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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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Author:Ian Clover 06/10/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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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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