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Separatist leader Carles Puigdemont cleared to run in EU election

6 May 2019; DW: The Spanish separatist has scuppered a ban on contesting the European elections. A court ruled he still has a fundamental right to contest the election even though he has fled the country and faces arrest if he returns.

Carles Puigdemont, the exiled former president of the Spanish state of Catalonia who fled to Belgium after a failed secession bid, has been cleared to run in the European elections, a court ruled on Sunday.

Spain bans Catalonia's ex-leader Puigdemont from EU vote

30 Apr 2019; DW: Spanish election authorities have banned the Catalan former President Carles Puigdemont from running as a candidate for the European Parliament.

Puigdemont and two former colleagues in the regional government had wanted to highlight the cause of Catalan independence on an international stage, after secessionist efforts were swiftly quashed by Madrid in 2017.

Spanish PM claims victory after his Socialist party takes lead

MADRID, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minster Pedro Sanchez said his Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE) has "won the future and left the past behind" after the party took lead in Sunday's general election.

According to data published by the Spanish Interior Ministry with over 99 percent of the votes counted, the PSOE won 28.70 percent of the votes to win 123 seats in the 350 seat Spanish Congress of Deputies.

This means the PSOE had 37 more seats than in the June 2016 election when the Socialists won 22.63 percent of the vote and 85 seats.

Socialists set to reign in Spain, but not without support

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain’s third parliamentary election in less than four years did little to dispel uncertainty over the political future of the eurozone’s fourth largest economy.

The center-left Socialist party won re-election in Sunday’s ballot, collecting nearly 29% of votes, and will try to form a government. It would be one of only a handful of socialist governments in the European Union.

But with only 123 seats in the 350-seat Congress of Deputies, Spain’s parliament, it needs to negotiate the support of smaller rival parties to pass legislation.

Candidates in Spain urge voters to keep far-right at bay

MADRID (AP) — Appealing to Spain’s large pool of undecided voters, top candidates on both the right and left urged Spaniards to choose wisely and keep the far-right at bay in Sunday’s general election.

What those undecided voters do in this tight race will shape the fortunes of the two political blocs that loosely took shape during campaigning that ended Friday. With no one party expected to win over 50 percent of Sunday’s vote, the question becomes which of Spain’s top five parties will join together after the vote to create a governing alliance.

Spain: North Korea embassy raiders offered stolen data to FBI

27 Mar 2019; DW: The leader of a North Korean dissident group raided the North Korean Embassy in Madrid last month and offered stolen materials to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a Spanish court has said.

Mexican citizen Adrian Hong Chang contacted "the FBI in New York five days after the assault to facilitate information related to the incident in the embassy," Spain's National Court said Tuesday.

Thousands march in support of Catalan politicians on trial

17 Mar 2019; DW: Thousands of people marched through the streets of Madrid on Saturday in support of Catalan politicians and activists who are currently on trial for attempting to secede from Spain in October 2017.

Organizers said 120,000 people attended the march, but police estimated about 18,000 people attended the first major separatist march in the Spanish capital.

Strike, protests mark Women’s Day 2019 in Spain

Madrid; 9 Marc 2019; GANASHAKTI: For the second year running, Spanish women went on strike Friday for International Women’s Day, with several protests kicking off over what has become a hot topic in the country’s election campaign.

“If we stop, the world stops.” Armed with this slogan, Spain’s largest unions CCOO and UGT organised a two-hour work stoppage — the first starting at midday — while smaller unions have called for a 24-hour strike.

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