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Second AC/DC concert for Madrid after 55,000 tickets sell out in 90 minutes
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:37:02 +0200

HEAVY rock veterans AC/DC have had to stage a second concert in Madrid next year after all 55,000 tickets for the first one planned sold out in an hour and a half.

Ministry of defence on fire
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:35:50 +0200

A FIRE on the eighth floor of the ministry of defence building has left four people hospitalised. A ...
Spanish tourist's husband 'plotted her murder to claim on her life insurance'
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 04:27:55 +0200

THE husband of a Spanish tourist who was murdered on Monday in Venezuela has been arrested on suspicion of plotting her death in order to claim on her life insurance. María Liz Cristaldo López, 35, was shot as ...
Deadline looms for EU expats to register for local election vote
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:11:45 +0200

If your name's not down by December 30, you won't have a voice A FRESH campaign by provincial councils across Spain is calling for European ...
Elche University offers foundation degree in rock music
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:08:49 +0200

A COSTA Blanca university is offering a new foundation degree-level diploma in rock music. Students take the first year of the course via distance ...
Man charged for videoing film in cinema on his mobile phone
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:18:46 +0200

THE first-ever sentence against an individual for videoing a film on his mobile phone in the cinema has been passed in Menorca. A court in the ...
Escaped murderer sends judges 'postcards from paradise'
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:43:22 +0200

A CONVICTED murderer wanted by a Spanish court has been taunting judges by sending them postcards from the Caribbean. Walter Jerôme C. R., a French national, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the fatal shooting of ...
Mercadona 'jingle' patented
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:05:16 +0200

SUPERMARKET chain Mercadona has patented its famous 'jingle', which it says has become a top trending topic online. Shoppers from 4.8 million households in Spain visit the 1,521 branches of the store, which originally ...
Pre-Christmas clampdown on drink- and drug-driving
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:01:28 +0200

TRAFFIC police will be out in force this week to crack down on driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They will set up extra breathalysing points until this coming Sunday, December 21 inclusive and are expected to ...
Young women 'lured' into joining Islamic State
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:57:54 +0200

A FUNDAMENTALIST racket luring women into joining the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq has been broken up and seven people arrested. Three women, one aged 21 and one said to be under 18, and a man were detained in the ...
Spanish tourist murdered and her husband injured in Venezuela armed robbery
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:51:43 +0200

A SPANISH tourist has been shot dead in an armed robbery in Venezuela. The victim, a 35-year-old woman identified only by her initials of M.L.C.L., was conned by a bogus taxi driver in the outskirts of the city of Maracaibo ...
Jobseekers' 'crisis' benefits of 426 euros a month to continue until July
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:13:32 +0200

BENEFITS for jobseekers whose dole money has expired have been renewed, and anyone registered as unemployed but with no other income will be able to claim their 426 euros a month for another six ...
Football fan killed in riot had criminal record for drugs, violence and theft
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:11:53 +0200

FOOTBALL rioters who threw a rival fan in a river a fortnight ago have been arrested, two of whom have been charged with murder. And further probes into the victim's background showed he was also part of an extremist group ...
Disabled society calls for ban on lottery TV draw using children
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:32:47 +0200

AN ASSOCIATION for the disabled has called for the Christmas lottery to be suspended because it ‘uses minors’ to promote it. Every year on December 22, the children from the San Ildefonso primary school in Madrid ...
Infanta Cristina pays 600,000-euro fine into wrong account
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:21:32 +0200

THE Infanta Cristina has paid the nearly 600,000 euros she owes the tax office, but her lawyers have put it in the wrong account. They paid it into the bank of the court of Barcelona, rather than that of Palma de Mallorca ...
Spanish politicians visit troops in Afghanistan
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:31:48 +0200

DEFENCE minister José Manuel Soria and deputy president Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría landed in Afghanistan this morning to wish the troops a merry Christmas in person.

