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Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site

Jun. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday he wants to remove the remains of the late dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from a controversial mausoleum and turn the site into a monument for reconciliation. Sanchez told national broadcaster TVE that Spain "cannot afford symbols that separate...

Spanish govt unveils welcoming measures to help migrants

Jun. 15, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's new center-left government unveiled a series of measures Friday to "put people's rights first" in the country's migration policies. The Spanish cabinet took the first steps toward extending public health care to foreigners without residence permits, Education Minister Isabel Celaa...

Spain minister resigns over tax record after days in office

Jun. 13, 2018 2:10 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's minister of culture resigned Wednesday after just under a week in office after news reports revealed he was fined a decade ago for evading thousands of euros (dollars) in taxes. Maxim Huerta, a former television presenter and writer, said he did nothing illegal, but chose to step down...

Marred by graft, Spanish conservatives look for a new leader

Jun. 11, 2018 8:01 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court has convicted businesspeople and former conservative politicians in the eastern region of Valencia of graft and money laundering, further tarnishing the image of the party recently ousted from power over a previous corruption ruling. The National Court found 18 of 20...

Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia

Jun. 9, 2018 11:18 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region's secession movement said Saturday that constitutional reform would help end the country's worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Meritxell Batet, a Catalan lawmaker sworn in Thursday as Spain's...

Correction: Spain-Politics story

Jun. 7, 2018 6:22 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — In a story on June 6 about the new Spanish Cabinet, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the number of male ministers in the new administration was five, instead of six. A corrected version of the story is below: Majority of women in charge of new Spanish government A...

Ministers in Spain's female-dominated Cabinet take office

Jun. 7, 2018 6:12 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The government cabinet with the highest proportion of female ministers in Spanish and European history was sworn in Thursday, putting the cap on one of the fastest power transitions in Spain's four decades of democratic rule. The new Socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is...

Spain's ousted leader steps down as conservative party boss

Jun. 5, 2018 9:47 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's ousted prime minister Mariano Rajoy announced Tuesday he will step down as leader of the country's conservative Popular Party, just days after his government fell in a no-confidence vote prompted by a corruption scandal. An emotional Rajoy, who has led the party for 15...

Spain's new leader is sworn in, faces Catalan conundrum

Jun. 2, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had been barely sworn in Saturday before one of the country's most critical issues facing his fragile government was pressed upon him: ending the Catalan secession crisis. Less than two hours after Sanchez had taken his oath to uphold the...

The Latest: Catalan chief vows to continue secession push

Jun. 2, 2018 8:47 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Spanish political developments (all times local): 1:10 p.m. The separatist leader of Catalonia says he will continue to push for secession after the end of a seven-month takeover by Spanish authorities following last year's failed breakaway bid. Quim Torra said after swearing in...