Education reform approved and will be implemented next September - in spite of protests
Sat, 18 May 2013 16:14:56 +0200
EDUCATION minister Jose
Ignacio Wert has put his schools reform into effect - despite
countrywide protests against it.
It will be ...
Environment minister 'has eaten insects' but 'prefers food with more flavour'
Sat, 18 May 2013 16:11:11 +0200
MINISTER for agriculture,
food and the environment Miguel Arias Canete has admitted to having
eaten insects - but says he 'prefers things which are tastier and
Raquel del Rosario's home town holds huge Eurovision street party in her honour
Sat, 18 May 2013 13:15:40 +0200
A TOWN in the Canary
Islands will hold a massive street party for the Eurovision with
open-air bars and giant television screens to support Spain's entry,
El Sueno de Morfeo, since ...
Mechanical failure destroys 172 frozen embryos at Madrid's La Paz Hospital
Sat, 18 May 2013 13:02:10 +0200
A HOSPITAL in Madrid has
'lost' 172 frozen embryos due to be used for IVF following a leak
from the freezer unit they were stored in.
Atletico Madrid win bad-tempered Copa del Rey final
Sat, 18 May 2013 00:57:51 +0200
Atletico Madrid came from behind to win a fiery Copa del Rey final tonight against neighbours Real Madrid.Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off in extra time and Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands in a bad-tempered encounter at ...
Nadal last Spaniard standing at Rome Masters
Sat, 18 May 2013 00:14:46 +0200
Rafael Nadal stayed on target for his third straight title at the Foro Italico, beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in today's quarter-finals.Nadal, 26, did not have all his own way either as he was taken ...
Former CEO of Caja Madrid jailed over purchase of Florida-based bank
Fri, 17 May 2013 17:11:26 +0200
EX-CHIEF Executive Officer
of the Caja Madrid bank, Miguel Blesa is behind bars due to alleged
'illegalities' in his purchase of City National Bank of Florida, in
Facebook comments calling for ETA to bomb Royal family could land user in jail
Fri, 17 May 2013 16:06:53 +0200
A FACEBOOK user is facing
arrest after publishing a status comment asking ETA to bomb the Royal
Palace of Zarzuela.
David Jose Duaigues ...
Bonnie Tyler greets El Sueno de Morfeo with "¡Que viva Espana!"
Thu, 16 May 2013 17:46:52 +0200
Eurovision group El Sueno de Morfeo were thrilled to share the stage
with British pop-rock icon Bonnie Tyler in Malmo (Sweden) this ...
MEPs question Spain's use of EU grants for bull-fighting
Thu, 16 May 2013 12:37:59 +0200
Spanish MEPs say they believe their country is using EU agriculture
grants on promoting and televising bull-fighting, and have called for
an investigation and possible ...
New mortgage and repossession law approved
Thu, 16 May 2013 07:27:19 +0200
JUDGES can now prevent
mortgage lenders from repossessing properties where 'abusive' clauses
are included in the loan contract, and grant a two-year stay of grace
on repossession for homeowners considered to be ...
Saskia Sassen, Dutch sociologist wins Prince of Asturias Award
Wed, 15 May 2013 16:00:04 +0200
A DUTCH professor has won
the Prince of Asturias Social Sciences Award - only the third woman
to have been given the prize since it was launched in 1980.
Demonstration over charges being dropped against the Infanta Cristina
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:39:13 +0200
A HUGE protest has been
planned for May 25 over the fact that the Infanta Cristina has once
again been released from her obligation to testify over the infamous
Noos case which her husband, ...
Motorists 'more careful' and 'more afraid' when travelling with family
Wed, 15 May 2013 12:35:13 +0200
DRIVERS tend to be slower
and more careful when they have their family in the car with them, a
Two in three say they ...
Man critical after being struck by lightning
Wed, 15 May 2013 04:45:22 +0200
A MAN is seriously ill in
hospital after being struck by lightning in Madrid.
The victim, a 43-year-old
Ecuadorian national, was ...
