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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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Author:Ian Clover 11/09/2014 [2] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 10/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 02/09/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 28/08/2014 [1] Comment 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 24/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 22/08/2014 [1] Comment 
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Older generation more reluctant to retire abroad, study finds

Retiring abroad should not be daunting, but many Brits are put off the idea as they grow old

Most Britons who while young dream of retiring abroad are less likely to do so as they age, a recent study has found.

Retirement income specialist MGM conducted a poll of British workers and found that those approaching retirement age were increasingly less likely to want to move overseas, citing a greater awareness of the potential pitfalls that could await them…

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Author:Ian Clover 19/08/2014 [4] Comments 
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Spain unemployment drops below 25% for first time in two years

With 17.4 million Spaniards now in work, Spain's economy is at the healthiest it has been for two years

Spain’s jobless rate has ducked under 25 per cent for the first time since 2012 as the country’s economic recovery has gathered pace.

The second quarter of the year generated an extra 402,000 jobs in Spain, dragging the unemployment rate down to 24.5 per cent. During the first three months of the year the average unemployment rate hovered around 25.9 per cent…

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Author:Ian Clover 04/08/2014 [0] Comments 
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More good news for Spain economy, but when will wages rise?

Falling wages simply mean the money in Spain's economy is currently being directed elsewhere, and that has to stop

Spain’s miraculous economic turnaround in the past 12 months has largely been a result of direct government action designed to shake up the labour market.

In aiding the car manufacturing industry with its scrappage scheme, the sector rebounded to become one of the country’s key economic successes. In overhauling antiquated labour laws, companies had more freedom to fire workers, cut wages and hire fresh faces – the result being an upturn in job creation and a boost for the national GDP…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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