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    Obama praises Spain and its fiscal gain

    With the U.S. still struggling to fully rebound from the Great Recession, President Obama on Monday lauded Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy for the progress he's made in stabilizing his country's economy and shepherding Spain to back-to-back quarters of fiscal growth.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks to the parliament in Madrid on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy beats back money scandal

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy joined with ruling People's Party officials to deny a payment scheme alleged to have yielded the prime minister $34,200 a year.

  • Election boosts push to split off Catalonia

    Voters in Spain's wealthy Catalonia region Sunday sliced the majority held by a nationalist alliance in snap elections, giving strong gains to left-wing parties that favor independence, exit polls said.

  • Supporters of center-right Catalan Nationalist Coalition (CiU) leader Artur Mas wave their pro-independence "estelada" flags on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, the last day of campaigning before Sunday's parliamentary elections. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Election in Catalonia tests Spain's unity

    Voters in Catalonia on Sunday are choosing lawmakers for this wealthy Spanish region's parliament amid a threat from the Catalan leader to hold an independence referendum that would test the country's unity.

  • Briefly: Poll says Germans accept nuke exit despite rising energy bill

    A new poll finds that the large majority of Germans back the government's decision to phase out nuclear power and switch to renewable energies within a decade, despite rising electricity bills.

  • Protesting miners rest during a march after walking for more than 20 days from the northern Asturias and Leon regions on their way to the Puerta del Sol plaza in Madrid on Tuesday, July 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    Police fire rubber bullets at protesting miners in Madrid

    Riot police fired rubber bullets Wednesday at Spanish coal miners protesting in the streets of Madrid over subsidy cuts they fear will jeopardize their meager livelihood.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy speaks to the parliament in Madrid on Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Spain imposes further austerity measures

    Spain's government imposed more austerity measures on the beleaguered country Wednesday as it unveiled sales tax increases and spending cuts aimed at shaving 65 billion euros ($79.85 billion) off the state budget over the next 2½ years.

  • Bring on the heroes: Spain embraces its team

    Out with feckless politicians, in with Spain's unforgettable soccer stars?

  • Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos gestures during a news conference at the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness in Madrid on Saturday, June 9, 2012. Spain will ask for a bailout for banks felled by bad real estate loans, in an about-face that European officials welcomed Saturday and said could cost up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion). A rescue for Spain will be Europe's fourth since the single currency bloc's debt crisis erupted two years ago. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Europe bailout of Spain could cost $125B

    Europe is to offer Spain a bailout package of up to €100 billion ($125 billion) to help rescue the country's banks and keep the 17-country eurozone from breaking apart.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gestures June 4, 2012, during a meeting with Republic of Singapore deputy premier Tharman Shanmugaratnam at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. (Associated Press)

    Spain premier calls for EU bank unity plan

    Spain's prime minister appealed Tuesday for European leaders to push toward greater fiscal unity — a step that would allow its troubled banks to get direct financial help — while a top government official warned that the country's high borrowing costs meant it faced increasing trouble accessing credit markets.

  • Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told a Spanish Senate session Tuesday that Europe "needs to support those that are in difficulty." (Associated Press)

    Spain appeals for help as banks struggle

    Spain's prime minister appealed Tuesday for European leaders to push toward greater fiscal unity -- a step that would allow its troubled banks to get direct financial help -- while a top government official warned that the country's high borrowing costs meant it faced increasing trouble accessing credit markets.

  • Demonstrators play drums as they march in a protest to mark the anniversary of the beginning of the "Indignados" movement in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, May 12, 2012. Spanish activists angered by grim economic prospects planned nationwide demonstrations Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of their protest movement that inspired similar groups in other countries. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

    At least 100,000 march in Spain over austerity

    At least 100,000 Spaniards angered by grim economic prospects and the political handling of the international financial crisis turned out for street demonstrations in the country's cities Saturday, marking the one-year anniversary of a movement that inspired similar pressure groups in other countries.

  • Spanish king apologizes for elephant hunting trip

    In an unprecedented act of royal contrition, Spain's king apologized Wednesday for having gone elephant-hunting in Africa while everyday people endure a severe economic crisis.

  • Government spokeswoman and deputy premier Soraya Saenz de Santamaria speaks Dec. 30, 2011, during a press conference following the new conservative government's second Cabinet meeting at the Monlcoa Palace in Madrid. (Associated Press)

    Spain revises up deficit and raises taxes

    Spain's new government warned Friday that the country's budget deficit will be much higher than anticipated this year, as it unveiled a first batch of austerity measures that include surprise income and property tax hikes.

  • Mariano Rajoy (left) is sworn in before King Juan Carlos (right) to become Spain's new prime minister at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011. Mr. Rajoy's Popular Party won a landslide victory in the Nov. 20 elections on promises to lift Spain out of its economic crisis. (Associated Press)

    Spain's new prime minister targets budget gap

    Conservative leader Mariano Rajoy assumed office as Spain's new prime minister Wednesday, vowing to close a huge budget deficit at home and restore his country's credibility abroad.

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