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EU orders Spain to recover rail test centre funding


BRUSSELS The European Commission ordered Spain on Monday to recover illegal state aid given to state-owned railway operator ADIF for the construction of a high-speed train test centre.


Catalan support for split from Spain grows - poll 22 Jul 2016

MADRID Support for Catalonia's independence from Spain has grown in recent months, a survey showed on Friday, with people in the northeastern region in favour of a split overtaking those against one.


Vodafone says Germany, Spain and Italy drive sales growth 22 Jul 2016

LONDON Spain, Germany and Italy helped Vodafone to produce stronger than expected first-quarter sales growth despite a drag from European Union roaming charge cuts and a weak home market.


Spanish king to consult parties next week on forming government 21 Jul 2016

MADRID King Felipe VI will hold a formal round of talks with Spain's political parties next week for the fourth time in a seven-month-old power deadlock, his office said on Thursday, as parties struggle to form a coalition administration.


Decision on suspension of EU funds to Spain, Portugal after summer - Commission 20 Jul 2016

BRUSSELS The European Commission is likely to delay a decision on whether to suspend European Union funds for Spain and Portugal until after the summer, a vice president of the EU executive said on Wednesday.


Foreign cash jolts Spanish home building back to life 20 Jul 2016

MADRID Residential construction is coming back to life in Spain eight years after a property crash, with foreign investment pouring into developments in Madrid and Barcelona, and a jump in building permits pointing to more growth to come.


Spain's Rajoy strikes deal on house speaker though deadlock drags on 19 Jul 2016

MADRID Spain's acting prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, on Tuesday edged potentially closer towards forming a government after cutting a deal with his most likely partner, liberal newcomers Ciudadanos, to elect one of his ministers to the post of parliament speaker. | Video

Spanish parliament names conservative speaker amid impasse 18 Jul 2016

MADRID Spanish political parties have agreed to pick Public Works Minister Ana Pastor from the centre-right People's Party (PP) as parliamentary speaker, acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.


Exclusive - Spain's Puig in talks to buy stake in Brazil's Granado: sources 14 Jul 2016

SAO PAULO Spanish fashion and fragrance firm Puig SA is in advanced talks to buy a minority stake in Grupo Granado SA, a Brazilian manufacturer and retailer of high-end beauty care goods that wants to pursue global expansion, four sources with knowledge of the matter said.


Spain's Socialists say 'no' to conservative government, extending deadlock 13 Jul 2016

MADRID Spanish Socialist leader reaffirmed on Wednesday his party's intention to vote against a government led by the conservative People's Party (PP), potentially extending a seven-month political deadlock.


Investors shift into longer debt as ECB ducks scarcity issue

LONDON Investors bought up longer-dated euro zone debt on Friday, expecting the European Central Bank to focus its bond purchases on higher-yielding paper as it faces a shortage of eligible assets for its stimulus scheme.