Mariano Rajoy

Spain Prime Minister Rajoy tips Germany, Brazil for World Cup final four with Spain

Spain will kick off its World Cup campaign in Group B against Portugal on June 15 in Sochi on Russia's Black Sea coast.

published on : 25th January 2018

Spain PM Mariano Rajoy rejects ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's call to meet

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday rejected a call by ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to meet after separatists won a parliamentary majority in crucial regional polls.

published on : 22nd December 2017

Spain on a knife's edge as Madrid takes direct control over Catalonia, fires defiant separatist leaders

Rajoy said he had also formally removed Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and his executive from office as part of measures to "restore normality".

published on : 28th October 2017

Key events since Catalonia's independence vote

As Catalonia's independence crisis deepens, here are the key events that have rocked the region since this month's referendum on splitting from Spain.

published on : 27th October 2017

Spain readies to impose direct rule as Catalonia fights back

Spain's premier urged senators Friday to impose direct rule on Catalonia, where separatists fought back with a proposed independence bid.

published on : 27th October 2017

Spain readies to roll back Catalonia's regional autonomy

Spain's premier urged senators Friday to adopt radical measures to impose direct rule on rebel Catalonia and depose its president in a bid to halt the region's independence bid.

published on : 27th October 2017

Catalan leader delays announcement until 1230 GMT as Madrid takeover looms

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has delayed making his statement until 1230 GMT on Thursday as discontent mounts among independence supporters in Barcelona.

published on : 26th October 2017

Catalan leader declines to appear before Spanish Senate

Catalonia's separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will not appear before the Spanish Senate in Madrid to state his case for independence, a spokeswoman for the Catalan government said Wednesday.

published on : 25th October 2017

Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy hopes intervention in Catalonia will be brief

Mariano Rajoy said he hopes the measures planned, including the sacking of Puigdemont's government and the curtailment of the Catalan parliament's powers, will be brief.

published on : 25th October 2017

Spain urges polls as pressure mounts on Catalan separatists

Spain was preparing Friday to seize powers from Catalonia's separatist government, pushing for regional elections as a way out of the country's worst crisis in decades.

published on : 21st October 2017

What's next for Catalonia in their fight for Independence?

Separatists in Catalonia want to declare independence, Spain's central government wants to stop them at all costs. 

published on : 20th October 2017

Spain court strikes down Catalan referendum law

Spain's Constitutional Court ruled Tuesday that a referendum law passed in Catalonia, which paved the way for a contested October 1 secession referendum, was not valid.

published on : 17th October 2017

Spain gives Catalans three days to drop independence bid

Madrid today warned Catalonia's separatist leader that he has only three days left to return to legality.

published on : 16th October 2017

Spain PM Rajoy rejects mediation over Catalonia crisis, calls for respect of Spanish law

Catalonia's separatist leaders had on Tuesday signed an independence declaration but said they were suspending it in the hope Madrid would negotiate.

published on : 11th October 2017

Independence Referendum: How Spain could impose direct rule over Catalonia

Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution allows the national government to "take control of political and administrative institutions of the rebel region."

published on : 11th October 2017
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