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Spain's Socialist Party elects new leaderupdated: Mon Feb 06 2012 16:27:00

Spain's Socialist Party has elected Alfredo Rubalcaba as its new secretary general, three months after he led the party to a landslide loss to the conservatives in the midst of the nation's deep economic crisis.

Spain turns right to escape crisisupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 08:30:00

Americans don't usually pay a lot of attention to Spanish politics, but the election of 2004 proved an exception. The election that occurred Sunday should be a second.

Austerity hits Spanish pharmaciesupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 23:00:00

Austerity hits Spanish pharmacies that are owed millions by a regional government. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Conservative Rajoy set to lead Spain after defeating ruling partyupdated: Sun Nov 20 2011 23:00:00

Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy is poised to become the next prime minister of economically embattled Spain, with his ascension assured after the ruling Socialist Party's candidate conceded Sunday's national election.

Spain's ghost airportupdated: Sat Nov 19 2011 21:15:00

CNN's Dan Rivers reports on an airport in Spain that symbolizes monumental waste in a struggling country.

Jobs, cuts to dominate Spanish voteupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 15:33:00

The campaign for Spain's parliamentary elections was concluding late Friday under the shadow of financial markets that have hammered debt-ridden Spain in the run up to Sunday's vote.

Weak job market in Spainupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 15:33:00

Obtaining a job in Spain has become a challenge for an entire generation. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.

Economic crisis looms over Spanish voteupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 14:06:00

Economic crisis, with high unemployment, seen as key issue in Spanish elections for prime minister. Al Goodman reports.

Campaign ramps up in economically embattled Spainupdated: Fri Nov 04 2011 14:06:00

Spain's parliamentary campaign formally began Friday and will likely culminate with opposition candidate Mariano Rajoy as prime minister of the economically embattled nation.

Spain minister warns ETA's end to violence is not end of storyupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 13:15:00

Spanish Interior Minister Antonio Camacho warned Friday that although the Basque separatist group ETA has declared an end to violence, the most difficult task still lies ahead -- ensuring no Spaniards suffer the threat of terror attacks in the future.

What's behind ETA announcement?updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 13:15:00

CNN's Al Goodman reports on what's behind ETA's decision to end its campaign of violence in Spain.

Basque group ETA announces end to campaign of violenceupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 05:25:00

The Basque separatist group ETA announced Thursday a "definitive cessation of its armed activity" in a statement published on the website of Gara, a newspaper that the group has used to convey messages in the past.

Spanish prime minister to announce dissolution of parliamentupdated: Mon Sep 26 2011 04:57:00

Spain's Socialist Prime Minister is due to announce Monday the dissolution of parliament in order to hold early elections on November 20, which polls indicate the opposition conservatives will win handily during Spain's deep economic crisis.

Spain's jobless rate tops 21% as all major sectors lose jobsupdated: Fri Apr 29 2011 05:09:00

Spain's unemployment rate rose nearly a point to 21.29%, with 4.9 million jobless for the first quarter of 2011, the government reported Friday, as the prolonged economic crisis continues to squeeze the nation.

Spain's prime minister won't seek third termupdated: Sat Apr 02 2011 14:48:00

Embattled Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, squeezed by the nation's prolonged economic crisis, announced Saturday he would not seek a third term in general elections due no later than March 2012.

U.N. chief calls on Gadhafi to 'cease all hostilities'updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 13:09:00

The Libyan government "must immediately cease all hostilities against the civilian population," U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said Friday in Madrid and the Spanish prime minister added the international community "will not be fooled" by the government's cease-fire declaration.

Spain orders review of nuclear power plantsupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 11:57:00

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Wednesday ordered a review of his country's nuclear power plants in light of the crisis unfolding in Japan, where workers are battling to contain radioactive materials at a plant after an massive earthquake and tsunami.

Military in charge of Spanish air space after controllers walk outupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 18:28:00

The Spanish government put the military in control of air space late Friday to get commercial jets flying again after a surprise air traffic controller strike stranded tens of thousands of travelers, the deputy prime minister announced.

Spain's Socialists take big hit in key regional electionupdated: Sun Nov 28 2010 18:17:00

Spain's Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero suffered a political reversal on Sunday when his party sank in elections in the powerful northeast region of Catalonia, around Barcelona.

Embattled Zapatero shuffles Spanish cabinetupdated: Wed Oct 20 2010 07:05:00

Embattled Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, trailing in the polls and squeezed by an economic downturn, announced a broad cabinet shuffle on Wednesday, bringing in new deputy prime minister and a new foreign minister.

Spanish aid workers freedupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 08:44:00

Two Spanish aid workers are free after being taken hostage by al Qaeda in North Africa nearly nine months ago, the Spanish government said Monday.

