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Brit expats in EU to continue receiving annual pension increase

British pensioners resident in the EU can rest easy following the publication of government documents confirming that pension payments will continue to rise for expats.

British pensioners resident in the EU can rest easy following the publication of government documents confirming that pension payments will continue to rise for expats.

Expat British pensioners who live in the European Union (EU) are to be reassured that their pensions will continue to rise each year after Brexit, reports the Daily Telegraph.

According to official documents released by the British government, British state pensions will not be ‘frozen’ in March 2019 – the month in which the UK is expected to leave the EU…

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Author: 15/09/2017 [0] Comments 

Santander sells €10 billion worth of Spanish property

Santander's sale of Spanish property is indicative of broader movement in the real estate sector.

Santander’s sale of Spanish property is indicative of broader movement in the real estate sector.

Movement in Spain’s real estate industry has been brisk for the past 24 months at least, with the residential housing market particularly buoyant thanks to the cash and activity of private buyers…

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Author: 10/08/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain’s economy growing three times faster than UK’s

Spain is booming, particularly in Madrid, Barcelona, and along its ever-popular Mediterranean coastline.

Spain is booming, particularly in Madrid, Barcelona, and along its ever-popular Mediterranean coastline.

The New York Times calls it the “end of a nightmare”, while elsewhere in the international press the official economic data published by the Spanish government on Friday was reported a little more sedately: Spain’s economy is not only growing, but surging ahead of most of the rest of Europe…

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Author: 01/08/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain set to go big on solar power… again

Government support for solar power has returned, and with it, huge demand among companies to invest in Spain.

Government support for solar power has returned, and with it, huge demand among companies to invest in Spain…

Those 320 days of sunshine that beat down on many parts of Spain deliver untold benefits to the Spanish economy. From sun-seeking tourists to silver-brushed olive groves, Spain’s sunny climate means it is a number one holiday destination, leading producer of wine, fruits, vegetables and olives, and even a sought-after backdrop for Hollywood blockbusters and TV epics… Continue Reading

Author: 28/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain’s king to speak at UK parliament this week

Spain's King Felipe will address British politicians at the House of Commons this week.

Spain’s King Felipe will address British politicians at the House of Commons this week.

The King and Queen of Spain jet into the UK this week for a three day-long Royal excursion that will see the couple take in a visit to Buckingham Palace, a dinner at Clarence House, a business workshop in the City of London, and a trip to the House of Commons, where King Felipe is expected to address Parliament…

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Author: 11/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Spanish government to create 20,000 public sector jobs over next two years

Thousands of new seats will be filled across Spain's public sector over the next couple of years.

Thousands of new seats will be filled across Spain’s public sector over the next couple of years.

The government of Spain has pledged to create an additional 20,000 jobs in the public sector between now and 2019 in an effort to offer greater support for much of the country’s official authorities and services.

According to the El Mundo newspaper, 7,000 posts will be created for general state administration, with a further 3,360 positions added to the judiciary…

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Author: 10/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Could Catalonia’s independence bid be derailed by in-fighting?

The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

The push for independence in Catalonia is still strong, but there have been some recent wobbles.

Catalonia’s desire to secede from the rest of Spain is well known. What is less well known, however, is the uncomfortable fact that not every Catalan is on board with the urge to breakaway, and the numbers of anti-independence individuals in Catalonia have increased as Spain’s wider economy has improved…

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Author: 06/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Spain’s population rises for first time in five years

In 2016 Spain recorded an increase in immigration for the first time since 2011.

In 2016 Spain recorded an increase in immigration for the first time since 2011.

The stunning upturn in Spain’s economic fortunes has begun to make itself felt in the country’s immigration statistics, with 2016 being the first year since 2009 that the population actually grew.

In the post-millennium years up until 2009, the population of Spain increased steadily each year via a mixture of a positive birth rate and inward immigration…

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Author: 05/07/2017 [0] Comments 

Catalonia sets date for new independence “referendum”

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain's economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalans are less certain about independence since Spain’s economy has improved, but they would still like the vote.

Catalonia’s regional government has long agitated for independence from Spain, and is set to play the role of thorn in the side of Madrid once more in calling for a referendum later this year.

Led by spokesman Carles Puigdemont, the Catalan government will oversee an In or Out vote that, while likely to garner huge interest and a big turnout, will not have any legal standing within Spain

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Author: 12/06/2017 [0] Comments 

Barcelona district to trial €13 million universal income scheme

The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The basic income scheme is an innovative trial from the EU that could help improve the lives of thousands of Spaniards.

The notion of countries offering a universal basic income is a divisive one, with many arguing that it is impractical in reality. Switzerland held a referendum on introducing such a basic income – where every adult in the country receives a flat amount of money per month from the government – but rejected the plan…

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Author: 07/06/2017 [0] Comments 
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