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Government to pour €1.6bn into Andalucía’s infrastructure

€1.6 billion can go a long way towards upgrading parts of Andalucía's infrastructure.

From roads and rail to airports and housing – the Autonomous Community of Andalucía has been granted €1.6 billion by the Spanish government to spend on upgrading its infrastructure this year…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Harvard study predicts growth in Spain will be the biggest in Eurozone

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Average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum predicted for Spain.

New growth projections presented earlier this month by Harvard University forecast that with an average growth rate of 3.7 per cent per annum up until 2023, Spain will top the league table in the Eurozone, ahead of Italy with an average increase in GDP of 2.3 per cent…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 20/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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What a Tory government means for British expats

On the up? A Tory government is probably the best outcome for expats...

Last week’s General Election victory for the Conservative Party is likely to prove – on balance – positive for most British expats who currently live away from the UK.

In the Tories’ pre-election manifesto, one of the party’s lesser-heralded pledges was the promise to bring to an end the 15-year rule for expats, whereby Brits who have lived overseas for 15 years lose their right to vote in UK general elections…

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Author:Ian Clover 15/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain jobless rate tumbling quicker than ever

Although much of Spain's new jobs are seasonal, the trend is definitely a positive one.

‘Tis the season to be hiring in Spain: in April, the country added 118,923 jobs, eating into that massive unemployment figure with aplomb, and confounding industry analysts by posting the fastest fall in jobless figures since records began…

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Author:Ian Clover 11/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expats angered by delayed and absent ballot papers

Many expat voters have not received their ballot papers in time to vote in today's general election.

Thousands of British expats have been in uproar over delayed or missing paperwork that means they will not be able to vote in today’s general election.

Brits who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are eligible to vote in the election, but the Electoral Commission insists that votes are either made by proxy or post – a system that has left many checking empty postboxes all week in the vain hope that their forms will arrive on time…

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Spanish economy grows at fastest pace for seven years

The Spanish economy has grown three times faster than the UK's so far in 2015.

Fresh data has revealed that the Spanish economy roared out of the blocks in the first quarter of this year, posting the best set of data since 2007 and putting the country firmly on course to achieve annual growth of 2.9 per cent.

According to data revealed by the National Statistics Institute (INE), Spain’s output rose by 0.9 per cent in the first quarter of the year, which was way ahead of expectations and the best performance since the pre-crash days…

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Brit expats are Spain’s third-largest immigrant bloc

On the march: Brits are Spain's third-largest immigrant group, and their numbers are increasing.

That Brits love Spain has never been in question, but the extent to which Brits have made Spain a home from home has been laid bare in recent statistics published by the Permanent Observatory on Immigration (OPI) body. Well, kind of…

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Author:Ian Clover 22/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Expats expected to hold sway in UK election

Should the Tories win, David Cameron has promised a referendum on the European Union in 2017.

The millions of Brits living away from the UK but still able to vote could prove pivotal in swinging how the election goes in May – with Spain’s sizeable expat British population intent on having their say

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Ryanair to serve Spain’s ghost airport of Castellón

Spain's Castellón airport gained notoriety as a symbol of the country's credit-fuelled construction boom and bust.

Budget Irish carrier Ryanair has revealed this week that it is to begin operating a regular service between the UK and Castellón’s ‘Ghost airport’, which – since being completed in 2011 at a cost of €145 million – has yet to handle a single commercial flight.

Kenny Rogers, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer, has said that the strong demand among Spanish emigrants who now work and reside in the UK – as well as the many thousands who hope to do so in the near future – prompted the airline to open up two routes: twice-weekly between Bristol, and three times a week from London Stansted

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Author:Ian Clover 24/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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Forensic scientists find tomb of Don Quixote writer, Miguel de Cervantes

Scientists will use DNA to determine which of the bones belong to Cervantes, and which do not.

The last burial place of Miguel de Cervantes – author of arguably Spain’s most famous novel, Don Quixote – has been discovered in Madrid, nearly 400 years after the writer’s death.

The scientists working on the excavation believe that the tomb buried beneath the city’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians contains the remains of Cervantes, his wife, and other, as-yet-unknown individuals…

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Author:Ian Clover 18/03/2015 [0] Comments 
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