A plan by Spain’s Industry Minister, Jose Manuel Soria, to use taxes to claw back solar subsidies may be rejected after Budget Minister Cristobal Montoro said he would block the move on the grounds that it breaches European law.

Cristobal Montoro
There is speculation however that the Mr Montoro could have a conflict of interest as his brother has a large stake in a solar power lobbying firm.

While his brother and the brother of his chief of staff run a lobbying group that advises energy firms, Montoro said there’s no conflict as government discussions on the issue have been informal.

The matter has opened a rift in Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s cabinet as he struggles to avoid an international bailout.

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