New EU executive runs into trouble in parliament


BRUSSELS - The formation of a new European Union executive hit trouble on Wednesday as splits among EU lawmakers held up confirmation of British and Spanish nominees and threatened to disrupt approval for France's choice to run economic policy.


Catalonia suspends formal campaign on Spain independence vote 30 Sep 2014

MADRID/BARCELONA - Catalonia's regional government said on Tuesday it would temporarily suspend campaigning for a vote on independence from Spain, after Madrid filed a legal block to the referendum.


Portugal sounds out Spanish banks on Novo Banco sale - sources 30 Sep 2014

MADRID - Portugal has begun sounding out Spanish banks on their interest in buying Novo Banco, the successor to the state-rescued Banco Espirito Santo (BES), several sources familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.


Spanish court suspends Catalonia independence vote 29 Sep 2014

MADRID - Spain's Constitutional Court suspended on Monday an independence referendum called by Catalonia for November, although political forces in the wealthy north-east region forged ahead with a political campaign ahead of their planned vote. | Video


Santander UK picks Bostock as CEO to lead London float 29 Sep 2014

LONDON - The British arm of Spanish bank Santander has appointed Nathan Bostock as chief executive, handing the former Royal Bank of Scotland finance director the task of overseeing a planned London listing.

Spanish government asks court to declare Catalonia vote illegal 29 Sep 2014

MADRID - Spain's government moved to block a planned independence referendum in its Catalonia region by asking the constitutional court on Monday to declare the vote illegal.


Taxes, fees: the worldwide battle between utilities and solar 28 Sep 2014

MADRID/SYDNEY - A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.


Catalonian leader orders referendum on independence from Spain 27 Sep 2014

BARCELONA Spain - The president of Spain's Catalonia region signed a decree on Saturday calling for a referendum on independence to be held on Nov. 9, putting the local government on a collision course with Madrid, which says such a vote is illegal. | Video

Spain and Morocco arrest militants 'linked to Islamic State' 26 Sep 2014

MADRID - Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a militant cell linked to Islamic State, including the leader of the cell, Spain's Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Spain's Mapfre to buy Direct Line's German, Italian units for $700 million 25 Sep 2014

MADRID - Spanish insurance company Mapfre is to buy the Italian and German businesses of Direct Line , Britain's largest motor insurer, for 550 million euros (428.54 million pounds), in a deal that will immediately boost earnings, Mapfre said on Thursday.