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African Ebola doctors who saved Teresa granted Spanish citizenship
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:55:37 +0200

SPANISH nationality has been granted to two African missionaries and doctors who have helped the country in its attempts to save citizens from Ebola. Sister Paciencia Melgar Ronda, 47 (pictured), originally from the former ...
Catalunya's president faces charges for mutiny, perverting the course of justice, power-dealing and misuse of public funds
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:53:16 +0200

PRESIDENT of Catalunya Artur Mas could face charges for up to four criminal offences based upon the recommendations of the State general prosecution board. As well as Mas, his deputy president Joana Ortega and the education ...
New car sales up from last year and industry bosses call for extension of scrap-for-cash scheme
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:01:39 +0200

NEW car registrations have increased significantly year-on-year so far in November, with a grand total of 24,444 vehicles straight off the production line sold on forecourts around Spain. The Institute of Automotion Studies ...
British expatriate woman's voting campaign gets positive reaction in Brussels
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:58:31 +0200

A BRITISH-BORN councillor living in Spain received a ‘very positive’ response from the Petitions Committee of the European Parliament during a recent meeting in which she called for expatriates in the EU to have the right to ...
World Toilet Day demonstration in Madrid for third-world sanitation rights
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:52:18 +0200

ACTIVISTS demonstrating outside the foreign affairs and cooperation ministry pretended to defecate on the street this week. Their controversial action was to call for Spain to do more in the world fight for the human right to ...
Rail strikes planned for December 5 and 6
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:58:27 +0200

SPAIN’S national rail boards RENFE and ADIF have staged a strike for the December bank holiday to protest over the government’s decision to allow private carriers to enter the market. Organised by the union CGT, ...
Isabel Pantoja goes to jail
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:24:53 +0200

LEGENDARY flamenco pop singer Isabel Pantoja entered the women’s prison in Alcalá de Guadaíra (Sevilla province) this morning at 08.00hrs to serve a two-year sentence for money-laundering. One of ...
Swiss authorities deny judge permission to use Barcenas' account data in trial
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:41:24 +0200

A SWISS court has refused to allow documents relating to former PP treasurer Luis Bárcenas’ bank account to be used as evidence in the case against him. Initially, the Federal Justice Office (OFJ) allowed judge ...
Spanish aid worker repatriated after high-risk contact with Ebola patient in Mali
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:36:17 +0200

A SPANISH aid worker suspected to be at risk of having contracted Ebola in Mali has been repatriated and is under observation at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital. The Navarra-born woman works for the charity Doctors Without ...
Federico Garcia Lorca's grave may have been found
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:34:31 +0200

DIGGERS have started work in a site believed to be the common grave where iconic playwright and poet Federico García Lorca was buried. The location of the renowned author, one of the group of revolutionary artists and ...
Child's sketches lead to paedophile's arrest
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:46:43 +0200

A DRAWING by a nine-year-old girl helped to catch the Ciudad Lineal paedophile - in fact, without this child’s artwork, he could still have been on the loose, say police. Antonio Ortiz struck several times in the ...
Duchess of Alba passes away
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:16:50 +0200

CAYETANA Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba has died in her sleep at her home, the Dueñas Palace in Sevilla. She was admitted to hospital in the city on Sunday after suffering a stomach upset and lung ...
Barcelona loses out to Doha as host for 2019 Athletics World Championships
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:56:00 +0200

BARCELONA has lost out on the honour of hosting the Athletics World Championship games in 2019 after the jury awarded it to Doha, Qatar instead. The north-eastern city fell at the first round after gaining just six votes ...
Duchess of Alba deteriorates and family fears the worst
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:40:14 +0200

FAMILY and friends of the Duchess of Alba are beginning to fear the worst since 88-year-old Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart has been unconscious since last night.

