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    • Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spain's PM to call early election for mid-April

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is reportedly considering calling an early national election for 14 April, state-owned news agency EFE reported on Monday citing unnamed government sources. The move comes as Sanchez's Socialists party, which holds less than a quarter of the seats in the lower parliamentary house, has been struggling to gather enough support to pass a 2019 budget bill.

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    • Spain with new record in migrant arrivals in 2018

      Spain with new record in migrant arrivals in 2018

      Spain has become in 2018 main gateway into Europe for irregular immigration from Africa, far surpassing Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, El Pais reported on Wednesday, quoting data by the International Organization for Migration (OIM). According to figures, the year has set a new record in Spain for migrant arrivals by sea, with number of deaths in the Mediterranean also reaching a new high.

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    • Spain to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars from 2040

      Spain to ban sale of petrol, diesel cars from 2040

      Spain plans to propose a ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2040, government sources told Reuters on Tuesday, joining a string of countries taking aim at polluting vehicles to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is included in a draft document for a law on climate change which Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government hopes to present to parliament by the end of the year.

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    • Germany reaches deal with Spain to return migrants

      Germany reaches deal with Spain to return migrants

      The German government has agreed with Madrid to send back to Spain migrants who have already applied for asylum there, a spokeswoman for the interior ministry said on Wednesday. This is the first deal of its kind after a dispute between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Bavarian allies on migration has almost toppled the cabinet.

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    • EU to support Spain, Morocco on migration

      EU to support Spain, Morocco on migration

      The Commission is ready to increase funding to Spain and Morocco to help manage a rise in migration across the western Mediterranean, though the available budget is limited, President Jean-Claude Juncker said. On Wednesday, he tweeted a copy of a letter he had sent to Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez on the issue.

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    • Madrid starts talks with Catalan separatist leaders

      Madrid starts talks with Catalan separatist leaders

      Spain's new Socialist government held talks with Catalonia's separatist executive on Wednesday in the first such meeting in seven years as tensions eased but sharp divergences remained over the region's self-determination drive. Representatives of both executives met for almost four hours at the headquarters of the regional government in Barcelona as part of a bilateral commission that has not met since 2011.

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