Support for Catalan independence slips as referendum nears


MADRID Support for Catalonia's independence from the rest of Spain has fallen to its lowest level since a separatist campaign gained traction in 2012, but still remains a close call ahead of an October referendum on secession, a survey showed on Friday.

Vodafone beats expectations with 'robust' performance

LONDON Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, reported better-than-expected 2.2 percent revenue growth in its first quarter, reflecting a robust performance in Italy and Spain and an acceleration in demand in Turkey.

Tech, Budget 2017, Business, 2:56pm IST

Spain's King Felipe says post-Brexit trade barriers should be minimal

LONDON Britain's exit from the European Union is creating uncertainty for businesses and Brexit negotiations should seek to reduce this as well as minimising future trade barriers, Spain's King Felipe said on Thursday. | Video

World, 13 Jul 2017

Dozens of naturally preserved brains found in Spanish Civil War-era mass grave

MADRID Archaeologists excavating a mass grave from Spain's 1936 to 1939 Civil War have found the naturally preserved brains of 45 people eight decades after they were shot and buried on a hillside in the northern province of Burgos.

World, 12 Jul 2017

Spain's royals on state visit to Britain to cement ties before Brexit

LONDON Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia begin a pomp-laden state visit to Britain on Wednesday to cement ties that have been strained by questions over the post-Brexit future of Gibraltar, a British territory on the southern tip of Spain.

World, 12 Jul 2017

Spike in migrant boats to Spain may signal shift in Africa exodus

MADRID/DAKAR The number of migrants crossing into Spain by sea from North Africa has doubled in 2017 from last year, outpacing the Libya-Italy route as the fastest growing entry point to Europe.

World, Libya, 07 Jul 2017

Colombia advances toward salvaging treasure from sunken Spanish galleon

BOGOTA Colombia is making progress towards salvaging a Spanish galleon carrying jewels and coins that sank more than 300 years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday after receiving a proposal from an investor to bring it to the surface.

World, 06 Jul 2017

Catalonia to split from Spain within 48 hours of secession vote - referendum draft bill

BARCELONA, Spain Catalonia will declare independence from Spain within 48 hours if voters back secession in an October referendum, according to a draft bill proposed by secessionist parties on Tuesday, though it remains unclear whether the vote will go ahead.

World, 04 Jul 2017

Exclusive - Spain's Gas Natural targets $40 billion EDP merger: sources

MADRID Spanish power and gas company Gas Natural has approached Portuguese rival EDP about merging to form Europe's fourth biggest utility by market value, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

Deals, Budget 2017, Business, 04 Jul 2017

Spanish police rescue kidnapped man held for 11 days

CASARRUBIOS DEL MONTE, Spain Spanish police launched a dramatic raid to rescue a man they said had been kidnapped, drugged and held for 11 days, minutes before a 1.5 million-euro ($1.7 million) ransom was to be paid.

World, 03 Jul 2017

Merkel may win election, but lose her finance minister

SASBACHWALDEN, Germany Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat a dozen times, survived an attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through the euro zone crisis. Now, the German chancellor may have to sacrifice him to secure a coalition deal.