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Spain's Rajoy says talks on forming government to start Thursday

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BRUSSELS Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain said he would begin talks with other political parties on Thursday to try to form a government after failing to win a majority in last week's election.

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German inflation hits five-month high, Spanish prices fall less than expected 2:17pm BST

BERLIN/MADRID German annual inflation hit a five-month high in June while Spanish consumer prices fell slightly less than expected, in encouraging signs for the European Central Bank as it frets over persistently low inflation across the euro zone.

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Spanish court urges trial of ex-Catalan leader over referendum 28 Jun 2016

MADRID A Spanish court on Tuesday recommended that Catalonia's former leader be tried for staging a mock independence referendum in 2014 in breach of a legal order, potentially fuelling separatist discontent in the wealthy northeastern region.

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Spain's Rajoy seeks swift government deal, doubts linger 27 Jun 2016

MADRID Spanish caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday he would reach out to rivals in a bid to quickly form a government after his conservative party strengthened its lead in elections on Sunday, though still far short of a majority. | Video

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Spain seeks to jointly govern Gibraltar after Brexit 24 Jun 2016

GIBRALTAR Spain will seek to jointly govern Gibraltar with Britain following the British vote to leave the European Union, acting foreign minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said on Friday. | Video

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Catalonia government head says Brexit shows split from Spain possible 24 Jun 2016

MADRID Britain's decision to leave the European Union strengthens the case for Catalonia to be allowed to seek independence from Spain, the head of the region's government said on Friday.

Deaths outpace births in Spain for first time on record 23 Jun 2016

MADRID More Spaniards died than were born last year for the first time in 75 years, statistics showed on Thursday, illustrating Spain's difficulties in reconciling a shrinking workforce with an overburdened social security system.

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Electoral surge of far left likely to shake up Spanish politics 23 Jun 2016

CORDOBA, Spain The parched olive groves and tranquil towns of Spain's southern Cordoba province are an unlikely backdrop for a political upset that could reverberate across Europe.

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Spanish minister linked to alleged smear campaign before election 22 Jun 2016

MADRID Spain's interior minister is facing calls to resign after leaked recordings linked him to an alleged smear campaign against political rivals in Catalonia, just four days before voters go to the polls for a repeat national election.

Spain's anti-austerity Unidos Podemos party eases stance on Catalonia 21 Jun 2016

MADRID The leader of Spain's anti-austerity Unidos Podemos party suggested on Tuesday it would not insist on an independence referendum in Catalonia as a condition for forming a national government with rivals after Sunday's election re-run.

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Euro zone sentiment dips as services, consumers less upbeat

BRUSSELS Euro zone economic sentiment dipped in June as industry gains were outweighed by less optimism among service firms and consumers, while inflation expectations rose, data from the European Commission showed on Wednesday.