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Zapatero's seven years in Madrid

The economic crisis made Spanish reformist prime minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero throw in the sponge in September and call autumn elections

The economic crisis made Spanish reformist prime minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero throw in the sponge in September and call autumn elections

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Economy is central to Spanish election

Spain’s economic crisis has been used to score political points ahead of the General Election next month. Opposition conservative leader Mariano

Spain’s economic crisis has been used to score political points ahead of the General Election next month. Opposition conservative leader Mariano

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Zapatero calls November poll in Spain

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has dissolved parliament and called a general election for November 20. Zapatero insisted more

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has dissolved parliament and called a general election for November 20. Zapatero insisted more

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Spain agrees deficit limit constitutional amendment

Spain’s top politicians have reached an agreement on including limits on the country’s public deficit and debt in its constitution. However the

Spain’s top politicians have reached an agreement on including limits on the country’s public deficit and debt in its constitution. However the

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Spain to add debt cap to constitution

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his political opponents in parliament have agreed to work together to quickly change Spain’s

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his political opponents in parliament have agreed to work together to quickly change Spain’s

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Spanish Socialists pay price for economic gloom

An ongoing economic crisis with low growth, high levels of debt and unemployment: it was against this background of gloom that the Spanish Socialist

An ongoing economic crisis with low growth, high levels of debt and unemployment: it was against this background of gloom that the Spanish Socialist

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Mixed reactions to Spain's early election

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced early elections will take place on November 20 instead of next March. The

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced early elections will take place on November 20 instead of next March. The

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Spain will hold early elections in November

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced early elections will take place on the 20 November instead of next March. The

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has announced early elections will take place on the 20 November instead of next March. The

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Le Tour de l'Euro

Will the EU’s beloved euro project survive?   With so much uncertainty currently facing the European single currency, comparisons with this year’s

Will the EU’s beloved euro project survive?   With so much uncertainty currently facing the European single currency, comparisons with this year’s

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Spanish deputy PM has sights set on top job

Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister has quit his position to run for the top job. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba plans to succeed Prime Minister Jose Luis

Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister has quit his position to run for the top job. Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba plans to succeed Prime Minister Jose Luis

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Russia bans EU veg imports

Russia has banned all imports of fresh vegetables from the European Union as the diplomatic fallout from the mystery E.coli outbreak ratchets up a

Russia has banned all imports of fresh vegetables from the European Union as the diplomatic fallout from the mystery E.coli outbreak ratchets up a

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Spain's Socialists choose new party leader

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has publicly backed his Deputy Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba who has been chosen as leader of the

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has publicly backed his Deputy Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba who has been chosen as leader of the

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Why are Spain's young people so angry?

It is no coincidence that Spain’s youth protests erupted in the run-up to local elections. On their placards, demonstrators display the reasons for

It is no coincidence that Spain’s youth protests erupted in the run-up to local elections. On their placards, demonstrators display the reasons for

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Spain's Socialists suffer huge losses in local polls

Where and what now for the Socialists are the questions most of the Spanish press are asking about the country’s ruling party after its drubbing in

Where and what now for the Socialists are the questions most of the Spanish press are asking about the country’s ruling party after its drubbing in

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Spain's socialists: worst election in three decades

Spain’s opposition conservatives routed the country’s ruling socialists in local and regional elections. Voters enduring the highest unemployment

Spain’s opposition conservatives routed the country’s ruling socialists in local and regional elections. Voters enduring the highest unemployment

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Spain's PM rules out early general election

A resolute Spanish prime minister dismissed speculation that he is considering calling an early general election after the drubbing meted out to his

A resolute Spanish prime minister dismissed speculation that he is considering calling an early general election after the drubbing meted out to his

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Spanish government set to ban new Basque party

The Spanish government has asked prosecuters to investigate candidates of the recently formed Basque independence party Bildu for links to SORTU and

The Spanish government has asked prosecuters to investigate candidates of the recently formed Basque independence party Bildu for links to SORTU and

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China to buy more Spanish bonds

China has said it will keep buying Spanish government bonds and will help fund a restructuring of Spain’s savings bank. China’s Premier Wen Jiabao

China has said it will keep buying Spanish government bonds and will help fund a restructuring of Spain’s savings bank. China’s Premier Wen Jiabao

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Spanish PM to step down

The socialist Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, says he will not seek a third term in the country’s general election next year

The socialist Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, says he will not seek a third term in the country’s general election next year

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Merkel promises euro zone stability pact soon

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged the euro zone would take crucial steps by March to strengthen economic stability. She spoke after

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged the euro zone would take crucial steps by March to strengthen economic stability. She spoke after

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Support for Spanish economy from China

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang on a visit to Madrid has told Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero that Beijing will continue to buy Spanish

China’s Vice Premier Li Keqiang on a visit to Madrid has told Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero that Beijing will continue to buy Spanish

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Spain PM overhauls government with reshuffle

The Spanish prime minister has announced the biggest cabinet reshuffle since the Socialists came to power in 2004. But will it be enough to

The Spanish prime minister has announced the biggest cabinet reshuffle since the Socialists came to power in 2004. But will it be enough to

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Major cabinet reshuffle in Spain

Spain’s leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has replaced his right-hand woman in a major cabinet reshuffle.   Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega has

Spain’s leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has replaced his right-hand woman in a major cabinet reshuffle.   Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega has

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Spain debates budget as credit rating slips

The Spanish government today presents its toughest budget for decades to parliament as bad news mounts concerning the country’s debt. Credit agency

The Spanish government today presents its toughest budget for decades to parliament as bad news mounts concerning the country’s debt. Credit agency

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Zapatero 'disappointed' with ETA ceasefire

The latest ceasefire from the Basque terrorist group ETA has been dismissed as ‘disappointing’ by Spain’s prime minister. In his first comments on

The latest ceasefire from the Basque terrorist group ETA has been dismissed as ‘disappointing’ by Spain’s prime minister. In his first comments on

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Catalonia can call itself a "nation" says Spain's top court

Spain’s highest court has upheld the majority of a charter granting new powers of self-rule to Catalonia. But for some politicians its still not

Spain’s highest court has upheld the majority of a charter granting new powers of self-rule to Catalonia. But for some politicians its still not

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Spanish parliament approves key labour reforms

The vote seemed comprehensive in the Spanish parliament: 168 in favour, only eight against. MPs approved the socialist government’s plans to reform

The vote seemed comprehensive in the Spanish parliament: 168 in favour, only eight against. MPs approved the socialist government’s plans to reform

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Spanish government approves new labour rules

The Spanish government has approved unpopular reforms aimed at shaking up the country’s rigid labour rules. The plan aims, among other things, to

The Spanish government has approved unpopular reforms aimed at shaking up the country’s rigid labour rules. The plan aims, among other things, to