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Brits abroad getting the message as electoral registrations soar

Author:   |  May 11th, 2016

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The number of Brits abroad registered to vote has grown by 80,000 in the past two months as the EU referendum looms.

It is a lament repeated almost as often as the tired old cliché that Brits abroad never learn the local language: the myth that no Brit who lives overseas is interested in voting in UK elections.

However, new figures from the Electoral Commission have shown that the message that Brits abroad can and should have their say in UK matters is finally getting through…

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Tesco strikes deal with El Corte Inglés to sell UK favourites in its stores

Author:   |  May 10th, 2016

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El Corte Inglés famously ‘has it all’, and will soon be stocking Tesco food produce sourced directly from the UK.

Brits in Spain have it easier than most other expats when it comes to getting their hands on home comforts, and now things are about to get a whole lot more convenient following the news that UK supermarket giant Tesco has signed a wholesale deal with department store El Corte Inglés…

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Summer’s here – just look at the job market

Author:   |  May 9th, 2016

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Busy beaches, busy bars and balmy nights signal summer’s arrival in Spain, and the boost the season delivers to the job market arrives like clockwork.

In Spain, there are a great number of indicators that serve to signal summer’s arrival: the rising mercury, the busy streets, the abundance of relaxed and happy-looking tourists shuffling about the beaches and bars of the Costa del Sol… going by these parameters, summer has well and truly arrived across many parts of Spain (current damp weather excepted, of course!)…

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Want to be a smart property investor? Then think like Bill Gates

Author:   |  May 6th, 2016

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What’s next on the horizon for Bill Gates? Why, Spanish property, of course…

Bill Gates is not the coolest man in the world. He’s not the most fashionable, and he’s certainly not going to win many beauty contests. But what he does do better than most people is invest his time, insight and money wisely

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Spanish King confirms re-election date of June 26

Author:   |  May 5th, 2016

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The Spanish King has spoken, and Spaniards must cast their votes again on June 26 in the hope of selecting a ruling party.

It was always likely to end this way, but now King Felipe VI of Spain has confirmed that the country will have to go once again to the polls on June 26 to recast their votes in a repeat of the general election…

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It’s settled: long-term Brit expats cannot vote in EU Referendum

Author:   |  May 4th, 2016

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The High Court rejected the claim that the UK’s 15-year rule barring long-term expats from voting was illegal.

At the weekend the British High Court ruled against a legal challenge by two long-term British expats to have the controversial “15-year rule” rescinded, meaning that Brits who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years will not be allowed to vote in the EU Referendum on June 23…

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Leading analysts expect 10% increase in Spanish property sales this year

Author:   |  May 3rd, 2016

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As buying overseas regains popularity, Spain once again finds itself top of the desirability charts.

2015 was a strong year for Spanish property, and experts predict an even more impressive 12 months in 2016.

There could be more than 440,000 property transactions in Spain in 2016, according to data gathered by leading analysts KPMG, Deloitte, N+1 and PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC)…

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Who needs a government? Spain economy thriving without one, says Santander

Author:   |  May 2nd, 2016

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Politicians, who needs ’em? Not Spain apparently, which is doing just fine right now without a government.

David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, Jeremy Hunt, Nigel Farage and all the others had better take note – Spain’s economy is actually thriving right now despite the country having been run without a government since December last year…

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Is Prince’s unsold Marbella villa a Sign o’ the Times for homebuyer tastes?

Author:   |  April 29th, 2016

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Prince’s former Marbella villa is back on the market and back in the headlines following the artist’s death.

Sadly departed musician Prince, who died earlier this month from as-yet-unknown-causes, was famous for many things: his musical prowess, his flamboyance, his diminutive stature, his love of the colour purple… but for many who have lived in southern Spain his name is synonymous with a certain unique type of décor, grandeur and kitsch – and all because of the ‘Prince Villa’.

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International students vote Spain best place to study abroad

Author:   |  April 28th, 2016

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Madrid ranked as the best place in Europe for overseas study, with Seville and Barcelona also scoring highly.

A new poll by Uniplaces has found that Spain is considered the best place to study abroad by Erasmus students.

The survey results placed Madrid in first place, while two other Spanish cities – Seville and Barcelona – featured in the top ten at places fifth and seventh respectively

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