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EU orders Spain to recover rail test centre funding

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.