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Foreign buyers eating into Spain’s glut of unsold homes

In some parts of Spain, foreign buyers comprise the majority of property transactions

The number of unsold properties on the Spanish market has fallen by 40% since 2010 as foreign buyers have kept the country’s real estate market ticking over.

According to Spanish real estate valuation company TINSA, foreign investors have targeted coastal properties and city centre properties in 2014, helping to boost these markets by as much as 31% in the space of a year

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30 Gib apes shipped off to Scotland for too much monkey business

Sour gr-apes: 30 Barbary macaques have been shipped off to Scotland for bad behaviour

A threat greater than being forced to pose for ill-advised photos with sunburnt tourists awaits the famous Barbary apes of Gibraltar – they could be shipped off to Scotland if they continue to monkey around.

Already, 30 of the Rock’s worst offenders – the pick-pocketers, the bin rummagers, the tourist botherers – have been sent to the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, and more could follow if they don’t clean up their act, warn Gibraltar authorities…

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Brits abroad: reputation improving, survey finds

The short of it is... Brits are among the most well-received holidaymakers

Better behaved, unfailingly polite and pretty generous tippers – Brits abroad have smartened up their act, according to a recent poll of 500 hotel workers worldwide by travel website Sunshine.co.uk…

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Looking for affordable winter sun? Head to Spain

Costa del Sol resorts such as Torremolinos offer winter sun and low prices.

Spain’s Costa del Sol is the best value winter sun destination, according to the Post Office’s latest Winter Sunshine Report.

The southern Spanish region offers guaranteed warm weather and sunshine heading into winter, and with the pound sterling at a six-year high against the euro, the Costa del Sol will tan your face without denting your wallet…

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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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7th, 11th, or top spot? Where does Spain rank in expat life quality?

What makes Spain a top choice for expat living? The answer is all down to you

Summertime can be a drag for journalists. On the hunt for news stories, the best one can sometimes do is proclaim that ‘The UK will be hotter than parts of Greece this week’ (yes, the mountainous, snow-capped bits); or run semi-fearful stories of Great White Sharks being spotted 50 miles – yes!, 50 miles – off the Cornish coast…

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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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Andalusian government throws lifeline to Brits stuck in property limbo

As many as 25,000 properties could benefit from the proposed change to Andalucía's planning law

The issue of illegally built homes dotted about the Andalusian countryside has been a thorn in the side of thousands of Brits for the past decade. But an announcement this week by the president of Andalucía’s Junta could finally lift the uncertainty for these British homeowners who have been living in limbo for nearly ten years…

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Spain enjoys improved economic outlook

Spain's renewed economic confidence is reflected in a number of Spain-China trade deals on the table

Job prospects, wages and employment security are all set to improve in Spain next year, according to the country’s Finance Minister Luis de Guindos who last week raised Spain’s economic outlook…

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