Regev: No 'war of words' with Turkeyupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 15:42:00

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev downplays bilateral tensions over its raid on a Turkish ship bound for Gaza.

Israel rebuffs Turkish demand for raid apologyupdated: Mon Jul 05 2010 15:42:00

"Israel will never apologize for defending its citizens," a high-ranking Israeli government official told CNN Monday, after Turkey reportedly demanded an apology or an inquiry into an Israeli raid on an aid ship that killed nine Turkish citizens.

Spanish civil servants strike over cutsupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 14:13:00

Spain's civil servants went on strike Tuesday to protest the government's decision to cut their pay 5 percent this year and freeze it next year as part of an austerity plan to reduce the country's deficit.

Spain's civil servants strikeupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 14:13:00

Spain's civil servants are planning to go on strike to protest the government's decision to cut their pay 5 percent.

Mocking hacked politicians' sites? Joke could be on youupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 20:24:00

For Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, it was a global virtual black eye.

Pirates foiled in a second attack on Maersk Alabama cargo shipupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 08:18:00

A U.S.-flagged ship that played a central role in a bloody hijacking drama last spring was attacked again Wednesday, a busy day for piracy in the dangerous waters off the east coast of Africa.

Pirates in shoot out over multi-million-dollar ransomupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 10:22:00

Somali pirates exchanged gunfire Wednesday over a ransom they received for releasing a Spanish fishing boat, a local journalist in contact with the pirates said.

Spanish PM: Somali pirates free fishermenupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 05:49:00

All 36 crew members of a Spanish fishing boat hijacked by Somali pirates more than a month ago have been freed along with their vessel, the Spanish prime minister said Tuesday.

Pirates free Spanish shipupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 05:49:00

Somali pirates free hostages who had been held on a Spanish ship. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Chavez wraps up controversial tour with stop in Spainupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 09:26:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ended a sometimes controversial nine-country tour on a quieter note Friday, meeting with top Spanish leaders in Madrid.

Spain's Zapatero reshuffles cabinetupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 09:45:00

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero reshuffled his cabinet Tuesday, replacing the finance minister and making other changes as the financial crisis deepens in Spain and the conservative opposition shows signs of resurgence.

Gaza protests in Londonupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 13:35:00

CNN's Lonzo Cook was there as thousands of protesters marched through the streets of London against the action in Gaza.

Spain urges Israel to stop Gaza attacksupdated: Sun Jan 11 2009 13:35:00

Thousands of demonstrators in Madrid Sunday called for a halt to Israel's attacks on Gaza, in a protest whose sponsors included Spain's ruling Socialist Party.

Pressure builds for Gaza cease-fire dealupdated: Thu Jan 08 2009 10:56:00

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Spain's prime minister on Thursday hailed a cease-fire proposal as the best way to end the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Spain: Bomb blast in Bilbao after ETA warningupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 08:04:00

A powerful car bomb exploded outside a regional television station in Spain's Basque region Wednesday after police got a warning call from the separatist group ETA, authorities said.

Spain's PM: Basque terror group 'isolated'updated: Fri Dec 19 2008 10:06:00

The Basque separatist group ETA is more "isolated" than ever, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said late Thursday, ruling out fresh talks with them.

Spain unveils mortgage relief plan for familiesupdated: Mon Nov 03 2008 08:53:00

Spain's socialist government will permit about a half-million families to delay some of their mortgage payments for two years in an effort to stimulate Spain's economy.

Spain eagerly watches for change from U.S.updated: Mon Oct 13 2008 13:00:00

Even by late-night Spanish standards - where most restaurants don't open for dinner before 9 p.m. - the U.S. election debates were very late, starting at 3 a.m. Madrid time (9 p.m. New York).

EU raises bank deposit guaranteeupdated: Tue Oct 07 2008 12:46:00

European finance ministers agreed Tuesday to raise the minimum guarantee of bank deposits to 50,000 euros ($68,600) across all EU member states and to work together on measures to address the credit crisis.

Spanish PM: No more talks with ETAupdated: Sun Jun 29 2008 09:32:00

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said his government is no longer prepared to negotiate with ETA to put an end to Basque separatist violence, according to an interview published Sunday.

ETA blamed for trio of bomb blastsupdated: Thu May 01 2008 04:35:00

Three bombs blamed by police on Basque separatist group ETA exploded early Thursday in northern Spain's Basque region, causing damage but no reports of casualties.

Two possible ETA bombs explode in northern Spainupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 20:55:00

Two bombs exploded overnight in northern Spain's Basque country, though there were no reports of casualties.

ETA bomb hits northern Spainupdated: Sun Apr 20 2008 12:04:00

For the second time in three days, a bomb went off in northern Spain Sunday preceded by a warning call by the Basque separatist group ETA.

New Spanish parliament sessionupdated: Thu Apr 17 2008 04:07:00

King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero open a new session of the Spanish parliament.

