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Spanish hotels company Barcelo offers to take over NH Hotels


Grupo Barcelo has made a tentative takeover approach for rival NH Hotel Group to create the biggest hotel operator in Spain, where tourism is booming.


Venezuela opposition leader Ledezma flees to Spain 18 Nov 2017

CARACAS/BOGOTA Veteran Venezuelan opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, under house arrest since 2015 for alleged coup plotting, escaped across the border to Colombia on Friday and later flew to Spain.


Belgian judge defers ruling on warrant for ex-Catalan leader - lawyer 17 Nov 2017

BRUSSELS A Belgian judge made no ruling on Friday on a European arrest warrant issued by Spain for ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, his lawyer said after a court hearing in Brussels.


Spain says Barcelona back in the race to host EU drugs agency 15 Nov 2017

MADRID Spain's move to take direct control of Catalonia and thwart the region's independence bid has put Barcelona back in the race to host the European Medicines Agency (EMA) once it leaves London after Brexit, Spain's health minister said on Wednesday.


Non-secessionist solution to Catalan crisis possible, says ex-leader 13 Nov 2017

MADRID Catalonia's deposed president said he might consider a solution to Spain's political crisis that did not involve the region's secession, appearing to soften the staunchly pro-independence stance that cost him his leadership last month.

Spain sees Russian interference in Catalonia separatist vote 13 Nov 2017

BRUSSELS Madrid believes Russian-based groups used online social media to heavily promote Catalonia's independence referendum last month in an attempt to destabilise Spain, Spanish ministers said on Monday.


Over half of Spaniards want early national election - poll 13 Nov 2017

MADRID More than half of Spanish voters favour an early national election, a survey showed on Monday, as support waned for a minority government embroiled in the country's worst political crisis in decades.


Juncker calls on Europe to reject separatist 'poison' amid Catalonia crisis 09 Nov 2017

MADRID European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on Thursday called on Europe to stand up against separatism at a time when the Catalan independence push has deeply divided Spain.


Banco Santander to lay off 2,000 workers due to Popular integration - union 08 Nov 2017

MADRID Spain's biggest bank Banco Santander plans to lay off more than 2,000 employees due to the integration of Banco Popular, which it acquired in June after EU authorities ordered its rescue, a union said on Wednesday.


Catalan leader's farmhouse pact to make last stand in Brussels 08 Nov 2017

BARCELONA/GIRONA, Spain Twenty-four hours after Spain removed him from power, Catalonia's leader had resolved to leave the country and take his independence campaign to the heart of the European Union, but first he needed to tie off an important loose end.


Digital currencies no threat to ECB yet - Draghi

FRANKFURT The adoption of digital currencies in the euro zone and their impact on its economy are limited, meaning they do not pose a threat to the European Central Bank's hold on the money supply, the ECB's President said on Monday.