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Spanish public works spending slumps amid political deadlock

MADRID Spanish spending on public works contracts slumped by a fifth in the first quarter of the year, official data showed on Tuesday, as investment decisions on projects like roads, ports and trains were slowed by political deadlock.


Spain's Socialists dismiss pressure to back Rajoy-led government 19 Aug 2016

MADRID The leader of Spain's Socialist party on Friday rejected pressure to help break an eight-month political deadlock by supporting their conservative rivals and told acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to find help elsewhere.


Spain's Rajoy says ready for confidence vote on forming government 18 Aug 2016

MADRID Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy, bidding to end an eight-month political stalemate, said on Thursday he was ready to face a confidence vote on forming a new government after agreeing terms for a pact with centrist rivals.


Spanish police try out drones to patrol beaches 18 Aug 2016

MADRID Spanish police have started using drones to help patrol some of the country's most popular beaches at a time when tourist arrivals are reaching record highs.


Spain's Rajoy drags out suspense on government talks 17 Aug 2016

MADRID Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy struggled on Wednesday in his bid to form a government after the centrist Ciudadanos party insisted he meet their demands before talks and the Socialists renewed their pledge to oppose him.


Reform deal in sight to break Spain's political deadlock 16 Aug 2016

MADRID Spain's interim prime minister will move within touching distance of ending an eight-month legislative stalemate on Wednesday when his party considers an offer of support for a new government in exchange for political reforms.

Police in Europe seize 1,000 kg of drugs, arrest gang members 12 Aug 2016

WARSAW Police have seized more than 1,000 kg of hashish and arrested 23 people in a joint operation in Spain, Poland, Denmark and France targeting a drug smuggling gang, Polish and Spanish police said on Friday.


Spain's Ciudadanos opens door to supporting Rajoy as prime minister 09 Aug 2016

MADRID Spain's liberal Ciudadanos party said on Tuesday it was open to supporting a conservative-led administration if acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy agreed first to a package of political reforms, in a bid to resolve an eight-month government impasse.


EU states agree budget fine waivers for Spain, Portugal 09 Aug 2016

BRUSSELS European Union states agreed to cancel budget fines for Spain and Portugal and to set new deadlines for them to rein in their excess deficits, their representative body in Brussels said on Tuesday.


Third Spanish election would extend political gridlock, poll suggests 08 Aug 2016

MADRID A third election in Spain would do nothing to resolve a deadlock that has left the country without a new government for over seven months, an influential survey suggested on Monday, piling pressure on leaders to find another way out of the impasse.


Euro zone business growth stable in August, France surprises upwards

LONDON Surprisingly strong growth in France supported stable euro zone private business activity during August but factories could face a tougher September as new order growth stumbled, surveys showed on Tuesday. | Video