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


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High Court ruled against a legal challenge by two long-term British expats to have the controversial “15-year rule” rescinded, meaning that Brits who have lived outside the UK for more than 15 years will not be allowed to vote in the EU Referendum on June 23…

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Author: 04/05/2016 [0] Comments 

International students vote Spain best place to study abroad


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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Author: 28/04/2016 [1] Comment 

Spanish rulemakers propose more flexible working hours


Presenteeism is not really a Spanish thing, but certainly more flexible working hours would be welcome.

The fallacy that Spaniards are somewhat workshy was put to bed many years ago during the depths of the economic crisis as Brits, Germans and other Europeans welcomed hardworking but unemployed-at-home Spaniards to their shores.

Because in truth, Spaniards have always worked hard. In Spain, working hours are among the highest in Europe, as is productivity: when a Spaniard is at work, they work…

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Author: 26/04/2016 [1] Comment 

Spain’s booming tourism sector set to grow a further 3.8% this year


Even in the winter months, resorts such as Puerto Banús are adept at drawing the crowds.

It has driven the Spanish economic recovery, put smiles – and a healthy glow – on the faces of millions of Brits every year, and has been responsible for one in five of all jobs created in the country so far this year – and now Spain’s superb tourism industry is on course for a bumper 2016…

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Author: 22/04/2016 [0] Comments 

High Court hears Brit Expat case on EU Referendum vote

Long-term expats feel both European and British… and should be able to have their say on events connected to both. Copyright: Jonathan McHugh

The British High Court in London yesterday heard the legal challenge put forward by two committed British expats to have the so-called ‘15-year rule’ – which denies Brits who have lived away from the UK for 15 years or more the right to vote in general elections and the forthcoming EU Referendum – abolished

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Author: 21/04/2016 [1] Comment 

Spain calls on Unesco to recognise tapas on cultural heritage list


The varied, mouthwatering delights of Spanish tapas – from the ingredients, to the very way of dining – are angling for Unesco recognition.

Spain has given the world many things: Flamenco, Sherry, Bullfighting, Julio Iglesias and millions of hours of unfortunate sunburn, but perhaps the country is best known – and best loved – for its contribution to gastronomy

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Author: 19/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Exact number of Brits in Spain still unknown


Many Brits who own a holiday home in Spain do not live there permanently, but do spend a large portion of the year in Spain.

Is it two million? More? Less? Maybe 750,000? The exact number of Brits who live in Spain remains unknown, official sources have said, largely because of the difficulty in registering and recording who lives where, and for how long.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn last week claimed that there were “nearly three-quarters of a million British people living in Spain” when he waded into the EU Referendum debate…

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Author: 18/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Waiter of the Year competition shines spotlight on Spain’s excellent service


Spanish waiting staff pride themselves on their professionalism, and the results are there for all to see.

Frequent a British pub, café or restaurant with a non-Brit and two things are bound to happen. First, your foreign guest will likely gush at the surprisingly good quality of food and choice of drink on offer (it seems the old stereotype of the UK being a land of warm bitter and bland food stubbornly persists, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary), but secondly, they are likely to be left aghast at the lack of professionalism shown by your server…

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Author: 13/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Expats find that assimilation requires work, but rewards are worth it, says study

More than a third of British expats lead a 'British lifestyle' in their adopted country

To enjoy life overseas, assimilation of the new culture is of high importance for most expats.

It is a message often repeated by VIVA, and generally heeded by Brits hoping to move to Spain: being a successful expat requires a fair bit of work, but the rewards are worth it…

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Author: 06/04/2016 [0] Comments 

Enjoy a drink? Then head to Spain – the most libertarian place in Europe


Lovers of a tipple or two should be saying ‘cheers’ to Spain’s relaxed attitude towards alcohol…

The dreaded phrase ‘Nanny State’ is often used to deride certain rules, laws and policies designed to mollycoddle the populace and strip citizens of their agency for free thought and actions…

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Author: 04/04/2016 [0] Comments 
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