Oil-drilling starts off coasts of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:56:45 +0200

OIL extraction has started off the coast of the Canary Islands despite protests from the regional government and Greenpeace. Fuel giant REPSOL ...
Queen Letizia not pregnant, despite magazine headlines
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:38:26 +0200

QUEEN Letizia is not pregnant, despite claims to the contrary on the front page of a German magazine. The popular glossy Neue Welt hit the shelves yesterday (Tuesday) with a photo of the former TV reporter-turned-Royal and her ...
Spain lose 1-0 to Germany in friendly
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 02:03:06 +0200

World champions Germany beat European champions Spain 1-0 in Tuesday night's friendly at the Balaídos stadium in the Galician city of Vigo. Both sides fielded experimental sides in the pouring rain, so a classic was ...
Spain grants nationality to 94,000 foreigners
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:56:30 +0200

SPAIN granted citizenship to 94,000 people in 2012, making it the fourth-highest on the list in Europe. This figure is 11.5 per cent of the total of 818,000 across Europe that year. Only the UK, with 193,000 new ...
One in 13 babies in Spain born prematurely
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:11:49 +0200

OVER 29,000 babies born every year in Spain are premature, a number that is rising rapidly, according to medics at a conference held yesterday (Monday) for World Premature Day.

Diocese of Granada strikes off priests amid paedophile accusations
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:59:54 +0200

THE diocese of Granada says it has removed several priests from their post accused of sexually abusing at least one minor. According to the same ...
Alhambra Palace marks 30 years as UNESCO site
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:44:17 +0200

GRANADA'S iconic Alhambra Palace is celebrating its 30th anniversary as a UNESCO heritage site this week by opening up parts of the complex normally off limits to the public and offering guided tours. The most-visited ...
Ex-Barca FC chair and son jailed for 'bribing tax inspectors'
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:54:40 +0200

A FORMER chairman of Barça FC and his son have been sent to prison to serve a two-year sentence for allegedly bribing the tax authorities to turn a blind eye to the club's ...
Spain's largest Disney shop to open in Barcelona palace
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:28:54 +0200

DISNEY is set to open its biggest shop in Spain in a 17th-century palace in Barcelona. The firm has been searching for a venue for five years, and ...
Duchess of Alba 'in intensive care'
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:10:38 +0200

THE Duchess of Alba is in intensive care in a Sevilla hospital after suffering an upset stomach and a lung infection, according to international daily ABC.

Burgos factory fire forces evacuation of entire neighbourhood
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:09:45 +0200

A MASSIVE blaze that broke out yesterday (Sunday) at a factory in Burgos may take days to put out, say emergency services. Several hundred ...
Cheapest petrol in Spain is in Huesca and Zaragoza, and most expensive is in Roquetas de Mar and Tarragona
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 17:24:24 +0200

PETROL in mainland Spain is at its cheapest in the Pyrénéen province of Huesca and most expensive in Roquetas de Mar (Almería province), according to a countrywide study by a ...
Greenpeace activist injured in confrontation with Army over Canary Island oil drilling
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:40:41 +0200

GREENPEACE has reported that one of its activists was injured early this morning when two Armed Forces vessels collided with theirs as they protested over plans to extract oil from the sea-bed ...
Spain dominant in Euro 2016 qualifier
Sun, 16 Nov 2014 01:08:03 +0200

Spain recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Belarus in their European Qualifier in Huelva on Saturday night. Goals from Isco, Busquets and Pedro gave Spain their third win in four games, keeping them in touch with Group C ...
Cool Casa: Palacete With Dramatic Views In Ibiza Old Town
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:50:35 +0000

Having a prime location in Ibiza’s Old Town with spectacular views of the harbour certainly helps to make this beautifully-restored 18th Century palace in Ibiza’s Old Town is as cool as it gets.
Notaries: Spanish Property Market Recovery Continues In September
Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:09:37 +0000

