After short, tense meeting, Spain's Socialist head rejects backing Rajoy


MADRID The head of Spain's Socialist party ruled out on Friday supporting acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for a second term, support that could have ended the country's political stalemate.

Spanish court orders house search on former PP official 11 Feb 2016

MADRID A Spanish judge ordered police searches on Thursday of the offices and homes of the former head of the Madrid branch of the centre-right Popular Party (PP) and a corporate executive as part of an anti-corruption operation, a High Court spokeswoman said.


Spain's Rajoy softens stance on deficit in coalition talks 11 Feb 2016

MADRID Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took a step toward potential coalition partners in an effort to break an election deadlock on Thursday, saying he was open to asking Europe for flexibility on the country's deficit target.


Gamesa, Siemens negotiating final terms of wind merger 10 Feb 2016

MUNICH/MADRID German engineering group Siemens and Spanish renewable energy group Gamesa are in final negotiations on a deal to merge their wind power assets, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday.


Spain's Abengoa asks for loan of up to 750 million euros - source 10 Feb 2016

MADRID Spanish Abengoa has asked its creditors for a loan of up to 750 million euros ($843 million) to keep it afloat while its lenders discuss a financial plan to avoid it becoming Spain's biggest bankruptcy, a source close to the talks said.

U.N. to discuss Syria humanitarian situation ahead of Munich talks 10 Feb 2016

UNITED NATIONS The U.N. Security Council will discuss the alarming humanitarian situation in Syria and the recent displacement of tens of thousands of people fleeing a Russian-backed assault around Aleppo, New Zealand's U.N. envoy said on Tuesday.


Spanish 2016 growth could be less than forecast - central bank head 09 Feb 2016

LONDON Spain's economy might not grow as much this year as the 2.8 percent forecast and the new government, when it is formed, should stick to spending cut targets, the central bank chief said on Tuesday.


Spain's Princess Cristina returns to court in tax fraud trial 09 Feb 2016

MADRID Spain's Princess Cristina returned to court in Palma de Mallorca on Tuesday as defendants began to testify in a fraud trial that centres on her husband's business affairs and has badly damaged the image of the royal family.


Politics, princess's trial cast Spain's King Felipe in testing role 09 Feb 2016

MADRID Sympathy for the Spanish monarchy is in short supply among the spectators heading into a theatre in Madrid's edgy Lavapies district, where an irreverent look at the former King Juan Carlos' fall from grace is playing to sell-out audiences.


Spanish grave opened on order of Argentine judge unearths painful past 08 Feb 2016

GUADALAJARA, Spain A 90-year-old Spanish woman wrapped in a fur coat and woollen scarf stood over a deep open grave and murmured "my father" to the unearthed skeleton lying at the bottom.