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Ford completes biggest-ever investment in Spain’s car industry

Ford has added more than 3,000 jobs at its Valencia plant since 2013

US car manufacturing giant Ford has invested a further €1.1 billion into its car plant in Valencia in what has become the single largest investment ever in Spain’s car industry.

The injection of cash takes Ford’s total investment into its Spanish plant to €2.3 billion, after initially expanding the operation in 2013. Ford has had a presence in Valencia since 1973 when the company first purchased 270 acres of land for its first Spanish factory…

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Spain economy grows at fastest rate for seven years

Spain is performing better than it has done since 2007, and is one of the eurozone's fastest-growing economies

The Spanish economy has recently made headlines across Europe and the USA, and for once, it was for all the right reasons.

Media outlets from the Financial Times to the Daily Telegraph and Reuters all reported that Spain’s economy has just posted its best figures for seven years, with various reports suggesting that Spain is now performing better than at any point since 2007

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Council of Europe urges minimum wage increase in Spain

The minimum wage in Spain is one of the lowest in Western Europe

The Council of Europe has called on Spain to increase its official minimum wage, calling the current level ‘insufficient’ to maintain a decent standard of living in the country…

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Spain expects to add 1 million jobs in two years

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces a battle to win another term at the forthcoming election

As the election bandwagon begins to roll, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has fired the first shot across the bows by bullishly stating that he expects Spain’s economy to add one million new jobs in the two years between 2014 and the end of 2015…

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Licence and speed limit changes could affect expats in Spain

Lower speed limits on many Spanish roads will come into effect in Spring

Two changes to the Spanish highways system enacted at the beginning of the year could potentially affect British expats who drive regularly in Spain.

Last week, Spain’s politicians voted to lower the speed limits across the country on most road types. The changes will come into effect in the Spring and will see urban roads that currently have a speed limit of 100 kph lowered to 90 kph, while roads with a current speed limit of 90 kph will see their speed limit lowered to 70 kph or 50 kph depending on how urban the landscape in which they pass through…

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Spain considers tighter border controls in wake of Paris attacks

No passport queues are great, but at what price?

Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz has told the El Pais newspaper that the government is considering tightening its border controls following last week’s attacks in Paris that left 17 civilians dead…

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How pivotal could the expat vote be in 2015?

Registering online to vote is quick, easy, and important

The sunny skies and blossoming trees of May might seem like a long way away right now as 2015 limps blearily into view (unless, of course, you already live in Spain – if so, enjoy the January warmth), but the fifth month of the year will be on us before we know it, bringing with it the UK’s general election

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Botched Jesus painting boosts Spanish town’s tourism

Spot the difference: the 'Beast Jesus' on the right has become a world-famous piece of 'art'

The famous ‘Beast Jesus’ painting that was not-so-carefully restored by part-time curator Cecilia Giménez in 2012 made headlines around the world at the time, but the curiously smudged artwork has now become a tourist attraction in its own right.

Art lovers, critics and people on the look out for a good laugh have descended on the village of Borja in their thousands to gawp at the restored 120-year-old painting…

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Expats increasingly reliant on online shopping at Christmas time

The Internet has revolutionised how expats and families with relatives overseas shop

For years now, relatives who reside overseas have been unable to use the “lost in the post” excuse for missing birthdays or scrimping on Christmas spending.

Ever since Amazon swept into our collective consciousness, browsing and buying from the comfort of one’s home has revolutionised the way we shop, particularly those who either live overseas or who have relatives who live away from the UK. It has also meant that there is now no excuse not to send a little gift to a loved one far away…

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Expats to keep their tax breaks

British expats with UK-based assets or income can still enjoy a sizeable tax break

Last week’s Autumn Statement from UK Chancellor George Osborne brought good news for British expats fearful that they may lose their personal tax allowance.

Amid earlier reports that Osborne would scrap the allowance – a tax break for the five million or so Brits who live and work overseas but still have assets or income in the UK – the Statement confirmed that the allowance would remain in place, for the time being at least…

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