Archives for May 2011

May 31st, 2011

The forest fire that has swept over the municipality of Sant Joan de Labritja since Wednesday and has, according to Defence Minister, Carme Chacón, burned an area of 1,500 hectares, could become the most serious in the history of the Balearic Islands and be worse than the fire that occurred ...

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May 31st, 2011

The First Deputy Prime Minister, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba accepted the candidacy at the weekend for leadership of the PSOE and to head the party in the next general election due to take place in March 2012. Prime Minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, voiced his confidence in Rubalcaba regaining the majority ...

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May 30th, 2011

A new loyalty program driven by fashion retailer Mango will enable customers to obtain discounts on new clothes from 20% in exchange for returning used clothes purchased from any of their stores in Spain within a period of one year. Under the slogan "Guaranteed Buyback Value”, customers can carry out the ...

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May 30th, 2011

The future president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Italy's Mario Draghi, said on Friday that euro zone countries should expect, in the long term, further rises in interest rates and rising inflationary pressures. In an economic conference in Berlin organised by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Draghi warned ...

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May 27th, 2011

Results from the Experian travel quarterly review have highlighted Spain's continuing dominance as the United Kingdom's most sought after holiday destination. Spain increased its lead in the rankings by growing from just over 15% of all flight searches in the last quarter, to almost 18% this quarter (February to April). Figures show ...

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May 27th, 2011

Spain has won 603 'blue flags' in 2011 (511 for beaches and 92 for marinas), maintaining their lead over the 36 countries participating in the Northern Hemisphere, which means that one of every six flags of the total 3554 awarded, will fly in Spain. The President of the Association of Environmental ...

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May 27th, 2011

The European Parliament has refused to freeze the EU budget until 2020 in line with the cuts approved in the majority of member states facing the crisis, like United Kingdom, Germany and France. Instead, the Parliament calls for an increase of at least 5% in the next financial perspective from ...

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May 26th, 2011

Seeing the surname Garcia on an ID is not unusual. In fact, according to the latest statistics published by the National Statistics Institute Garcia is the most common surname in Spain, followed by Gonzalez and Rodriguez. Plus, if this is preceded with a forename of Maria del Carmen or Antonio, ...

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May 26th, 2011

At a press conference yesterday, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde confirmed her candidacy to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as Head of the International Monetary Fund. Lagarde has widely been viewed as top choice for the position, thanks to the support she has received from other European countries, and the lack of a ...

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May 25th, 2011

If you live in La Coruna and want to take your driving test you are in luck. Your wallet will not suffer as much as if you try in Gerona. Obtaining a driving licence in Spain is not cheap. According to consumer association Facua’s latest study, on average it will cost ...

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May 25th, 2011

Property group G-14 (a Spanish business group consisting of 13 major Spanish construction companies), warns that the real estate sector in Spain will continue on its downward trend in the short-term with housing sales falling 8.3% in 2011 compared to 2010. The Group estimates that 450,000 transactions will be completed, ...

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May 24th, 2011

The Icelandic authorities ordered the closure of Keflavik International Airport on Sunday, as a precautionary measure following the eruption of the Grímsvötn volcano, which also forced the closure of other airport facilities as the day progressed. The massive glacier, located in southeast Iceland, is expelling columns of white smoke that now ...

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May 24th, 2011

In regional elections held in Spain on Sunday the PP recorded an historic victory over Zapatero’s PSOE, putting pressure on the Spanish Prime Minister to bring forward the general election which is scheduled to take place in March 2012. The result was an unmitigated defeat for the Socialists who gained 27.82% ...

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May 23rd, 2011

The Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade has allocated €8 million to promote its Web presence and boost tourism, using the latest technology, which includes a new channel on YouTube and an iPad application. The budget for the 'online' strategy, which aims to support the promotional campaign 'I need Spain', covers ...

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May 23rd, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, launched a controversial proposal last week to harmonise the holiday entitlement and retirement age in the various European Union countries, especially in those countries where the debt crisis has hit hardest. However, according to figures produced by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Spanish ...

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