• Zapatero: Cautiously Optimistic for 2011

    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 …

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  • Spanish Treasury Targets 1/4 Drop in Debt Sales for 2011

    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 …

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  • Annual Flour Fight in Alicante Raises Money for Charity

    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 …

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  • Pregnant Spanish Women Seek Early Deliveries for Cash Bonus

    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 …

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  • 85 Migrants Intercepted Off Costa Almeria

    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, …

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  • Spanish Government Asserts Anti-terrorist Policy

    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 …

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  • Spain: Renewable Energy Sources Surge in 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 …

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  • Spain and Russia Expel Diplomats Over Spying Allegations

    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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  • Power Prices Set to Rise in New Year for 17m Households

    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 …

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  • Woman in Gandia Fakes Own Kidnap to Test Husband

    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 …

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  • Crackdown on UK Benefits Cheats Living in Spain

    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 …

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  • Spanish Tourism Increases for 7th Month in a Row

    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 …

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  • UK Most Wanted Fugitive Captured on Costa del Sol

    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 …

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  • 79250! El Gordo Christmas Lottery Celebrations Begin

    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 …

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  • Final Approval Given To Ban Smoking in Spain

    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 …

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