Spain's Zapatero wins againupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 10:39:00

Spanish voters re-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as their prime minister. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

Spain PM wins investiture voteupdated: Fri Apr 11 2008 09:59:00

Spanish Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero won an investiture vote in parliament Friday to formally begin a second term in office, two days after losing his investiture bid on the first ballot.

Madrid bomb victims rememberedupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 10:16:00

Spain commemorated victims of the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings with somber ceremonies on Tuesday at three stations in the capital where 191 people died in the Islamic terrorist attacks.

Musical memorial for victimsupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 10:16:00

A solemn performance of memorial music is performed at the ceremony remembering victims of the Madrid train bombings.

Spain PM seeks support after electionupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 14:16:00

Spain's governing Socialists were on Monday seeking the support of smaller parties after an election that left the country deeply divided politically.

Terrorism returns to haunt Spanish pollsupdated: Sun Mar 09 2008 12:07:00

It's a rematch in Spain in Sunday's elections, as the Socialist prime minister, who won an upset victory four years ago in the wake of the Madrid train bombings, faces the conservative challenger.

Politician killed in Spainupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 18:47:00

The Basque separatist group ETA is blamed for killing a politician just before elections. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

ETA blamed for politician's deathupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 18:47:00

A man shot and killed a former town councilman from the ruling Socialist Party in northern Spain on Friday, just two days before national elections, in an attack blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. Killing Chills Spain's Electionupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 12:00:00

The murder in Basque country is a tragic parallel to the eve of the 2004 elections, when terror also struck the country. But how will it affect the vote?

Spain on highest terror alert ahead of general electionsupdated: Thu Feb 21 2008 06:59:00

Spain put its security forces on maximum alert on Thursday ahead of the general elections on March 9 -- four years after the Madrid train bombings shook the last elections and continue to reverberate through the conscience of society.

'ETA shooting' kills second copupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 12:53:00

A second member of the Spanish Civil Guard who had been in a coma since being shot in the head Saturday -- allegedly by members of the Basque separatist group ETA -- died Wednesday, a Spanish Interior Ministry spokeswoman has told CNN Spain Separatists End Cease-Fireupdated: Tue Jun 05 2007 17:50:00

The Basque separatist group ETA called off its cease-fire on Tuesday, saying the government was not committed to ending the nearly 40-year conflict

Basque police 'find car bomb'updated: Thu Jan 04 2007 06:40:00

Police Thursday seized a vehicle and nearby explosives that were ready for "immediate" use as a car bomb, just six days after the Basque separatist group ETA broke a cease-fire with a massive car bomb at Madrid's airport, a Basque regional government official told CNN.

Remains found at Madrid bomb siteupdated: Wed Jan 03 2007 13:39:00

Rescue workers Wednesday found the remains of a man in the rubble of last weekend's Madrid airport blast, making him the first fatality in more than three years in an attack by the Basque separatist group ETA, the Interior Ministry told CNN.

Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fireupdated: Sat Dec 30 2006 03:42:00

Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion Saturday at the country's busiest airport on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.

Peace process 'in crisis' ETA saysupdated: Fri Aug 18 2006 03:28:00

The Basque separatist group ETA is warning that the fledgling peace process is in "crisis" five months after ETA declared a cease-fire and said it "will respond" if Spain and France do not stop what it called "their attacks on Basque citizens."

Spain to start ETA peace talksupdated: Thu Jun 29 2006 08:40:00

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said the government will hold talks to secure a lasting peace with the Basque separatist group ETA.

Catalonians vote for more autonomyupdated: Sun Jun 18 2006 20:11:00

Voters in Catalonia have approved by a wide margin a measure giving Spain's semi-autonomous northeastern region even more power, a move that critics contend will weaken the central government.

Spain set to start ETA peace talksupdated: Sun May 21 2006 09:22:00

Spain's prime minister says the government is ready to start peace talks with ETA, the strongest indication so far that he believes the Basque separatist group's "permanent" cease-fire declared two months ago is indeed holding.

Zapatero: ETA cease-fire is holdingupdated: Tue Apr 18 2006 06:34:00

Spain's prime minister says a new police report indicates that the Basque separatist group ETA is sticking to its cease-fire declared last month.

Three Basque leaders freed on bailupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 14:59:00

Three leaders of Batasuna, widely considered to be the political wing of the Basque separatist group ETA, paid $780,000 in bail Friday and left jail, where they were sent last month on charges of inciting violence.

Spain's PM shakes up cabinet updated: Fri Apr 07 2006 05:27:00

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced Friday that Defense Minister Jose Bono would leave his post and be replaced by Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso.

Spain debates ETA cease-fireupdated: Tue Mar 28 2006 09:46:00

Spain's prime minister and the opposition leader on Tuesday held their first face-to-face talks on the Basque separatist group ETA's declaration of a "permanent" cease-fire last week.

