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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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Author:Ian Clover 07/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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The stats speak for themselves

Prices in Spain have dropped by nearly one third since the peak of the property boom.

Property statistics – they are the bane of a writer’s life and enough to have the reader immediately clicking the back button or quickly turning to the sports pages. There is nothing more mind-numbingly dull than having to carefully type such attention grabbing snippets as: ‘Prices up 2.1 per cent in Q3’ or ‘sales down 14.3 per cent year-on-year’ or ‘Euribor rate drops by 0.03 per cent’. It’s even harder to read it than it is to write it…

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Author:Iain Dempsey 04/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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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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Author:Ian Clover 01/05/2015 [0] Comments 
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Continued slide of euro fuels Brit bonanza on Spain’s beaches

Flush with cash, Brits are ramping up their love affair with Spain's resorts.

As the euro hit a seven-year low against the pound, Brits have stepped up their love affair with Spain, fueling a tourism bonanza so far this year, and on course to break all visitor and spending records…

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Author:Ian Clover 29/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spanish job market begins year strongly

There are half a million more Spaniards with jobs now than at this point last year.

A stark reminder of the precarious nature of Spain’s economic recovery was issued this week when data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) confirmed that the number of Spaniards out of work increased in the first quarter of the year compared to the last quarter of 2014…

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Author:Ian Clover 27/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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Benidorm eyes UNESCO World Heritage status

Can Benidorm's combo of beaches, bars and boozers earn it Unesco recognition?

The Taj Mahal, the Egyptian Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Ayers Rock… and Benidorm?

The list of Unesco World Heritage sites comprises some of the world’s most breathtaking man-made creations and natural wonders, but city officials at the famous Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm have revealed they are set to apply for Unesco world heritage status, confident that Benidorm’s, erm, cocktail of sun, sea, sand, sangria and shenanigans can earn it a place alongside these cultural icons…

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Author:Ian Clover 24/04/2015 [0] Comments 
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