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Socialist Opposition Leader to Take Over Spain’s New Govt

MADRID (AP) — Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez will become Spain’s new prime minister after a no-confidence vote Friday in parliament unseated Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government. He came in vowing to address the “social emergencies” of the country’s citizens after years of austerity measures.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Popular Party leader listens to speeches during the first day of a motion of no confidence session at the Spanish parliament in Madrid, Thursday, May 31, 2018. The lower house of the Spanish parliament is debating whether to end Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s close …

EU in Chaos as Spanish Government Topples

MADRID (AP) — Opposition Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez has won a vote to replace Mariano Rajoy as prime minister, in the first ouster of a serving Spanish leader by parliament in four decades of democracy.

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Separatists Urge Catalan Leader to Definitively Declare Independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Pressure is mounting from within the Catalan separatist movement on Friday for the regional president to declare independence from Spain once and for all, a move that could prompt the central government to take over the region’s powers of self-governance.

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Spanish PM: Populism Will Wane in 2017

Spain’s recently re-elected Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has vowed to fight the growing tide of populism across Europe, calling on European leaders do as much as possible to improve their economies and increase employment, but saying little about immigration.

EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici (C) talks with Michalis Chryssohoidis, Greek Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, and the President of the Athens Metro, Mr. Christos Tsitouras (L) during their visit to the under construction Korydallos metro station, west of Athens on December 15, 2014. Moscovici is in Athens on …

EU Warns Spain On Budget As Election Nears

The European Commission on Monday warned Spain to scale back government overspending that is in violation of EU budget rules or risk an embarrassing reprimand ahead of December elections. Spain should “take the necessary measures within the national budgetary process

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Spanish Budget Minister to Greece: Respect EU Austerity Rules ‘As We Did’

Spanish Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro has categorically rejected any attempts to “change the rules” regarding austerity measures imposed on Greece by European Union regulations. “Europe is a club of democracies, and entering is voluntary,” he stated, implying that, should Greece’s new government refuse to impose austerity measures, they can leave the EU.