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Sunday 4 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

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# valley of the fallen
Spanish parliament approves move to exhume remains of former ruler General Franco
General Franco is buried in a basilica carved into a mountain-face around 50 kilometres outside of Madrid.
# Unhappy
De Gea demands public apology from Spanish Prime Minister
Pedro Sanchez made comments in connection with a false 2016 sex slur.
# No Confidence
Socialist Sanchez takes over in Spain as Rajoy ousted by parliament
Rajoy got up and shook hands with Sanchez before leaving the lower house without a word.
# The Barcelona Way
Spanish Prime Minister visits Catalonia and urges businesses not to leave
Rajoy last month dismissed Catalonia’s government and parliament.
# Speaking out
'It's a little bit scary - we are going backwards in a democratic state, we've regressed so much'
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has given his thoughts on the decision to imprison Catalan politicians.
# escalating quickly
Spain has dissolved the Catalan parliament, removed its leader, and called an election for late December
Earlier, the Catalan parliament voted overwhelmingly to declare independence from Spain and proclaim a new republic.
# Spain
450,000 protest in Barcelona as Catalan leader claims Spanish government is 'acting like Franco'
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont was scathing in his condemnation of the Spanish government’s decision to strip him and his administration of their autonomy.
# article 155
Spain's government has stripped Catalonia of its 'autonomous powers'
The move had been widely expected in the wake of Catalonia’s recent disputed vote for independence.
# Referendum
Catalan president may declare region independent in defiance of Spain
All eyes will be on Carles Puigdemont’s speech later today.
# Mediation
Spain court orders Catalan independence session suspended
The Catalan leader had said it could declare independence after a meeting on Monday.
# Embarrassing
'I have a free schedule': Spain's PM tricked into negotiations by radio show impersonator
“This is not very serious…”
# Assault
Teenager punches Spanish prime minister in face, breaks his glasses
Rajoy, who was on the campaign trail, continued his walk through the city.
# Vote9N
Spain wants Catalonia's independence vote declared illegal
Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says he will defend the country’s “sovereignty”.
# outta here
The Spanish King is abdicating after 39 years on the throne
King Juan Carlos’s abdication brings an end to a 39-year reign that ushered in democracy but ended in a string of scandals.
# EPP Congress
Merkel: Ireland ‘has gone through difficult times, but has braved those times’
Meanwhile, delegates at the European People’s Party congress have selected former Eurogroup chief Jean-Claude Juncker as their nominee for the European Commission presidency.
Column: Will Kenny finish the job he started as a 'reforming' leader in Brussels?
If Enda Kenny seeks the position of either President of the European Council or head of the European Commission, he could achieve great things for Ireland and Europe, writes David Moloney.
# Spain
Welcome to the club: Spain exits its bailout... with 26% unemployment
The IMF has warned that the country faces five more years with high unemployment unless it enacts more reforms, including major wage cuts.
# catalan independence
Spain vows to block vote as Catalan leaders announce date for independence poll
As Catalan political chief Artur Mas unveiled the date and wording of the poll, Spanish leader Mariano Rajoy refused even to countenance a break-up of the nation.
# on the rack
Spanish PM is grilled over corruption scandal
Mariano Rajoy has faced calls to resign over what he knew about a senior party colleague at the centre of a major financial scandal.
# Spain
77 dead, 143 injured in rail crash - "no indications" any Irish citizens were on board
Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore says the situation is “still developing”, but that there are no reports of any Irish citizens caught up in the tragedy.
# Spain
Spain 'will ask for an extra year to meet EU's budget targets'
A source tells AFP that Spain will ask for the same concession that was given to Ireland – an extra year to meet deadlines.
# Spain
Catalonia votes in poll that could begin independence from Spain
…but Catalan voters could have to wait some time for full independence, with Madrid remaining opposed to the idea.
# Bailout
Spanish PM plays down bailout prospect - for this year at least
Mariano Rajoy ruled out seeking a bailout in 2012 – but vowed to do it if faced with persistent, high borrowing costs.
# Spain
Spanish police protest cuts in Madrid
Hundreds of Spanish police officers protested outside the interior ministry today to denounce budget cuts and the elimination of benefits.
# Spain
Mixed fortunes for ruling party in Spanish polls
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy’s conservatives have retained power in his home region of Galicia, but separatists made a strong showing in the Basque Country.
# Spain
Spain goes to polls in two crucial local elections
Elections are taking place in the Basque Country – the first since ETA renounced violence – and Mariano Rajoy’s home area of Galicia.
# oh...
VIDEO: What's happening with protests in Spain? Taiwanese animation explains it all
It’s a slightly surreal take on what’s happening across Spain.
# Spain
Spain to announce Budget - with €39bn of cuts on the table
Prime minister Mariano Rajoy will hope that the hard-hitting Budget will soften the terms of any prospective bailout.
# Rome
Taoiseach in Rome to meet Monti ahead of papal audience
Mario Monti will greet the Taoiseach after meeting with another bailed-out premier, Greek leader Antonis Samaras.
# Austerity
PICTURES: tens of thousands march against Spanish austerity
Organisers say 65,000 people participated in today’s rally.
# Europe
European-wide bank supervision plans ruled out by Sweden
Meanwhile, mass anti-austerity protests have filled central Madrid.
# El Bailout?
ECB, IMF 'in talks over €300bn Spanish bailout' - report
A Dutch newspaper quotes an insider as saying informal talks for a full-blown sovereign bailout are underway.
# hasta la vista
Andalucía Masters cancelled due to Spanish economic woes
George O’Grady of the European Tour has laid the blame at the door of the region’s government.
# Spain
Spanish unemployment rises again to creep towards 25 per cent
Spain’s unemployment rate is the highest in the industrialised world.
# Spain
Sound familiar? Spain creates 'bad bank', limits bank execs pay to €500k
Some are even calling it ‘El Nama’…
# debt woes
Catalonia increases Spanish debt fears
Spain’s largest region seeks €5 billion rescue as Spanish government insists it does not need a bailout. Heard that one before?
# Euro Crisis
Major French bank predicts next moves for Europe
Ahead of crunch talks between major country leaders and 6 September ECB meeting, Société Générale economist has some predictions: including possibly unlimited ECB bond-buying.
# Spain
Huge protests erupt across Spain against €65bn austerity cuts
Workers have taken to the streets decrying “robbery”, on the eve of a teleconference to secure Spain’s €100bn bailout.
# Spain
In photos: Six demonstrators hospitalised after Madrid clashes
Six people were hospitalised and several arrested in yesterday after police fired rubber bullets at crowds demonstrating against severe new austerity measures.
# Spain
Spain announces a further €65bn in cuts
Spain’s Prime Minister has announced a raft of cutting new austerity measures in a bid to save billions of euro over the next two years.