EU orders probe into petrol price 'manipulation'
Wed, 15 May 2013 04:41:09 +0200
BRUSSELS has opened an
inquiry into petrol companies for possibly 'manipulating' prices.
Several companies in two
EU member States ...
Dog saves missing expatriate's life in Moraira
Tue, 14 May 2013 17:48:58 +0200
A LOYAL family dog saved
his elderly owner's life after the man lay injured and dehydrated in
the undergrowth for three days.
Bijou, a ...
Second-generation foreigners in Spain 'feel Spanish' and only 10 per cent 'suffer discrimination', says research
Tue, 14 May 2013 13:48:35 +0200
NEARLY 50 per cent of
children of expatriates in Spain say they 'feel Spanish', according
to a recent survey.
Although the ...
DGT radar 'reads number plates to check cars are insured'
Tue, 14 May 2013 00:13:55 +0200
TRAFFIC authorities have
developed a system that allows them to tell whether or not a car is
insured by reading its number plate.
And it also wants to get
older cars off the road, with ...
Missing Spaniards found shot dead and tied up in car boot in Mexico
Mon, 13 May 2013 22:43:12 +0200
TWO Spaniards have been
found dead and handcuffed in a car dumped in a canal in northern
Mexico, in an area notorious for gang warfare.
Hunt for expatriate with Parkinson's missing in Moraira
Mon, 13 May 2013 17:17:06 +0200
POLICE in Moraira
(Alicante) are searching for an elderly expatriate who disappeared
after going out for a walk.
Bernhard Schulz, 74, lives
in Hamburg (Germany) and was spending a ...
Spanish emigration to the UK rises threefold in 10 years
Mon, 13 May 2013 14:56:43 +0200
THE number of Spanish
people who have emigrated to the UK has trebled in the past decade,
recent studies claim.
Around 11,000 moved ...
Victory on home turf for Alonso at Barcelona Grand Prix
Mon, 13 May 2013 01:32:09 +0200
SPANISH Formula 1 ace
Fernando Alonso has won on home territory at the Montmelo
(Barcelona) Grand Prix.
Despite starting out in
fifth place, the Oviedo-born racing driver stormed past ...
Barca win Liga title
Mon, 13 May 2013 00:26:37 +0200
Barcelona have claimed their 22nd Liga title after Espanyol held Real Madrid to a 1-1 draw at the Cornella-El Prat on Saturday.Espanyol took the lead after Stuani found the back of the net, but Higuain's second-half ...
Nadal wins in Madrid for 40th title on clay
Sun, 12 May 2013 23:14:16 +0200
Rafael Nadal won the Mutua Madrid Open on Sunday, notching up his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title.Nadal's impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory over the No. 15 seed Stanislas Wawrinka was his ninth straight triumph over the ...
'Highly dangerous' British armed robber arrested on Costa Blanca
Sun, 12 May 2013 18:15:29 +0200
A BRITISH fugitive said to
be violent and dangerous has been arrested in Calpe (Alicante) after
a six-year search in both countries.
EU opposes new regional law to save repossessed homeowners from a life on the street
Sun, 12 May 2013 14:01:41 +0200
regional government says it has no intention of withdrawing a new law
allowing it to expropriate properties from banks to prevent
defaulting owners ...
Messi's watch fetches 65,000 euros at charity auction
Sun, 12 May 2013 02:30:17 +0200
A WATCH designed by Barca
footballer Leo Messi has fetched 65,000 euros for charity at auction.
The exclusive Audemars
Piguet model ...
Rafa wipes the floor with Andujar to earn place in Madrid Open finals
Sat, 11 May 2013 22:25:17 +0200
Nadal proved to be more than a match for fellow Spaniard Pablo
Andujar in the semi-finals of the Madrid Open, earning him his place
in the last round in just 77 minutes.
Two years after Lorca earthquake and 5,000 are still homeless
Sat, 11 May 2013 18:38:13 +0200
VICTIMS of the devastating
earthquake in Lorca (Murcia) say there are still thousands of
homeless families - two years on to the day.
