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Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont holds a press conference on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, on the day of the beginning of the trial in Madrid of twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Catalan separatists’ long-awaited trial begins in Madrid

Twelve Catalan separatist leaders involved in an attempt to break from Spain went on trial on Tuesday under intense scrutiny, as tensions over the future of the region flare again.
Spanish lawmaker Pablo Casado celebrates after being chosen as the next leader of Spain's Popular Party (PP) at the end of a party meeting in Madrid on July 21, 2018. Casado is a lawmaker who has promised "hope" with a generational revamp of the party and a step further to the political right. PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU / AFP

Spain’s PP picks Pablo Casado to replace Mariano Rajoy as leader

Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) on Saturday picked Pablo Casado, 37, to replace Mariano Rajoy after the former prime minister was ousted in a no confidence vote in June.

Spain swears in mostly-female government

King Felipe VI on Thursday swore in Spain’s new pro-EU government, with women holding the majority of ministerial posts.

Spain’s first astronaut Pedro Duque named science minister

Spain’s first astronaut Pedro Duque will be named minister of science by the new Socialist government, a party source told AFP on Wednesday.

Spain’s ousted prime minister says he plans to quit politics

Spain's Mariano Rajoy, who is to stand down as head of the conservative Popular Party after being ousted as prime minister last week, said Wednesday he plans to quit politics altogether.

Angela Merkel offers Emmanuel Macron concessions on eurozone reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivered a long-awaited answer to French President Emmanuel Macron's ambitious call for European Union reforms Sunday, offering olive branches on investment and help for debt-mired eurozone member states.

Pedro Sanchez sworn in as Spain’s new prime minister

Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez has been sworn in as Spain's new prime minister a day after a vote of no-confidence booted his conservative People's Party (PP) rival Mariano Rajoy from power.

Pedro Sanchez to be sworn in as new Spanish premier

Spanish Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez will be sworn in as prime minister on Saturday, a day after ousting Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote in parliament sparked by fury over his party’s corruption woes.

Spain’s premier Mariano Rajoy forced out as Socialist rival takes over

Spain’s parliament on Friday ousted Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a no-confidence vote sparked by fury over his party’s corruption woes, with his Socialist arch-rival Pedro Sanchez automatically taking over.

European stocks bounce on Italy deal, Spanish prime minister exit

European stock markets rallied on Friday after Italy reached a new coalition deal, with investors brushing aside trade war fears as they awaited key US jobs data.

Spain premier admits defeat ahead of no-confidence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted defeat on Friday ahead of a no-confidence vote which was certain to topple him, paving the way for a takeover by opposition leader Pedro Sanchez, his arch rival.

Spanish premier faces defeat in no-confidence motion

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is poised to be ousted from office after a Basque party on Thursday gave its decisive support to a no-confidence motion over a corruption case, making it all but certain to succeed.

Euro suffers fresh losses in Asia as Italy faces political crisis

The euro extended losses in Asian trade Tuesday as political uncertainty in Italy stoked fresh fears about the eurozone.

Spanish prime minister to face confidence vote on Friday

Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, is to face a vote of confidence in his leadership on Friday as corruption convictions handed down to dozens of people linked to his center-right People’s Party (PP) threatened his six-year rule.

Real Madrid parade Champions League trophy in front of ecstatic fans

Tens of thousands of ecstatic fans lined the streets of the Spanish capital to greet Real Madrid's players as they returned home Sunday after winning their third Champions League title in a row in Kiev.

Catalonia postpones swearing in new regional government

Catalonia's new separatist president on Wednesday postponed the swearing in of his administration after Madrid rejected four regional minister who are in jail or exile over the region's independence push.

Spain premier and Catalonia’s new separatist leader ready to meet

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Catalonia's new separatist leader Quim Torra said Tuesday they were willing to meet, as the regional president prepares to form a government and keep fighting to break from Spain.

Separatists fail to elect Quim Torra as new Catalonia leader

Catalonia's parliament has failed to elect a regional president by absolute majority, in its fifth attempt to form a new government in the northern Spanish region.

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