Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

Sep 30, 2014

Spain court prevents Catalonia independence vote

An independence vote set for November in Spain’s powerful Catalonia region was halted Monday by the nation’s constitutional court after the central government mounted a legal case saying the planned referendum would be illegal. The court’s unanimous decision to hear the government’s case automatically ...

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates

Jun 2, 2014

Spanish King Juan Carlos abdicates

Spanish King Juan Carlos announced his abdication on Monday in favor of his son Prince Felipe, ending a 39-year reign that guided Spain from dictatorship to democracy but was later battered by royal scandals. The 76-year-old monarch, crowned in November 1975 after the death ...

Abe, Rajoy promote strong ties

May 5, 2014

Abe, Rajoy promote strong ties

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy agreed Sunday in the city of Santiago de Compostela to promote further economic cooperation and bolster security ties. In commercial affairs, Spain will help Japanese companies make inroads into the Latin American market, with which ...

Jul 10, 2013

Slush fund allegations hit Spanish premier

A corruption scandal implicating Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reignited Tuesday with the publication of an original handwritten account ledger purportedly showing illegal payments to him while he was a minister. The document published by El Mundo newspaper fanned a scandal that has outraged ...