Neo-Nazis stage homophobic assault on young couple in church
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:50 +0200

A YOUNG couple was beaten and kicked by a gang of suspected neo-Nazis in a homophobic attack in a church in Madrid this weekend. The victims, two ...
Spain calls meeting with Maduro over 'Aznar murderer' comments
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:33:47 +0200

SPAIN'S foreign affairs ministry has called for an 'urgent' meeting with its counterparts in Venezuela after its leader called a former Spanish president 'a bloodthirsty ...
Valencia region parents called to vote on their children's classroom language
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:32:32 +0200

PARENTS in the Valencia region have been asked to vote in an online public opinion poll to find out which language they would prefer their children to be taught in.

Spanish Queen Fabiola of Belgium lies in State
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:30:21 +0200

SPANISH Queen Consort Fabiola of Belgium was given a State funeral in Brussels this weekend after passing away at the age of 86 from ongoing lung problems that had seen her hospitalised for ...
Mobile phone App for renting garage spaces by the day
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 03:28:04 +0200

A NEW mobile phone App which allows individual car-owners to find garage spaces to rent for the day has been launched in Madrid and Valencia. Owners or renters of an indoor or underground parking space can let or sub-let them ...
Unions call for ban on 'distracting' Christmas greetings on police patrol cars
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:00:06 +0200

A POLICE union has called for lit-up messages on top of patrol cars reading 'Happy Christmas' to be removed because they 'distract drivers'.

Father Christmases fill Madrid street
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:00:35 +0200

THOUSANDS of Father Christmases took over Madrid yesterday (Saturday) in a bid to snatch the world record back from Ireland for the largest number of Santa Clauses in one place.

Religious cult 'sexually assaulted' members and 'made them hand over all their money'
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:58:52 +0200

FOUR people have been arrested in connection with an oppressive religious cult uncovered in the north-western region of Galicia. Judge Marcos ...
Restaurants and bars ordered to highlight allergy-producing ingredients
Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:57:38 +0200

BARS and restaurants are now required to specify which foods on their menus could spark off allergic reactions in diners. Eggs, cereals with gluten, shellfish, nuts - especially peanuts, soya, milk or derivatives thereof, ...
Spanish-style diet 'slows down ageing process'
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:01:56 +0200

THE typical Spanish diet could be the key to a longer life and youthful looks, according to scientists in the United States. An abundance of ...
Seat restores King Felipe VI's first car, his 18th birthday present
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:47 +0200

MOTOR company Seat has restored and modernised King Felipe VI's first car - a 1.5L Ibiza bought for his 18th birthday. The Monarch was on an official visit to the factory in Martorell (Barcelona province) when ...
UK 'expat help' agency fraud reported by Spanish job-hunters
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:43:35 +0200

AN AGENCY purporting to help Spanish migrants in the UK find work and accommodation and get themselves set up in their new country is under investigation for fraud after a ...
Ikea may sue Valencia government for banning Sunday opening
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:40:51 +0200

SWEDISH furniture giant Ikea plans to sue the Valencia regional government for not letting it open its new store on Sundays and bank holidays. The company was under the impression it would be able to do so when it opened in ...
Financial Times praises Podemos for its Eurozone restructure ideas
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 05:05:31 +0200

NEW independent party Podemos has been given the thumbs-up by a columnist for The Financial Times for its proposals on how to restructure the Eurozone's debt. In his article Radical left is right about ...
Google News closes in Spain over new royalties law
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:52:56 +0200

GOOGLE is set to axe its news service in Spain from this coming Tuesday as a result of forthcoming legislation on intellectual property, known as the 'Lassalle Law'. Once this comes into effect, media and blog sites ...
Church admits to 13 'exorcisms' of teenager with depression at parents' request
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 04:51:06 +0200

THE Diocese of Valladolid has admitted to having 'exorcised' a teenage girl up to 13 times - at the request of her parents. She was ...
Spanish Mortgage Association See Stability in Prices
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:51:24 +0000

