About: Ciudadanos

EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Spain’s Socialists win EU ballot, local vote fragmented

Spain's Socialists won most votes in European and local elections on Sunday (26 May) in a series of ballots that boosted their ambitions to target a top EU job in Brussels but highlighted how deeply fragmented the political landscape is at home.
Elections 29-04-2019

In Spain, Socialists pledge ‘pro-European government’ after election win

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez looks set to regain power after his Socialists overcame a historic challenge by right-wing nationalists in elections on Sunday (28 April), a result he portrayed as a morale booster for the European Union. The Socialists...
EU Elections 2019 23-04-2019

Spanish general election candidates clash over Catalonia

The main candidates in Spain's general election on Monday (22 April) clashed over how to handle Catalonia's independence drive, accusing each other of lying in a tense television debate that left questions open on what coalition deals could be struck.
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

Feminism is the word in Spain’s electoral campaign

Women's rights have taken centre stage in election campaigns for Spain's left- and right-wing parties as International Women's Day approaches even as ultra-conservative groups hit back at what they dub "radical feminism."
Elections 15-02-2019

Spain to hold early elections on 28 April

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called on Friday (15 February) for snap elections on 28 April, only nine months after he took office, after failing to secure the Parliament’s support for his 2019 budget.
Elections 14-01-2019

Liberals and the far-right: A contrasting experience in Spain, Sweden

Four months ahead of the European elections, liberal parties are torn between those ready to engage with the far-right and those opposed to any kind of alliance. Spain and Sweden offer the latest examples.
Future EU 13-12-2018

Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Wednesday (12 December) he would stand firm against what he called "inflammatory" Catalan separatist rhetoric, hardening his stance towards the region and upping the stakes in a broader political game.
Elections 12-09-2018

Catalan separatists pack Barcelona to demand split from Spain

Around one million people filled central Barcelona on Tuesday to celebrate Catalonia's commemorative day and boost a bid for independence which has left deep divisions almost a year after it brought Spain to a constitutional crisis.

Spain’s Socialists table no confidence motion against Rajoy’s government

Spain's main opposition Socialist Party tabled on Friday (25 May) a motion of no confidence in Parliament against the government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy after his ruling Popular Party was found guilty of corruption in a court verdict. EURACTIV’s partner efe-epa reports.
Elections 31-10-2016

Spanish crisis gives way to new political battles

When conservative political survivor Mariano Rajoy takes control of Spain once again this week he will be faced with unprecedented opposition as he grapples with painful economic reforms and resurgent Catalan separatism.
Elections 24-10-2016

Spain’s Socialists clear way for another Rajoy government

Spain's conservative leader Mariano Rajoy was on course to secure a second term in power for his People's Party (PP) yesterday (23 October) after his Socialist rivals agreed to abstain in a looming confidence vote, ending 10 months of political deadlock.
Elections 01-09-2016

Socialists seal Rajoy’s defeat, Spain skids into political limbo

Spain's acting premier yesterday (31 August) lost a parliamentary confidence vote for a second term after he failed to win enough support from the opposition, bringing the country closer to a potential third election in a year.
Euro & Finance 31-08-2016

Spain risks third election in one year, endangering eurozone

Spain's caretaker Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy yesterday (30 August) urged lawmakers to back him for a second term, arguing ahead of a confidence vote which he appears set to lose that the country "urgently" needs a government.
Elections 19-08-2016

Rajoy says ready for confidence vote on forming government

Spain's acting prime minister Mariano Rajoy, bidding to end an eight-month political stalemate, said yesterday (18 August) he was ready to face a confidence vote on forming a new government after agreeing terms for a pact with centrist rivals.
Elections 28-06-2016

Rajoy hopes for a government by early August

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called yesterday (27 June) for a government to be formed by early August after his conservative Popular Party (PP) emerged stronger from another inconclusive general election.
Elections 27-06-2016

Brexit fuels Rajoy’s victory as Podemos tanks

Podemos called for referendums and sent mixed messages, but failed to meet voters' expectations ahead of the Spanish elections, while the centre-right Partido Popular (PP) won 14 seats more than in the December elections.
Elections 26-06-2016

Rajoy claims Spanish leadership after repeat general election

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he would make a push for power after his conservatives won more seats in parliament in a repeat general election on Sunday (26 June), even though it still fell short of a majority.
Elections 24-06-2016

Will Brexit influence the Spanish election?

Many analysts in Spain predict that the outcome of the UK referendum could boost the ruling Partido Popular´s  (PP) chances in Sunday´s national elections (26 June) possibly strengthening the centrist Ciudadanos, but weakening leftist anti-austerity Podemos.
Elections 22-06-2016

Spaniards fear a ‘Groundhog Day’ election

The American comedy Groundhog Day is based on a time loop, repeating the same day over and over again. Spaniards voting on Sunday (26 June) fear a “Groundhog Day” election: a repetition of the previous results, with no clear winner. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Elections 17-05-2016

Spaniards march to mark fifth anniversary of Indignados movement

Thousands took to Madrid's streets on Sunday (15 May) to mark the fifth anniversary of the birth of Spain's Indignados movement, which shook the country's political system and sparked "occupy" movements around the world.
Elections 19-02-2016

Rajoy predicts new Spanish poll

Acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Thursday (18 February) said Spain would "most likely" hold new elections on 26 June after months of political deadlock.
Elections 13-01-2016

Spain takes step toward grand coalition

Spanish political parties are poised to name a Socialist lawmaker as parliamentary speaker today (13 January), in the first pact between rival forces struggling to form a government after an election last month.
Elections 22-12-2015

Spain’s left-wing parties reject new Rajoy government

Spain's two biggest left-wing parties ruled out supporting a government led by the ruling People's Party (PP) on Monday, complicating Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's efforts to build a coalition to stay in power after a tight general election.
Elections 21-12-2015

Splintered Spanish vote heralds arduous coalition talks

A historically fragmented vote in Spanish elections on Sunday (20 December) heralded weeks of talks to form a coalition government, with neither Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservatives nor left-wing parties winning a clear mandate to govern.

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