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The Guardian reports on Spain’s full-throttle recovery

While the weather never waivers, Spain's economy has been through some stormy times recently.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics – they don’t always necessarily come in that order, but where you can find one there is usually evidence of the other

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Author:Ian Clover 23/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish economic outlook raised as property market drives recovery

Jobs, homebuyers and consumer confidence have all returned to Spain in a big way.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has increased its economic outlook forecast for Spain, suggesting that the country’s economy will perform much better than previously expected…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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British expats can vote on EU referendum, says Cameron

Will the UK opt for the EU exit door, or choose to remain?

It is a vote that is likely to determine the very future of the United Kingdom, let alone its relationship with Europe – and it is a vote that British citizens who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are allowed to have a say in.

The EU referendum, which was promised to the British public by the new Conservative government, is to be a simple In/Out vote on the question of whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union…

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Author:Ian Clover 01/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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Government to pour €1.6bn into Andalucía’s infrastructure

€1.6 billion can go a long way towards upgrading parts of Andalucía's infrastructure.

From roads and rail to airports and housing – the Autonomous Community of Andalucía has been granted €1.6 billion by the Spanish government to spend on upgrading its infrastructure this year…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Harvard study predicts growth in Spain will be the biggest in Eurozone

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Average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum predicted for Spain.

New growth projections presented earlier this month by Harvard University forecast that with an average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum up until 2023, Spain will top the league table in the Eurozone, ahead of Italy with an average increase in GDP of 2.3 per cent…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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What a Tory government means for British expats

On the up? A Tory government is probably the best outcome for expats...

Last week’s General Election victory for the Conservative Party is likely to prove – on balance – positive for most British expats who currently live away from the UK.

In the Tories’ pre-election manifesto, one of the party’s lesser-heralded pledges was the promise to bring to an end the 15-year rule for expats, whereby Brits who have lived overseas for 15 years lose their right to vote in UK general elections…

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Author:Ian Clover 15/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain jobless rate tumbling quicker than ever

Although much of Spain's new jobs are seasonal, the trend is definitely a positive one.

‘Tis the season to be hiring in Spain: in April, the country added 118,923 jobs, eating into that massive unemployment figure with aplomb, and confounding industry analysts by posting the fastest fall in jobless figures since records began…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expats angered by delayed and absent ballot papers

Many expat voters have not received their ballot papers in time to vote in today's general election.

Thousands of British expats have been in uproar over delayed or missing paperwork that means they will not be able to vote in today’s general election.

Brits who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are eligible to vote in the election, but the Electoral Commission insists that votes are either made by proxy or post – a system that has left many checking empty postboxes all week in the vain hope that their forms will arrive on time…

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Author:Ian Clover 07/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish economy grows at fastest pace for seven years

The Spanish economy has grown three times faster than the UK's so far in 2015.

Fresh data has revealed that the Spanish economy roared out of the blocks in the first quarter of this year, posting the best set of data since 2007 and putting the country firmly on course to achieve annual growth of 2.9 per cent.

According to data revealed by the National Statistics Institute (INE), Spain’s output rose by 0.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, which was way ahead of expectations and the best performance since the pre-crash days…

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Brit expats are Spain’s third-largest immigrant bloc

On the march: Brits are Spain's third-largest immigrant group, and their numbers are increasing.

That Brits love Spain has never been in question, but the extent to which Brits have made Spain a home from home has been laid bare in recent statistics published by the Permanent Observatory on Immigration (OPI) body. Well, kind of…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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