After dipping below 20,000 in August, home sales jumped back up to 25,414 sales (excluding social housing) in September, according to the latest figures from the General Council of Notaries, illustrated in the chart above.
Tourism Minister Calls For “Standardised” Regulations For Holiday Lettings
Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:33:25 +0000

d_t_vos / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA The Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, José Manuel Soria, has called for “a coordinated effort” to regulate Spanish holiday lettings to make them “as similar as possible” around the country and avoid “unfair competition” with hotel accommodation. Last year his Government reformed the Urban Letting Act (Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos/LAU in Spanish) devolving holiday rental regulations to regional governments, and creating a hotchpotch of local laws that vary from region to region. This will be one of the topics discussed at the annual meeting of the Spanish Tourism Council (Conestur), a consultative board for meetings between regional ministers for tourism. Under the new LAU, autonomous regional governments are empowered to regulate private tourist rentals, which regional governments under the sway of powerful hotel lobbies have done with unsurprising eagerness to limit competition from private landlords. Under Madrid’s new tourist rental regulations, for example, tourist lettings must have a minimum duration of five days or they are illegal. That makes the vast majority of tourist lettings illegal. In regions where tourism is less important, and hotel lobbies are not so powerful, most governments have not bothered to introduce specific tourist rental regulations, leaving the matter to the national LAU, which is far less restrictive. The Minister for Tourism says that “the most important thing is to make a coordinated effort to regulate this matter as uniformly as possible” with a two-fold objective. Firstly, to ensure that private holiday rentals do not create unfair competition for hotels, “within the guidelines of the principles of fair competition”. And secondly, to safeguard consumers of holiday rentals by “offering the highest guarantees to tourists who opt for this kind of holiday accommodation in Spain”. ANALYSIS When this PP Government talks about safeguarding quality for tourists staying in holiday rentals it is just a smokescreen for stifling competition in favour of the all-power hotel lobby. Holiday rental regulations in regions like the Balearics and Madrid are all about restricting tourist rentals and consumer choice at the expense of the local economy, but to the benefit of the hotel business. Tourist rentals do need some regulations to minimise conflicts between tourists and residents, but booking sites like Airbnb, and review sites like Tripadvisor, will do a much better job of helping tourists to get the quality they pay for than any government regulation. The current situation, with regulations that vary from region to region, are confusing for landlords, in particular foreign investors, and encourage homeowners to take their chances in the cash economy. When Soria calls for a “coordinated effort” what he probably has in mind is pandering to the hotel lobby all over Spain, not just in some regions.
Spanish Property Market To Help Economy Grow In 2015
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 08:00:00 +0000

After years dragging down the Spanish economy, the property sector will finally start expanding and contributing to growth in 2015, argues a new report titled ‘The Case for Spain III: Plus Ultra’ by Arcano, a financial advisory and asset management company.
Foreign Demand Back To Boom Levels, But Where Are The British?
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:26:40 +0000

Market analysis by Sonneil, an estate agency focused on foreign demand, reveals that the number of foreigners buying property in Spain is back to where it was before the crisis began, with the exception of British demand, which is still a long way short of it’s boom-time levels.
Home Repossessions Falling, Still Depressingly High
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:53:06 +0000

Close to 20,000 families were evicted from their homes in foreclosure dramas in the first half of the year, show the latest figures from the Bank of Spain. This represents a big drop compared to the same period last year, but also shows that the crisis is still with us.
Spaniards Turn To Second Homes On The Coast As Pension Plan
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:33:05 +0000

Increasing numbers of Spaniards approaching retirement are buying second homes on the coast as part of their retirement plans, claims Alfa Inmobiliaria, a franchise chain of estate agents in Spain.
Spanish Rental Prices Continue Falling, Yields Increase
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:45:08 +0000

The average price for long-term rentals in Spain fell by 0.7 per cent in October compared to the same month in 2013, according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This means prices have been falling for 19 consecutive months. This decrease is sharper than the general CPI (-0.1 per cent).
Spanish Housing Market: Sales Jump in September
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:22:22 +0000

After dipping in August, the number of Spanish home sales inscribed in the property register surged an annualised 13 per cent in September, reveal the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics
Spanish Property Market Bottom Imminent Says Danish Bank
Fri, 14 Nov 2014 11:36:03 +0000

In one of its latest bulletins Denmark’s Saxo Bank argues that the Spanish property bust is almost over, but warns that “the Spanish property sector will not be out of danger for several years, and recovery will take time”.

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