Spain starts countdown to possible third national election in year


MADRID The clock starts ticking on Wednesday towards what could be Spain's third national election in a year when acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a confidence vote in parliament for a second term in office.

Argentine judge starts inquiry into death of Spain's Garcia Lorca

BUENOS AIRES An Argentine judge has started an investigation into the death of Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, who is believed to have been executed in 1936 by forces loyal to General Francisco Franco.

World, 18 Aug 2016

Spain's Rajoy drags out suspense on government talks

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.

World, 17 Aug 2016

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

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.

World, 12 Aug 2016

Third Spanish election would extend political gridlock, poll suggests

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.

World, 08 Aug 2016

Spain faces spectre of third election as parties lock horns

MADRID Spain's two main political parties held fruitless talks to form a new government on Tuesday and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said a new election - the third in less than a year - may be necessary.

World, 02 Aug 2016

Spanish court suspends independence resolution in Catalonia

MADRID Spain's Constitutional Court on Monday annulled a resolution by Catalonia's assembly to press ahead with independence, deepening a stand-off between separatists in the northeastern region and the central government.

World, 01 Aug 2016

No clean bill of health for EU banks in stress test

LONDON Banks from Italy, Ireland, Spain and Austria fared worst in the latest European Union stress test, which the region's banking watchdog said on Friday showed there was still work to do in order to boost credit to the bloc's economy.

Business, Top News 30 Jul 2016

Spain's Rajoy accepts mandate to form government, warns he may fail

MADRID Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he had accepted a mandate from the King to form a government although he warned he might fail and left open the date for a potential confidence vote in parliament.

World, 29 Jul 2016

Spain registers first case in Europe of baby born with Zika-related defect

MADRID Spain has recorded the first case in Europe of a baby born with the microcephaly birth defect associated with the Zika virus, Spanish health authorities said on Monday.

World, 25 Jul 2016

Brexit hits German business morale, Ifo index plunges

BERLIN German business morale deteriorated sharply in August posting the steepest monthly drop since the height of the euro zone debt crisis in 2012, a survey showed on Thursday, in a sign that Brexit has weighed more heavily on sentiment among executives.