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Catalan Socialist leader calls for king to abdicate in favor of his son

Catalan Socialist leader calls for king to abdicate in favor of his son | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The leader of the PSC Catalan branch of Spain’s opposition Socialist Party, Pere Navarro, on Wednesday asked King Juan Carlos to abdicate in favor of his son Prince Felipe.
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PP secretary general’s Bárcenas lawsuit angers party barons

PP secretary general’s Bárcenas lawsuit angers party barons | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Last week it emerged that former Popular Party (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas had been receiving fixed payments from the party until December 2012.
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Spain Touts Progress in Reducing Budget Deficit

Spain Touts Progress in Reducing Budget Deficit | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the gap had closed to less than 7 percent of gross domestic product last year, down from 9.4 percent in 2011.
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Investigation of Spanish Duke Draws Royals Into Scandal

Investigation of Spanish Duke Draws Royals Into Scandal | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
An intensifying investigation aimed at Iñaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and the king’s son-in-law, has placed the palace under siege.
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Now Onstage in Spain: Austerity

Now Onstage in Spain: Austerity | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Spain’s cultural institutions have been hit particularly hard by deep cuts in government subsidies.
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Iberia workers and riot police clash at start of five-day strike

Iberia workers and riot police clash at start of five-day strike | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
IAG chairman Willie Walsh sticks by plan to axe 3,800 jobs – a fifth of the airline's workforce Riot police clashed with striking workers (video) from Spain's Iberia airline on Monday as they began a five-day stoppage in protest at plans to sack a...
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Spanish property slump pushes Reyal Urbis over the edge

Spanish property slump pushes Reyal Urbis over the edge | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Real estate firm files for insolvency after failing to renegotiate €3.6bn (£3.1bn) of debt with creditors Spain suffered its second biggest corporate crash on Tuesday when real estate giant Reyal Urbis filed for insolvency as banks lost patience...
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Bárcenas’ PP slush fund notes show illegal financing in Galicia

Bárcenas’ PP slush fund notes show illegal financing in Galicia | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The secret ledgers kept by former Popular Party (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas show a large deposit made in 1999 by one of the main figures in the Gürtel case, a major kickbacks-for-contracts network.
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The perfect storm

The perfect storm | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s first year in office has been tough by any standards, and has seen his popularity wane as growing numbers of voters turn against an austerity program that has worsened unemployment and so far failed to kick start the...
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Spain’s Corruption Crisis

Spain’s Corruption Crisis | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Iberosphere editor Guy Hedgecoe discusses the corruption scandal that has unleashed a political scandal in Spain.
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Over a dozen officials acknowledge receipt of money

Over a dozen officials acknowledge receipt of money | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
More than a dozen former and current Popular Party officials have acknowledged in one way or another that they received money from their organization as reflected in ledgers allegedly prepared by Luis Bárcenas and another former PP treasurer.
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Slush fund scandal pushes up Spanish Treasury’s borrowing costs

Slush fund scandal pushes up Spanish Treasury’s borrowing costs | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The Spanish Treasury on Thursday managed to sell more debt than it had initially planned, but was forced to pay more to do so for the first time this year in the wake of the ruling Popular Party slush fund scandal that has rocked the government of...
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Spain to remain net recipient in new European budget

Spain to remain net recipient in new European budget | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
European Union leaders on Friday agreed a budget for the bloc that covers the period 2014-2020 in which Spain will remain a net recipient of funding rather than a net contributor as proposed in an initial draft.
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Over 2,000 judges strike to protest Justice Ministry reforms

Over 2,000 judges strike to protest Justice Ministry reforms | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Not a profession given to going on strike, thousands of judges and prosecutors failed to show up for work across Spain on Wednesday in order to protest a rash of recent reforms undertaken by Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón.
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Strong evidence seen in Bárcenas Gürtel kickbacks probe

Strong evidence seen in Bárcenas Gürtel kickbacks probe | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The anticorruption public prosecutor believes there are “multiple and convincing indications” that former Popular Party (PP) treasurer Luis Bárcenas committed crimes, but says it is still too early to consider fitting him with an electronic tag.
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Councillor jobs to be cut

Councillor jobs to be cut | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Over 50,000 to lose their jobs in reform bill hoping to raise €7 billion
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Eurozone economy to contract in 2013

Eurozone economy to contract in 2013 | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The European Commission says the eurozone economy will shrink in 2013, after previously predicting slight growth.
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Spain's labour reforms won't bring growth or reduce unemployment | Bob Hancké for EUROPP blog

Spain's labour reforms won't bring growth or reduce unemployment | Bob Hancké for EUROPP blog | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Madrid's labour market reforms are unlikely to contribute to improved economic performance, despite recent claims
An old spectre is returning.
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Iberia Airline Workers Protest Job Cuts and Disrupt Madrid Airport

Iberia Airline Workers Protest Job Cuts and Disrupt Madrid Airport | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Several hundred protesters managed to create chaos and frustration for many passengers affected by the strike.
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Rajoy on slush fund: “It is all untrue, except for some things”

Rajoy on slush fund: “It is all untrue, except for some things” | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Answering reporters’ questions for the first time since details emerged late last week about an alleged slush fund his Popular Party (PP) controlled, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday in Berlin that all the information that has been...
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Socialists demand PM resign after more slush fund details emerge

Socialists demand PM resign after more slush fund details emerge | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
With new details surfacing concerning alleged payoffs the Popular Party leadership received from a secret slush fund, Socialist leader Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba on Sunday called for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s resignation saying that he “isn’t fit...
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Health minister under pressure to resign for receiving gifts

Health minister under pressure to resign for receiving gifts | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
The former Popular Party (PP) mayor of Pozuelo de Alarcón, who stepped down in 2009 after he was named as a target in the massive Gürtel kickback-for-contracts inquiry, continues to receive an official salary from the ruling party as an advisor, EL...
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Former PP lawmaker confirms Bárcenas showed him ledgers

Former PP lawmaker confirms Bárcenas showed him ledgers | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Former Popular Party (PP) lawmaker Jorge Trías on Wednesday told anticorruption prosecutor that ex-PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas himself had shown him unofficial ledgers he kept on cash bonus payments handed over in envelopes to party members and...
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Rajoy battles to save position amid corruption scandal

Rajoy battles to save position amid corruption scandal | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
77% of people now believe the Spanish Prime Minister is no longer fit to lead the country
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Banco CEISS will be nationalized and sold off

Banco CEISS will be nationalized and sold off | Contemporary History of Spain | Scoop.it
Banco CEISS, the lender that emerged from the merger of the savings banks Caja España and Caja Duero, is to be nationalized and sold off after a valuation found it had negative net worth of 288 million euros, the Bank of Spain’s Orderly Bank...
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