PAH stages 'escrache' on Rajoy at motor fair
Sat, 11 May 2013 13:01:28 +0200
A FLASH-MOB siege aimed at
president Mariano Rajoy yesterday staged by anti-repossession
protesters filled the Plaza de Espana in Barcelona yesterday.
Police officers suffer sickness and headaches from cannabis plants held at station
Sat, 11 May 2013 04:49:53 +0200
POLICE union leaders have
complained that officers in Benidorm are suffering unpleasant health
problems as a result of a massive haul of cannabis plants stored at
Iberia causes quarterly losses to soar for IAG
Sat, 11 May 2013 04:44:51 +0200
Group (IAG) has announced huge losses due to troubles with Iberia
wiping out British Airways' success.
The company which owns
both the UK-based and Spanish ...
Spain plans residency-permit investment threshold of €500,000, much higher than previous plan
Thu, 16 May 2013 16:23:19 +0000
After much dithering, the Spanish Government has let it be known it plans to raise the residency-permit investment hurdle to €500,000, which will buy non-EU nationals residency for the duration of their investment.
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The “Nota Simple” explained
Thu, 16 May 2013 14:49:15 +0000
The Nota Simple is one of the most important documents used in the Spanish property conveyancing process. If you ever buy or sell a property in Spain, you are bound to need a nota simple. This great FAQ by Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt answers all your questions about the Nota Simple. What is a Nota Simple and how do you get one?
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Spanish developer Llanera to be closed down
Wed, 15 May 2013 17:31:21 +0000
One of the poster children of the Spanish property boom will be liquidated after almost six years of trying to stave off the inevitable, leaving many British victims in its wake.
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Spanish property market slumps after tax breaks expire
Wed, 15 May 2013 16:14:06 +0000
As expected, the Spanish property market took a nosedive in March after tax breaks for buyers expired, and fell below 20,000 sales for only the second time since the crisis began.
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Holiday-lettings in Catalonia
Fri, 10 May 2013 08:48:50 +0000
Holiday lettings in Catalonia will soon be controlled by restrictive local laws, as the Government in Madrid moves to devolve the regulation of holiday rentals to Spain’s 17 autonomous regions. The national Government in Madrid is changing the national tenancy act (Ley de Arrendamientos Urbanos) to devolve the regulation of holiday rentals to regional governments, where powerful local hotel lobbies are eager to put the cosh on competition from private landlords. Holiday-home owners in Catalonia, as elsewhere, will have to bone up on local laws to avoid fines for engaging in illegal holiday rentals. Most won’t bother, or won’t even know about it, and will carry on as before. In Catalonia, tourist rentals are covered by decree 159/2012 of December 2012. This distinguishes between tourist apartments (apartamentos turísitcos) and homes used by tourists (viviendas de uso turístico).
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Notes from the Alpujarras by Chris Stewart
Thu, 09 May 2013 09:27:45 +0000
This is the first in a series of occasional articles about life in Spain, written by guest contributor Chris Stewart, the best-selling author of ‘Driving Over Lemons’, from his organic farm in the Alpujarras of Andalucia (the foothills of Spain’s Sierra Nevada Mountain) where he lives with his wife Annie and a misanthropic parrot.
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Foreign buyers kept the wheels on the Spanish jalopy in 2012
Mon, 06 May 2013 09:40:32 +0000
Who knows how far the Spanish property market would have sunk without foreign buyers in 2012?
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Taylor Wimpey España benefits from surge in Russian and Scandinavian buyers
Thu, 02 May 2013 11:43:15 +0000
Russian and Scandinavian buyers beat Brits as biggest purchasers of Spanish property according to Taylor Wimpey España
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Euro-outlook suggest opportunities for buyers with pounds
Wed, 01 May 2013 10:21:58 +0000
The currency markets have been likened to the Great British weather this last month; gloomy for long periods with a few sunny days that promises much but delivers very little before the clouds gather once more.
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La Junta Bolivariana, alive and kicking in Andalucía
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:25:10 +0000
Under the guise of protecting families from home repossessions, the Government of Andalucia, or Junta, introduces a very nasty little piece of interventionist legislation which perverse effects remain to be seen in the overall picture.
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