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The Latest: Spain to improve conditions at migrant centers

Jan. 18, 2019 8:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on migrants in Europe (all times local): 2:25 p.m. Spain's government says it will improve conditions at its eight migrant detention centers and build another center as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in arrivals from North Africa by sea. Interior Minister Fernando...

Spain draws record number of tourists, visitor spending up

Jan. 16, 2019 9:41 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish government figures show the country received a national record of 82.6 million foreign tourists last year. Industry, Trade and Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto said Wednesday the figures show Spain remains competitive as it battles to overtake France, the world's top destination in 2017...

The Latest: Macron tells Britain "good luck" with Brexit

Jan. 15, 2019 8:38 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 10:15 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron is casting doubt on chances the European Union will renegotiate Britain's exit deal after British lawmakers roundly rejected the one their government reached with the EU. Macron...

AP Interview: Catalan leader says 'No' to Spain govt budget

Jan. 11, 2019 9:15 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — 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...

Spain's Socialist PM takes political risk with spending plan

Jan. 8, 2019 8:07 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says he will take his 2019 national budget proposal to a vote in parliament, even though his center-left minority government doesn't currently have enough support to get it approved. The move is a political gamble that could trigger a snap election if...

Spanish PM: Consensus only way to resolve Catalonia crisis

Dec. 23, 2018 1:20 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's prime minister said in an interview published Sunday that only a solution supported by a large majority of Catalans and legal under the Spanish Constitution will resolve the crisis over whether the Catalonia region should secede or remain part of Spain. Prime Minister Pedro...

The Latest: Catalan separatists march in Barcelona

Dec. 21, 2018 12:42 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Spanish Cabinet meeting being held in Barcelona (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Thousands of people are marching in downtown Barcelona to press their demands for Catalonia's independence from the rest of Spain. The demonstration Friday was convened by the Catalan National...

Clashes erupt as Spanish Cabinet holds meeting in Catalonia

Dec. 21, 2018 11:17 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Thousands of pro-independence protesters angry about Spain's Cabinet holding a meeting in Catalonia blocked roads across the region Friday and clashed with anti-riot police in its capital. A dozen protesters were arrested, and scores were injured during the clashes, the regional...

Spain, Catalonia leaders agree to resolve political crisis

Dec. 20, 2018 6:30 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's prime minister and the leader of Catalonia emerged from a meeting Thursday with an agreement to find a solution to the political crisis that has festered since the region's failed secession attempt last year. Following the talks in the Catalan city of Barcelona between...

The Latest: Spain, Catalan leaders agree to seek crisis' end

Dec. 20, 2018 4:31 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on Catalan independence activists (all times local): 9:30 p.m. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the regional leader of Catalonia have agreed to find a solution to the political crisis that has been festering since a failed secession attempt by the region last...