Mariano Rajoy

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy to be grilled on corruption scandal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: AFP

Lawmakers will grill Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday, demanding explanations over a corruption scandal that has sparked calls for him to quit.


Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Spanish prime minister refuses to resign over slush fund

Spanish prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, faces fresh allegations of corruption against his People's Party.Photo: Reuters

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy refused to resign yesterday over a corruption scandal rocking his government as it fights to rescue the euro zone's fourth-biggest economy from crisis.

17 Jul 2013 - 3:54am

Germany fears revolution if Europe scraps welfare model

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble: “We need to be more successful in our fight against youth unemployment, otherwise we will lose the battle for Europe’s unit.” Photo: EPA

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble warned that failure to win the battle against youth unemployment could tear Europe apart, and dropping the continent’s welfare model in favour of tougher US standards would spark a revolution.

29 May 2013 - 11:09am

Under-fire Rajoy wins Merkel backing on economy

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy hold a joint press conference at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Photo: EPA

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, under fire at home over corruption allegations, won praise on Monday from German Chancellor Angela Merkel over his handling of Spain’s economy.

5 Feb 2013 - 12:53am

Briefs, February 4, 2013

The pod was stranded in shallow waters near Albany. Photo: AFP

Thirty French warplanes blasted Islamist extremist's training and logistics centres in northeastern Mali, hours after President Francois Hollande visited the African country, the military said. 

4 Feb 2013 - 5:22am

Protests erupt after Spain PM denies corruption

Protestors shout slogans and wave banners placards reading "Rajoy go home" during a demonstration against corruption in Madrid, on Saturday. Photo: AP

Speaking at a special executive committee meeting on Saturday at his party’s Madrid headquarters, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said “it is false” that he received or distributed undeclared money.

3 Feb 2013 - 11:38am

Rajoy breaks his silence on corruption scandal

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: Reuters

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday fought back over allegations that he received undeclared payments from his ruling party, as he sunk deeper into a major corruption scandal.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:26am

Briefs, February 1, 2013

A camel farm in Germany is engulfed in flames. Photo: EPA

A fire has destroyed a camel farm in the Black Forest region of southwest Germany, killing 86 animals and causing up to €2 million (HK$21 million) in damages. 

1 Feb 2013 - 3:40am

Catalans vote in fight for statehood

Supporters of Artur Mas wave pro-independence flags in Barcelona on Friday. Photo: AP

Independence flags fluttering from balconies, Catalans voted on Sunday in an election that could set the region on a path to divorce from Spain.

Artur Mas, president of the northeastern region, is promising to hold a referendum on self-determination if he wins a mandate.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Spanish protesters try to besiege parliament

Demonstrators in Madrid oppose the government's hefty spending cuts. Photo: AFP

Thousands of anti-austerity protesters who marched to Spain's parliament were prevented from surrounding the building by metal rail barricades and a large police presence.

The Surround Parliament group had called on people to gather at Plaza de Espana and march on the legislature to oppose spending cuts and tax rises introduced by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government.

29 Oct 2012 - 4:07am

Briefs, October 22, 2012

Basque Nationalist Inigo Urkullu triumphs in Bilbao. Photo: EPA

Beirut gunfight raises fears war may spread

BEIRUT - Lebanese troops and gunmen exchanged fire in Beirut's southern suburbs yesterday, wounding five people and deepening a political crisis following the assassination of a senior intelligence official. The violence heightened fears that the civil war in neighbouring Syria could be spreading into Lebanon. Reuters


23 Oct 2012 - 4:26am

Spain PM retains power in home region vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: EPA

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s right-leaning party on Sunday retained power in his home province of Galicia despite recession and biting austerity measures, official results showed.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:16am

Spain PM Rajoy faces votes in two crisis-hit regions

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. Photo: EPA

Spaniards battling a deep recession voted on Sunday in two snap regional elections that could deal a blow to Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Rajoy’s right-leaning Popular Party has imposed tough austerity measures on the euro zone’s fourth-largest economy and now faces votes in the premier’s home region of Galicia and in the Basque Country.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Europe's soap opera persists

The endless euro soap opera has run helter-skelter through new twists and turns: Spain accepted a Euro100 billion (HK$972.11 billion) bailout package to fix its rotten banking system, although Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pretended it was only a line of credit; Cyprus suggested it might want money; Spanish and Italian bond rates rose again; and several European leaders declared that only Europe

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am