Mariano Rajoy

Spain on Alert to Stop Puigdemont Sneaking Back Into Barcelona

If Carles Puigdemont believes he can smuggle himself back into Barcelona without getting caught by Spanish police, he should think again, Interior …

Business

Catalonia Who? Spanish Debt Finally Basks in the Sun

Spain is back.<p>Regional strife with Catalonia held back gains for Spanish bonds and equities last year, but it seems now investors can happily live …

Economy

Rajoy Arrives Late After Slow High-Speed Train Breaks Down For 30 Minutes On Long-Delayed Route

As Carles Puigdemont prepared for his debate at the University of Copenhagen on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was stuck on a new …

Spain

Catalonia: Spain’s Supreme Court says it will not reactivate warrant to arrest Carles Puigdemont

The court rejected the request from prosecutors after the Catalan leader flew to Denmark from Belgium.<p>Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday said it will …

Judiciary

New Speaker Of Catalan Parliament Says Puigdemont Only Candidate To Become New First Minister

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Spain

Migrants Shift to Old, Risky Route to Spain and Europe

Increased controls on migration flows in Turkey and Libya, together with political and social instability in northern Morocco, are pushing record …

Refugees

Spain Has Rating Raised to A- by Fitch on Economic Recovery

Spain’s credit rating was raised one level at Fitch Ratings, which said the country’s “buoyant” economic growth has helped reduce the government’s …

Economy

Government by Skype? It's Worth a Shot

The Catalan parliament is considering what could be the most exciting experiment in modern politics: an attempt to form a government-in-exile that …

Carles Puigdemont

Spain Yield Spread Narrows to Lowest Since 2010 Before Fitch

Spanish bonds led a rally among peripheral euro-area securities on speculation the nation’s debt rating could be upgraded on Friday.<p>The extra yield …

Economy

The world in brief, January 18th 2018 | Espresso

<b>North</b> and <b>South Korea</b> agreed to walk under a single flag during the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics, taking place in South Korea next …

Economics

Bannon's Mueller Meeting Looms Large for Trump

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North Korea

Europe grows together — ‘at least musically’

Germany<p>The German press mostly took a break from coalition talks this morning, and instead focused on animals and music. Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote …

Sebastian Kurz

Spain set to replace US as second most popular tourism destination

France set to retain top spot for 2017 – a year that saw number of global tourists leap by 7%<p>Spain is set to replace the United States as the world’s second most popular tourism destination while France has retained the top spot, the UN World Tourism Organisation has said.<p>It is expected that Spain …

Tourism

Sensational report uncovers Messi's monstrous contract, failed Madrid bid

Football Leaks strikes again.<p>The famous whistleblower website that exposed Gareth Bale's contract and other high-profile transactions teamed up with …

Soccer

'Trump slump' continues as Spain set to replace US as second most popular country for tourists

Spain “is expected” to replace the United States as the second most popular country in terms of tourist numbers, according to the World Tourism …

Sustainable Development Goals

Spain Is Rising in Popularity for Tourists—And the U.S. Is Falling

A projection from the World Tourism Organization puts Spain in second place.<p>There are a few things Spain does better than we do: tapas, picturesque small towns, and that whole siesta thing. Now, the country is set to overtake the U.S. in yet another way: by drawing more tourists.<p>According to the …

U.S. Department of Commerce

Spain’s Prime Minister Threatens to Extend Direct Rule Over Catalonia

BARCELONA — Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain threatened on Monday to prolong his government’s direct rule over Catalonia if separatists lawmakers try to allow Carles Puigdemont to run the region from exile.<p>Mr. Rajoy ousted Mr. Puidgemont and his government in October for leading Catalonia’s …

Europe

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

MADRID — Spain’s prime minister has warned that the government will keep control over the restive region of Catalonia if ousted Catalan leader Carlos …

Spain

Catalan Crisis Drags Rajoy Down as His Party Whispers of Change

The Catalan crisis is proving to be a millstone around the neck of the Spanish prime minister.<p>Mariano Rajoy saw his People’s Party routed in …

Spain

Travelers shattered tourism records around the world in 2017

Tokyo, Japan. Image: visualspace/istockphoto.com via AFP Relaxnews<p>The numbers are trickling in from tourism offices and it seems that 2017 was a …

Tourism

Puigdemont cannot govern from Belgium, says Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont must be “physically present” if he wants to govern the region, …

Carles Puigdemont

Tourists Abandon the US, Choose Spain Instead

Spain was the second-most popular holiday destination in the world in 2017, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).Although the …

Tourism

Rajoy refutes ‘Skype president’ plan for Catalonia

<b>The parliament of Catalonia meets on Wednesday for the first time since the elections of December 21, 2017. The most interesting question will be the</b> …

World News

Spain to replace US as second most popular tourism spot

<b>Spain is set to replace the US as the world's second most popular tourism location, with France retaining top spot, according to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).</b><p>Overall, the number of international tourist arrivals grew 7% in 2017 to 1.3 billion, according to latest estimates.<p>It said this …

Tourism

Madrid to keep direct rule of Catalonia if former leader reelected: PM

MADRID (Reuters) - Madrid will continue to run Catalonia's government if sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont is voted regional president by the Catalan parliament while in self-imposed exile in Brussels, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.<p>"It's absurd that someone aspires to be …

World News

Multiple deaths and injuries in northern Portugal community center fire

Some 70 people had gathered in the building in the town of Tondela when the fire broke out. More than 170 first responders were on the scene bringing …

World News

Government-by-Skype: Catalonia's Next Move to Dodge Madrid Power

Catalonia has seen an illegal referendum, a rebel president and a takeover by Madrid in recent months. The next twist could be …

Carles Puigdemont

U.S. Not a Popular Place to Visit With Trump As President

The United States is no longer the second most popular country to visit—that title now belongs to Spain.<p><b>Related: Melania Trump is So Popular She's</b> …

U.S. Department of Commerce

Fugitive former leader cannot rule Catalonia from abroad says Madrid

MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government dismissed outright on Friday the possibility of former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont ruling the region from self-imposed exile in Brussels, and said Madrid would contest any attempt to do so in the courts.<p>Catalan separatists agreed on Wednesday to try to …

Oriol Junqueras