Archives for December 2010

December 31st, 2010

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has looked ahead to 2011 and expressed cautious optimism toward his country's performance during the year. Despite a number of stock market scares and a high unemployment rate, 2010 has seen Spain ride out the worst of the economic crisis

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December 30th, 2010

Spain’s Treasury expects to sell a net 47.2 billion euros of debt in 2011, 24 percent less than 2010, the Economy Ministry said. Cost-cutting by the Spanish government meant it sold 62.1 billion euros in 2010, 19 percent less than it originally planned, the ministry

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December 30th, 2010

An annual flour fight festival, ''Els Enfarinats,'' has recently taken place in the Spanish town of Ibi in Alicante. Dozens of people took part as a spoof army dressed in full uniform and other bizarre characters engaged in a boisterous battle using flour and eggs as their weapons, and passers-by

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December 30th, 2010

Pregnant women in Spain are pushing to give birth before January 1st to receive the €2500 'baby cheque' from the government before the scheme ends on January 1st and are asking to be induced or have caesarean sections. The cheque bebé was introduced in July 2007 as an incentive to

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December 29th, 2010

Civil Guards intercepted two boats carrying 85 migrants in waters off Spain's southern coast of Almeria, an official for the country's Marine Rescue service said today. Fifty-seven migrants, including three women and a child, were found in the first boat, a dinghy-style, single-engine rubber boat, some 18

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December 29th, 2010

Spain's Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said on yesterday the Spanish Government won't change "a single letter of its anti-terrorist policy" whose "trademark will be police and law strength." After meeting Basque Premier Patxi Lopez, Interior Councillor

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December 29th, 2010

Spain has bolstered its credentials as a world leader in renewable energy by exporting electricity to France for the first time. Heavy rain and strong winds during 2010 meant that renewables - principally hydro, wind and solar power - met 35% of Spanish demand. Wind power rose by 18.5% in 2010 ...

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December 28th, 2010

It has emerged that two Russian diplomats were expelled from Spain in November on suspicion of spying, while Russia has responded by expelling two Spanish diplomats last week, a Spanish foreign ministry spokesman said. The spokesman would not comment on

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December 28th, 2010

The Spanish government said yesterday that household electricity prices will increase by 9.8%, effective Jan 1st, in a move that could stoke already-strong inflationary pressures as it reverberates through households and the larger economy. Spain's industry ministry said the hike will

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December 28th, 2010

A Spanish woman has been arrested for faking her own kidnapping to check out whether her husband would pay for her release, police reported yesterday. The woman sent a photo to her husband’s mobile phone in which her hands and feet were bound, together with a text message from

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December 27th, 2010

Officials at the UK Department for Work and Pensions will work with their counterparts in countries such as Spain where the most fraud is carried out by British benefit claimants. Top scams are said by the department to include claimants not informing the authorities that they have moved abroad, and those ...

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December 24th, 2010

The number of foreign visitors to Spain rose in November for the seventh straight month despite a drop in tourists from its main market Britain, government data showed yesterday. The country welcomed 2.9 million foreign tourists last month, a 2.7 percent increase over the same time last year, bringing total arrivals ...

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December 22nd, 2010

One of the UK's most wanted fugitives has been arrested in Spain. Dennis O'Brien, from Liverpool, is suspected of leading a gang which plotted to import €200 million of cocaine into the UK from Peru. It has been revealed that the 62-year-old was

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December 22nd, 2010

The world's biggest lottery payout – Spain's €2.3bn Christmas El Gordo "Fat One" – sprayed money across the country today, with shares in the winning ticket reportedly spread through several towns and cities. The announcement of the winning number sparked celebrations in

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December 21st, 2010

Spain’s traditionally smoke-filled bars and restaurant interiors will soon be a thing of the past as the nation’s lower house approved a tough new anti-smoking laws that will rid the country of its reputation as one of Western Europe’s easiest places to light up. The bill, proposed by Prime Minister

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