oct 2016

MADRID The former leader of Catalonia will stand trial for holding an independence referendum, the regional court ruled on Thursday, potentially fuelling tensions with a Spanish government determined to resist separatism.


Centuries-old Spanish tapestry factory saved from bankruptcy 13 Oct 2016

MADRID A centuries-old tapestry factory in Spain has come back from the brink of bankruptcy after an injection of public money, a debt restructuring plan and its biggest order in 200 years - a German commission for dozens of tapestries.


Post-Brexit, EU's military powers argue for common defences 12 Oct 2016

BRUSSELS France, Germany, Italy and Spain have joined forces to plead for a common European defence policy, seeking to keep up momentum on a project Paris and Berlin hope can forge unity following Britain's vote to quit the bloc.

Spain to beat EU deficit target this year, miss 2017 goal - report 11 Oct 2016

MADRID Spain's caretaker government expects to beat this year's deficit target set by Brussels but will fall short of next year's goal, business daily newspaper Expansion reported on Tuesday, citing sources with knowledge of the draft budget.


Spain may grow more than 3.1 percent in 2016; will miss 2017 deficit goal 08 Oct 2016

MADRID Spain's economy may grow by more than 3.1 percent in 2016, up from the current official target of 2.9 percent, despite political deadlock, acting Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told reporters in Washington on Saturday.


ECB survey sees steady long term inflation expectations

FRANKFURT Long-term euro zone inflation projections remain well anchored near the European Central Bank's target, but GDP growth will be weaker than earlier thought, the ECB's Survey of Professional Forecasters showed on Friday.