Archives for November 2010

November 30th, 2010

American diplomats put heavy pressure on Spanish authorities to drop three investigations targeting the US and its soldiers, Spanish newspaper El Pais has reported citing documents released by WikiLeaks. The first investigation concerned the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso, who was killed by American shells

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November 30th, 2010

Spain's press was littered with words such as "thrashed", "humiliated" and "ridiculed" following Barcelona's comprehensive 5-0 defeat of Real Madrid at Camp Nou last night. Madrid went into the match unbeaten in 19 competitive matches under the coach José Mourinho and with

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November 30th, 2010

We've a new report highlighting the 20 most popular Spanish properties this week on Kyero - as voted by you. It's noticeable that all the properties featured are below 200,000€, and that many are located in Alicante province - an area with a lot of properties, and many bargain hunters. On our ...

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November 30th, 2010

The number of foreign visitors to Spain rose in October for the sixth straight month despite a drop in tourists from Britain and Germany, its two main markets, government data showed last Monday. The country welcome 4.8 million foreign tourists last month, a 4.2 percent increase over the same time last ...

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November 29th, 2010

The state of pavements, shoe soles and the undersides of school desks look set to improve dramatically in Spain following a government decision to take some of the gumminess out of chewing gum. A full cabinet meeting has decided that Spanish gum is just too sticky, costing local councils large sums ...

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November 29th, 2010

For the first time in five thousand million years, the Sun has an owner and it is a 49-year-old Spanish woman from Salvaterra de Miño in the northwest region of Galicia. The notary who attended to Ms. Sol Angeles Duran was at first flummoxed by the claim and was forced to ...

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November 29th, 2010

Hurricane strength winds in the Canary Islands and forecasts of rain and snow across 35 provinces are the highlights today at the start of a week where the bad weather will spread throughout Spain. The Spanish Meteorology Agency (AEMET) has issued a red alert for the "extreme risk" in the ...

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November 29th, 2010

Spain faces a problem as empty homes left over from the housing boom go up for sale: determining just how much the properties are worth. Analysts, property-sales representatives and economists said data coming from the government and even some large appraisal companies understate the drop in real-estate prices. That is causing ...

Continue reading Property Price Confusion Scaring Off Investors

November 26th, 2010

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Friday there was absolutely no chance Spain would seek a bailout. Asked in an interview on Spain's RAC 1 radio if he ruled out financial help from the European Union, Zapatero said "absolutely."

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November 26th, 2010

The elections this Sunday in Catalonia, Spain's wealthy northeastern region, are expected to usher in a combative nationalist government that could shake up Spanish politics. Support for Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist party, which governs in Catalonia as well

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November 26th, 2010

The Royal Spanish Academy is lopping two letters off the Spanish alphabet, reducing it to 27. Out go “ch” and “ll,” along with lots of annoying accents and hyphens. The simplified spelling from the academy, a musty Madrid institution that is the chief arbiter of all things grammatical, should be welcome ...

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November 26th, 2010

Spain’s funding for the rest of the year remains “comfortable,” helped by better-than-forecast revenue and a shrinking budget deficit, and the government doesn’t expect problems tapping financial markets going forward, said Deputy Finance Minister Jose Manuel Campa. Spain, which saw its borrowing costs surge to an eight-year high yesterday, has two ...

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November 25th, 2010

All eyes fall on the Nou Camp as heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid go toe-to-toe in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes between the two in recent times. Although it is still early days in the season, the title race in Spain yet again looks like being between the two arch ...

Continue reading ‘Clasico Fever’ as Biggest Club Game in the World Approaches

November 25th, 2010

Spanish police detained a Pakistani man accused of stabbing a man to death in Indonesia and then chopping his body into pieces, the interior ministry said today. Police arrested the 32-year-old father of two as he was about to enter a metro station in central Madrid, it said in a statement.

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November 25th, 2010

The cost of providing an Irish-style bailout for Spain would almost empty the emergency fund that was set up by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to deal with the crisis affecting members of monetary union, a leading team of analysts warned tonight. Amid growing fears that pressure on ...

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