Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday became the first European leader to be received by Pope Francis in the Vatican. It is not known what they discussed during their private 24-minute meeting, but Rajoy had come well prepared.
The local authorities have described a fire that broke out in the oldest part of Bermeo in the Basque Country early last Thursday as the “most serious and dramatic to have been seen in the Vizcaya province in the last 30 years”.
The Partido Popular's general secretary and regional premier of Castilla-La Mancha, María Dolores de Cospedal, told a party rally on Saturday that protests by anti-foreclosure activists outside politicians’ homes are "pure Nazism", saying they reflect the same totalitarian spirit seen in Europe in the 1930s. Socialist Party spokesman Elena Valenzuela accused Cospedales of adding "fuel to the fire".
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday called for the European Central Bank’s mandate to be extended to allow it to inject money directly into the economy, along the lines of the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan.