Archives for April 2011

April 29th, 2011

Spain’s 2011 Semana Santa (Easter Week) saw traffic fatalities fall below 40 "for the first time in the history of accidents in Spain - a goal that seemed impossible years ago”, said First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba. Between 3 p.m. on Friday 15th April and ...

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April 29th, 2011

Spanish public deficit fell to 9.2% of GDP in 2010, while debt rose to 60.1% according to estimates released on Tuesday by Eurostat, which confirms deficit data announced by the Government of Spain. The published figures show an improvement in the deficit over the previous year, when it stood at 11.1%, ...

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April 28th, 2011

Spain's rail authority says a commuter train collided underground with an empty long-distance train in Barcelona today. RENFE said two carriages of a commuter train carrying 70 passengers derailed after colliding with the other train, which was stationary. Sixteen people were treated in nearby medical centres, mostly for bruises, among the ...

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April 28th, 2011

The Spanish Government is to address the British authorities "through normal diplomatic channels" over an incident which took place on Sunday between the Gibraltar Police and the Guardia Civil in the waters around Gibraltar, which resulted in the injury of a Spanish officer. The Unified Association of the Guardia Civil (AUGC) ...

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April 28th, 2011

A Seville judge has issued a groundbreaking ruling that a housing developer must return the purchase price of a property to the owners, plus any interest paid, as a result of the "intolerable" noise they have suffered over the 6 years living there. The judge has also ordered the developer ...

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April 27th, 2011

After verbal jousting, analysis of the 'psychological edge' and quotes from Albert Einstein, Real Madrid and Barcelona will meet for the third time in the space of 11 days tonight. The Bernabeu will play host to the first leg of a UEFA Champions League semi-final El Clasico which has all the ...

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April 27th, 2011

According to the latest ‘International Labour Mobility Study’ by Randstad, 62% of unemployed Spaniards would consider leaving Spain to find work in another country, while 38% of those currently in a job would not rule out emigrating if it improved their employment situation. The employment agency says this data shows maturity ...

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April 27th, 2011

Concern over whether the Spanish economy will return to the employment levels of before the crisis is being felt even in the latest Government forecasts. Three years of job destruction will take time to heal, and according to the official forecast, released 2 weeks ago, the crisis bottomed out in ...

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April 26th, 2011

According to reports by the BBC, a gym in Spain is hoping to entice new customers by offering nudist workout sessions, making it the first in the country to target naturists looking to get into shape. Gym owner Merche Laseca said "With the crisis we noticed there were fewer people using ...

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April 26th, 2011

Oceanographers from the Department of the Environment have this week, identified a specimen of Humpback (Megaptera novaengliae), also known as humpback whale, and six specimens of common finback whales, swimming off the coast of Valencia, near Sagunto. According to a Government statement, this finding was reported by a fisherman in the ...

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April 26th, 2011

The PP (El Partido Popular) is to promote a "super reduced” VAT rate (IVA in Spanish) for the tourism sector, which is expected to benefit such services as accommodation, catering and public transport and aim to bring them in line with their European competitors. Ana Mato, PP’s Deputy Secretary, says the ...

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April 25th, 2011

In a groundbreaking ruling for Spain, the Supreme Court has decided that in the event of divorce, a home mortgage must be repaid in equal shares by both spouses. The decision favors Javier M.D., a divorcé who was told by the Provincial Court of Valencia that he had to put up ...

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April 25th, 2011

The infamous “ground clause” or "cláusula suelo" - a minimum interest rate that financial institutions applied to many mortgages in order to insulate themselves from possible declines in the Euribor - has caused loans taken before the crisis to increase, in some cases, from anywhere between 1,000 and 5,000 euros. During ...

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April 25th, 2011

Fuel prices returned to a record high last week as thousands of holidaymakers took to the roads for the Easter break. The price of petrol increased by 0.66%, reaching 1.363 euros per litre, representing its eleventh consecutive rise, while the price of diesel dropped slightly by 0.46% to 1.302 euros per ...

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April 22nd, 2011

The Spanish Government has taken a step forward and intensified its efforts to offer incentives to those who wish to renovate their homes. In a bold move, the Government Executive announced that tax relief for restorations is to be doubled, from 10% to 20% of the cost of the work. Further ...

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