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Jobless total in Marbella plunges further

From luxurious super yachts to dusty, traditional bodegas, MarbeLla's broad appeal is its main strength.

From luxurious super yachts to dusty, traditional bodegas, Marbella’s broad appeal is its main strength.

While the accepted image of Marbella as a playground for the world’s elite is largely accurate, one of the resort’s strengths is its ability to offer a good lifestyle to all.

Sure, there are superclubs and high end boutiques to cater for the steady stream of multimillionaires who pull into port all-year-round, but Marbella also ensures that those with more modest means can get by comfortably

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Author: 11/01/2018 [0] Comments 

Spain agrees 4% increase in minimum wage for 2018, with further rises planned

Spain's minimum wage will rise 4% in 2018, with the government pledging further increases for the next few years.

Spain’s minimum wage will rise 4% in 2018, with the government pledging further increases for the next few years.

Spain’s lowest paid workers will receive some instant New Year cheer in 2018 after the country’s government agreed to a 4% increase in the minimum wage

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Author: 03/01/2018 [0] Comments 

Theresa May’s Christmas gift to British expats in EU: your rights are guaranteed

British Prime Minister Theresa May's open letter should reassure Brit expats living in the EU that their future is secure.

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s open letter should reassure Brit expats living in the EU that their future is secure.

While it seems that the Brexit wrangles between the UK and EU have made barely any progress, a recent Open Letter published by the British Prime Minister and addressed to UK citizens living in other EU countries has revealed that a deal has been reached regarding the rights of expats…

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Author: 28/12/2017 [0] Comments 

EU Court rules in favour of Spanish taxi drivers over Uber case

Barcelona's taxi drivers protested against Uber in November, and now their case has been won across the entire EU.

Barcelona’s taxi drivers protested against Uber in November, and now their case has been won across the entire EU.

Uber, the increasingly controversial smartphone-based ‘ride-sharing’ app was last week officially deemed a transportation service by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg – a ruling that will bring cheers to Barcelona’s taxi drivers this Christmas.

The case was brought to the EU by the Taxi Drivers’ Association of Barcelona, which claimed that Uber’s service is essentially a taxi service in all-but name, and thus should be subject to the same rules and regulations that dictate taxi firms… Continue Reading

Author: 26/12/2017 [0] Comments 

“Spanish real estate is hot property again” says Bloomberg in gushing report

Across all parts of the Spanish real estate sector, investment volumes are at the highest levels for a decade.

Across all parts of the Spanish real estate sector, investment volumes are at the highest levels for a decade.

It can get mildly irritating to witness how slowly portions of the world’s most powerful media latch on to trends happening in Spain.

While the Catalan crisis was a rare moment in which the world’s eyes were kept up to date in real time of events on the ground, a general rule of thumb tends to be – if it’s been picked up by the likes of the BBC, Sky, or the Guardian – then it’s already almost old newsContinue Reading

Author: 22/12/2017 [0] Comments 

Online shopping hits the heights in Spain as Zara eyes store closures

Zara has enjoyed soaring success over the past decade, flexibly meeting the fashion needs of the cash-strapped and the comfortable, and now more and more people are shopping online.

Zara has enjoyed soaring success over the past decade, flexibly meeting the fashion needs of the cash-strapped and the comfortable, and now more and more people are shopping online.

Normally when a clothing chain announces it is to close 16 stores it is bad news. But Zara is not a normal clothing chain, so the revelation that Inditex – the brand’s owner – is seeking a buyer for 16 of its stores in Spain and Portugal should certainly not be classed as negative…

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Author: 15/12/2017 [0] Comments 

Applications for Spanish citizenship rise 32%

Spanish citizenship is typically granted to people who have lived in Spain for at least ten years.

Spanish citizenship is typically granted to people who have lived in Spain for at least ten years.

The number of foreigners applying for Spanish citizenship rose in 2016 by 32% against 2015 – an upturn largely thought to be related to the nation’s improved economy.

While no EU nations featured in the top 11 of nationalities seeking Spanish citizenship – chiefly because EU nationals do not need any special paperwork or visas to work and live in Spain freely – that situation is likely to change in 2019 once the UK exits the EU…

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Author: 14/12/2017 [0] Comments 

Volume of Spanish speakers around the world grows to 572 million

Spanish is relatively easy to learn and a fast-growing second language for millions around the world.

Spanish is relatively easy to learn and a fast-growing second language for millions around the world.

The great thing about the English language is that it allows you to travel pretty much anywhere in the world and be understood. Whether a Swede in Singapore, A Dane in Doha or a Japanese in China, English forms the go-to bridge between two different languages

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Author: 04/12/2017 [0] Comments 

New market value data points to 4.3% price rise for Spanish property in October

Spanish home values are approximately 4% higher at the moment compared to the same period last year.

Spanish home values are approximately 4% higher at the moment compared to the same period last year.

New data by Spanish property valuation firm Tinsa has revealed that the average price of a property in Spain was 4.3% higher in October this year compared to the same month in 2016.

These stats are for the entire country, and as ever there are regional variations that are noteworthy, not least the 6.4% increase seen in provincial capitals and large cities such as Madrid, Barcelona and Málaga…

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Author: 10/11/2017 [0] Comments 

Spanish expats in UK contribute £802 million to British economy

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

While Spaniards living in Britain may not love the rain, there is much about the country they do enjoy.

The enduring love affair between Spain and the UK – the occasional Gibraltar-themed spats aside – should serve as a reminder to those who wish to paint a picture of a divided Europe that even countries as ‘different’ as Britain and Spain share a great deal of love, respect and admiration for one another…

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Author: 03/11/2017 [0] Comments 
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