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Portugal: EU eyes Iberia-Italy pipeline to get gas to Europe

Aug. 12, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — European authorities are considering a liquefied natural gas pipeline from Spain to Italy as a way of getting around France’s opposition to a gas link-up across the Pyrenees between the Iberian peninsula and central Europe, Portugal's prime minister said Friday. ...

Spain evacuates 294 more Afghan workers and families

Aug. 11, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A plane provided by the Spanish government has brought 294 more Afghan refugees via Pakistan to Spain, authorities said Thursday, bringing to 3,900 the number evacuated by Madrid since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan last year. Spain said the latest group of...

Spain fully backs Western Balkan integration into EU

Aug. 01, 2022 06:43 AM EDT

The Western Balkans are an integral part of the European Union and Spain fully backs the region's integration into the 27-member bloc, Spain's prime minister said Monday. Pedro Sanchez was in Albania's capital Tirana Monday in the first-ever trip by a Spanish prime minister to the...

Spain's PM offers support for North Macedonia's EU candidacy

Jul. 31, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has offered North Macedonia his country’s full support for integration into the 27-nation European Union. Sanchez held talks Sunday with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski in the capital of...

Spanish PM Sanchez backs EU candidacy for Bosnia

Jul. 30, 2022 12:18 PM EDT

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Saturday expressed support for Bosnia to become a candidate for European Union membership amid fears that uncertainty caused by the war in Ukraine could fuel instability in the ethnically torn Balkan nation that went through a...

Spanish PM Sanchez opens Balkan tour with visit to Serbia

Jul. 29, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Friday kicked off a tour of the Western Balkans with a visit to Serbia, offering his country's support for the integration of the volatile region into the European Union. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez held talks with Serbia's...

Ditch the necktie: Spain's leader backs conserving energy

Jul. 29, 2022 10:02 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's leader has proposed an energy-saving move that many men have already embraced. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has asked government officials and people working in the private sector to save energy by giving up wearing neckties at work. ...

Europe broils in heat wave that fuels fires in France, Spain

Jul. 19, 2022 01:44 AM EDT

LA TESTE-DE-BUCH, France (AP) — A heat wave broiling Europe spilled northward Monday to Britain and fueled ferocious wildfires in Spain and France, which evacuated thousands of people and scrambled water-bombing planes and firefighters to battle flames in tinder-dry forests. Two...

Spain announces temporary taxes on banks, energy companies

Jul. 12, 2022 09:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday announced temporary taxes on banks and energy companies and promised a series of measures to help people suffering from soaring inflation and utility costs as Russia's war in Ukraine drags on. The taxes on the banks and...

Live updates | Trudeau: Canada to up Latvia troop presence

Jun. 30, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the NATO summit in Madrid: ___ Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will increase Canada's troop presence in Latvia as part of NATO’s commitment to strengthen its deterrence measures along...