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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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BBC reports on Brits’ Spanish love affair

6.5 million Brits visited Spain in the first six months of the year

Your trusty reporters here at VIVA have been saying it day in, day out for years, but now finally the guys over at the BBC have caught on and reported that British tourists are resuming their love affair with SpainContinue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 24/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Can Game of Thrones boost Andalucia's job ratings?

Seville's city council waived the filming fee for Game of Thrones, allowing HBO to shoot in the city for free

Ever since the producers of hit TV fantasy show Game of Thrones announced that they will be filming parts of the fifth series in the Andalusian locations of Seville and Osuna, fans have been speculating which backdrops will be selected to recreate the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros

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Author:Ian Clover 17/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Costa del Sol welcomes its first Poundland

The Dealz store has opened in a prominent location in Torremolinos, Costa del Sol.

You can’t open a shop where ‘everything is £1’ in a country that has the euro. No problem: Poundland’s owners – multi-millionaires Dave Dodd and Stephen Smith – simply changed the store’s famous name to Dealz when recently opening the first Poundland in Spain, in the heart of Torremolinos

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Author:Ian Clover 16/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain PM ignoring calls to raise taxes, for now

Rajoy has a plan, and he's sticking to it

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is set to ignore a suggestion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to raise taxes as he eyes re-election in 2015.

Analysts from the European Commission and the IMF have both urged Rajoy to increase indirect taxes and close fiscal loopholes in the economy, which is still tottering slowly to its feet after a double dose of recession

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Author:Ian Clover 15/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Marbella International University Centre and Town Hall launch scholarship programme

MIUC Dean and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor

MIUC Dean, Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella's Culture & Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz at the presentation of the scholarship programme.

On Friday, 11 July, the Dean of Marbella International University Centre (MIUC), Óscar Martínez Tapia and Marbella’s Culture and Education Councillor, Carmen Díaz presented the scholarship programme that the Town Hall is offering to five young people from the town…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 15/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Sunday openings approved for Marbella

Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week in the UK

One of the great divisive issues for British expats on the Costa del Sol will soon be no more as the Spanish parliament has agreed to grant Marbella the right to allow its businesses to open on Sundays and certain public holidays.

Currently, Spain’s national laws prohibit many businesses in Marbella from opening on Sundays. Restaurants, bars, cafes, petrol stations and OpenCor stores are allowed to open their doors, but supermarkets, retail stores and high street shops must remain closed during the official day of rest…

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Author:Ian Clover 09/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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EU slashes mobile roaming charges

Mobile roaming charges in the EU are now 55% cheaper, and could disappear altogether by 2015

One of Europe’s most antiquated, yet meekly accepted, idiosyncrasies was drastically scaled back on July 1, when mobile roaming charges in the European Union (EU) were cut by 55 per cent, and may be reduced to zero before the end of the year…

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Author:Ian Clover 08/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s new Royal Family visit Pope Francis

Spain's new King and Queen have this week enjoyed a private audience with Pope Francis

In their first official overseas visit as King and Queen, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain have travelled to the Vatican City for a private audience with Pope Francis.

Having been proclaimed as Spain’s new ruling monarch in late June following the abdication of his father, King Felipe, 46, has been steadily adapting to his new role as head of the Spanish Monarchy. The King arrived in Rome on Monday and was greeted by a throng of photographers eager to capture this historic occasion…
Author:Ian Clover 01/07/2014 [0] Comments 
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Spain breaks yet more tourism records

Spain continues to attract holidaymakers in their millions, and is more popular than ever

Spain’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism released official figures last week that showed Spain’s enduring appeal among holidaymakers shows no signs of slowing.

According to the survey conducted by Frontur and commissioned by the Ministry, Spain welcomed 6.8 million tourists in May, which is an all-time record for the month. That figure was boosted by a 6.9 per cent increase in British visitors, an 8.1 per cent increase in German tourists, and a massive 11.1 per cent rise in the number of French visiting… Continue Reading

Author:Ian Clover 27/06/2014 [0] Comments 
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