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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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Scotland’s ‘No’ vote pushes sterling to a 2-year high

Sterling banknotes and coinsAs 55 per cent of Scotland’s voters rejected independence on Thursday, in their Daily Market Brief, exchange experts Moneycorp report that overnight sterling advanced across the board, peaking at 02.24am on Friday morning when it was nearly 1 per cent higher on average than it had been 24 hours earlier; and 2.5 per cent above its level ahead of the Sunday Times publishing the first ‘too-close-to-call’ opinion poll on 7 September.

Despite having fallen back a little this morning, sterling remained close to a 2-year high against the euro, while against the dollar it was at its healthiest for more than 2 weeks.

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 19/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Madrid’s Maggie homage divides opinion

Madrid's Plaza Margaret Thatcher is located in the upscale heart of the city

From Iron Lady to a Madrid square, the legacy of the late Baroness Thatcher – UK Prime Minister between 1979 and 1990 – continues to divide opinion across Britain and Europe following this week’s unveiling of Plaza Margaret Thatcher in the Spanish capital…

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Tories promise to give expats back the vote at next general election

Brits who have lived overseas for more than 15 years may be able to vote again in UK elections should the Tories secure a second term

The UK’s Conservative Party has announced that it plans to draw up a manifesto to abolish current laws that state expats lose the right to vote in Britain if they have lived overseas for 15 years or more.

The announcement comes as the Tories begin their pre-election campaign, and the pledge will be introduced after next May should they secure a second term in office…

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Spain would block Scottish EU entry, says policy expert

While Spain and the EU have no say in Scottish independence claims, they could influence an Independent Scotland's future

The ongoing secessionist movements in Spain mean that it is ‘highly probable’ that the country would vote to block Scotland’s entry to the EU should the Scots vote in favour of independence at this month’s referendum.

Fears that an independent Scotland gaining access to the European Union would inspire Catalan and Basque claims for independence from Spain mean that the Spanish government will be watching the results of the September 18 vote closely…

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Spain brain drain impacting UK and Germany

Most major UK cities now boast a sizeable Spanish contingent, most of whom are hard-working and entrepreneurial

Thousands of educated young professionals that have fled Spain over the past few years have pitched up mostly in the UK and Germany – helping to boost two economies that were already doing better than Spain’s own…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spaniards sitting on €1.67bn of old pesetas

The peseta vanished from circulation in Spain in 2002

You say peseta, I say… euro. If you are a recent British expat to Spain, or have only ever visited the country since the turn of the millennium then the chances are you will never have even seen one. But a recent survey by the Bank of Spain has revealed that there is more than €1.67 billion worth of pesetas lying idly across Spain

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Merkel & Rajoy praise Spain’s recovering economy

The leaders of Spain and Germany enjoyed a productive weekend ahead of the latest EU Summit

Mere days after donning their hiking boots and walking part of the Camino de Santiago, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy have spoken in unison about the encouraging road to recovery Spain’s economy has embarked upon

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Angela Merkel to walk the Camino de Santiago

German chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet the Spanish PM for talks

In a pretty subdued but interesting publicity stunt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to walk a 5km section of the famous Camino de Santiago trail alongside her Spanish counterpart, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

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Ukraine skirmish keeping Russians away from Spain

In 2012, Russia's middle class kept Spain's tourism industry afloat; today, their numbers are dwindling

Having swelled Spain’s beach resorts, hotels and restaurant numbers in recent years, newly wealthy Russian tourists have stayed away from the country in their droves this summer as Russia teeters on the brink of full-out conflict with its neighbour Ukraine…

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