Spanish PM pushes for new laws after graft scandal

 Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday pushed for the rapid adoption of new laws aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, after his health minister resigned in the latest in a string of corruption scandals.

Spanish PM to announce new law after graft scandal

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will on Thursday present a new law aimed at tightening political party accounting rules, the day after his health minister resigned amid a massive corruption scandal.

Spain PM calls Catalan breakaway vote `deep failure`

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday branded the Catalonia region`s symbolic vote on independence a failure but said he was open to constitutional reform to answer Catalan demands.

Spain PM hails scrapping of Catalan `referendum`

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hailed Wednesday the watering-down of Catalan leaders` plans for a vote on independence for their region, despite their vow to push on with a symbolic ballot.

Cancellation of Catalonia referendum `excellent news`: Spain PM

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Tuesday hailed the decision by Catalan leaders to call off a planned vote on independence as "excellent news" and indicated he was ready for talks on the issue.

Catalonia referendum won't see light of day, says Spain PM
Catalonia referendum won't see light of day, says Spain PM

A Scottish-style independence referendum sought by Catalonia planned for Novemebr, has been suspended by Spain's Constitutional Court as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy slammed the decree calling it an affront to the country's "sovereignty".

Spain rolls out roadblock to Catalonia independence vote

The Spanish government on Monday rolled out a legal roadblock to stop the Catalonia region voting on independence, branding the planned ballot an affront to the sovereignty of Spain.

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy celebrates Scottish Referendum result

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Friday celebrated the result of Thursday's Scottish independence referendum in which Scotland voted to stay part of Britain.

Spain `very happy` at Scottish `No` vote: PM Mariano Rajoy

Spain is "very happy" Scotland has voted against breaking away from Britain, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday, as he faced down a bid by the Catalonia region for its own independence vote.

Spain`s Catalan leader says `determined` to hold independence referendum

The leader of Spain`s economical powerful region of Catalonia said Wednesday he was "determined" to press ahead with an independence referendum in November despite opposition from the national government which has branded the poll illegal.

Spanish PM says monarchy vote flouts Constitution

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned Tuesday that a referendum on the future of the monarchy, demanded by anti-royalists after King Juan Carlos announced his abdication, would require a change to the constitution.

Spain`s King abdicates for his `new generation` son

Spain`s King Juan Carlos, who led Spain`s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced royal scandals amid the nation`s near financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favour of his son, making way for a "new generation."

Spain PM owes `nothing` to ETA for disarmament gesture

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy rejected calls to respond to a disarmament pledge by the Basque separatist group ETA.

Spain PM says Catalan independence vote `can`t take place`

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Tuesday that a referendum on Catalan independence planned for November 9 will not take place because it would be illegal.

Catalan President calls on EU leaders to support push for independence

Catalonia`s President has called on European Union Prime Ministers for support as the region seeks a vote on independence in November this year.

Can`t imagine Liga without Barca: Spain coach Del Bosque

Spanish national football coach Vicente del Bosque said that he found it hard to imagine the Primera Liga football without the presence of Barcelona or the Spanish national team without Catalan players.

Spain summons US ambassador over spy reports: Mariano Rajoy

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Friday he would call in the US ambassador to Madrid to explain reports of American spying on the country, a close ally of Washington.

Spain PM admits error of trust in corruption scandal

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy admitted for the first time he made a mistake in trusting a party colleague at the centre of a major corruption scandal.

Will address graft scandal in Parliament: Spain`s PM

Spain`s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has denied receiving illegal payments and has said he will not step down over the affair.

Spain PM resists resignation demands amid scandal

Spain`s prime minister has brushed off demands he should resign after text messages emerged showing him comforting a political party treasurer under investigation over a slush fund and secret Swiss bank accounts.