Spain's Rajoy Names New Campaign Director After Election Shocks

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy named a new campaign manager on Thursday in an attempt to recapture the initiative after poor election results last month diminished his authority. Rajoy, speaking as head of the ruling People's Party (PP), admitted errors in strategy and said local and regional election results, in which the PP shed 2.5 million votes, had been bad. Rajoy has been widely criticized for pinning his ticket on a recovering economy which has nevertheless left many Spaniards practically untouched, with unemployment affecting one in four.