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10.11.2018 - 07:14 [ unian.info ]

European defense coalition launched in Paris – media

A coalition of European militaries ready to react to crises near the continent’s borders was launched on Wednesday with Finland becoming the 10th country to join, amid calls by French President Emmanuel Macron for a „real European army.“

The French-led initiative would not conflict with the almost 70-year-old, U.S.-dominated NATO alliance, proponents say, but reflects in part concerns about a more isolationist United States under President Donald Trump, as reported by Reuters.

11.10.2018 - 23:31 [ El National.cat ]

Catalan Parliament censures king Felipe VI and calls for the abolition of the monarchy

That wasn’t the only bill the Parliament passed today. With 90 votes in favour from JxCat, PSC, En Comú and CUP, ERC’s bill condemning Francoism and the rise of the far-right sailed through. Notably, however, both Ciutadans and PP abstained. The text restates the chamber’s commitment to „democracy and freedoms“ and urges the Catalan government to eliminate any and all Francoist and fascist symbolism from public spaces, official buildings and monuments.

04.10.2018 - 01:43 [ El Pais ]

Spain’s Supreme Court upholds conviction against ex-IMF chief Rodrigo Rato

The Spanish Supreme Court has upheld a four-and-a-half year prison conviction against Rodrigo Rato, a former banker, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief (2004-2007) and deputy prime minister of Spain between 2003 and 2004.

In February 2017, Rato was found guilty of embezzlement in a high-profile case involving corporate credit cards used by top executives at the lenders Caja Madrid and Bankia, which Rato headed between 2010 and 2012.

21.09.2018 - 02:22 [ teleSUR ]

Spain to Push EU to Recognize Independent Palestinian State

A delegation from the European Parliament tried to enter Gaza Strip to learn more about the humanitarian situation in the territory but were banned from entering by Israel Wednesday. Israel has repeatedly denied the delegation access to visit the Strip since 2011 and the Palestinian parliament has condemned the ban.

04.09.2018 - 01:18 [ Press TV ]

Spain cancels €9.2mn deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs

The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it will return the 9.2 million euros already paid by Saudi Arabia to buy 400 Spanish-made precision bombs amid fears that they could be used to target the innocent people of Yemen, the El Mundo reported.

The arms deal had been negotiated and finalized by former Spanish defense ministers Pedro Morenés Eulate and Maria Dolores de Cospedal.

04.09.2018 - 01:15 [ The Local Spain ]

Smiles all round: Saudi crown prince visits Spain to sign €2.2 billion arms deal

(12.4.2018) Spain’s King Felipe VI met with Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who serves as defence minister and also controls economic policy for the world’s top oil exporter, at the Zarzuela Palace on the outskirts of Madrid, before hosting a luncheon in his honour attended by senior Spanish officials and businessmen. The Saudi prince then held talks behind closed doors with Defence Minister Maria Dolores Cospedal and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

30.07.2018 - 18:26 [ EL PAÍS ]

Taxi strikes to continue across Spain after talks with government fail

The confrontation has become political as well. José Alberto Herrero, a national deputy for the conservative Popular Party (PP), has accused the Socialist (PSOE) government of “yielding to separatists’ blackmail and leaving the taxi and VTC sectors defenseless.” According to Herrero, “the Public Works Ministry has given up on defending state powers against the radical administration of Ada Colau.”

20.07.2018 - 07:06 [ Al-Manar TV ]

Saudi Arabia Signs Deal for Five Warships with Spain’s Navantia

Saudi Arabia’s state-owned defense company has forged a deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia for a joint venture to build five warships, state media said Thursday.
The agreement was signed between the state-owned Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) and Spain’s shipbuilder, Navantia, on Thursday, paving the way for the two sides to set up a joint venture in the kingdom for constructing the five battleships, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

19.07.2018 - 04:07 [ EL PAÍS ]

New Spanish high-tech submarine has one hitch: it doesn’t fit in its naval base

The Spanish government is due to approve the new spending ceiling for the sub project, bringing the total tab up to €3.9 billion from an initial budget of €2.1 billion. That means that each of the four submarines will come with a price tag of nearly €1 billion, nearly twice as much as initially expected.

23.06.2018 - 11:27 [ Marxist.com ]

La Manada affair reveals the rotten character of the Spanish state

(30.4.2018) Significantly, one of the men belonged to the Civil Guard, a militarised police unit with a long history of repression and abuse, the latest episode being the violent crackdown on the Catalan 1 October referendum. Incredibly, this individual was part of a division dealing with violence against women. Another member of the group belonged to the Spanish military. During the two-year criminal proceedings, and until this very day, both continue to be on the public payroll and receive 75 percent of their wages.

01.06.2018 - 14:07 [ El Pais ]

As it happened: Pedro Sánchez becomes new Spanish prime minister

This is the first time in Spanish democratic history that a head of government has been ousted. Rajoy, 63, refused to step down ahead of the vote, saying he had the trust of the people who voted for him at the 2016 election.

Rajoy is being replaced by Socialist (PSOE) leader Pedro Sánchez, whose 84 seats were insufficient for the majority of 176 required in the 350-seat house. This forced the PSOE to seek support from a range of other parties, including regional nationalists in the Basque Country and Catalonia.

19.05.2018 - 18:00 [ Außenministerium der Volksrepublik China ]

Wang Yi to Visit France, Spain, Portugal and Argentina and Attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting

At the invitation of French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Alfonso María Dastis Quecedo, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and Argentine Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship Jorge Marcelo Faurie, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to the aforementioned four countries and attend the G20 Foreign Ministers‘ Meeting in Argentina from May 16 to 24. 20-21 May 2018,

13.04.2018 - 06:30 [ Ruptly / Youtube ]

Spain: Madrid students demand resignations over fake degree scandal

Students at King Juan Carlos University protested in Madrid’s Sol Square on Thursday, calling for the resignation of the President of Madrid’s regional government Cristina Cifuentes and the university rector Javier Ramos. The Popular Party (PP) leader has been accused of being fraudulently awarded an MBA by the public university without taking courses or writing a dissertation. Students held banners in front of the city hall in Madrid, chanting „Mafia, get out of the university“ and „Resign, Cifuentes! Leave your hiding place!“