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Topic - Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba
Spanish voters threw out their Socialist government on Sunday in favor of the conservative alternative. It was the fifth government in Europe to fall victim to the financial crisis, and a warning to American liberals that an era of adult leadership is dawning.
The People's Party and its leader, Mariano Rajoy, unseated the governing Socialist Party on Sunday in a resounding victory for the conservative leader who has promised to tackle an economic crisis that is threatening to bankrupt Spain.
Spanish voters on Sunday are expected to dismiss the Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and usher in the conservative People's Party (PP) and its leader, Mariano Rajoy.
Poland's conservative opposition almost closed the gap on the governing liberals in an opinion poll released Sunday, with a week to go to the Oct. 9 general election.
Sophisticated Libyan army weapons are being trafficked and possibly sold to al Qaeda's affiliate in North Africa, giving the group the potential to increase instability in a key part of the continent, Spain's interior minister said Thursday.
Basque separatists launched a new political party they say rejects violence by the armed group ETA. The unprecedented step Monday was designed to move the troubled region toward peace.
Spain placed striking air traffic controllers under military authority Saturday and threatened them with jail terms in an unprecedented emergency order to get planes back in the skies and clear chaotic airports clogged with irate travelers.
Spaniards inured to cease-fire announcements by the violent Basque separatist group ETA were mulling whether the latest one holds anything different or will fail like the others to end Europe's last major armed militancy.
MADRID (AP) — Police arrested 14 suspected Islamic militants in early morning raids yesterday, amid fears the men were plotting a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the interior minister said.
MADRID — The Spanish ruling party's candidate for prime minister in polls next month, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, pledged Sunday to cut record unemployment and shield education and health care from spending cuts.