The Spanish Mortgage Association (AHE) is the latest body to argue that Spanish property prices are stabilising after years of decline. The AHE represents the majority of mortgage lenders in Spain.
Official House Price Index Steady In Third Quarter
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:39:50 +0000

Average national Spanish home prices rose by 0.3 per cent over 12 months to the end of September, according to the latest house price index published by the National Institute of Statistics (INE), based on data from the Property Register.
Developer Credit ‘Achilles Heel’ Of Home Building Recovery
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:15:09 +0000

The President of the Madrid Property Developers Association (Asprima), Juan Antonio Gómez-Pintado, says that mortgage credit is the “Achilles Heel” of the Spanish property building sector recovery, in comments to the Spanish press.
Notaries: Market Shrinks In October Driven By Collapse In New Home Sales
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:23:02 +0000

The Spanish property shrank by one per cent in October compared to the same month last year reveal the latest monthly sales figures published by the General Council of Notaries based on property sales witnessed by notaries during the month.
Bank of Spain Sees Market “Adjustment” Drawing To A Close
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:54:10 +0000

The adjustment in the Spanish property market “is coming to an end”, after a cummalitive fall of 43 per cent in prices since the peak, claims the Director of the Bank of Spain’s Research Services, José Luis Malo de Molina.
Tinsa: Spanish Property Price Index Lurches Down In November
Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:46:40 +0000

After months trending towards stability the house price index published by Tinsa, an appraisal company, lurched down in November, falling by 6.3 per cent compared to the same month last year (to 1,316).
Big Increase In Home Sales In October
Sat, 13 Dec 2014 10:24:16 +0000

The Spanish property market expanded 20 per cent in October compared to the same month last year, according to the latest figures from the National Institute of Statistics (INE). This provides another month’s evidence that the Spanish property market has touched bottom, as illustrated by the chart above.
More Than One Million Empty Homes In Spain
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:11:33 +0000

There are currently 1.4 million empty homes in Spain, according to research by Alquiler Seguro, a company specialising in rental accommodation. This is a huge waste of resources, they point out.
Dublin and Madrid Lead European Property Investment Growth
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 19:06:42 +0000

Non-residential property investment in the 14 largest cities in Western Europe such as London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich, Brussels, Milan and Madrid reached €48,600 million at the end of the third quarter 2014, a 16 per cent rise in annual terms. Dublin (up 202 per cent in a year) and Madrid (up 180 per cent) lead the list, according to data in a BNP Paribas Real Estate report.
BBVA Sees “Turning Point” For Housing Market
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:37:13 +0000

BBVA, Spain’s second largest bank, argues in new report that the Spanish property market is at a turning point between crisis and recovery. In a report they call a ‘Spain Real Estate Flash’, prepared by BBVA Research in collaboration with the bank’s real estate division, and offering a monthly analysis of the market, BBVA forecast double-digit growth in demand, leading “towards price stabilisation,” with a reasonable probability that “2015 will mark the start of a moderate recovery in residential development.” “The information available in November on the real estate sector confirms a turning point in demand, with two-digit growth rates, in a context of progress towards price stability,” explains the report’s introduction. “The slight increase in the number of building permits during the summer months suggests that the sector has already bottomed out, in terms of building activity, and that 2015 may mark the beginning of a moderate recovery in residential developments.” Looking at data up to November 2014, the publication reports that the latest figures for purchases of Spanish property show “an improvement in demand”, thanks to better employment prospects, and the subsequent increase in consumer confidence. “2014 will see a turning point in transactions,” it adds. Furthermore, this improvement can also be seen in the rise in new mortgage loans, although the report puts particular emphasis on the increase of new property construction permits up to September – up 5.7 per cent according to the Spanish Ministry of Housing – and the rise in property investment in the third quarter -up by 1.3 per cent as per data from the Spanish National Institute of Statistics. With these figures in hand BBVA argues that “the sector has bottomed out as far as construction activity is concerned,” in a situation where “property price adjustment is still going on” but moving towards a “stable” scenario. You can read the full report in English (pdf) here.

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