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Spanish foreign minister says Catalan crisis cost ‘€1 bn’

Spanish foreign minister Luis de Guindos. Photo: Raigo Pajula/AFP Spain's foreign minister claimed on Monday that the Catalan independence crisis had cost the country "a billion" euros as fallout from the turmoil continued to hamper growth in the wealthy region. Luis de Guindos said slowdown in growth in Catalonia, which accounts to around a fifth of
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Spanish foreign minister says Catalan crisis cost ‘€1 bn’

Spanish foreign minister Luis de Guindos. Photo: Raigo Pajula/AFP Spain's foreign minister claimed on Monday that the Catalan independence crisis had cost the country "a billion" euros as fallout from the turmoil continued to hamper growth in the wealthy region. Luis de Guindos said slowdown in growth in Catalonia, which accounts to around a fifth of
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Spain to leave EU’s deficit ‘sin bin’ next year: Rajoy

Spain will be taken off the EU's red list of budgetary sinners next year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday. Spain and France are currently the only two eurozone countries still under special budget supervision by Brussels for running up deficits in excess of an EU-imposed limit of 3.0 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). But "Spain will come
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Ex-Catalan leader demands regional government be reinstated

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Photo: AFP Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday demanded Madrid reinstate his regional government, which was deposed after an independence referendum that Spanish courts judged illegal, as part of a political settlement. "As president, I demand the Spanish government and those who support it…restore
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Ex-Catalan leader demands regional government be reinstated

Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Photo: AFP Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont on Saturday demanded Madrid reinstate his regional government, which was deposed after an independence referendum that Spanish courts judged illegal, as part of a political settlement. "As president, I demand the Spanish government and those who support it…restore
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Spain to leave EU’s deficit ‘sin bin’ next year: Rajoy

Spain will be taken off the EU's red list of budgetary sinners next year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday. Spain and France are currently the only two eurozone countries still under special budget supervision by Brussels for running up deficits in excess of an EU-imposed limit of 3.0 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). But "Spain will come
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Algerian migrant held in jail in Spain found dead

A protestor at the Archidona facility in November. Photo: AFP Spanish authorities said Friday they have opened an investigation into the death of an Algerian migrant found dead in a jail where hundreds of migrants are being held pending asylum claims. "Police have opened an investigation to shed light on the death of the detainee, aged 36 and of Algerian
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Jobless Spaniards turn noses up at 12,000 strawberry-picking jobs

In 2015, Andalusia had the highest unemployment rate in the EU. SAMUEL ARANDA / AFP Out of 11,900 fruit picking jobs in the southern Spanish district of Huelva, only 840 candidates applied. This in a region of Spain with 850,000 out of work. The mass job offer, launched by Andalusia’s Employment Service (SAE), was made available to the public for a month to
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Spain to leave EU’s deficit ‘sin bin’ next year: Rajoy

Spain will be taken off the EU's red list of budgetary sinners next year, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday. Spain and France are currently the only two eurozone countries still under special budget supervision by Brussels for running up deficits in excess of an EU-imposed limit of 3.0 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). But "Spain will come