Spain votes in six days, an election seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Rajoy's management of the financial crisis. Polls show his conservative Popular Party is out in front. But two protest parties have gained support in recent times.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has issued a message of defiance after Thursday's terrorist attacks in and around Barcelona, which killed 14 people and injured hundreds. Many international leaders offered condolences.
Center-right leader Mariano Rajoy has taken the oath as leader of Spain's new government, ending a 10-month impasse. After two inconclusive elections, Rajoy won a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday.
Catalonia's regional government has announced it will hold a referendum on separating from Spain on October 1. The Spanish government, which sees the vote as illegal, has said it will block the referendum.
The Spanish parliament has rejected acting leader Mariano Rajoy's bid to form a minority government. A second confidence vote will take place on Saturday, which he is likely to win to help end a nearly year-long crisis.
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