No risk of snap election in Spain after Sanchez's return, says PM


MADRID There is no risk of a snap national election in Spain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday, playing down any threat to his minority-led government from a change of leadership in the opposition Socialist party.

Spain's Socialists reelect hardliner Sanchez in leadership vote

MADRID Spain's Socialists on Sunday choose former leader and hardliner Pedro Sanchez to head the party again, a vote likely to make it harder for the ruling conservatives to secure the opposition support it needs in parliament to push through legislation.

World, 22 May 2017

Spain's Socialists fight for relevance in leadership vote

MADRID Spain's Socialists choose their leader on Sunday in a vote that will decide their relevance as a centre-left party for next few years and set the tone for the ruling minority conservative government's influence in parliament.

World, 21 May 2017

Propulsion problems put Australian warships out of action

SYDNEY Australia is investigating if problems in the propulsion systems of two $1.5 billion warships built by manufacturers from Spain, Germany and Britain are the result of design flaws.

World, 20 May 2017

Spain's Podemos files motion of no confidence against PM Rajoy

MADRID Spanish anti-austerity party Podemos filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday, citing a slew of corruption scandals that have shaken the ruling People's Party (PP) over the last few years.

World, 19 May 2017

Italy's Atlantia makes $18 billion toll road bid for Spain's Abertis

MILAN/MADRID Italy's Atlantia bid 16.3 billion euros ($18 billion)for Spain's Abertis on Monday in an effort to create the world's biggest toll road operator with a market value of more than 36 billion euros.

Deals, Budget 2017, Business, 15 May 2017

Venezuelan protesters block embassy centre in Madrid

MADRID Dozens of protesters against Venezuela's socialist President Nicolas Maduro massed outside a cultural centre in Madrid on Thursday evening as the country's ambassador to Spain, who was stuck inside, decried what he called a "kidnapping" by demonstrators.

World, 12 May 2017

Spanish parliament urges government to exhume Franco's remains

MADRID Spain's opposition parties voted on Thursday to move the remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco out of a state-funded mausoleum, in a non-binding parliamentary motion the government is likely to resist.

World, 11 May 2017

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny undergoes eye operation in Spain after attack

MOSCOW Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has undergone an eye operation in Spain after an attack in Moscow that left him almost blind in one eye, the opposition politician said late on Tuesday on social media.

World, 10 May 2017

Iniesta returns for Barca against resurgent Villarreal

BARCELONA La Liga leaders Barcelona have been boosted by the return of captain Andres Iniesta for the must-win game against a Villarreal side who have made a habit of taking points off Spain's top sides this season.

World, 05 May 2017

Euro zone stability risk contained but rising - ECB

FRANKFURT Financial stability risks in the euro zone are contained but remain significant and have even increased in some areas over the past six months, the European Central Bank said in a regular stability review on Wednesday.