Spain's Rajoy stays away as candidates hold election debate


MADRID Three of the candidates vying to become Spain's next prime minister clashed over the economy, corruption and Catalan independence in an election debate on Monday but a fourth, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, stayed away.


Spain's fragmented supermarkets squeezed towards mergers 30 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's patchwork of supermarket chains, many privately owned, are keeping their heads above water in the face of a lingering economic crisis and high unemployment, but the pressure to merge or die is relentless as hard-up shoppers remain choosy.


Spain's Ciudadanos overtakes Socialists ahead of debate 30 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's ruling People's Party (PP) held on to its lead in an opinion poll three weeks before a national election but new party Ciudadanos overtook the Socialists (PSOE) to move into second place.

Three-way tie seen in Spain's vote as Ciudadanos gains ground 29 Nov 2015

MADRID Newcomer Ciudadanos has caught up with Spain's long-established political parties and will tie three ways with them in the Dec 20 national election, a poll published on Sunday showed.


Spain's Rajoy vows to cut tax, create jobs if re-elected 28 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's ruling party will cut income tax and create two million jobs over the next four years if re-elected next month, centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a campaign rally on Saturday.

European banks regulator corrects capital adequacy numbers 25 Nov 2015

MADRID The European Banking Authority on Wednesday corrected some of the capital adequacy ratio numbers it published on European Union banks after shares in Spanish lenders took a hit.


Four nations risk breaking EU budget rules in 2016 - euro zone finanace ministers warn 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers warned Italy, Spain, Austria and Lithuania on Monday against breaking EU fiscal rules with their draft budgets for 2016, endorsing an assessment last week by the EU executive.


Spain's mainstream parties gain ground after Paris attacks - poll 23 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's established parties, the governing centre-right People's Party (PP) and opposition Socialists, are pulling away from newer parties, according to an opinion poll published on Monday, but neither looks close to a majority in Dec. 20 elections.


Spanish economic growth improved from third quarter in October - Economy Minister 22 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's economic output picked up in October from the third quarter, when it posted one of the fastest growth rates in the euro zone, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.


Spain tightens funding terms for Catalonia amid secession push 20 Nov 2015

MADRID The Spanish government said on Friday it would tighten funding conditions for Catalonia as the northeastern region's parliament looks to press ahead with an independence campaign.


Greek debt relief talks to focus on net present value, central banker says

ATHENS Future talks on debt relief for Greece will focus on the debt's net present value, Greek deputy central bank governor Ioannis Mourmouras told a business conference on Tuesday, endorsing the approach favoured by euro zone governments.