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Spain, Catalonia clash over policing as illegal independence vote nears


MADRID The mounting political crisis in Spain over Catalonia's campaign for independence intensified on Saturday with a new row over the control of the local police force as the regional government pressed ahead with plans to hold an illegal vote next weekend.


Spain sends more police to block Catalonia referendum 22 Sep 2017

MADRID Spain will send more state police to Catalonia to block any moves to hold a banned independence referendum, the interior ministry said on Friday.


Carrefour's new boss names management team 22 Sep 2017

PARIS Carrefour's new boss on Friday named his leadership team, putting the man credited with reviving the retailer's Spanish operations in charge of turning around its business in France, its biggest market.

Spain police detain man accused of link to Barcelona attacks 22 Sep 2017

MADRID Spanish police on Friday detained a man they said had a close relationship with a number of those involved in last month's attacks in Barcelona when militant Islamists used a van to hit pedestrians and carried out a follow-up attack, killing 16.


Catalan leader presses on with banned vote on split from Spain 21 Sep 2017

MADRID/BARCELONA The Catalan regional leader on Thursday said he would press on with an Oct. 1 referendum on a split from Spain, flouting a court ban, as tens of thousands gathered for a second day on the streets of Barcelona demanding the right to vote.


Spooked by Catalonia, EU rallies behind Madrid, but warily 21 Sep 2017

BRUSSELS Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire.


Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum 20 Sep 2017

MADRID/BARCELONA Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.


M&A, Spain turmoil liven up Europe stocks 20 Sep 2017

MILAN Deal-making and political turmoil in Spain livened up a flat session in Europe' stock markets on Wednesday as investors awaited pointers from the Federal Reserve on the U.S. interest rate outlook.


French wind power capacity seen overtaking UK, Spain by 2030 - WindEurope 20 Sep 2017

PARIS France is set to become Europe's second biggest generator of electricity from wind power behind Germany by 2030, overtaking the UK and Spain thanks to policies being put in place by the current government, according to an industry association.


Spain on the backfoot in bid to tackle youth unemployment 20 Sep 2017

MADRID Finding a fix for Spain's youth unemployment crisis was never going to happen overnight.