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Spanish economy to end the year strongly, says minister

The third and fourth quarters are set to replicate the growth already experienced in Spain so far this year.

From sick bed to poster child – Spain’s recovering economy is set to grow by a further one per cent in the third quarter of the year, ensuring a strong end to 2015 following a similarly strong beginning.

A busy summer tourism season and increased domestic consumer spending has helped spur the economy over the past couple of months, and the pace of growth is expected to continue through to December, confirmed Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos…

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Author:Ian Clover 25/08/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s king and queen to visit White House in September

The popular King and Queen of Spain will meet President Obama in September.

Spain’s increasingly popular Royal couple – King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia – are due to meet with US President Barack Obama at the White House on September 15 as part of their official royal visit stateside

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Author:Ian Clover 31/07/2015 [0] Comments 
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Spain job market best it’s been for four years

More and more Spaniards are finding meaningful work in the country as the economic recovery continues.

Spain’s unemployment level is at its lowest rate in four years, with expectation growing that the country’s recovering economy is leading to faster job creation than first projected…

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EU to abolish data roaming charges within two years

If people needed yet another excuse to stare into their phones all day, this is it.

It’s one of those small annoyances that makes travelling abroad slightly more troublesome than necessary – the mobile phone roaming charge.

Ever since mobiles became part of our every day lives almost two decades ago, the idea of visiting a foreign country and making a call has been enough to send even the deepest of suntans a shade of fearful pale…

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Brit expats have little to fear if UK exits EU, report states

Millions of Brits living across the EU would be permitted to stay put should the UK leave the union.

An investigative report by the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper has found that millions of British expats who live across Europe have little to fear if the UK does vote to leave the European Union (EU)…

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Expats in Spain sent $10bn back home last year

Money makes the world go round... and expats are sending a lot of it back home.

Spain’s economy has long been powered in part by the millions of non-Spaniards who work in the country to enjoy its varied industry, EU protections and excellent lifestyle.

But data recently published by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has revealed that some of the country’s internal wealth is finding its way to foreign countries by migrant workers sending money home to family.

In 2014, the IFAD calculates that $9.6 billion (€8.6 billion) was sent by migrant workers overseas, putting the country near to the top of the charts when it comes to redistributing cash and capital around the world…

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Author:Ian Clover 30/06/2015 [0] Comments 
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The Guardian reports on Spain’s full-throttle recovery

While the weather never waivers, Spain's economy has been through some stormy times recently.

Lies, damn lies, and statistics – they don’t always necessarily come in that order, but where you can find one there is usually evidence of the other

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Spanish economic outlook raised as property market drives recovery

Jobs, homebuyers and consumer confidence have all returned to Spain in a big way.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has increased its economic outlook forecast for Spain, suggesting that the country’s economy will perform much better than previously expected…

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British expats can vote on EU referendum, says Cameron

Will the UK opt for the EU exit door, or choose to remain?

It is a vote that is likely to determine the very future of the United Kingdom, let alone its relationship with Europe – and it is a vote that British citizens who have lived abroad for less than 15 years are allowed to have a say in.

The EU referendum, which was promised to the British public by the new Conservative government, is to be a simple In/Out vote on the question of whether the UK should remain in, or leave, the European Union…

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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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