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Spain's socialists refuse to back Rajoy government

The leader of Spain’s Socialist party has refused to back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s second attempt to form a coalition government in six months.

The leader of Spain’s Socialist party has refused to back Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s second attempt to form a coalition government in six months.

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Sense of deja-vu grips Spain

The Popular Party is short of a majority despite winning the parliamentary election - failing to break six months of political deadlock

The Popular Party is short of a majority despite winning the parliamentary election - failing to break six months of political deadlock

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Spanish go to polls again but similar inconclusive result expected on Sunday

For six months the Spanish have struggled in vain to form a new government after two new parties smashed the two-party system back in December. Having failed, voters now have to try again to elect a n

For six months the Spanish have struggled in vain to form a new government after two new parties smashed the two-party system back in December. Having failed, voters now have to try again to elect a n

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Spain: interior minister faces calls to quit

Spain’s interior minister is facing mounting calls to resign after allegations he tried to smear his political rivals.

Spain’s interior minister is facing mounting calls to resign after allegations he tried to smear his political rivals.

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Spain seeks jobs and a government after general election

The referendum in the UK on whether to leave or remain in the European Union has dominated the news headlines over recent weeks.

The referendum in the UK on whether to leave or remain in the European Union has dominated the news headlines over recent weeks.

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Spain's party leaders fight for votes in TV debate

For the first time the leaders of four political parties have taken part in a televised debate before Spain’s June 26 election.

For the first time the leaders of four political parties have taken part in a televised debate before Spain’s June 26 election.

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Spain: election campaigns kick off as poll suggests big gains for Podemos alliance

As Spain’s general election campaigns kick off, an opinion poll on the June 26 ballot appears to show that the anti-austerity Unidos Podemos alliance will get the second-highest number of…

As Spain’s general election campaigns kick off, an opinion poll on the June 26 ballot appears to show that the anti-austerity Unidos Podemos alliance will get the second-highest number of…

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Spain faces new era of political dialogue to avoid deadlock

The PP won the Spanish election, but appears unable to form a majority government. For the first time since the restoration of democracy, no-one can. Could a "loser's coalition" take over, or will we

The PP won the Spanish election, but appears unable to form a majority government. For the first time since the restoration of democracy, no-one can. Could a "loser's coalition" take over, or will we

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Spain decides: 'Together We Can' emerges as big winner in Catalonia

There were cheers in Catalonia as the leftist coalition containing Pablo Iglesias’ Podemos party emerged as the region’s big election winner

There were cheers in Catalonia as the leftist coalition containing Pablo Iglesias’ Podemos party emerged as the region’s big election winner

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Spanish Election 2015: all you need to know

When does it happen, how does it work? On December 20, 36.5 million voters will vote to renew the Congreso de los Diputados (lower chamber, 350

When does it happen, how does it work? On December 20, 36.5 million voters will vote to renew the Congreso de los Diputados (lower chamber, 350

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Spain's political newcomers determined to overturn 'caste system'

Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’), is one of Spain’s new parties that emerged from crisis. The second-largest group in Catalonia’s regional parliament after

Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’), is one of Spain’s new parties that emerged from crisis. The second-largest group in Catalonia’s regional parliament after

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Spain expects an end to seesaw Conservative-Socialist voting

A senior figure in Spain’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is in La Nucia, in the southeastern Alicante province for the day. Foreign Affairs

A senior figure in Spain’s conservative People’s Party (PP) is in La Nucia, in the southeastern Alicante province for the day. Foreign Affairs

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Spanish PM Rajoy attacked during bitter TV debate

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has come under attack over corruption allegations in a live televised debate before Sunday’s general election

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy has come under attack over corruption allegations in a live televised debate before Sunday’s general election

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Spain must take constitutional reform by the horns

The Spanish constitution is now in its 38th year, the 6th Dec. anniversary coinciding with campaigning for the general elections on the 20th. Spain

The Spanish constitution is now in its 38th year, the 6th Dec. anniversary coinciding with campaigning for the general elections on the 20th. Spain

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Spanish election: redrawing the political map of Spain

On the Network this week Chris Burns and his guests look at what is at stake in Spain’s general election later this month. Can the ruling Partido

On the Network this week Chris Burns and his guests look at what is at stake in Spain’s general election later this month. Can the ruling Partido

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Spain: New political landscape as election campaign begins

Campaigning is now officially underway ahead of Spain’s general election on December 20. The ballot is set to break the mold of the traditional two

Campaigning is now officially underway ahead of Spain’s general election on December 20. The ballot is set to break the mold of the traditional two

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Spain's unemployment falls by 27,000 ahead of election

After rising over three months, unemployment in Spain fell in November – providing a welcome headline boost for the government less than three weeks

After rising over three months, unemployment in Spain fell in November – providing a welcome headline boost for the government less than three weeks

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Spain: PM calls December elections, campaigns against secession

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy says he will not seek to continue as prime minister if his People’s Party (PP) does not win an absolute parliamentary

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy says he will not seek to continue as prime minister if his People’s Party (PP) does not win an absolute parliamentary

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Catalan election campaign ends ahead of Sunday's vote

Campaigning has come to an end in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of Sunday’s decisive elections. Many consider the poll a proxy vote on

Campaigning has come to an end in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of Sunday’s decisive elections. Many consider the poll a proxy vote on

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Catalan election campaign ends ahead of Sunday's vote

Campaigning has come to an end in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of Sunday’s decisive elections. The pro-independence coalition, which

Campaigning has come to an end in the Spanish region of Catalonia ahead of Sunday’s decisive elections. The pro-independence coalition, which

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Anti-austerity leaders sworn in as Madrid & Barcelona mayors

Dubbed the hugging grandma, Manuela Carmena has been sworn in as the Mayor of Madrid backed by the leftist Podemos party. The 71-year-old has swept

Dubbed the hugging grandma, Manuela Carmena has been sworn in as the Mayor of Madrid backed by the leftist Podemos party. The 71-year-old has swept

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Spain's PM Rajoy disappointed by results in local elections

Spain’s prime minister has acknowledged he was disappointed with his party’s showing in local elections. He attributed a drop in support largely to

Spain’s prime minister has acknowledged he was disappointed with his party’s showing in local elections. He attributed a drop in support largely to

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Spanish local and regional elections deal major blow to big parties

The new mayor of the second-largest city in Spain, anti-poverty activist Ada Colau, has described her success in regional and municipal elections as

The new mayor of the second-largest city in Spain, anti-poverty activist Ada Colau, has described her success in regional and municipal elections as

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Spain set for new politics of coalitions and power-sharing

Much more than a tale of two cities in Spain, where the big parties’ grip on power in both Madrid and Barcelona has been broken in local and regional

Much more than a tale of two cities in Spain, where the big parties’ grip on power in both Madrid and Barcelona has been broken in local and regional

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Madrid residents react to Spain's political shake-up

Although Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) got more votes than any other party in Sunday’s (May 24) regional and local elections, it and the rival

Although Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) got more votes than any other party in Sunday’s (May 24) regional and local elections, it and the rival

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Three lessons from Spain's local elections

Spain’s local and regional elections haven’t been the earthquake some expected, but they have been a huge shock to a political landscape dominated by

Spain’s local and regional elections haven’t been the earthquake some expected, but they have been a huge shock to a political landscape dominated by

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New parties break Spains' political duopoly in local & regional vote

Spain’s traditional parties of both left and right took a fearful battering in local and regional elections on Sunday, with the ruling Popular Party

Spain’s traditional parties of both left and right took a fearful battering in local and regional elections on Sunday, with the ruling Popular Party