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Brits in Spain urged to speak up or miss out on EU referendum vote


The silent majority may indeed hope that the UK remains inside the EU, but it’s precisely their silence that is worrying many British expats.

The numbers remain shocking whenever and wherever they are published, but let’s look at them again. There are only 283,000 Brits officially registered on the padrón as a resident of Spain. And of that minuscule figure (minuscule because it represents perhaps one quarter of the actual number of Brits who currently live in Spain), only 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK.

It is statistics like this that has every politically engaged Brit abroad – be they in Spain, France, Germany or elsewhere in the European Union – rather worried

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Author: 05/02/2016 [2] Comments 

Spain economy grew 3.2% in 2015 as recovery takes firm hold

The Bank of Spain is the central national bank and the supervisor of the spanish bank system. On the first half of 2012 it has endured a lot of criticism for its possible responsibility in the banking crisis, specially because of the Bankia cases. This building, one of the official Bank of Spain headquarters, is located at plaza de Cataluña, Barcelona, Spain.

The Bank of Spain has welcomed the latest data, not least because recovery has been driven largely by domestic consumption.

Amid concerns that a new global economic crisis could be in the offing later this year, Spain’s economic performance in 2015 offered plenty of encouragement.

As predicted by many leading economists towards the end of last year, the Spanish economy grew by 3.2% in 2015 – putting the country towards the leading pack of strengthening European economies

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Author: 04/02/2016 [0] Comments 

Spanish second-most popular language on Facebook and Twitter


On social media, Spanish is second to English as the world’s most widely used language.

English is (perhaps ironically) known as the lingua franca of the world, with more people speaking it as a second language than any other. Whether at a bar in Germany, a restaurant in Thailand or hiking through the hills of Peru, chances are that a smattering of English gets most people a long way.

French, Chinese and Spanish have each long jostled for second-place in this unofficial chart, and new data released this week appears to show that Spanish has won the battle royale

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Spanish King wades in to try to resolve parliament deadlock

Spanish King Felipe (L) and acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy pose before their meeting at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid, Spain, January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Ballesteros/Pool

King Felipe of Spain (left) met with the four main party leaders last week, and will do so again next week to try to break the current Parliament deadlock.

The ongoing deadlock at governmental level in Spain could be resolved next week, with the four main party leaders due to meet King Felipe to try to reach an agreement on how best to form a parliament as soon as possible.

Since the vote on December 20 last year left no party with a significant majority, Spain has been left in limbo as the various parties concerned – the Popular Party (PP), Podemos, Ciudadanos and the Socialists – seek a compromise that could prove workable…

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Author: 29/01/2016 [0] Comments 

IMF ups growth outlook for Spain


The IMF expect Spanish growth to outstrip that of the US, Japan and Canada this year.

Following on the heels of the Bank of Spain – which raised its 2016 growth forecast to 2.8% just two days after the country’s inconclusive general election on 20 December – the International Monetary Fund predicts that the Spanish economy will grow by 2.7% in 2016 and by 2.3% in 2017

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Will expats’ “vote for life” arrive in time for EU referendum?


The law is set to change to allow long-term expats to vote in the UK, but will it change in time for the EU referendum?

The vast majority of Brits who live abroad in Europe are likely to vote in favour of the UK staying in the EU when the referendum is held at some point before the end of 2017.

It is only sensible to assume so. After all, while nobody can know for sure what a “Brexit” will entail, one thing is certain: life will become that much harder for Brits abroad scattered throughout the EU…

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Author: 20/01/2016 [0] Comments 

King’s sister becomes first Spanish Royal to stand trial


Princess Cristina married Iñaki Undangarin in 1997, but both could now face lengthy spells behind bars. Photo source: AFP.

The trial of Princess Cristina of Spain began on Monday, making immediate history: this is the first time that a member of the Spanish royal family has been tried by the country’s justice system…

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Author: 13/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Cameron’s tax credit ban could affect British expats


To ward off criticism of the Tories’ plan to ban EU nationals from receiving in-work benefits, the PM may also extend this to returning Brits.

In seeking a compromise with the EU on ways to make the UK stay as part of the European Union, David Cameron has instructed his ministers to look into whether to extend a tax credit ban on foreign workers to Brits who have lived abroad for four years or more…

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Author: 12/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Spanish homes offer best value in Europe – report

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The OECD map shows how Spanish property is among the best value in the developed world.

A new metric of measuring property values devised by the Organisation for Economic Development (OECD) has found that homes in Spain represent some of the best value in Europe

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Author: 07/01/2016 [0] Comments 

Spain gears up for much-loved Three Kings celebrations


A time for giving: Three Kings Day is a hotly anticipated date on the calendar for Spanish children.

Christmas and its attendant festivities may be over for much of Europe this week, but Spaniards – and Spanish children in particular – still have one more celebration to look forward to: the much-loved El Dia de los Reyes, or Three Kings Day, on January 6…

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