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MADRID | AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is expected to call an early election after his minority government’s budget proposal was rejected by lawmakers. An announcement on the ballot’s date is expected at 10 a.m. (0900 GMT), which will put Spain on the path to its third general election in less than four years. … Continue reading MADRID | AP Explains: Polarized by Catalonia, Spain heads to election

MADRID | Budget defeat puts Spain’s center-left government on ropes

MADRID (AP) — Catalan separatist and right-wing lawmakers in the Spanish parliament‘s lower house rejected Wednesday the ruling Socialist government’s 2019 budget plan, likely paving the way for a call of early elections by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The 191-158 vote, with one abstention, opens a new crisis in Spanish politics. Members of the cabinet … Continue reading MADRID | Budget defeat puts Spain’s center-left government on ropes

LISBON, Portugal |European Union countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new presidential election. Maduro, for his part, stood defiant and accused the United States of … Continue reading LISBON, Portugal |European Union countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

BARCELONA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget

BARCELONA, Spain— Jan 11, 2019—The Spanish government’s bid to pass a national budget is doomed unless it bends to the demands of Catalonia’s separatists for a referendum on secession, the leader of the wealthy northeastern region says. Catalan regional president Quim Torra told The Associated Press in an interview that the representatives of Catalonia’s separatist … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | AP Interview: Catalan leader says ‘No’ to Spain govt budget

BARCELONA, Spain | The Latest: Spain’s Cabinet arrives at Barcelona palace

BARCELONA, Spain— The Latest on Spanish Cabinet meeting being held in Barcelona (all times local): 10:30 a.m. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Spanish Cabinet members have arrived in a central Barcelona palace for a weekly Cabinet meeting that has been moved to the Catalan capital despite separatists’ protests against it. Sanchez’s Socialist administration planned the … Continue reading BARCELONA, Spain | The Latest: Spain’s Cabinet arrives at Barcelona palace