Spain remembers Madrid bomb deadupdated: Sat Mar 11 2006 11:08:00

Two schoolchildren laid a wreath Saturday in a Madrid park while victims of the Madrid train bombings looked on in a silent ceremony as the nation marked the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 191 people and wounded 1,741 others.

Spain: ETA statement 'falls short'updated: Thu Nov 24 2005 15:59:00

The Spanish government has dismissed a new statement from the Basque separatist group ETA, saying it does not meet expectations, a senior aide to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told CNN late Thursday.

Spain voters back EU constitutionupdated: Sun Feb 20 2005 06:15:00

Spanish voters gave overwhelming support for a European Union constitution Sunday, voting for ratification by a more than 4-1 margin in the first national vote on the proposed charter.

Lawmakers reject Basque power planupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 18:52:00

The Spanish Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a sovereignty plan for the troubled northern Basque region.

Spanish troops join tsunami effortupdated: Sat Jan 08 2005 07:31:00

Spain is sending 650 troops to the tsunami-struck areas for two months to help with relief and recovery efforts.

'Old Europe' allies meet in Spainupdated: Mon Sep 13 2004 19:55:00

French President Jacques Chirac and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have visited their new ally in Spain, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who declared the summit showed that "the old Europe is like new."

Madrid train bomb inquiry opensupdated: Tue Jul 06 2004 06:14:00

A building doorman who alerted police to a suspicious van was the first witness to testify before a Spanish parliamentary commission investigating the March 11 Madrid train bombings.

Spain to boost Afghanistan forceupdated: Fri Jul 02 2004 09:12:00

Spain's cabinet has agreed to send nearly 900 more troops to Afghanistan, boosting its current small contingent there to more than 1,000 ahead of the country's elections.

Spanish troops attacked in Iraqupdated: Thu May 20 2004 03:59:00

A Spanish security patrol has came under fire from Iraqi insurgents after it accompanied Spanish forces leaving Iraq for Kuwait.

Spain to cede Iraq base to U.S.updated: Mon May 10 2004 11:21:00

Spain has said it will cede its military base in Iraq to the United States between May 15 and 17.

Spanish troops pull out of Najafupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 06:02:00

Spanish troops have left Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Najaf, where rebel Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is holed up with his militia, for their main base at Diwaniya, officials said on Tuesday.

Spain, U.S. try to mend fencesupdated: Wed Apr 21 2004 21:25:00

The United States and Spain are seeking to repair their relationship in the wake of the new Spanish government's decision to remove its troops from Iraq.

Honduras rushes to pull out troopsupdated: Mon Apr 19 2004 05:55:00

Honduras has confirmed that it will join Spain in withdrawing its troops from Iraq "in the shortest possible time."

Spain plans quick pullout of Iraqupdated: Sun Apr 18 2004 14:43:00

Spain's 1,400 troops in Iraq will be withdrawn "in the shortest possible time," the country's new prime minister said Sunday.

New Spanish Cabinet sworn inupdated: Sun Apr 18 2004 08:45:00

Spain's 16 new Cabinet members were sworn in Sunday, one day after Socialist Party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero formally took office as prime minister.

Zapatero sworn in as Spain PMupdated: Sat Apr 17 2004 05:14:00

Socialist Party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has been sworn in as Spain's prime minister.

Zapatero officially named Spain PMupdated: Fri Apr 16 2004 08:11:00

Socialist Party leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has won a parliamentary vote to become the Spanish prime minister.

Zapatero: Spanish 'not cowards'updated: Fri Mar 26 2004 06:20:00

Prime Minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has pledged not to give in to terrorists, bristling at the notion that the Spanish are "cowards" when it comes to facing terrorism.

Spain's new leader firm on Iraqupdated: Wed Mar 24 2004 11:29:00

Spain's new leader is standing firm in his pledge to pull Spanish troops out of Iraq, despite U.S. and British pressure.

Powell meets Spain's incoming PMupdated: Wed Mar 24 2004 09:50:00

Secretary of State Colin Powell has sought to minimize differences with the incoming Spanish prime minister, pledging to continue the close relationship the United States and Spain now share under the current administration.

Madrid suspects set to be quizzedupdated: Wed Mar 17 2004 03:52:00

Five suspects are to be quizzed in connection with last week's train bombings in Madrid, one day after a sixth suspect appeared before a Spanish judge.

Spain threatens Iraq pull-outupdated: Mon Mar 15 2004 03:33:00

Spain's prime minister-elect has described the country's participation in the war in Iraq as "a total error," and says he plans to withdraw 1,300 Spanish troops in June.

Aznar sets March election dateupdated: Fri Jan 09 2004 07:29:00

Spain's general elections will be held on March 14, the government has announced.

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