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Spaniards speaking better English than ever

Spaniards' grasp of good English is improving, study finds

A new study by Education First has revealed that more and more Spaniards are speaking English to a higher proficiency level than ever before.

The latest English Language Proficiency Index has ranked Spain 20th among 60 countries featured in the study – its highest position yet and a reflection of the growing importance for Spaniards to grasp at least a conversational level of English…

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Brits abroad could be more sociable, study finds

Despite living in many countries around the world, Brits abroad can often be insular

According to a recent survey by international relocation company, Robinsons, around one-in-three British people who live abroad have made little or no attempt to integrate into the local culture.

The study questioned 1,000 UK expats about life abroad, revealing a few startling results…

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Can they? Podemos political party tops Spain opinion polls

Pablo Iglesias, leader of Podemos and firebrand of Spain's political landscape

A far-left populist political party has seemingly come from nowhere to top the opinion polls in Spain – just a few months before the country once again votes on a general election…

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Expats more tech-savvy than other British over-50s

Living abroad prompts the older generation to embrace the possibilities of technology

A study by NatWest International Personal Banking (IPB) has found that three out of four British expats aged 50 and over are regular ‘online junkies’ confident when paying bills, conducting Skype phone calls and generally surfing the web…

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Should rest of Europe adopt Spain’s economic reforms?

Spain's economy is returning to health thanks to recent reforms

A report this week by the Bank of Spain has revealed that the country’s economy grew 0.5 per cent in the third quarter of the year, setting Spain on track to exceed its projected 1.3 per cent growth for 2014 and prompting economists to ponder – should other European countries follow the Spanish example?

For the past six or seven painful years, Spain’s economy was harshly viewed as the template of ‘what not to do’: unemployment was high, job creation was low, labour laws were inflexible and the stench of immovable nepotism hung in the air…

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Spaniards worked fewer hours than Brits last year… but more than the Germans

Putting in a shift: Spaniards worked more hours than many other Europeans in 2013

Toss aside any notion that the Spanish are lazy – Spaniards worked far more hours than the Germans, Dutch, Swiss and Swedes in 2013, according to recent data published by the Organization for Economic Development (OECD)…

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What now for Catalonia?

The Catalan government has decided to scrap next month's planned referendum on independence

Spain’s want-away autonomous region of Catalonia has cancelled its planned independence referendum in November after the Spanish high court in Madrid stood firm in its refusal to recognise the process…

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Spain enjoys 8-year high employment figures

Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos has overseen the country's steady recovery

September saw Spain post the best job figures since 2006 as the country’s sweeping economic reforms continued to alleviate eight years of gloom.

Although the monthly rise in job creation was only 0.7 per cent, it helped lower September’s unemployment figures – an impressive performance considering that the end of the summer season traditionally swells the dole queue as tourism work dries up…

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New Spanish king costs just 17 cents per head, government reveals

At just 17 cents per head, King Felipe of Spain is the cheapest Monarch in Europe

Spain boasts some of the cheapest holiday resorts in Europe, and can now claim to have the most cost-effective Royal family, too.

King Felipe VI, 46 – who took to the throne earlier this year following the surprise abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos – costs each Spaniard just €0.17 cents per year, making him the cheapest figurehead on the continent

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Scotland chose correctly, says Spanish PM

Although Catalans were hoping that Scotland would vote yes, the fact they voted at all is encouraging

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has expressed his delight that the Scottish Independence Referendum fell on the side of the ‘No’ vote, citing the “serious consequences” that could have occurred had Scotland voted for independence…

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